2015 Manchester PA of the Year Awards Winners


2015 Manchester PA of the Year

Debbie Grimshaw
Brother UK

Debbie began working at Brother over 26 years ago as a sales coordinator, and is a proud ambassador for the Brother UK brand. Debbie's attention to detail help continually improve and enhance Brothers' name in the market place. She takes the same outlook to her membership in the Manchester PA Network and is a positive and active member of the Network. 

"As the awards were announced there were no disappointed faces, the whole of the audience were supportive and happy for each and every winner. Then came the shock of my life when I was announced as Manchester PA of the Year.  I was so greatly humbled and honoured to have received this accolade."

Read more about Debbie's life as a PA here.


Lifetime Achievement

Sue Tinker

Sue started her career working for a building society, then moved to a PA to the MD of Investment role at HSBC; before securing her role at PWC 3 years ago. At PWC she is the sole secretarial/PA support to 33 senior managers and works proactively to go the extra mile for all of her colleagues.

"I can only describe that winning the Lifetime Achievement Award must be the utmost accolade for Secretarial Services and the trophy is one that I will treasure always."


The Robert Walters Excellence Award

Julie Mitchell

Julie has supported Harold Brako (Partner) for 13 years at DLA Piper and now at Shoosmiths. They set up the Manchester Shoosmiths office together, growing from 5 to 150 staff. Julie enjoys organising and attending regular internal client networking events at the company to help promote the brand.

"I was so proud to be nominated and never expected to be shortlisted and absolutely shocked to actually win an award."

Jane Brazzill

The Manchester PA Network Ambassador Award

Jane Brazzill

Having been described as a ‘social media guru’, Jane regularly tweets about the Manchester PA Network and is both a dedicated PA and ambassador of the PA Network. Jane began working for PWC 9 years ago and currently supports 2 Partners and 3 Directors.

"Without wishing to sound twee, you could feel the love in the room.   We were all genuinely pleased for our fellow nominees and we were all so happy for each other as each category winner was announced. I was so proud to be recognised by my peers for my efforts in supporting and publicising the network."

Rosie Camm

Best Business Initiative

Sponsored by Review Travel

Rosie Camm
The Manchester Camerata

Rosie has worked for The Manchester Camerata since February 2014; supporting the Board, Heads of Service and the CEO. Rosie started her career as an office junior and has progressed up to Secretary and then PA. An avid attender of the Manchester PA Network events, networking comes naturally to Rosie and she enjoys promoting the work of the Manchester Camerata.

"The hightlight of the evening for me was not in the winning but the joyous celebration from all the ladies in the room - those who had been nominated and those who had not, to be recognised by those in the know is true recognition."

Lesley Ward

Above & Beyond

Sponsored by ITV

Lesley Ward
Peel Media 

Lesley has worked for Peel Holdings since June 2014, currently supporting 4 Directors. During this, she has driven the ‘investors in people’ company standard to Gold  and coordinated the building of a brand new conference facility for the business. Previous to this, Lesley worked for 9 years at Littlewoods supporting the COO, FD and MD and honing her event coordination skills.

"I’ve always loved being a PA, being a PA, you’re often the lifeline in an office environment, and I believe you’d be hard pushed to find a PA that doesn’t go above and beyond in their role on a regular basis.  However, to be recognised for doing exactly that was incredibly speciall."


Line Manager of the Year

Sponsored by PWC

Alison McClellan

Alison has worked for Mercer for 10yrs and has been a vital input into the development of both the Manchester and Leeds offices. She manages 13 people across 2 sites, whilst providing a PA support to the Senior Partner and Actuary.

"The build-up to the evening was exciting; nominations, shortlisting and then interviews were great fun and I don't think as PA's we do realise the impace this has had on so many.  The evening was wonderful.  It was a great occassion and so nice to be in such good company; many of us with family support, as well as friends and colleagues sitting alongside us."

Tracey Newell

Best Event Organised by a PA

Sponsored by Make Events

Tracey Newell

Tracey has worked for over 20 years as a PA, within the financial industry. She has worked at BDO for over 10 years and is currently a Senior PA supporting the Corporate Finance and Risk & Advisory teams. Tracey’s passion lies in co-ordinating and managing events at both local and national levels, covering everything from corporate events to Swinton’s ‘Stars in their Eyes’. 

"I have been working as a PA for over 30 years and never for one moment expected winning such a fantastic award for what I (and probably most of my peers) consider ‘part of the day job’. However I am very grateful and humbled by it and would like to thank everyone who nominated, shortlisted and awarded me the prize".


Star of the Future

Sponsored by PWC

Rebecca Williams
Crystal Documents

Rebecca’s career started at AFL Architects as a receptionist/administrator and she currently works for Crystal Documents, currently serving for 4 months as PA to the MD. She is very self-motivated and is enjoying introducing more team, charity and networking events to the company. 

"It was great catching up with all the other PA’s that had been shortlisted, everyone was so supportive of one another. I am honoured to have won this award and shocked really, but I’m more shocked about my grandads dancing!!"