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We are proud to reveal this year’s finalists for
the West Midlands PA Awards 2022.

We have a HUGE night of celebration planned at VOCO, St. Johns Solihull on the 15th July 2022 and we hope you will join us.


West Midlands PA Awards (formally known as Birmingham PA Awards) is a celebration in recognition of the passion, dedication, drive and commitment of our regional Executive and Business Support Community.

It’s one BIG night, all together, in one room where we have the chance to acknowledge and award the incredible achievements across a vast array of business sectors and experience levels.

Our finalists started their journey back in February 2022 when the nominations were opened. Our awards committee were overwhelmed by the show of support from colleagues and business leaders, who took the time to send in their feedback, showcasing some amazing examples. Our Judging panel have been blown away by the outstanding quality and innovative ideas that were shared. They interviewed incredibly talented individuals and teams across a range of roles within the Business Support sector, including Administrative Assistants, Secretaries, Business Support Managers, Office Managers, Virtual, Personal and Executive Assistants, as well as many more.

Now into our 5th year, The West Midlands PA Awards Team continuously work hard and strive to ensure we deliver a night that is worthy of our audience and is one to remember. Every single one of our finalists is so deserved we appreciate that they have pushed themselves out of their comfort zone when meeting the Judging panel virtually, which we know can be daunting, but we hope you have all found it incredibly rewarding.

Wishing our finalists, a HUGE congratulations, we cannot wait to welcome you to a fantastic night of celebration.

Lifetime Achievement Award

Ouida Hamilton, West Midlands Combined Authority

Sarah Bradley, Mills & Reeve

Tracy Peddle, Intercity Technology

Angela Farley, University of Birmingham

Debbie Watts, Mills & Reeve

Kim Smith, Eversheds Sutherland

Karen Evans, Anthony Collins Solicitors

Project Champion of the Year Award

Jaanika Okk, Time Assist

Chris Anderson, University of Warwick

Azaria Gilder, University of Birmingham

Joanne Day, Anthony Collins Solicitors

Wade Taylor, University of Birmingham

Heather Rogers, KPMG

Office Manager of the Year Award

Angela Farley, University of Birmingham

Lynn Howse, Squire Patton Boggs

Christine Barnett, University of Warwick

Administrative Professional of the Year

Elise Evans, Mills & Reeve

Caroline George, HS2

Louise Key, HS2

Tyler Brooks, Windsor Academy Trust

Sharron Boffin, Coventry University

Dipesh Mistry, KPMG

Newcomer of the Year Award

Dannie Hawkins, Eversheds Sutherland

Chris Anderson, University of Warwick

Harmony Lully, Coventry City Council

Suki Kaur, Eversheds Sutherland

Liz Kelly, The Air Ambulance Service

Sasha Pejovic, Mills & Reeve

Hannah Shipman, Mills & Reeve

Elizabeth Horton, DRPG

Natasha Hebblethwaite-Sharpe, Transport for West Midlands

Lead by Example Award (Teams)

Amy Hands & Veronica Lynex, Midlands Metro Alliance

Customer Services Executive Support Team, Coventry City Council

Sarah Arnott & Alice Gilkes, Avison Young

PA Network, Windsor Academy Trust

Lead by Example Award (Individuals)

Sophie Chapman, Mills & Reeve

Deb Harding, PDSA

Sarah Painter, Jumar

Emma Fitzsimons, Coventry University

CSR Champion of the Year Award

Emese Burnip, PwC

Liz Kelly, The Air Ambulance Service

Samantha Reddy, Opus VL

Eileen O’Leary, Eversheds Sutherland

Mentor of the Year Award

Deborah Guest, PwC

Jo Turner, Black Country Living Museum

Charlotte Pettit, West Midlands Combined Authority

Elise Evans, Mills & Reeve

Vanessa Somers, Betts Metals

Virtual Assistant of the Year Award

Cat Lawson, Boey VA

Jaanika Okk, Time Assist

Luke Manton, Manton Executives

Sarah Cook, Smart Cookie Virtual Assistant

Terri-Ann Sarjant, TR Virtual

Helen Martin, Aggrandise VA

PA of the Year 2022 Award

Azaria Gilder, University of Birmingham

Charlotte Pettit, West Midlands Combined Authority

Deborah Wilkins, Anthony Collins Solicitors

Katie Bott, BHSF

Kloe Wright, Mills & Reeve

Tanya Penny, BHSF

Donna-Marie Britton, Health Education England

Tracey Smith, DPD UK

Fiona Boyd, J.W. Hinks

Deb Harding, PDSA

Lisa Edwards, Light Hall School

Amanda Naan, Aston Engineering Academy

To catch up on the highlights of our previous Awards celebrations
please follow the links below:

Click to watch West Midlands PA Awards 2021
Click to watch West Midlands PA Awards 2020 (Delivered Virtually)
Click to watch West Midlands PA Awards 2019

Thank you so much to the West Midlands PA Awards Judging Panel

  • Chris Pardoe, PropRec Search
  • Fay Gleeson, SCC
  • Kam Vara, Katie Bard
  • Victoria Wratten, Executive & Personal Assistants Association
  • Julie Pettigrew, Jumar
  • Lindsay Taylor, Your Excellency Limited
  • Linda Leggett, McKesson
  • Lucy Brazier OBE, Executive Support Magazine
  • Matt D’Silva, Katie Bard
  • Gwen Backhouse, Curlew Secretarial Solutions
  • Steph Middleton-Foster, Outhose VA
  • Hana Gray, Office Management Group

Thank you so much to the West Midlands PA Awards committee

  • Fay Gleeson, SCC
  • Julie Pettigrew, Jumar
  • Linda Leggett, Mckesson
  • Tom Lingard, The Remote Assistant
  • Melissa Bates