PA of the Year 2018: Meet our Winners

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Behind the success of many bosses, there’s a talented and driven Personal Assistant keeping everything under control.

SecsintheCity, the UK’s only job site dedicated to Personal and Executive Assistants, announced the winners of their 7th annual PA of the Year Awards at a ceremony devoted to recognising the very best talent and achievements in the profession.

The 2018 awards, on the 8th of November at the prestigious Ivy Restaurant in London, saw some of the UK’s finest Personal and Executive Assistants pick up winner’s prizes in 4 categories; but it was the toughest year yet for the judging panel.

Shortlisting 12 finalists from 500 nominations was no easy feat, and refining those to 4 winners following a series of interviews was harder still.

But our judges know the importance of the role. Susanna Tait, Chief Executive of specialist PA recruitment consultancy Tay Associates who sponsor the Awards emphasises that they exist to “champion the profession and acknowledge the significant contributions PAs and EAs make to the organisations they work for.”

The 4 winners of the 2018 PA of the Year Awards are:

PA of the Year: Julia Tolkaciova, EA to President of AMC Europe and Odeon Cinemas

Social Media PA of the Year: Craig Harris, EA to Director of Fundraising at Shelter

Legal PA of the Year: Amy Franklyn, EA to Head of Corporate​ at Bird & Bird LLP

Outstanding Achievement Award: Joyce Dadzie, EA at Axiom

Bios:

PA of the Year: Julia Tolkaciova, EA to President of AMC Europe and Odeon Cinemas

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 “You need to get a kick out of organising someone’s life,” says, Julia, “when you’re organising turtle soup to be delivered to a helicopter, there isn’t much you haven’t seen.” Julia’s career has encompassed the art world, online gaming, travel and legal, plus a role as Private PA to HNWIs.  Operationally slick with enormous pride and integrity in her work, the judging panel were impressed by Julia’s drive, energy and passion.  Currently working in a role that has been extended to that of a trusted business partner, Julia’s successes highlight that there is no limit to what a talented, intelligent and enthusiastic PA can achieve.

 

Social Media PA of the Year: Craig Harris, EA to Director of Fundraising at Shelter

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On a mission not just to bring people together but to constructively help the careers of others, Craig used his savvy social media skills and online presence to establish the LGBT Admin & Assistant Network; an international community of positivity and support for PAs, EAs and office support professionals who identify as LGBT+. Co-founder of the network Adam Maxted nominated Craig for the award, saying that “without Craig’s online presence and knowhow, we never would have got to where we are today.” The judges were inspired by Craig’s passion to make a difference, and his creativity, dedication and determination to establish a community that adds real value to the profession.

 

Legal PA of the Year: Amy Franklyn, EA to Head of Corporate​ at Bird & Bird LLP

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Working in what is often a high-pressure, competitive and demanding environment, it takes a PA with real passion, intellect and efficiency to succeed in the legal sector. Amy was nominated for the 2018 Legal PA of the Year award in appreciation of her success as an EA; as the manager of an 11-strong team of Legal PAs and in recognition of her establishing the Bird & Bird London PA network. The network – the first of its kind in a law firm – has encouraged 80+ PAs from across the business to come together to collaborate, offer support and share information.

 

Outstanding Achievement Award: Joyce Dadzie, EA at Axiom

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For the Outstanding Achievement Award there is nomination process – the winner is selected from the shortlist and the judges choose a winner who has shown themselves to be a standout ambassador for their profession. Since her time working as an administrator in the Havering Council Children’s Services Department, Joyce’s career in the profession has gone from strength to strength. Managing a team of 5 at TfL just 18 months after graduating and subsequently working as an EA to the MD at Capita before holding her current Executive Assistant position at Axiom, the judges were impressed by Joyce’s professional history. What really shone through, was her boundless positivity and the creative proactivity she has brought to her roles. At Axiom, Joyce has redefined the EA role, taking on CSR work, leading outreach projects and bridging gaps between remote teams.

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