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Speakers

Speakers for Northern VA Collaboration are hand picked by the organisers to address the issues directly facing virtual assistants.

We know, or have seen, the presenters personally and are confident that they deliver what we need.

Amy Russell

Award Winning Virtual Assistant – North East VA of the Year 2020

Networking: A Process to Success

Amy’s experience spans over 30 years in the administration, secretarial and HR sector. Her career started on the Youth Training Scheme where she fell in love with administration, and developed a love of processes and systems and the benefits of having these in place. She has since worked for a variety of businesses including local government, the NHS, Grant Thornton, DLA Piper, Addleshaw Goddard, and Premier Farnell, among others, before starting her own business in 2018.

She was accepted as a Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management in recognition of her skills, qualifications and experience and she is an accredited VA with The Society of Virtual Assistants. Her accolades include Winner of VA of the Year, PA Hub Awards 2022, Runner Up North East VA of the Year 2021, The Business Masters Newcomer of the Year 2020, Runner up in England VA of the Year 2020 and Winner of North East VA of the Year 2020, and finalist in the PA Hub Yorkshire VA of the Year 2019 Award.

ABOUT MICHELLE

Michelle is the founder of Virtual Hand. With a background in corporate C-Suite support as well as training within the community and service businesses and nearly 30 years as an army reservist, bringing that can-do attitude to your business.

Her passion is to make an impact with her clients, being part of the bigger world and influencing how others see them. Supporting many businesses in the UK to grow by taking on the admin and marketing roles, giving the business owner more time, a team to reduce the pressure and another business owner to brainstorm and provide accountability – achieving their goals quicker.

ABOUT MICHELLE

Michelle is the founder of Virtual Hand. With a background in corporate C-Suite support, as well as training within the community and service businesses, ex-Army Reservist, Michelle brings that can-do attitude to business.

Her passion is to make an impact with her clients, being part of the bigger world and influencing how others see them. Supporting many businesses in the UK to grow by taking on the admin and marketing roles, giving the business owner more time, a team to reduce the pressure and another business owner to brainstorm and provide accountability – achieving their goals quicker.

AWARDS

2022: Best Virtual Assistant Services Provider-UK – Business Excellence Awards
2022: Virtual Assistant Business of the Year – Yorkshire Prestige Awards
2022: Best Marketing & Business Support (Yorkshire) – Global Awards
2021: Best SME Support & Marketing VA (England) – SME Northern Enterprise Awards
2021: Most Instrumental Virtual PA & Business Support Provider – SME Northern Enterprise
Awards
2021: Best Marketing & Business Support (Michelle Poole) – Influential Businesswoman Awards
2020: Best SME Support & Marketing VA England – SME UK Enterprise Award
2019: VA of the Year North East – VA Awards
2012: New Business of the Year: Finalist – Wakefield District Business Awards
2012: Outstanding VA of the Year: Finalist – VA Awards

Michelle Poole

Award Winning VA & Owner of Virtual Hand Business Support

WORK LIFE BALANCE

Have you found a way of balancing your work and life or are you struggling?

Michelle will be talking about how you can get closer to the balance you strive for – and deserve.

We all have a different balance to achieve – depending where we are with our self-employed journey, family life and social activities.

Let’s spend some time identifying what you want and how you can achieve it.

Bring a typical week’s calendar with you together with a week you’d like to work in. When I say a week – that’s 7 days, right?

Caroline Wylie

Business Advisor & Founder of Society of Virtual Assistants

VAs often start with the idea of seeing how things go, testing the waters of flexible admin support at weekends/in the evenings till they see what they can earn… but how do you budget for a new computer?
How do you earn earn money to make the leap to go full time?
And how do you make sure the work flows in order to let you do that?
 
Caroline’s info-packed session is all about planning how money goes in and out of your business – and what you need to do to make it pay your bills!

Gwen Backhouse

Award Winning Virtual Assistant

Presentation: The wonderful world of CRM systems

In this session, Gwen is going to give take you on a journey of discovery, looking into what Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Systems are, how they work, why you and your clients can massively benefit from using one, how to choose the right one for your clients (and for you!) and what pitfalls to look out for.

By the end of this session, you will not only be an expert in them, but you will wonder how you ever lived without them!

Nicola Burt-Skinner

Content Creator & Owner of NBSkinner.com

CURING CONTENT CONSTIPATION

Are you suffering from CONTENT CONSTIPATION – you know you’ve got to get something out but it’s just not happening?

Nicola’s CONTENT CREATION SYSTEM is just the push you need. Think of it as Senecot for your socials.

Recognising that conistency is key but that we don’t have the luxury to be online all day everyday for our own business, Nicola will walk you through her system of creating a month’s worth of online content in just a few hours – freeing you up to take care of your client (ie paid) work.

Northern VA Collaboration Event 2022

hosted by Angela Dawson & Nicola Burt-Skinner

September 17th, 2022
Venue: Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle

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Be educated, empowered and entertained at Northern VA Collaboration.

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