2018 North West PA of the Year Awards Shortlist

Congratulations to all of this year's excellent nominees. Now in our fifth year, a record number of North West businesses have PAs, EAs or VAs shortlisted for this year's awards, representing the regions finest talent. If you were not shortlisted this year we hope you apply again next year. 

This year's shortlist provides an example of the hard work, dedication and passion of support professionals across the North West. We look forward to honouring all shortlisted professionals and celebrating the winners on Thursday 25th October at Manchester Cathedral.

Due to the exceptional quality of our nominees, only those who made the shortlist scored an average of at least 65% across the judging panel:

  • KPMG
  • Pitman Training
  • Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
  • Robert Walters 
  • Industry guest judges - find out more.
 

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NORTH WEST PA OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2018 SHORTLIST

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BOARD LEVEL PA OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Executive Committee Member - Robert Walters

The winner of this award will have excellent communication skills and a thorough understanding of the tools and processes required to support and foster an effective working partnership with their boss. In addition, the entrant should have all the attributes required to be an outstanding ambassador for your organisation and will be currently working in a role that supports at Board level. 

This award is split into two categories:

BOARD LEVEL PA OF THE YEAR - GREATER MANCHESTER

  • HANNAH BATTY
    Whispering Smith Ltd
  • LISA DICKENSON
    Sodexo
  • TAMNSYN BELSHAW
    Manchester City Football Club
  • CARLA GRIMSHAW
    LPC 1 LTD

BOARD LEVEL PA OF THE YEAR - NORTH WEST

  • EMMA POWELL
    Chester Zoo
  • AILEEN PORTER
    Encirc
  • JULIE OLDFIELD
    Lancashire Cricket Club
  • FARZANA KHAN
    EG Group
  • NATASHA BOLTON
    Gorilla Accounting
  • HAYLEY MASON
    KPMG
  • SUZI DALY
    United Utilities
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RISING STAR AWARD
Sponsored by Executive Committee Member - Pitman Training

The best newcomer will already show signs of being a future PA of the Year. The winner of this award will demonstrate initiative and be able to prove their current capabilities, along with an eagerness to progress in the support profession. This award is open to applicants who have worked as a support professional for three years or less.

  • LORNA BATTERSBY
    St James's Place Wealth Management
  • LAWRENCE ADLUM
    KPMG
  • HOLLIE BROOKS
    SilverDoor Apartments
  • CARLA GRIMSHAW
    LPC 1 Ltd
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PA TEAM OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Executive Committee Member - Taylor Lynn Corporation

This award looks to recognise superior performance by an administrative team. 

There must be at least three administrative staff in the team to qualify for this category and all team members must work for the same company. Providing specific examples of projects or ways you have added value to the business in your application will help the judges take your team into consideration.

This award is split into two categories:

This award recognises an individual who has made a significant impact both within their roles as a support professional, but also to the PA, EA, secretarial & support sector as a whole. With the right mix of business acumen, creativity and innovativeness, this person will consistently exceed expectations and continue to push the industry within Greater Manchester. This award is open to a professional who has worked in the support industry 20 years or more. 
This award recognises an individual who has made a significant impact both within their roles as a support professional, but also to the PA, EA, secretarial & support sector as a whole. With the right mix of business acumen, creativity and innovativeness, this person will consistently exceed expectations and continue to push the industry within Greater Manchester. This award is open to a professional who has worked in the support industry 20 years or more. 
This award recognises an individual who has made a significant impact both within their roles as a support professional, but also to the PA, EA, secretarial & support sector as a whole. With the right mix of business acumen, creativity and innovativeness, this person will consistently exceed expectations and continue to push the industry within Greater Manchester. This award is open to a professional who has worked in the support industry 20 years or more. 
This award recognises an individual who has made a significant impact both within their roles as a support professional, but also to the PA, EA, secretarial & support sector as a whole. With the right mix of business acumen, creativity and innovativeness, this person will consistently exceed expectations and continue to push the industry within Greater Manchester. This award is open to a professional who has worked in the support industry 20 years or more. 
This award recognises an individual who has made a significant impact both within their roles as a support professional, but also to the PA, EA, secretarial & support sector as a whole. With the right mix of business acumen, creativity and innovativeness, this person will consistently exceed expectations and continue to push the industry within Greater Manchester. This award is open to a professional who has worked in the support industry 20 years or more. 
This award recognises an individual who has made a significant impact both within their roles as a support professional, but also to the PA, EA, secretarial & support sector as a whole. With the right mix of business acumen, creativity and innovativeness, this person will consistently exceed expectations and continue to push the industry within Greater Manchester. This award is open to a professional who has worked in the support industry 20 years or more. 

PA TEAM OF THE YEAR - UK FIRM

  • BOLTON NHS FT
  • HADLOW EDWARDS WEALTH MANAGEMENT LTD
  • TALKTALK
  • SHOOSMITHS
  • HALL BROWN FAMILY LAW
  • COOPERATIVE BANK

PA TEAM OF THE YEAR - INTERNATIONAL FIRM

  • KPMG
  • ASTRAZENECA
  • CHIESI LTD
  • ADDLESHAW GODDARD LLP
  • DWF
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TECHNOLOGY & DIGITAL PA OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Executive Committee Member - KPMG

This award will recognise the professionalism of PAs working in the technology & digital sector and acknowledges their contribution to the businesses and teams that they work for.

  • RACHAEL LOMAX
    Insight
  • ZENNIE MAJOR
    XCellR8 Ltd
  • SARA FARRINGTON
    NCC Group
  • DANIELLE JENNINGS
    IRIS Software
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MANUFACTURING & ENGINEERING PA OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by  Executive Committee Member- Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

This award will recognise the professionalism of PAs working in the manufacturing & engineering sector and acknowledges their contribution to the businesses and teams that they work for.

This award will recognise the professionalism of PAs working in the manufacturing & enginnering sector and acknowledges their contribution to the businesses and teams that they work for.
This award will recognise the professionalism of PAs working in the manufacturing & enginnering sector and acknowledges their contribution to the businesses and teams that they work for.
This award will recognise the professionalism of PAs working in the manufacturing & enginnering sector and acknowledges their contribution to the businesses and teams that they work for.
This award will recognise the professionalism of PAs working in the manufacturing & enginnering sector and acknowledges their contribution to the businesses and teams that they work for.
This award will recognise the professionalism of PAs working in the manufacturing & enginnering sector and acknowledges their contribution to the businesses and teams that they work for.
This award will recognise the professionalism of PAs working in the manufacturing & enginnering sector and acknowledges their contribution to the businesses and teams that they work for.
This award will recognise the professionalism of PAs working in the manufacturing & enginnering sector and acknowledges their contribution to the businesses and teams that they work for.
  • ANNA FISKE
    Arup
  • ROSIE THOMPSON
    AstraZeneca
  • AILEEN PORTER
    Encirc
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MEDIA PA OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Media Partner - Manchester Evening News

This award will recognise the professionalism of PAs working in the media and communications sector and acknowledges their contribution to the businesses and teams that they work for.

  • JACQUELINE WHITE
    Dock10
  • TINA HUTCHINSON
    BBC
  • TRACY SHAW
    MediaCom
  • SARAH MUENCH
    Sky
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NOT-FOR-PROFIT PA OF THE YEAR
Sponsored by Brand Addition

This award will recognise the professionalism of PAs working in the not-for-profit sector and acknowledges their contribution to the businesses and teams that they work for.

This award is split into two categories:

We recognise that as Senior PAs progress in their career, commonly they will manage a team - adding a new dynamic and set of responsibilities to the job. This award will recognise a winner who works in a support role and manages a team of at least 2 people. If you think your Office Manager or Senior PA deserves this award, nominate them today!
We recognise that as Senior PAs progress in their career, commonly they will manage a team - adding a new dynamic and set of responsibilities to the job. This award will recognise a winner who works in a support role and manages a team of at least 2 people. If you think your Office Manager or Senior PA deserves this award, nominate them today!

NOT-FOR-PROFIT PA OF THE YEAR - GREATER MANCHESTER

  • JOANNE GAHAN
    Pharmacist Support
  • BEX SMITH
    GMC
  • JULIE OLDFIELD
    Lancashire Cricket Club
  • SARAH WARDLE
    Transport for Greater Manchester Ltd
  • TRACY LONGDIN
    MIF
  • ANGELA DOWNEY
    Manchester Metropolitan University

NOT-FOR-PROFIT PA OF THE YEAR - MERSEYSIDE

  • SANDRA WAINWRIGHT
    Merseyside Fire Service
  • PAULA HARDING
    Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • EMILY WALKER
    Liverpool John Moores University

VIRTUAL ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR - AGENCY

This award recognises the hard work undertaken by an exceptional virtual assistant(s) in an agency role(s). We are looking for an outstanding VA who embodies what being a virtual assistant is all about - passion, reliability, resourcefulness, and an exceptional ability to multi-task! The winner of this award will work remotely either for one client or multiple clients. 

  • KYLIE JONES
    Advantage Virtual Assistants
  • JOANNE HAWKINS
    Executive VPA
  • JULIE JORDAN
    Virtualis PA
  • MEG BELL
    Clockwork PA
  • JANE MOORE AND HELEN BURTON
    Queen Bee PA
  • LOUISE MACKIE
    Louise Mackie Virtual Assistant

VIRTUAL ASSISTANT OF THE YEAR - IN-HOUSE

This award recognises the hard work undertaken by an exceptional virtual assistant in an in-house role. We are looking for an outstanding VA who embodies what being a virtual assistant is all about - passion, reliability, resourcefulness, and an exceptional ability to multi-task! The winner of this award will work remotely either for one client or multiple clients. 

  • SANDRA SULLIVAN
    PwC
  • GARETH ROBERTS-TIGHE
    TalkTalk Business
  • CARLA GRIMSHAW
    LPC 1 Ltd

MANAGER OF THE YEAR

We recognise that as Senior PAs progress in their career, commonly they will manage a team - adding a new dynamic and set of responsibilities to the job. This award will recognise a winner who works in a support role and manages a team of at least 2 people.

  • HAYLEY MASON
    KPMG
  • KATY TILSTON
    Hadlow Edwards Wealth Management Ltd
  • JOANNE WILSON
    Hall Brown Family Law

LEGAL PA OF THE YEAR - UK FIRM

This award will recognise the professionalism of Legal PAs in UK firms and acknowledges their contribution to the firms and in-house legal teams that they work for.

  • LEAH TAYLOR
    Clarke Wilmott LLP
  • EVE BUTTERS
    Hall Brown Family Law
  • SONIA GADSBY
    Shoosmiths
  • JILL PEMBERTON
    Shoosmiths

LEGAL PA OF THE YEAR - INTERNATIONAL FIRM

This award will recognise the professionalism of Legal PAs in international firms and acknowledges their contribution to the firms and in-house legal teams that they work for. 

  • LUCY JEFFRIES
    Addleshaw Goddard LLP
  • KATIE HOMER
    DWF
  • KIMBERLEY VALENTINE
    Addleshaw Goddard LLP

FINANCIAL SERVICES PA OF THE YEAR - UK FIRM

This award will recognise the professionalism of PAs working in UK firms in the financial services sector and acknowledges their contribution to the businesses and teams that they work for.

  • TRACEY MELLOR
    Together
  • BEVERLEY BATES
    Swinton Insurance
  • ALEXA MARTINEZ
    St James' Place Wealth Management
  • NATASHA BOLTON
    Gorilla Accounting
  • JENNY WELLS
    Reich Insurance

FINANCIAL SERVICES PA OF THE YEAR - INTERNATIONAL FIRM

This award will recognise the professionalism of PAs working in international firms in the financial services sector and acknowledges their contribution to the businesses and teams that they work for.

  • DEBBIE TAYLOR-HIGGINS
    KPMG
  • CAROLINE COCKER
    Rothschild & Co
  • ANGELA DUGGAN
    Santander

PRIVATE PA OF THE YEAR

This award recognises a PA who works for an individual or singular family. The winner will demonstrate clear independence, privacy and ability to cross both into the personal schedule and demands as well as the professional responsibilities. 

  • GILLIAN AITKEN
    Price Jones Ltd
  • LYDIA MCKAY
    Pretty Little Thing
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PROPERTY PA OF THE YEAR
Sponsored The Alchemist

This award will recognise the professionalism of PAs working in the property and construction sector and acknowledges their contribution to the businesses and teams that they work for.

  • PAULA THEOBOLD
    Urban Splash
  • JOANNE WHALLEY
    Turley
  • LYNSEY MORGAN
    Savills
  • ANDREA ROTHWELL
    GVA