Oriel Partners is a boutique PA and administrative recruitment consultancy based in Central London. Our Founders, Auria Heanley and Olivia Coughtrie have over 30 years of combined experience, an extensive network and an exceptional reputation.
We are extremely passionate about what we do and take great pride in providing the highest quality of service to both our clients and candidates, following three main values; honesty, kindness and fun. Providing an honest and transparent service to our clients, being kind and helpful to our candidates and having fun in the office, in a supportive working environment.
Part of the reason for launching the business was to inspire others, and to this end we have also launched the Oriel Partners PA podcast! Olivia has interviewed several successful PAs across a variety of industry sectors who provide current industry knowledge, explain how they got to where they are today, and discuss the skills required to be successful in their roles.
Here’s a recap of the episodes so far.
Episode one is with Sophie Meeke, a PA in a family office investment firm. Sophie has nine years of experience supporting at senior level. In this episode we discuss how Sophie found the transition from being office based to providing virtual support, her top tips for being a first-class PA and the challenges she has overcome along the way.
Episode two is with Claire Hunter, a PA at Papier Ltd, the colourful stationery company that has collaborated with the likes of Disney, Liberty and the Prince’s Trust. Having joined during a period of high growth, Claire talked about her PA role and how she helps to create a positive office culture. Claire, originally from Australia, discusses her move to London and the interview processes she has faced along the way.
Episode three is with Nicky Catto, a PA in technology. Nicky speaks very honestly about how she fell into the PA role, after studying what she describes as the ‘party degree’ of Events! Nicky has worked for Channel 4, at Spring Restaurant for a Michelin starred chef and in the technology sector.
Episode four is with Josh Hunter, a Lifestyle Assistant. Josh has had a fascinating career to date, working with many celebrities and high-profile individuals in the film and entertainment space. Josh started his career working in hospitality, before supporting a high-profile actress in a business and private capacity. Josh talks about the demands of the role, what it takes to provide a first-class service and what he thinks of fame
Episode five is with Jonny Ireson, a Travelling PA. Jonny started his career working in hospitality before moving away from this and working as a Private PA and House Manager. Jonny’s most recent role has been a travelling PA for a very high-profile family in the music industry.
Episode six is with Emma James, an EA in Executive Search. Emma started her career working in the marketing team of a global food brand before moving into the PA role. Emma's current position is at a leading Executive Search firm where she is an EA in a one-on-one support role. Emma talks about her experience to date, what it’s like working in Executive Search and how the role differs from a more traditional support position.
Our final episode of the PA Podcast is with Olivia Coughtrie and Auria Heanley, our co-founders, who answer a selection of recruitment related questions. In this episode, we cover tips for interview, what to wear, how to negotiate a pay rise, the career path of a PA, the biggest frustrations as recruiters, how to layout a CV, why we set up the business and so much more! We get asked these questions daily, so we wanted to provide as much useful information as possible. After all, knowledge is power!
Want to check out the Oriel Partners podcast? Click here to listen to all the episodes.