About Northern VA Collaboration Event

The Northern VA Collaboration Event is an annual one-day conference held in the North East of England by Virtual Assistants for Virtual Assistants – both existing and aspiring.

2014 saw our inaugural event take place on 31st May at The Stadium of Light, Sunderland and we think it’s safe to say it was a resounding success. With annual events now safely – and successfully – under our belts, we’d love to invite you to our next one …

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The corporate sponsors, speakers, venue and exhibitors are always carefully selected to ensure that the day is both relaxing, fun, informative and above all relevant for attendees.

So what is the Northern VA Collaboration Event all about?

The event is aimed at current and future Virtual Assistants from across the UK and Ireland to allow an opportunity to network with other professionals, discuss important industry topics and share experiences. Our speakers and workshops will equip you with the tools and techniques you will need to build your Virtual Assistant business.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Angela & Nicola

Such a great event, lots of learning, lots of fun and collaboration in its truest form. Thank you for your efforts Angela and Nicola.

Michelle Poole

Virtual Assistant, Virtual Hand

I attended my first event after being a VA for 6 months. It was such a great opportunity to meet other professionals and gave me a well needed boost and inspiration to implement the knowledge gained from the workshops and talks.

Michelle Harkness

Virtual Assistant, My Adhoc PA

Great friendly event from REAL VAs who will teach you how to take your VA business further – for newbies and established VAs.

Caroline Wylie

Founder, Society of Virtual Assistants

About the Organisers of Northern VA Collaboration Event

Angela Dawson

Angela Dawson


As a virtual assistant and VA trainer with over a decade worth of experience, Angela is well placed to help current VAs with their business.

“I’m not going to lie to you. Running your own business is challenging and success doesn’t happen overnight. You have to work hard at it and yes there will be times when you think “it would be so much easier to just get a job”. I’ve said the exact same thing a few times. When you don’t know what you need to know to run a successful business, it can all get a bit overwhelming (I know, I’ve been there!), but with support we can do it together.”

I delivered a seminar at the Northern VA Conference for Angela. As a speaker it is great to work with someone who is organised, efficient and can make things happen. Angela is all of these and more. Her positive approach and enthusiasm is infectious. I thoroughly recommend working with or engaging Angela in any capacity.

Nevil Tynemouth

Sales Trainer, New Results Ltd

Angela did some training for us to a group of people considering starting up a VA/PA business. She is very knowledgeable,  engaging, professional and well prepared. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her for her VA services and as a trainer.

Caroline Preston

Economy & Policy Advisor, North of Tyne Combined Authority

Nicola Burt-Skinner

Nicola Burt-Skinner


Nicola has been running her own business since 2010 and is passionate about creating content that converts. She offers advice and information on anything from finding your purpose to how to build a WordPress website.

“My passion is helping business owners take their ideas and turn them into reality by using the power of digital media. Give me a brief and I’ll turn it in to eye catching social media graphics, engaging posts, converting landing pages, and delicious downloadables. Everything you need to run an online campaign that gets results.

This lady has so much knowledge and nothing is ever a problem. I can not recommend Nicola highly enough, my websites, business logos, FB page etc. is all thanks to her. This lady has so much knowledge and nothing is ever a problem. Social media advice and support and advice on marketing and graphics and she provides up to date information that even I (the technically challenged) can understand

Kelly Rose

Registered Nutritionist, Public Health

Nicola is effective, efficient and works to the highest professional standards. Always a pleasure to work with, she is creative and finds solutions which meet strategy and ultimately take away the time burden of managing social media. Highly recommended.

Aileen Smith

Corporate Nutritionist, The Health Heroine

Sponsors & Supporters

Sponsors & Supporters

Northern VA Collaboration Event has been blessed to have the support of some great companies and organisations over the years.

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