The PA Hub

5th Yorkshire PA of the Year Awards

Friday 18th October 2019, 19:00 – 00:30

Hilton Leeds City Hotel

Following The PA Hub Conference

Our 2019 Judges

Lucy Brazier

CEO of Marcham Publishing &
Executive Secretary Magazine

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About Lucy

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.

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Gemma Walton

MD & Virtual Assistant, Portfolio PA Ltd
Yorkshire VA of the Year 2018

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About Gemma

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.

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Sarah Pratt

PA to MD of Rhodar Limited
Yorkshire PA of the Year 2018

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About Sarah

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!


Yorkshire PA of the Year 2019 Finalists

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

 Sponsor TBC


 Real Estate PA Team, Addleshaw Goddard LLP

Executive Support Team, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust

 Pinsent Masons PA Team, Pinsent Masons LLP




 Best Boss

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



Lifetime Achievement

 Sponsor TBC


Joan Innes, Pinsent Masons LLP

 Sophia Rowbotham, Marshalls plc

 Jayne Swift, PwC LLP



 Yorkshire PA of the Year

Sponsor TBC


 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! 

Our Venue

Both the Conference and the Yorkshire PA of the Year Awards will be taking place at Hilton Leeds City on Friday 18th October.

The Hilton Leeds City are offering an unbelievable rate for those wanting to stay overnight.

The rates are:

£65 B&B single occupancy

£75 B&B double occupancy

Simply use the link below to book your room.


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