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Scotland's 10th Annual Conference and Award for Executive Secretaries and PAs: ACES 2017

Fri 23rd Jun 2017

, BT Murrayfield

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This year’s Scottish Annual Conference and Award for Executive Secretaries and PAs is the 10th Anniversary of ACES - Awarding and Celebrating Excellence in Scotland.

ACES is the original conference and awards ceremony for PAs, EAs, Office Managers and office support professionals in Scotland. It’s a conference, exhibition and award providing a one-stop-shop for learning, development, knowledge sharing and networking.

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The focus of the 10th anniversary conference is on managing and promoting work place change, developing professional skills and achieving more personally in the next decade. We are again delighted to be partnering with Scottish Rugby Hospitality with this year's conference and awards taking place at BT Murrayfield.

ACES 2017 will provide the opportunity to:

  • Hear from a PA Panel on learning from your peers
  • Understand how to manage workplace change turning it from change into innovation 
  • Develop professional skills in technology, time management and social media 
  • Learn how to achieve more personally in the next ten years
  • Vote for the 10th Annual Scottish PA of the Year
We’ve a great line up of speakers – many of our delegates return year after year and some will remember Paul Pennant, voted the best PA trainer in the UK, ‘wowing’ them when he addressed the conference in 2010. We’ve a full hour’s training session with him and we’ve also got a full hour’s motivational session with John Hotowka of Hotowka Wit and Wisdom on achievement thinking.

We’ve got a great session with Alan Hughes, CRM Manager, University of Edinburgh Business School discussing how to turn change into innovation. He says people don’t really like change, even the ones who say they do, so how do you get people to engage with change?  He's going to tell us.

We asked you what you wanted and you asked for a PA panel – well you’ve got it! Made up your past and current winners of the Scottish PA of the Year Award, they will be discussing with you what they’ve learned over ten years of change.

Live vote

At the conclusion of the day’s conference and training, delegates will get the opportunity to take part in a live vote to decide the winner of the 10th Annual Scottish PA of the Year Award.

Judges will already have whittled the nominations down to three finalists and information about them will be available to delegates. Once the winner is announced, and the award presentation for the winner and runners up is complete, delegates will then be able to relax and enjoy a sparkling wine reception and final opportunity to network and visit exhibitors.

Past attendees


Joan Serafini

Conference Chair and Managing Director, Equator Events and Public Affairs

Dr Susan Scurlock

CEO and Founder, Primary Engineer Programmes

Alan Hughes

CRM Manager, University of Edinburgh Business School

Jackie McLaren

Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive, Inverclyde Council - Scottish PA of the Year 2011

Gail Welsh

Executive PA – Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling - Scottish PA of the Year 2014

Donna Lindsay

Operational Policy & Compliance Officer, Accountant in Bankruptcy - Scottish PA of the Year 2016

Julie Begbie

Occupational Psychologist, Pitman Training

Paul Pennant

Managing Director, Today's PA

John Hotowka

Hotowka Wit and Wisdom

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There was great, varied content and interesting speakers. John Curtis especially stood out. I found the conference to be very well run, the room was fabulous and there was a good range of exhibitors. ACES 2015 Partner

Wendy Mitchell, Brook Street,
Event Partner: ACES 2015 and ACES 2016

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