Dazzling Talent at the PA of the Year Awards 2019

Published on: 13 Nov 2019

Meet the winners of the PA of the Year Awards 2019.

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Last Thursday evening, the UK’s brightest and most gifted PAs, EAs and Office Managers descended upon London’s Ivy restaurant for this year’s instalment of the PA of the Year Awards.

Hosted in partnership with specialist PA recruitment consultancy Tay Associates, our PA of the Year Awards entered their eighth year with the abundance of dazzling talent we’ve come to expect.

With over 500 nominations received at a higher calibre than ever before, shortlisting 18 finalists and then whittling these down to 1 winner in each of the Awards’ categories proved tougher than ever for our esteemed judges.

Susanna Tait, Chief Executive of Tay Associates and PA of the Year Awards judge, said that “with every year the quality and calibre of nominations rises, making it increasingly difficult to pick a winner in each category.”

Following a networking reception and delicious 3-course meal, this year’s victors were revealed. Meet the winners of the PA of the Year Awards 2019:


Sarah Hodson

PA of the Year – Sarah Hodson, The Social Company

Sarah Hodson was named this year’s PA of the Year thanks to her efforts as PA at Michelin-starred restaurant business The Social Company.

In addition to supporting the global expansion of the business, Sarah acts as Private PA to The Social Company’s owner Jason Atherton and his wife Irha, having recently co-ordinated their house move and refurbishment.

Our judges were blown away by Sarah’s multi-tasking ability, attention to detail and around the clock availability.


Joanne Wilson

Legal PA of the Year – Joanne Wilson, Hall Brown Family Law

Starting her career as a Legal Secretary on a Youth Training Scheme, Joanne then went on to secure a Support Team Manager role at Pannone, part of Slater and Gordon law firm.

More recently, Joanne joined start-up family law practice Hall Brown, now ranked in the Top 200 in its practice area. Nominated by the Managing Partners at Hall Brown, the PA of the Year judges admired Joanne’s humility and professional commitment.


Cat Mangan

Office Manager of the Year – Cat Mangan, Murphy Philipps Architects

Receiving a huge 35 nominations for her work as an Office Manager, Cat Mangan has clearly made a lasting impression on her colleagues and bosses.

After relocating from Ireland, Cat studied interior architecture at university before gaining 12 years of experience in various team and office management roles.

In her current position as an Office Manager at Murphy Philipps Architects, Cat has gone above and beyond to create a sense of community and culture within the business. Our judges were impressed by the graduate trainee programme that Cat supports, as well as her commitment to creating an environment that aids the physical and mental wellbeing of her colleagues.


Cecilia Klemen

Outstanding Achievement Award – Cecilia Klemen, Office Manager and Senior EA

After starting out her career in TV production and private equity businesses in Hungary, Cecilia migrated to London in 2004 where she took on a Team Manager role with Big 4 accountancy firm Deloitte.

Following Senior EA positions at both Credit Suisse and Barclays, Cecilia was headhunted by HSBC for an Office Manager and Senior EA role where she had 46 direct reports.

Our judges praised Cecilia’s co-ordination, planning and organisational skills that have led to such an illustrious career to date.

Nominations for the PA of the Year Awards 2020 will open next Spring. In the meantime, keep an eye on our blog for Q&As with this year’s winners and finalists.