24 Jul 2018

Winners revealed at city’s first PA awards

By Kate Grantham

Winners in Birmingham’s first awards ceremony to celebrate the successes and achievements of executive, personal and virtual assistants were announced on Friday (20th July) at the Birmingham PA Forum’s first gala event.

The event at the Vox at Resorts World Birmingham saw Fay Gleeson, Executive Personal Assistant at SCC, crowned Greater Birmingham PA of the Year with judges praising her unique abilities, huge breadth of skill, and passion for the personal development of others.

Winners were also revealed in four additional award categories as over 300 professionals came together to celebrate the finalists’ and winners’ accomplishments.

Birmingham PA Awards 2018 Winners:

  • Motivation (Team Player of the Year) – Jayne Forgham, PWC
  • Aspiration (Newcomer of the Year) – Hannah Cowell, JW Hinks
  • Inspiration (Lead by Example Award) – Hannah Smith, Designated PA
  • Innovation (Innovator of the Year) – Chelsea Guerin, Trowers & Hamlins
  • Celebration (The Greater Birmingham PA of the Year) – Fay Gleeson, SCC

All of the finalists were praised by the judges, having already showcased their achievements in a presentation to this year’s judging panel: Paul Faulkner, CEO of Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce, Karen Morris-Lanz, Director at Waponi HR and former CIO of Securitas, and Tracey
Paton, Executive Assistant to CEO at Dignity.

Daniel Skermer, Founder of the Birmingham PA Forum & Awards said:

“Our first PA Awards has been an overwhelming success and this year’s winners have been part of something truly special.

“These ladies are inspirational and powerful, yet humble. They’re often the unsung heroes of business and it was fantastic to see so many of their colleagues and peers attending to share in their achievements.

“We were blown away at the number of nominations and we were delighted to see some of the region’s biggest businesses putting their people forward. The calibre was exceptionally high and the judges had a very difficult task deciding the winners.

“The support that the Birmingham PA Forum has received from businesses and individuals alike shows us that we’re at the starting point of an exciting journey. We now have over 400 members from across the city and it’s safe to say that this awards ceremony is here to stay.”

The Birmingham PA Forum has seen success of its own this week, having been shortlisted in the ‘External PA Network’ category at the Manchester PA Awards – one of the biggest in the country.

The evening also saw guests raise £6,221 for Birmingham charities LoveBrum and the Sir Josiah Mason Trust.

The event was organised by the Birmingham PA Forum’s voluntary awards committee: Tracey Paton, Dignity UK, Narinder Sira, GVA and Jas Gardiner, Squire Patton Boggs.

The awards were supported by headline sponsors Top Banana and Katie Bard, as well as category sponsors Asemblr, Egencia, ORS UK and Page Personnel. The awards were also supported by The Vox, Resorts World, PA Life, Indigo Sky Solutions, CMA Video and Eventologists.

To see all the finalists, winners and photos from the evening visit www.birminghampaforum.co.uk

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