PA Forum Mentor and Mentee Initiative

We are delighted to offer additional support services to our members in the shape of the NEW PA Forum Mentor and Mentee initiative. Below are the details of a range of Personal and Executive Assistants based throughout the West Midlands who have kindly offered their time, help and support to those of you who would value a Mentor to talk to and support you through your career journey. If you are interested in the programme please email daniel@pa-forum.co.uk and we will forward an application form to you, we will then reach out to our mentors and encourage an initial meeting between yourselves to see if you both feel you can start a journey together.

Debbie Guest

Personal Assistant (Offsite)
20+ years

Areas of interest:

  • Professional Services
  • Hospitality
  • Event Management
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Virtual Assistant

Profile:
I worked in the hospitality industry for a short while after finishing my degree, then worked as a Training Co-ordinator at a law firm before finding my niche as a PA. I’ve been a PA for over 20 years, working in a wide variety of industries from legal firms, accountancy/finance firms to a small business and also the NHS. I have been working for PwC as a Virtual Assistant for 3 years based mainly at home and love it. I support a busy Partner and 3 Directors based in London and duties include: arranging meetings and events, extensive diary management – managing multiple complex diaries, international and UK travel, taking minutes at meetings, email management, expense management, writing correspondence and preparing reports. I am the Learning and Development Rep for our team of 12 and enjoy arranging a wide variety of learning sessions. “I have recently mentored colleagues and this is an area of passion that I would like to extend outside my own organisation too”

Jo Turner

Personal Assistant
20+ years

Areas of interest:

  • Time management
  • Board level support, including recruitment & development programmes
  • Governance
  • Creating innovative & efficient systems
  • Project & events management
  • Leading projects & teams
  • Reframing difficult issues & challenging situations
  • Practical admin tips & techniques
  • Confidence building

Profile:
Over 20 years’ experience in administration, most recently in managerial & PA positions within charity & museum/cultural sectors. Currently PA to Chief Executive & support to Board of Trustees at Black Country Living Museum, Dudley. Experience includes project & events management; coordination of national leadership programme; liaison with high-level stakeholders; coordination of reports & presentations; data analysis; recruitment & induction; office, resource & budget management; supporting multi-functioning teams; and staff management.

Karen Allen

Personal Assistant
10 - 15 Years

Areas of interest:

  • Time Management
  • People Management
  • Stakeholder management

Profile:
I have been with Pinsent Masons since July 2018 and I am the Information Security Co-ordinator and PA to the CISO and his 4 direct reports who are Head of Engagement, Head of Technical Security, Head of Supply Chain Risk and Head of Governance. I’ve been a PA/EA for the last 15 years, with a career spanning different business sectors such as Construction, Highways, Facilities, Insurance and professional services. I am a Mental Health Champion, Security Agent, Purpose Ambassador a member of the Family Support Network, DWG, Starfish and also on the Right 2 Read Scheme.

Mel Bates

Executive Assistant
15+ Years

Areas of interest:

  • Project management
  • Board level EA work
  • Managing upwards
  • Overall business understanding

Profile:
I am an Executive Assistant, with over 15 years’ experience in the legal sector, managerial experience (having previously managed a team of 19 PAs and admins) and am also a professionally qualified Paralegal and Legal PA.  I have a confident, energetic and enthusiastic approach, exceptional organisational skills and an eye for detail.  I can work on my own initiative, thrive on new challenges and am focused to achieve high quality work to tight deadlines with complete trust and respect for confidentiality.

Oona MacDonald

Executive Assistant
20+ years

Areas of interest:

  • Time management
  • Diary management
  • Office management
  • Marketing
  • Digital marketing
  • Office moves

Profile:
Oona began her career as a temp receptionist at 3i plc and has since worked in various Administration, PA and Office Management roles in the financial sector. She is currently Executive Assistant to the Managing Director and Office Manager at a leading management consultancy firm in Birmingham. She also runs The PA Guide to Birmingham website and network in her spare time.

Tracy Whitehouse

Executive Assistant
20+ years

Areas of interest:

  • Mentoring colleagues and others to achieve results and to be the best PA they can be
  • Equality and Diversity
  • A passion for Internal Communications
  • Organising large meetings and Conferences, creating fresh and innovative events
  • Compliance
  • Managing projects
  • Promoting and professionalising the role of the Admin professional

Profile:
A committed and loyal Executive Assistant who is always keen to underpin the success of her Executive. I am happy to step outside the realm of the general administration duties, which naturally comes with job, to create opportunities where I can add further value to business I support. I encourage more junior colleagues to step out of their comfort zone by promoting networking and forging good relationships which I believe is the key to success. I have worked in a number of different organisations and within differing sectors.

Victoria Luckett

Personal Assistant
20+ years

Areas of interest:

  • Time management
  • Stakeholder management
  • Conflict Management
  • Career progression
  • Change Management

Profile:
I am an efficient Executive Assistant with operations management, data analysis and project management experience. I have gained valuable leadership experience previously as Head of Operations in which I successfully led teams, managed change effectively and instilled company values.