Shortlisted: the Times / Hays PA of the Year 2011:
My nomination for this award was based mainly on the work that I do outside of my "day-time job": setting up networking and
training events for PAs, and pushing for the role of the PA to be recognised as a leading profession in the global marketplace, not
merely an extension of the quiet "Miss Jones" secretarial role of the last century. Shortlisting was based on a written nomination,
followed by a telephone interview.
Press coverage: Announcement by Hays of the winner and the shortlisted finalists on the Hays website: 02 June 2011, and my
local evening paper reporting on the shortlisting results: Derby Evening Telegraph: 30 March 2011
"Highly commended" Finalist: SecEd Headteacher's PA of the Year 2010
I was nominated for this award by my boss, David Harris, who is the Principal at the Nottingham University Samworth Academy.
Shortlisting was based on a written nomination.
Press coverage: Sec-Ed announces the winner and finalists: 07 January 2011, and a PDF copy of the full 3-page article..
Both of these nominations, together with my networking presence on LinkedIn, have led to my being featured in
several magazines and being invited to speak at conferences in the UK, Ireland, Australia and the United Arab
Emirates. I firmly believe that all PAs should be recognised for the work that they do - we are so often the unsung heroes of our
organisations, keeping the place running smoothly in the absence of our manager. I would hope that any managers reading this
page will stop for a few minutes to search the internet for a "PA of the Year" competition for which they can nominate their PA -
including the EUMA award, Times / Hays award, Executive PA magazine award, SmartPA Network award, and others.
"Runner Up" Finalist: Westcountry News' Secretary of the Year 1998
Nominated by: Dr E. Sarah Burnett, Director, Westcountry Training and Consultancy Services, Exeter.
This was my first experience of being nominated by one of my managers for an award. Shortlisting was based on a written
nomination. I was then invited to submit a written report and then at the Finals, to make a presentation to a panel of judges. I was
delighted to be announced Runner Up, from a large number of secretarial staff throughout Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Avon.
PA of the Year finalist 2010 & 11