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On Monday 17th January 2020 this year’s nominees for the West Midlands PA Awards received notification of the shortlisted candidates in the running to be recognised at this year’s Awards ceremony. We would like to extend a HUGE thank you to all the companies have taken time to submit a nomination, recognising and appreciating all their nominees hard work and support for the business throughout 2020. The excitement and buzz has been amazing and we would like to wish each and every nominee the very best on this extremely exciting journey.

All nominees were welcomed to an exclusive celebration at Hotel Du Vin, Birmingham on 6th February 2020. We had such a fantastic mix of all experience levels across all sectors where each nominee had the chance to meet each other, some of our past winners, welcome our partners, and seek helpful hints and tips from the West Midlands PA Awards awards committee and some of our Judges. We were so excited to be joined by Lucy Brazier who shared the excitement and offered words of wisdom whilst we raised a glass to you all!

Introducing the nominees for West Midlands PA Awards 2020

Internal PA Network of the Year
· Galliford Try – PA Forum
· West Midlands Combined Authority – PA Cohort
· The VA Network
· PwC LLP – Assistants Alliance
· Designated PA – Designated Hives

Events/Project Manager of the Year
· Elizabeth Watson – The National Lottery Fund
· Kathy Young – PwC LLP
· Penny Neary – Eversheds Sutherland
· Stephen Chand – University of Birmingham
· Helen Gibbs – Aldi Stores Ltd.

Independent Virtual Assistant of the Year
· Sandy Hearn – Elite PA Solutions
· Rachel Hands – RHVA Virtual Assistant
· Avril James – Ask Avril
· Sara Roddis – Sara Roddis VA Services
· Lisa Gardner – Lisa Gardner VA

Lifetime Achievement Award
· Linda Sylvester – Squire Patton Boggs
· Kathy Young – PwC LLP
· Julie Pettigrew – Jumar Solutions Ltd
· Sue Dale – Eversheds Sutherland
· Debbie Simkin – Avison Young
· Lisa Cutler – BDO

Newcomer of the Year
· Elliot Robinson Perry – Anthony Collins Solicitors
· Sam Walters – PwC LLP
· Amy Malin – DPD UK
· Sophie Harper – Berwick Partners
· Zabrina Magor – West Midlands Combined Authority
· Rachel Rutter – Aston University
· Sarah Painter – Jumar Solutions
· Rosanna Gilligan – Mills & Reeve LLP

Lead by Example Award
· Julie Budd – Galliford Try
· Aimee Browne – The Works
· Paula Holland – PwC LLP
· Bev McColl – Arup
· Charlotte Harris – Highways England

CSR/Diversity & Inclusion Champion
· Sarah James – Agility Group
· Emese Burnip – PwC LLP
· Wade Taylor – University of Birmingham
· Laura Nelson – D Wilson Architectural
· Sue Cartwright – PwC LLP

Secretarial Team Manager of the Year
· Chelsea Carrington – Highways England
· Julie Costello – PwC LLP
· Kili Thomas – West Midlands Combines Authority
· Helen Hulse – Crowe UK
· Kate Mumford – Anthony Collins Solicitors

Team of the Year
· PwC – Virtual Summit
· PwC – B4
· Avison Young – Real Estate Consultancy
· Anthony Collins Solicitors – Personal Injury Team
· Anthony Collins – Employment & Pensions
· PwC – B2

PA of the Year
· Julie Goodwin – Aston University
· Mina Chambers – WCG
· Karen Allen – Pinsent Masons LLP
· Hannah Booth – RAF Association
· Jane Waight – The Space-2 Group
· Alice Gilkes – Avison Young
· Sarah James – Agility Group
· Julie Lake – ResourceBANK
· Jane Smith – Aldi Stores Ltd
· Nikki Wood – Avison Young
· Lisa Walshe – CBRE Ltd
· Sadie Hays – Balfour Beatty
· Anne Green – Natwest Bank
· Dawn Kavanagh – National Grid
· Regena Hodson – Anthony Collins Solicitors

“Due to the global pandemic and Government guidance the West Midlands PA Awards is currently postponed. The health and safety of our members, committee, judges and partners is so important. We have been so overwhelmed by the response and we promise to resume as soon as we possibly can, we may have to do things differently this year and will endeavour to keep everyone informed as soon as we know more. The time, effort and support of your managers and colleagues across our West Midlands organisations who have supported you has just been incredible, we are determined to ensure we can continue ti celebrate your achievements as best we can in 2020”

The Judges

Lucy Brazier – Executive Secretary Magazine

Fiona Mucklow – Eversheds Sutherland (PA of the Year 2018)

Kam Vara – Director, Katie Bard

Ian Bennett – Operations Director, Resorts World

Chris Peacock – Director, Conference Care

The Awards committee

Daniel Skermer – Chair & Founder PA Forum

Fay Gleeson – SCC

Narinder Sira – Avison Young

Tracey Paton – Dignity UK

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