25 personal, executive and virtual assistants from across Birmingham have been announced as finalists in the region’s inaugural PA Awards.
A shortlist of talented individuals from some of the region’s most prominent professional services organisations, as well as leading charities, retailers and self-employed virtual assistants, has been unveiled by the Birmingham PA Forum.
The winners will be crowned at the Forum’s maiden awards ceremony which takes place on Friday 20th July at The Vox, Resorts World, NEC Birmingham.
A first of its kind for Birmingham and the wider region, the awards aim to replicate the success of similar ceremonies that take place in Manchester, London and Glasgow which see thousands gather to celebrate the achievements of business support professionals within their cities.
The finalists in the five award categories are:
#Motivation – Team Player of the Year
Jayne Forgham – PwC
Wynsum Matheson – Freeths LLP
Cathy Withington – Fieldfisher
Amanda McLanaghan – Fieldfisher
Julie Costello – PwC
#Inspiration – Lead by Example
Poonam Patel – Selfridges
Skevi Constantinou – KPMG UK
Kate Palmer – Paragon
Hannah Smith – Designated PA
Jackie Kelly – Cure Leukaemia
#Aspiration – Newcomer of the Year
Hannah Cowell – JW Hinks
Berni Bromwich – Pinsent Masons
Chesca Simmons – Galliford Try plc
Lisa Murray – PwC
Kirsty Smart – PwC
#Innovation – Innovator of the Year
Kirstie Barr LDC
Caroline Millichamp Mini U Services
Chelsea Guerin Trowers & Hamlins
Helen Grice Virtual Assistant Tanit Virtual
Paula Holland PwC
#Celebration – Greater Birmingham’s PA of the Year
Wendy Moyle – Tarmac
Fay Gleeson – SCC
Georgina Duffy – RSM UK
Elaine Maher – Willmott Dixon
Nicki Lawton – Arup
Finalists will be required to deliver a 10-minute presentation to a carefully selected judging panel that represents both the PA and EA sector as well as Birmingham business. Judging the awards are Tracey Paton, Executive Assistant at Dignity Plc. Paul Faulkner, CEO at the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, and Karen Morris-Lanz, founder of Waponi HR and former HR Director and CIO of Securitas.
Daniel Skermer, Founder of the Birmingham PA Forum & Awards, said: “Birmingham has a huge pool of talented personal, executive and virtual assistants who often remain the unsung heroes of business. When we first set up the Birmingham PA Forum, we knew that we wanted to host our own awards ceremony to shine a light on the bustling sector within which they work. If cities like Manchester, London and Glasgow can recognise their successes, then Birmingham should too.
“The awards committee was overwhelmed with the number of entries that were received throughout the application process. The sifting process to determine our finalists was challenging – testament to the calibre of our nominees – and our judges now have some tough decisions to make as to who to crown winners on the evening.”
Organised by the Birmingham PA Forum, a network that has grown to over 400 members in just 18 months, the awards are being supported by headline sponsors Top Banana and Katie Bard, as well as category sponsors Asemblr, Egencia, ORS UK and Page Personnel. The awards ceremony will also be raising money for charities LoveBrum and the Sir Josiah Mason Trust.
Partners The Vox, PA Life, Indigo Sky Solutions and Eventologists have all pledged their support as partners to the event.
Tickets for the awards ceremony, as well as additional sponsorship opportunities, are available through the Birmingham PA Forum website (www.birminghampaforum.co.uk).
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