Hays and The Times Name Louisa James as PA of the Year 2011
Released on: June 20, 2011, 4:16 pm
Industry: Human Resources
Hays and The Times have announced that Louisa James, of
Wandsworth, London, has triumphed in the Hays and The Times PA of the
Year Award 2011, being named the country's top PA. Her energy and
enthusiasm have seen her expand her role, embracing significant project
management and organisational leadership such as being actively
involved in the 'Jamie's 30-minute meals' award-winning app, helping
her secure the top spot.
PA to the managing director at Jamie Oliver Ltd, Louisa was announced as the winner
at an awards ceremony held by Hays, the leading recruiting expert, at Flemings
Hotel, Mayfair, London on the 19th of May. Louisa has won a five night break for two
in Prague, courtesy of Portman Travel. She will also receive a place on The PA
Retreat, an intensive residential training programme for management PAs, courtesy of
Castalia Coaching & Training.
Louisa said: "I feel so honoured to be chosen as the PA of the Year. I give my job
my all, and to be recognised like this is a wonderful feeling. People often don't
realise the huge impact PAs can have in an organisation, so it's wonderful to be
acknowledged like this."
Second place was awarded to Christopher Juliff, diary, visits and events manager to
the NHS chief executive. The judges praised Christopher's passion for his career
and his expertise, along with his outstanding attention to detail in a high
pressured environment. They also noted his strong personal commitment to the
Third place went to Zara Dyer, PA to the managing director at Liverpool Football
Club. The judges were impressed by her passion for developing a PA network in the
North and skill in being able to support her boss in a way that maximises her time
As well as the three finalists, the three runners up were: Jennifer Batty, executive
assistant to associate and executive directors of Russell Reynolds Associates; Lisa
Partridge, PA to Michael Caines MBE and Sharon Walsh, executive assistant to the HR
director at Channel 4
The awards were presented by Michelle Mone founder and co-owner of MJM International
and creator of Ultimo, the UK's leading designer lingerie brand.
Michelle declared: "Congratulations to Louisa, who has fought off some stiff
competition to claim this year's Award. She and all the finalists have shown just
how valued the roles of PAs and executive assistants really are. People in this role
make a considerable contribution to businesses across the country, so it's great to
be putting the spotlight on them."
This year's judging panel consisted of: Susie Barron-Stubley, managing director of
Castalia, the coaching and training company; Gareth Osborne, director general of the
Association for Personal Assistants (APA); Laura Richardson, last year's winner;
and Geoff Sims, managing director of Hays PA & Secretarial.
Geoff Sims, managing director at Hays PA & Secretarial, added: "Congratulations to
Louisa and to all the finalists. Everyone should be very proud of their
achievements. PAs play a crucial role and our research suggests that although they
underestimate how important to an organisation they are, over 80% of employers say
that office support workers provide essential support and are the backbone of the
Hays PA & Secretarial is part of Hays plc, the leading global specialist recruitment
group. It is market leader in the UK and Australia, and one of the market leaders in
As of 31 December 2010, the Group employed 7,086 staff operating from 257 offices in
30 countries across 17 specialisms. Specialist roles include banking jobs, architecture jobs, procurement jobs and paralegal jobs.
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