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Welwyn Hatfield is home to one of the UK's best PAs


It's official, Welwyn Hatfield is home to the one of the UK's best PAs. Welwyn Hatfield local, Laura, has been shortlisted for the Hays and The Times PA of the Year 2010 due to her ability to show a high level of initiative and a strong understanding of the way in which a business works. The winner will be chosen from the shortlist by a panel of judges, one of which is Karren Brady, one of the UK's leading business women. The winner will be announced in May at an awards ceremony in London.

Laura says: "I am very proud to have been named as one of the UK's best PAs; I really enjoy my job and it is nice to know my hard work is appreciated." If Laura is named the 2010 PA of the Year she will win a dream holiday for two at the five star Aldrovandi Palace Hotel in Rome.

Karren Brady said: "It is important that we recognise those who are doing an excellent job and make some noise about it. Many people don't quite realise how demanding a PAs job is, and it is great that Hays PA & Secretarial is throwing the limelight their way. My congratulations go out to Laura and I look forward to the awards ceremony in May."

Karren will sit alongside other judges Susie Barron-Stubley, Managing Director of Castalia Coaching&Training, leading provider of training to PAs, Anuszka Elland, last year's winner and Geoff Sims, Managing Director of Hays PA & Secretarial.

Susie Barron-Stubley comments: "There are a number of key skills that I'll be looking for in this year's winner of the PA of the Year; at the top of my list is the capacity to pro-actively manage the working partnership between manager and PA in a structured and business focused way. I'm searching for a PA that is an inspiration to their peers by demonstrating commitment and enthusiasm."

Geoff Sims comments: "As directors continue to battle with a challenging economy, it is the hard work PAs do behind the scenes that allows them to get on with their jobs. Laura was shortlisted due to her hardworking, pro-active attitude and I wish her, and all of the shortlisted winners, the best of luck."

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