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 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.
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!