Dubai PAs and EAs, here we come!

Certificate Programme of Management Skills for Executive Assistants

Enhance your performance with management and leadership capabilities

This event will be run in association with Marcus Evans

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  • Dates: 25th & 26th November 2015
  • Venue: Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Dubai

Highlights :

  • Certified Training – Delegates will received a Certificate of Management from the Global PA Association
  • This event is endorsed by Global PA Association with 28 CPD points for two days training
  • Delegates will be given complimentary 1 year Associate Membership of the Global PA Association

Benefits Of Attending This Interactive Two-Day Workshop :

  • Fully understand and appreciate the key issues in the relationship between the PA’s role and that of their Manager(s).
  • Understand business goals, communication with stakeholders and the effective management of client relationships
  • Develop a deeper understanding of Emotional Intelligence and how to implement it effectively in the workplace
  • Discover the Executive PA skills required to work at a senior (Chairman & CEO) level
  • Understand how to build a solid and productive relationship with their Manager(s) and gain clarity on goals, objectives and outcomes
  • Develop and apply people management skills, including managing junior staff, delegation, managing difficult situations and problem solving
  • Review the role of project management and how project management skills can be applied to support multi‐tasking within the Executive PA role
  • Develop a clear and focused plan for your own personal development to climb the career ladders marcus evans Training Courses are Thoroughly Researched and Structured to Provide Intense and Intimate Practical Training to your Organisation. Our Format:
  • An in-depth tailored programme to address market concerns
  • Pre-course questionnaires to allow you to tailor the programme to address your individual concerns
  • Comprehensive course documentation

“Our aim is to help meet the demand for highly skilled PAs, by developing PAs who possess the range of skills required to manage, build and promote effective working practices and relationships within organisations”

Marcus Evans

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SecsintheCity announces winners of PA of the Year Awards


National PA of the Year Awards announces their 2015 winners 

From left to right: Jules Clark, Eversheds LLP; Sheila Lyburn, Peter Vardy Ltd; Helen Rees, Marwell Wildlife

Sheila Lyburn from Peter Vardy Ltd was announced as winner of the PA of the Year Awards 2015, hosted by SecsintheCity, the UK’s #1 job site for PAs and Executive Assistants.

The announcement was made at a prestigious Awards ceremony held at The Ivy Restaurant on Thursday 12th November.

The winners of the PA of the Year Awards 2015 are:

  • PA of the Year – Sheila Lyburn, Peter Vardy Ltd
  • Social Media PA of the Year – Helen Rees, Marwell Wildlife
  • Legal PA of the Year – Jules Clark, Eversheds LLP

Sheila Lyburn is PA to the CEO at Peter Vardy Ltd, a leading, family owned Scottish car dealership based in Glasgow.

Sheila said: “I am absolutely thrilled to have won SecsintheCity’s PA of the Year Award, 2015. I was delighted when my boss, Peter Vardy, announced that he wanted to put me forward for the award as a result of my dedication, enthusiasm and commitment to my role”.

“PAs don’t always get the recognition they deserve as much of their work is unseen and unheralded.  It is fantastic that these awards showcase our talents and I would strongly advise any PA to put themselves forward when this comes around again next year.”

Along with her PA of the Year 2015 title, Sheila will also enjoy a stay in a track facing suite at Brooklands Hotel Surrey, including dinner and spa treatments.

The Awards, sponsored by Tay Associates, were established 4 years ago to champion the professionalism of PAs and acknowledge their contribution to the organisations they work for.

Emily Penny, Head of Sales at SecsintheCity, said:

“This year the calibre of finalists was exceptionally high, with PAs from ITV, DLA Piper, Barclays and UBM nominated.We look forward to following our winners continued success in the future.”

Christmas Tea at the Scoff & Banter – You’re Invited



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Fellow Platinum and Associate members of the Global PA Association! Come join us for a sumptuous Christmas Afternoon Tea at the Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms at the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Berkshire this December.

The event will take place on 3rd December from 6 pm onwards. 

If you haven’t finished (or even started) your Christmas shopping this is the perfect opportunity to take to the shops after tea because of the hotel’s proximity to Oxford Street.

Places are limited so please RSVP as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you there!


 About the Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms:BRK_REST_SCOFF_02_W (650x370)

Scoff & Banter celebrates classic British ingredients, in classic British flavour combinations, cooked with classic British finesse.

All served with generous helpings of British individuality; and the occasional hint of time-honoured British eccentricity. Close to the exclusive shops of Oxford Street and Bond Street, Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms sits as a soothing sanctuary within the Radisson Blu Edwardian, Berkshire. Escape inside for an exquisite afternoon tea; stroll outside for the finest and most fashionable shopping London has to offer.

Complimentary bottle of Prosecco – For a limited time only, receive a free bottle of Prosecco for every 2 people dining from the full tea menu. Book online now or call 020 7514 3456.

Images courtesy of Scoff & Banter

London PA Masterclass – Only 2 places left!


‘7 Key Skills of Exceptional 21st Century PAs’

  • Date: Friday 20 November
  • Time:  9.30-16.45
  • Venue:  De Vere Venues, West One, 9-10 Portland Place, London


£395* (Members) – Buy Now
£460* (Non-Members) – Buy Now
*Discounts available for public sector, not for profit and personal payment.

CPD accredited programme by CPD Standards Office & by Birkbeck University of London for PA Students studying the CertHE ManPAs.

7 Key Skills PA Masterclass

Discover the 7 Key Skills that will make your role more productive and complete an assessment in each skill. This is guaranteed to be an insightful and interactive day, led by International Training Expert, Rosemary Parr. Our class sizes are small to give every delegate the chance to be involved and interact with the other delegates. PAs love our sessions as they make new friends and share best practice.

To book and find out more, click here.

For further information please do not hesitate to contact us at

Make a #PAPromise for your future



Following their recent study which found that PAs are working long hours and taking on a range of tasks they haven’t had training for, Avery launched the #PAPromise initiative.

In response to the study’s findings, which revealed 68% PAs worked extra hours at least once a week, Avery invited PAs everywhere to make promises for their own well being and career development. These promises could be anything from making time for themselves to getting involved with CPD. There’s now a whole list of ideas online at

In return Avery had promised to continue championing the PA profession and raising awareness of the challenges faced by PAs. To help say thank you to hard working PAs, anyone who shared their promise via twitter using #PAPromise was automatically be entered to win thank you gifts from Avery’s Appreciation Box. The gifts on offer included treats such as chocolate, vouchers and pampering essentials.

The activity initially took place 19th – 25th October, when Avery randomly selected multiple winners from the PAs who tweeted their promises. Promises could also be shared on the Avery UK Facebook page or emailed to

Avery’s Marketing Director, Fiona Mills explained the inspiration behind the PA Promise initiative

“After speaking to several PAs and spending months on the #PAPsych research project, we couldn’t ignore the findings of our report.

With the study showing PAs work significantly more unpaid overtime than colleagues and frequently take on new responsibilities, all while remaining positive and enthusiastic – we wanted to recognise this. We’ve promised to keep on working to support PAs and champion the vital role they play in business but we wanted to do something extra to help inspire change.

Many of the PAs we spoke to acknowledged that as a result of dedicating themselves to supporting others, they often don’t have time to think about themselves or their own careers. We decided to introduce #PAPromise as a way of encouraging PAs to look after themselves. Whether it is something small like taking a lunch break away from the office or seeking training, we want to see PAs pledging to make their working lives better. Whilst we encouraged PAs to make their promises for a week in October initially, it is an ongoing activity that we will be repeating again in the future. We really hope PAs everywhere can get behind the initiative and support one another to keep their promises.”

The campaign is already proving popular with several PAs revealing their promises on camera, including PA of the Year 2013 Leeanne Graham. Speaking about the campaign, Leeanne Graham commented:

“I’m really excited about the Avery PA Promise campaign because I don’t think as PAs we spend enough time looking after ourselves.”

Leeanne then went on to make her promise to be kinder to herself and enjoy all the positives around her. You can see the promises made by several other PAs online at

PAs can still continue to take to Twitter to make a #PAPromise for themselves….

….And we at the Global PA Association will re tweet your tweet and you could have the opportunity to be featured on our blog or be offered the opportunity to contribute to our blog, so keep tweeting!

Find out more about the campaign and the PAs supporting it at

Keep an eye on the @UKAvery Twitter account for #PAPromise popping up in future.