CEO of Marcham Publishing &
Executive Secretary Magazine
Lucy Brazier is one of the world’s leading authorities on the administrative profession.
As CEO of Marcham Publishing, specialist publishers of Executive Secretary Magazine – a global training magazine dedicated to the professional development needs of senior and aspiring administrative professionals – Lucy works with the best trainers of Executive Assistants from around the world to deliver the most up to date and current training in the market.
Her passion is for the Assistant role to be truly recognised as a career and not just a job. Her formidable training expertise and speaking style have given her opportunities to train, present and emcee events in over 50 countries at over 450 events including Chairing the 2015 World Administrator Summit in Papua New Guinea and co-facilitating the same event in Frankfurt in 2018. This has created much-needed discussions ranging from encouraging Executive Assistants to work towards becoming centres of excellence within their companies, to explaining why college students should see the Assistant role as a proper profession with a career path. The work being conducted worldwide on career paths, job titles & education for Assistants is one of her key drivers and she is working with some of the most recognisable companies on the planet to consult on restructuring and training their Business Support functions.
Lucy has a unique overview of the role and where it is heading. With access to the most forward-thinking, passionate and knowledgeable trainers and administrative business leaders in the world as well as personally meeting and speaking to literally thousands of Assistants over the last nine years, Lucy’s knowledge of the market and what Assistants all over the world are facing on a day to day basis are second to none.
In 2018, Lucy was awarded an Honourary Fellowship to the Institute of Administrative Management – one of the oldest management institutes in the world having inspired professional business managers and administrators since 1915 – in recognition of her work to drive the profession forward. She was awarded the YPA Special Award ‘International Ambassador for the PA Profession’ in 2016 and in 2015 the ‘PA Contributor of the Year Award’ by Office* Show. The magazine has been a finalist in the PPA Business Magazine of the Year Award, the PPA Media Brand of the Year Award and the PA-Assist Members Awards.
Lucy has worked in publishing for over 30 years. She has previously worked as a Publishing Director for Wilmington PLC as well as for EMAP, The Times, The Independent, Centaur Communications and Glass’s Guide.
MD & Virtual Assistant, Portfolio PA Ltd
Yorkshire VA of the Year 2018
Gemma is a multi-award-winning Virtual Assistant, winning The PA Hub Yorkshire VA of the Year in 2018, The PA Hub PA in Business award in both 2016 and 2017, and was also a finalist in the 2019 Pitman Training Super Achievers International PA of the Year award.
Gemma founded Portfolio PA in 2015 to provide time-poor directors and entrepreneurs with exceptional administrative and project support on a flexible basis. Since founding the business, Gemma has worked with over 30 clients and now manages a strong team of Associate VAs to deliver to the same high standards she works to herself.
Prior to becoming a VA, Gemma spent over 10 years as a C-suite Executive Assistant in a variety of global businesses, including Yorkshire Water, Premier Farnell, Arup, and more.
This year Gemma will be launching her own VA training programme to enable other administrative professionals to make the switch to freelance.
PA to MD of Rhodar Limited
Yorkshire PA of the Year 2018
Sarah is a professional and discreet experienced PA winning the accolade title of The PA Hub ‘Yorkshire PA of the Year’ in 2018, also a finalist for best organised event. Sarah has worked in various administration and PA roles over the last 20 years and is comfortable working at all levels.
Sarah is a firm supporter of the PA role and its evolving value and increasing importance in supporting senior management. Sarah also prides herself on her ability to handle highly confidential and intricate information. Always remaining positive under pressure and a believer in self-development and learning and that every day is a school day!
Rising Star Award
Sponsored by Hilton Leeds City
Paige Foxcroft, Pinsent Masons LLP
Jasmine Lockwood, KPMG LLP
Zoe Thickbroom, Rider Levett Bucknall
Skye Wilson, Arup
Heather Winterburn, HOME Marketing Ltd
Outstanding Charity Work
Sponsored by Executive Secretary Magazine
Julie Cowans, PwC LLP
Chloe Cross, Sky Betting & Gaming
Janet McAteer, Hilton Leeds City Hotel
Melissa Taylor, Direct Line Group
Members’ Member Yorkshire
Sponsored by The PA Hub
Simon Capstick, Skipton Building Society
Jo Moorhouse, KPMG LLP
Cathy Newboult, Lupton Fawcett LLP
Heather Riley, Titus Salt School
Jayne Swift, PwC LLP
Lisa Turner, Walker Morris LLP
Best Organised Event
Sponsored by The Grand York
Louise Barraclough, Pinsent Masons LLP
Jenny Thomas, Arup
Sophie Thompson, Arup
Employer of the Year
Sponsored by Grace & Tailor
Pinsent Masons LLP
Above and Beyond
Sponsored by Sacco Mann
Tracey Birtwistle, Skipton Building Society
Manaswini Chouhan, Garbutt & Elliott
Charlotte Fisher, KPMG LLP
Angela Wooller, AYRE Ltd
Best PA Team
Real Estate PA Team, Addleshaw Goddard LLP
Executive Support Team, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust
Pinsent Masons PA Team, Pinsent Masons LLP
PwC NE PA/VA Team, PwC LLP
Sponsored by This is hel
Caroline Fattorini , Bowman Riley
Kate Thomas, KPMG LLP
Yorkshire VA of the Year
Sponsored by AYRE Ltd
Emma Kealey, Ovation Virtual Assistance
Rachel Priestley, Streamline VA Services
Amy Russell, Crescent Virtual Assistance
Joan Innes, Pinsent Masons LLP
Sophia Rowbotham, Marshalls plc
Jayne Swift, PwC LLP
Yorkshire PA of the Year
Sarah Clarke, Arup
Caroline Evans, Addleshaw Goddard LLP
Lisa Jones, PwC LLP
Giselle Thompson, Leeds City Council
Congratulations to all our Finalists and Good Luck!
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