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Celebrating the business support community across the West Midlands

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West Midlands PA Awards 2021

Nominations for the West Midlands PA Awards 2021 opened in January and we were delighted to see a huge variety of businesses across all sectors engage, taking time to celebrate a wide range of Business & Executive Support roles across the profession

The shortlisted nominees were invited to meet a panel of professionals virtually taking part in a short video call where they had the chance to bring their written nominations to life and share just how passionate everyone is about the profession and really kick start their awards journey,

We had the opportunity to meet face to face at Eastside Rooms in Birmingham, where the nominees had the chance to meet each other and our judges in person for the first time.

Whilst we appreciate there is some time between the nominations and the celebrations we have hosted a number of events where we can share the excitement and bring the community together with a professional photoshoot at the Park Regis, Birmingham followed by an Awards pre party at Jukeboxers, Birmingham.

We cannot wait to welcome this year’s nominees on 5th November 2021 @ Park Regis Birmingham.  The West Midlands PA Awards committee along with our partners are now working hard behind the scenes to deliver an evening that matches up to the exceptional quality of candidates and we are all excited to see you.

The finalists in each category for the West Midlands PA Awards 2021 are:

AND THE FINALISTS ARE...

TEAM LEADER OF THE YEAR

Sharon Essex – Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Lisa Ford – PwC

Annette Haye – Mills and Reeve

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Jeanette O’Connell – Hollis Global

Lauren Martin – Eversheds Sutherland (international) LLP

Tom Lingard – University of Birmingham

Ethan Harries – WMG Academy for Young Engineers Trust

Dean Thorpe – ARUP

NETWORKER OF THE YEAR

Rachel Perrin-Stalker – Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors

Emma Lardner – University of Birmingham

Debra Peltz – Save the Children UK

Hayley Newcombe

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Carla Payne – Citizen Housing

Tracy Whitehouse – Orbit Homes

Sandra Edwards – Eversheds Sutherland (international) LLP

Julie Hedge – Shoosmiths LLP

Maria Tisconia – The Air Ambulance Service

INTERNAL PA NETWORK OF THE YEAR

University of Birmingham PA Network

West Midlands Combined Authority PA Cohort

INDEPENDENT VA OF THE YEAR

Stephanie Middleton-Foster – Outhouse UK Limited

Caroline Millichamp – MiniU Services

Paddy White – Virtual Diamond

Lisa Edwards – The Edwards Company (UK) Ltd

Katie Stone – Katie Stone PA

ASPIRING PA OF THE YEAR

Verity Smith – Mills & Reeve LLP

Lucy Brittain – Performance Window Fabrications

Alex Brown – Mills & Reeve LLP

AMBASSADOR FOR CHANGE AWARD

Sarah James – Savient Limited

Faye Fryer – KPMG

ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD

Jo Turner – Black Country Living Museum

Sarah James – Savient Limited

Elizabeth Haines – Eversheds Sutherland

Cat Bromley – Gymshark

Ruth Dufty – Anthony Collins Solicitors

PA OF THE YEAR 2021

Hayley Newcombe

Rachael Phillips – Transport for West Midlands

Alison Shaw – Wasps Ricoh Arena

Julie Hedge – Shoosmiths LLP

Maria Tisconia – The Air Ambulance Service

Jo Parkin – Alpro

Yvonne Currow – Adcocks Ltd

With thanks to the 2021 Judges

Andrew Jardine – Institute of Administrative Management

Rosemary Parr – Global PA Association

Alice Gilkes – Avison Young (PA of the Year 2020)

Kam Vara – Director, Katie Bard

Chris Peacock – Director, Conference Care

Melissa Bates – Oxygen Finance

With thanks to the 2021 Awards Committee

Daniel Skermer – Chair & Founder PA Forum

Fay Gleeson – SCC

Linda Leggett – McKesson UK

Julie Pettigrew – Jumar Solutions

Melissa Bates – Oxygen Finance

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