Debra Jacobs

Debra Jacobs | RBS

PA to Senior Learning & Development Partner | The Royal Bank of Scotland


Debra started her career in the hotel industry with Forte Hotels, taking up a variety of customer facing roles, before moving into Conference & Banqueting. In the years that followed, Debra moved to a corporate environment organising in-house corporate events before finally moving into event management with a number of organisations. In these roles, Debra was responsible for multiple global corporate events; working to tight deadlines, constantly changing logistical aspects including venues, client demands, budgets and environments.

After many years in the events industry to achieve a more sustainable work life balance, Debra changed direction in her career transitioning into the PA role.

For the past 10 years, Debra has worked for a variety of global organisations, always within the HR function supporting at Director Level. Debra has been at for 5 years working within Group HR Functions.  Debra enjoys the variety in her role and the culture at RBS.

Debra has recently launched a PA Network at RBS. The aim of the network is to bring the PAs together from across the Bank; to learn from one another, to share experiences, information and best practice and offer customised development and training. The network will help to reinforce the value of the PA role and will help support the ambition to be number one for customer service, trust and advocacy by 2020. From a standing start in January the network now has over 500 members across the bank.

Outside of work, Debra supports various international animal rescue charities. Last September, Debra was part of a committee who successfully organised the “Inspiring Leadership Trust Annual Fashion Show & Gala Event” at the Corinthia Hotel, London. The Inspiring Leadership Trust (ILT) is a charitable trust; the objective is to support vulnerable women and young people around the world.

In her spare time, Debra is an avid Afternoon Tea fanatic and is working her way through the Top 20 best places for Afternoon Tea in London. Debra also enjoys spending time with her husband, friends and family and her two cats, Harley and Miracle.



Simone White

Simone White | Blackrock

Administrative Assistant | BlackRock | Asset Management


 

I am the Founder and Chair of the ACE Network (Assistant Community EMEA) at BlackRock, the world’s leading Asset Management Firm.  Having worked in administration for over 20 years, I have a wealth of experience in supporting executives at every level as well as managing teams and offices. As Chair of ACE, I work with managers, HR and assistants to ‘raise the bar’ and elevate the role of the admin professional.  The ACE Network provides specific training for assistants and managers as well as assistant on-boarding, business knowledge sessions and networking.  Under the ACE Connects banner, ACE host network sessions encouraging internal & external assistants that speak every day to meet face to face and make those important connections and support their businesses and themselves. I actively connect with assistants via 1-1 mentoring or networking across industries and time zones to encourage them to take the lead and make change.

Alongside this, my day job is Executive Support to the Heads of iShares EMEA Product, Global Sustainability, and EMEA Range Management.  I am also the Assistant Co-ordinator for iShares London.

I am a Fellow of EPPA and a member of EUMA and the London PA Network.


Rose Ita Camm

Rose Ita Camm | Manchester Camerata

 Executive Assistant | Manchester Camerata


Born in Wythenshawe; Manchester I left school at 16 and began working as an Office Junior. I progressed to the post of Telex; telephonist; typist before starting a family.

After more than ten years at home raising five children in 1991 I returned to work in a very different environment, technology having advanced, from manual typewriter to computer. Although this role was initially a two week secretarial assignment, within one hour I was appointed permanently.

I have worked through many office roles in the Private and Public sectors diversifying to include office and/or facilities and project management, increasing my knowledge and sharing of skills.

Currently Executive Assistant with Manchester Camerata, a stimulating role bringing new experiences and daily challenges, including studying for a Business Administration Level 4 qualification. I was delighted to be nominated for, and winner of, PA of the Year 2015 Business Initiative.


 


Jane Brazzill

Jane Brazzill | PwC

 PA | PwC


I'm PA to 2 partners & 2 directors at PwC and have been in the role for over 8 years.  I've been a PA for 20+ years but it's been during my time at PwC that I feel I've had the most impact and enjoyed my career.   This was due to me taking myself out of my comfort zone, joining the Manchester PA network and having the confidence to build an external peer group.  I enjoy meeting new people and helping connect them to other likeminded people, either at networking events or via social media.  I also support other PA networks & charity fundraising events. Outside work my family, friends & 2 dogs take up my spare time.


 


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Hannah Kate Smith | RSA

 Executive Assistant to Managing Director, UK Commercial | RSA Group


I’m Hannah, Executive Assistant to the MD of our Commercial business at RSA Group. My role is really varied; one day I’m writing a speech; the next I’m facilitating a Board meeting! I joined the RSA graduate programme in 2011, fresh-faced from Leeds University with a History of Art MA in hand. Since then, I’ve worked in underwriting, business development, leadership and marketing positions in the UK and mainland Europe.

One of my proudest moments was being elected first female Chair of the Young Members’ Committee at the Insurance Institute of London. We organise development and networking events for young professionals across the market. Other highlights include shaping a Mentoring scheme for ACII exam candidates and participating at Dive In Festival; promoting diversity in insurance.

Outside work, I’m an avid charity runner and perform in musicals with a London-based Am-Dram society.

What motivates me? Challenging the norm; making a difference.


 


Michele Miller

Michele Miller | BDO

 Executive Assistant | BDO LLP


From Mayfair to Kings' Cross, from South Ken to Blackfriars, from St James's to Marylebone via The Gold Coast and Sydney, I have supported, cajoled, enthused, managed, amused and developed others and, quite often, surprised myself.   Always learning, seeking and sharing new initiatives, I like to bring a fresh twist to my expertise in team management. I encourage the unexpected, taking people out of their comfort zones and into a realm of possibilities. My favourite quote is by Eleanor Roosevelt: "Do the thing you think you cannot do".


 


Lorraine Stone

Lorraine Stone | Herbert Smith Freehills

 Executive Assistant | Allegro Development


I am an Executive Assistant, or Fixer EA-xtraordinaire, with almost 20 years' experience with senior executives in large, international companies. I'm an advocate of work/life balance.  As a former trainer and now one of nine EAs in a group of over 200 PAs (and that's just our London office) my role has grown into one of champion and mentor. I'm a Prestige member of the PA Club; I have been video-interviewed for a personal branding course for EAs and; I'm the PA representative for my firm's Women in Business Services network; I feature in the BBC World Service programme "The Rise of the Executive PA"; and will be speaking at the Assist conference in February 2016.


 


Amanda Barlow

Amanda Hargreaves | PZ Cussons

 EA to the ExCo | PZ Cussons International


Amanda is Executive Assistant to the Executive Committee of PZ Cussons International and has primary responsibility for the CEO, CFO and HR Director.

Amanda is incredibly proud of the fact that she is a co-founder of the Manchester PA Network (“MPAN”) www.manchesterpanetwork.co.uk. MPAN is a not-for-profit organisation founded in July 2011.  MPAN was borne out of the founders' frustrations of there being no meaningful or beneficial network for PAs in the Manchester area and it has since grown organically to over 600 members.


 


Karen Glenn

Karen Glenn | Colt Technology Services

 Executive Assistant | Colt Technology Services


I am an award winning PA with over eight years’ experience, extremely passionate and ambitious, who champions the role as a truly fantastic career choice. It is a career that I enjoy and have turned it into an opportunity to be among the best in my field.  An efficient and career-focused PA who believes passionately about providing the highest level of support to the Executive which assists in underpinning their strategic objectives and someone who consistently works to the highest professional standards with superb communication skills and the ability to build solid relationships. I have been described by my Executive Team as the rock, the go to person in the team, always in tune with the feelings of others and knowing when to offer extra support or advice. A PA who enjoys networking with peers with the aim of sharing knowledge and supporting others starting on their career journey along with becoming a fellow member of EPAA this year.  I  have also recently started public speaking, with the first attempt being at a PA training day, it is important to always challenge yourself and look for areas of development to grow.

More recently I am proud to be the co-founder of a new network for Essex office support staff called “NESS”.  It is aimed not only at PA/EAs but office administrators, office managers, receptions, office juniors to bring the support staff together to connect, share & develop.  NESS has its launch event on the evening of 10th May.


 


Jennifer Corcoran

Jennifer Corcoran | Credit Agricole CIB

 Office Manager / PA | Crédit Agricole CIB


Welcome to my bio.  Tooting your own horn can feel a bit awkward but when it comes to championing the PA/EA profession or being an advocate for fairness and equality I’m more than happy to wax lyrical.

For me the pen is mightier than the sword and in 2014 I set up my own PA related blog.  I have also guest blogged on subjects such as networking, speaking up, creating an internal PA forum, the importance of a professional headshot and getting an up to date job description.  I have pushed through my comfort zone and spoken at conferences as to how social media can empower Assistants.

On the voluntary side I am the National PRO for EUMA UK which is a not-for-profit Association for Management Assistants across 25 countries.  I am also a proud founding member of WEP and belong to the SPRING women’s network at CACIB.