About Us

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 2019 committee looks forward to bringing you some more fantastic events.

Jenny Mackerness

Jenny Mackerness

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.

Susie Ritchie


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