About the Awards

the Manchester PA Awards decorated room from 2017

The prestigious North West PA of the Year Awards seeks to celebrate PAs and EAs from the North West who exemplify hard work and dedication, and have made an impact on both their company and the wider business community. 

Building on the continued success of the Support Professional of the Year Awards (2014) and the Manchester PA of the Year Awards (2015 - 2017), the awards expanded in 2018 to encompass the whole North West in order to recognise the best talent across the region.

As the leading industry awards for PAs in the region, KPMG, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Pitman Training, Taylor Lynn Corporation Limited and Robert Walters were the 2018 Awards Executive Committee, joining together to recognise the industry’s outstanding professionals. Manchester Evening News exclusively supports the North West PA of the Year Awards as media partner. 

2018 North West PA of the Year Awards - Gala Dinner

Our 2018 winners, runners up and finalists were celebrated at an exclusive gala ceremony, with over 500 guests from the region, at the Manchester Cathedral on 25th October 2018.

The gala evening was managed in partnership with the Awards' official event partner - Taylor Lynn Corporation.

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Actress, writer, presenter and North West native, Sally Lindsay, will be hosting our exclusive gala ceremony.

Sally Lindsay is a native of Manchester and read English at Hull University where she also got the acting bug.

Sally got her first break in the groundbreaking sitcom "The Royle Family".   Roles in both "Phoenix Nights" and "Fat Friends" followed soon after.

Sally then became one of Britain's best loved barmaids, 'Shelley Unwin' in "Coronation Street", where she enjoyed a very happy 5 years.  Upon leaving, Sally moved very successfully into theatre appearing in the sell-out "A Taste of Honey" and "Everybody Loves a Winner" at the Royal Exchange.

Since then, Sally has appeared in numerous television shows including "Murdered For Being Different", "Still Open All Hours", "Ordinary Lies" & "Moving On" to name just a few.  With her friend Suranne Jones, Sally created "Scott and Bailey" for Red Productions, in which she also starred.  She also played the lead character of Lisa in Sky1's "Mount Pleasant" for 7 years.

Sally is also the voice of 'Piella' in the Oscar-nominated animation in Ardmans "A Matter of Loaf and Death”. 

Sally has recently finished filming a ground-breaking documentary on the human rights campaigner Emmiline Pankhurst in her native Manchester which went out on BBC4.

Currently she is filmimg a documentary for Channel 5 which will be out in the New Year.


Successful applicants and nominees were interviewed by the Awards Executive Committee and leading industry guest judges. Thank you to our 2018 guest judges for lending their expertise to the panel:

    Founder of Baker Thompson Associates
    Editor at PA Life
    EA at Swissre
    PA to Tanya Bardsley
woman in blue dress celebrating her win at the Manchester PA Awards

Application/Nomination Process

The application process for the awards is a two step process.

1. Short Online Application

Nominations for the awards are initially made through a short online application about the nominee's role and why they deserve to be honoured as a North West PA of the Year. Ideally your  line manager will nominate you, although we will accept nominations from other colleagues or from yourself.

2. Panel interviews

In the second stage, we hold panel interviews. Finalists are judged by a panel of leading business and industry professionals including representatives from the executive partners and special guest judges. 

Learn more about the awards' executive partners here. 

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Sponsorship Packages Now Available

We have amazing sponsorship packages available to business from across the North West - and the UK. 

Sponsorship grants you direct access to over 500 professionals from across the region on the awards evening, along with bespoke media and PR opportunities, potential opportunities to sit on the final judging panel, branding on all awards marketing and more. 

For more information about the sponsorship packages contact: northwestpaawards@robertwalters.com