The Edinburgh PA is a network run by PAs in Edinburgh for PAs in Edinburgh. Our purpose is to connect other PAs, EAs, Secretaries and Office Managers as well as providing training and development to the assistant world.
Thanks go to Emer Tilson, who organised the first couple of events in 2014, and also to Sherien Ahmed, Sally Lloyd, Amy Smith and Amy Hutchison for their involvement too in supporting the events up to the end of 2016.
The 2017/18 committee looks forward to bringing you some more fantastic events.
I am delighted to join the team at Edinburgh PA Network and I am looking forward to meeting you at future networking events.
My experience spans over 25 years and I have had an interesting and varied career as an Executive Assistant and Office Manager in both the public and private sector. My journey has included supporting the Operations Board at Burness Paull LLP; working for the Principal’s team at Edinburgh Napier University before spending 6 years on an exciting new project role with the construction team on the £100m redevelopment project at Sighthill Campus and I have also worked with the amazing team at the ‘Caley’, now the Waldorf Astoria in Edinburgh, to develop and enhance the customer experience.
Throughout my career, I have been a strong advocate of lifelong learning and part-time study has offered me an opportunity at every stage to continue to enhance my skills and qualifications. I am a Fellow of the Executive and Personal Assistants Association and a Member of the Chartered Management Institute.
I strongly believe that learning is ‘for life’ and it is never too late!! Over the last few years, I have been working with a number of PAs and EAs to inspire them to follow their dreams and reach their potential. Their achievements and success have included graduations in BA in Business & Enterprise and HNC programmes.
My great passions are all things Disney!!! My favourite holiday destination is Orlando and yes I do go to the parks!!! Also love bears and pandas and the colour purple!!
We are planning some exciting events and are looking forward to welcoming you to them. If you have any ideas or suggestions for our future event programme please share them with us.
As soon as I graduated from Warwick University I knew I wanted to be a Personal Assistant. To do this, I took various jobs including assistant librarian, hotel receptionist, office administrator, and eventually became PA to a Director in a small family-run business in Birmingham. I also undertook night-college to gain ILEX Level 2 and 3 Certificate in Legal Secretarial Skills, passing both with Distinction. Having cultivated an extensive skill set, I successfully secured a position as a Legal Secretary at Wragge & Co LLP (now Gowling WLG) in the Property division in 2010.
I put all my PA skills to the test when I moved house, started a new job and got married all in one year! I have been in the Property division at Burness Paull, Edinburgh, since 2014 and I have been promoted from Legal Secretary to Legal PA in 2017, and in the same year gained Member status with the Executive and Personal Assistants Association. I currently provide support to two Partners, two Senior Associate, two Senior Solicitors, two Solicitors, and a Trainee, as well as the wider PA and Property team.
I would describe myself as having an organised and efficient methodology, a dedication to high standards and attention to detail. My initiative mixed with flexibility and enthusiasm ensures a proactive, positive outlook when achieving my objectives. I seek out extra responsibility whenever possible and I’m always keen to take on additional tasks to increase my learning and understanding.
I have a little girl, Alexandra, and so I currently work part-time after taking 7 months maternity leave. I also enjoy creative arts including Irish Dancing, jewellery making, pottery painting and visiting museums and galleries as often as possible, and have won a national journalism award in horseracing for Under-19s in 2003.