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

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Scottish PA of the Year 2015 announced at the Original Annual Conference and Award for Executive Secretaries and PAs in Glasgow

The award this year went to Liza Young, University of Aberdeen, who was presented with her award and prizes by Wendy Mitchell from Brook Street – lead partner and sponsor of the event – and Gail Welsh, one of the judges and last year’s winner.

The other finalists this year were Carole Downie from the Scottish Government and Katrina McGregor from ExecSpace Ltd.  All three were much deserved finalists.

The event, now in its eight year, featured a range of excellent presenters with a number of interactive sessions keeping delegates on their toes.  It ended with the launch of our new Mentoring Programme for PAs and Executive Secretaries.  The Programme will allow anyone requiring advice and guidance to get in touch with one of our mentors (all experienced and knowledgeable PAs and Executive Secretaries themselves) to find out what they need to know.  Advice being sought could cover anything.  It might be about how to manage an office move because they’ve never done it before or it might be to find out the best methods of managing more than one boss effectively.  Anyone interested in more information about becoming a mentor, or in being mentored, please contact us at  

Photographs © Julie Broadfoot


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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,