Polished, skilled & savvy Virtual Assistant with over 20 years’ experience across industries including The Arts, Finance, Education, Law, Property, Public Sector & Sports, helping businesses to run more smoothly.
A short(ish) history on how I became a virtual assistant
Becoming a virtual assistant was a natural transition for me, after spending two decades as a personal assistant in a variety of roles. My early professional background was providing traditional secretarial services, which gave me a great backbone and the basis from which everything else followed. My early career was spent earning my stripes across a range of sectors including PA roles in Local Government, Education & Legal Services, picking up a lot of skills along way – this was all before the internet kicked in!
A life long passion for the arts, design and antiques led me to change tack and undertake a degree in Fine Art Valuation, following which I spent four enjoyable years as PA to the Director of Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, West Sussex; during this time the Gallery underwent huge changes, with the construction of an impressive new wing, and I watched it evolve from an historic building with a small but impressive art collection to an important International Modern Art destination.
My next career move saw me become private & business PA to a successful entrepreneur running a collection of companies comprising award winning residential and commercial property construction, nationwide foster care services and a yacht hire business. This was your classic PA role, and I became proficient at adapting my skills to suit the matter at hand, working to improve productivity and aid the smooth running of my boss’s business and home life.
My final role before turning freelance saw me move into an Operations Manager position for an international sports training company. This is where I found out I possessed the skill of ‘to-hit-the-ground-running’ and continued to do so for five years in the busy and ever changing world of professional sports. As Operations Manager my role was all encompassing and I oversaw all aspects of this international business; managing complex diaries and itineraries, arranging travel and meetings across multi territories and time zones.
As the Flying PA I now offer my expert virtual assistant services on a freelance basis, taking some of the pain away from those of you who don’t enjoy, nor have the time, to perform the secretarial, administrative and business support tasks, which are nonetheless essential to the successful running of your business. For a list of services that I can provide please visit my Services page.