Welcome to my bio….
Firstly, thank you so much for visiting my site! For those wanting to know a bit more about me, I’m a convivial, resourceful and resilient Social Media Consultant with 20 years’ experience of throwing to-do lists up in the air and catching them in a different order.
I would describe myself as a master juggler, super-connector and a social media enthusiast with a passion for communication, connection and personal branding.
I’m currently exploring my love of all things social media and have set up as an Independent Stylist with Stella & Dot. You can learn a bit more about this in my latest post. I’m enjoying my new sparkly venture and the transition from an employee mindset to that of a budding entrepreneur and boss.
I’m also working hard on my new social media consultancy business ‘My Super Connector’ which will launch in March. Exciting times ahead!
One of the highlights of my career as a proud PA was being crowned Pitman’s SuperAchiever PA of the Year 2016. I was a finalist in 2015 which made the victory all the sweeter and I strongly believe that Assistants need to start tooting their own horn in order to gain the recognition that our profession rightfully deserves.
SuperAchievers 2017 have just launched which is very exciting! You can find out a bit more by clicking on the below photo #SuperAchievers2017
I’m honoured and humbled to be a winner in WeAreTheCity’s Rising Star Awards 2016 in the PA category. These awards champion the female pipeline below management level and I consider Vanessa Vallely the CEO of WATC to be a role model and personal heroine of mine.
You can watch the presentation of the EA/PA awards by the inspirational Victoria Darragh (CEO of EPAA) via this link. I’m a proud fellow of EPAA and would urge all UK based Assistants to check it out.
You can find out a bit more about the Rising Star Awards 2017 by clicking on the below picture. #watctop100
In 2015 I won the title of ‘Networked PA of the Year’ at The London PA Awards and was a proud champion and judge of the networking category in 2016. I’m an enthusiastic advocate of networking. Online networking is a fantastic tool for introverts to get a sense of buy-in and make an impact and face to face networking has certainly improved my interpersonal skills and confidence.
2015 was a good year for me as I was also a finalist for SecintheCity’s Social Media PA of the Year. Networking has truly changed my life for the better.
Whether you are looking for knowledge, support, to network with peers or to raise your profile the results of networking are tenfold.
My top tips are to find a friendly face in the room and SHINE (smile, handshake, eye contact, name and enthusiasm). Try to network in a way that is authentic for you whether that is face to face or online.
Be yourself – everyone else is taken
On the volunteer side, I am an active member and former National Public Relations Officer for the IMA UK Management Assistant Network (previously known as EUMA). IMA is a not-for-profit organisation which is run by volunteers across 25 countries. It is a fantastic member led organisation which encourages PA/EA development on both a professional and personal level.
We rise by lifting others – how are you giving back? Are you a mentor?
I’m not an extroverted millennial with a love of public speaking but I would like to think that in my own way I have found my voice and can make a difference.
My core values are integrity, fairness, happiness, helpfulness, inclusion, open-mindedness and ultimately making a positive impact.
Dubliner, Londoner and proud Croydon resident. I have lived in London for 15 years and spent about 10 of them in Croydon which is currently being dubbed The Cronx. I was recently interviewed by the Croydon Advertiser in relation to the emerging street art scene and town regeneration and it was a privilege to big up my home town and hopefully challenge some perceptions and stereotypes.
If you like any of my posts and have any comments I would love to hear from you so please don’t be shy with feedback! Thank you again for checking out my blog.