Our 4th Yorkshire PA of the Year Awards were held on:

Thursday 28th June 2018

The Pavilion, Leeds United Football Ground


in Partnership with



Congratulations to all our Finalists & Winners!


Host for the Evening

Tanya Arnold
BBC Presenter

Tanya Arnold is an experienced sports reporter and presenter at both regional and national level for the regional news in Yorkshire and BBC Look North.  For BBC Sport she works as pitch-side reporter and presenter on the Rugby League coverage which has included the Challenge Cup and the Rugby League World Cup.
For the past 7 years she has presented the weekly regional and network Rugby League highlights programme, the Super League Show & is a presenter for BBC Radio 5 Live. She’s also presented sport for Breakfast News both on location, in the studio and for the News Channel.  Among the other career highlights she covered the 2012 Olympics in London, the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

Special Guest Speaker

Ann Hiatt
Executive Business Partner and Chief of Staff to Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman) at Google

Ann Hiatt has been an Executive Business Partner for 15 years and has partnered with three major giants of technology.  She is currently Executive Business Partner and Chief of Staff to Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman) at Google. She has formerly partnered with Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo!) and Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon.com).  Ann also consults with executives of Fortune 500 companies and Silicon Valley start ups.  She recently moved to Spain and is expanding her work in Europe.
Ann is a native of Seattle and studied International Studies at the University of Washington before moving to California to begin a PhD in Scandinavian Studies at UC Berkeley.  Ann lived in Sweden for 2 years and speaks Swedish fluently.  In her elusive free time Ann enjoys running, scuba diving and travelling.

Our 2018 Judges

Lucy Brazier

CEO of Marcham Publishing
Executive Secretary Magazine

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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 Chair in over 45 countries at over 400 events including Chairing the 2015 World Administrator Summit in Papua New Guinea. This has created much-needed discussions from encouraging Executive Assistants in Blue Chip companies 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.

Lucy has a unique overview of the role and where it is heading. With access to the most forward-thinking, passionate and knowledgeable trainers in the world as well as personally meeting and speaking to literally thousands of Assistants over the last six 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 2016 Lucy was awarded the YPA Special Award ‘International Ambassador for the PA Profession’ and in 2015 the ‘PA Contributor of the Year Award’ by Office*. 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 runs a LinkedIn group for assistants which currently has over 44,000 international members who share information, network and learn. She also launched #adminchat in January 2012 – a weekly free training session presented on Twitter and hosted by a different world-class trainer every week. Now boasting an average of over 3,000 attendees a week, #adminchat is a manifestation of Lucy’s commitment to providing the very best training to assistants all over the world.

Lucy has been a Publisher and Events Organiser for 30 years. Lucy has previously worked as a Publishing Director for Wilmington PLC, and has managed a team based in Singapore, New York, Germany & London responsible for 13 magazines, 12 international conferences, awards, trade show attendance and marketing for EMAP. Other companies worked for include The Times, The Independent, Centaur Communications and Glass’s Guide.

Professor Roger Lewis

Former CEO
Yorkshire Universities

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Roger Lewis was for the first half of his working life a teacher in schools, colleges and universities (including adult education and working for a time at the Open University). He became Professor of Learning Development in 1992 and moved to Beverley, where he still lives. He retired from his job with the Higher Education Funding Council (as Regional Consultant) in 2009 and was soon after asked to take over as Chief Executive of Yorkshire Universities. Since then he has worked continuously for Yorkshire Universities in several roles including (until April 2018) a second period leading the organisation. This has meant much experimentation in flexible ways of working. He has written many resources for teachers and students in schools and universities.

The common thread running through his working life has been helping people to develop – whether through learning or through their jobs at work. Hence publications on how managers can help their employees develop through such means as coaching and mentoring. His other interests include walking (and other activities such as the gym and exercise classes); ‘heritage’ and local history. He is chair of the Georgian Society for East Yorkshire and of the Friends of Beverley Minster. He has four children and nine grandchildren and unsurprisingly these need time and energy!

Claire Barrett

Executive Assistant, Deloitte LLP &
Yorkshire PA of the Year 2017

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Claire Barrett is an Executive Assistant supporting a tax partner, 2 directors and a team within the International tax practice at Deloitte. Claire’s path into the administrative role began during a year out before University where she gained experience working in a wide variety of temporary administrative roles across a number of sectors, including Law, Financial Services and Recruitment. However, after feeling she was missing out on the university experience, Claire decided to study a Fine Art degree at Leeds College of Art and Design.

It was during this time that Claire developed a passion for helping others, specifically through volunteering as a teaching assistant for adults with learning difficulties  and decided to pursue a career as a primary school teacher in Upper Primary education. Although rewarding and challenging at times, she missed the fast pace of a corporate environment and decided to pursue a different career path.

Claire’s career began working for the MD of a chartered surveyors leading to PA/EA roles within some of the largest professional services firms including BDO, PwC and Deloitte supporting partners and directors across various departments.

Claire leads the Women in Business external network at Deloitte, their biggest client event in the North East. She organises high profile networking events and workshops aimed at senior positioned females leaders in Yorkshire attracting up to 100 guests.

Outside of her EA responsibilities at Deloitte, Claire provides PA support for the chair of the board of a local cancer charity, working tirelessly to support its current ambitions of opening their first cancer support centre in Yorkshire. She also provides mentoring support for as part of ‘One Million Future’s initiative supporting and inspiring students at a local high school to make ambitious and informed choices about their future.

Having won Yorkshire PA of the Year 2017 and Runner Up Deloitte EA of the Year 2017 whilst also being recognised as a finalist for the Yorkshire Accountancy Awards ‘ Best Support Role’, these accolades have already led to various interviews and presenting opportunities for Claire both within the UK and internationally.


Live Entertainment

Cris Quammie

Singer & Songwriter
The Soul Sensation

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Cris Quammie singer, songwriter, producer and recording artist began his journey as The Soul Sensation in the year 1991 and has been going strong ever since. From Trinidad & Tobago Cris whose performed on television for the masses there worked as lead singer in many famous bands, which gained him the opportunity to work with grammy award winning artists like Sean Paul, Shaggy, Anslem Douglas, Beenie Man and Lenny Kravitz just to name a few, Cris moved to the USA to pursue his musical career and has become one of the most prolific ambassadors internationally of R&B, Soul & Motown sound in the last two decades, and is humbly still pursuing his career.

He has taken his Soul Sensation across the globe from its roots in Detroit to the Caribbean, New York, San Francisco, Europe, Asia and the United Kingdom where he now lives, performing on land and sea. Cris has created a number of outstanding concept style shows, Soul Sensation’s The Story Of Motown Show, The Four Tops Show, The Drifters Show, The Temptations Show, The Legends Show, The BOYZ 11 MEN Show, The Motown Classics Show and The Evolution Of Soul Music Show.

Cris Quammie continues to deliver an outstanding show consistently, whether he performs solo, with his trio, quartet, or with his live orchestra who are all under his direction and keeping the music of the legendary Four Tops, the Tempting Temptations, the Dappa Drifters and Motown alive worldwide as he takes you through the hits – “Reach Out”,  “Same Old Song” “Baby I Need Your Loving”,  “Stand By Me,” “Under The Boardwalk,” “Get Ready” “My Girl,” “I Can’t Help Myself,” (Sugar Pie), “Standing In The Shadow”, “Bernadette”, “Walk Away Renee”, “Loco In Acapulco” and lots more from that era including songs of The Miracles, The Platters and The Stylistics as well as songs of Smokey Robinson, Ben E King, Jackie Wilson. He also goes up the years showing the change in elements in Soul Music to present day for the younger audiences in his more contemporary act The Evolution Of Soul. These shows are absolutely incredible.

Soul Sensation have toured extensively; as a solo act Cris Quammie The Soul Sensation, as a Quartet – Cris Quammie’s Soul Sensation and also as a trio. They have travelled the United States, The Caribbean, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Africa and the United Kingdom, leaving their audiences chanting “we want more” continuing to keep MOTOWN ALIVE and continuing to update his repertoire with all music that pertain to Soul.

Cris Quammie has the number one soul & Motown show definitely, these young men are not pretending to be the original members of any groups, but a representation of what these amazing groups were in their prime. Adding the flare of youth in their classic shows and class to their modern act, Cris and his boys are ready for any challenge in the music business today. Cris Quammie’s Soul Sensation has over seven members so we are never short of a soulful singer when needed.

All Soul Sensation shows feature Mr Cris Quammie on lead vocals “a young man with a powerful voice and tone to die for”. His superb vocal range seems to know no limits and his unique sound has been compared to that of Levi Stubbs of the original Four Tops. Cris is responsible for the splendid vocal harmony structures and choreography of his backing singers/dancers, but is not taking credit for orignal material, but in fact recreating and paying tribute to the great acts who invented them (The Four Tops, The Temps, The Drifters etc) while keeping things in accordance to Motown.

Cris Quammie is also a recording artiste/producer with a lot of original material, with studios based in the UK and the Caribbean. Cris is working on his solo career as well as balancing with his tribute shows to Motown and Soul.

Cris’ resume is eminently impressive including performances on BBC for the Queen Mary 2 cruise linears’ birthday in Southampton, recently joined Anthony Joshua’s Victory Tour at the Bolton Macron Stadium and also performing for Lenny Kravitz.

“..He is a pleasure to watch & Listen to on stage..” ….(Lenny Kravitz).


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