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8th Annual Conference and Award for Executive Secretaries and PAs in Scotland: ACES 2015


0900-0945 Registration and Refreshments
0945-0950 Welcome from Principal Hayley
Lucy McNicoll, Regional Director of Sales - Scotland
0950-1000 Chair's Opening Remarks
Angela Garry, Author of 'Brave PAs', Editor of NAHPA and CEO at Pica Aurum
Session One: Being the Best
1000-1020 Keynote Speaker: The importance of recognition
Wendy Mitchell, Inverness Branch Manager, Brook Street
1020-1050 How to make your boss successful
Andy Nichol, Strategic Business Manager for the Chief Executive's Office, City of Edinburgh Council 
1050-1100 Question and Answer Session
1100-1105 Introduction to Jeans for Genes - A reminder why we are all in denim
Laura Pattison, Marketing & Communications Director, Jeans for Genes
1105-1135 Refreshment Break
Session Two: Effective Communication
1135-1205 Speaking up for yourself
Jackie Cameron, Owner, Cameron Consulting
1205-1235 Sharpening your digital edge
John Curtis, Managing Director, That Friday Feeling 
1235-1245 Question and Answer Session
1245-1330 Lunch 
Session Three: Renewing your skills set and learning new ones
1330-1400 Learning to 'Read the room'
Margaret Williamson, Director, Boardroom Development Ltd 
1400-1430 Computer says no....
Gilly MacMorran, Managing Director, Priority Management  (Glasgow) Ltd
1430-1440 Question and Answer Session
1440-1500 Refreshments
Session Four: Looking to the Future
1500-1540 Conflict resolution and wellbeing at work
Facilitated interactive session
Amy McDonald, CEO, Headtorch 
1540-1555 Learning from the best - each other
The importance of mentoring
Introducing the ACES Mentoring Programme
Angela Garry, Author of 'Brave PAs', CEO/Editor of NAHPA Magazine
1555-1605 Since winning PA of the Year: My Story
Gail Welsh, Scottish PA of the Year 2014 
1605-1630 Scottish PA of the Year - live vote and award presentation
Joan Serafini, Managing Director, Equator Events and Public Affairs
1630 Conference Close
  Scottish PA Mentoring Meet Up

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The role of the PA is in a state of flux and evolution. For the first time in their history, Assistants are starting to get the recognition that they deserve as strategic business partners and not just as a support mechanism. That's why events like ACES are so important. They celebrate and recognise the role and its importance while encouraging Assistants to take control of their personal development, and drive their own career agendas.

Lucy Brazier, CEO, Executive Secretary Magazine,