Where are we now

The PA Hub is the leading networking group for assistants in Yorkshire and Merseyside, working with EAs, PAs and VAs. We provide a constructive environment for our members to network with their counterparts from across their region, gain access to top speakers and trainers from throughout the UK, and give the opportunity to socialise with like-minded individuals.

Where have we come from?

The PA Hub was formed by Marion and Jon Lowrence in September 2012 shortly followed by a pre-launch event in November 2012, leading to the official launch in January 2013. The PA Hub expanded into Liverpool in October 2015 to provide the same service to the assistants in this area. We now run 10 events a year in each city, alternating between development and social events.

Marion worked as a PA for over a decade, and in 2011 was crowned Yorkshire PA of the Year. In November 2012 Marion went on to win an international award as Pitman Training Super Achievers PA of the Year. These awards opened Marion’s eyes to the kind of networks which existed elsewhere in the country for assistants, and it soon became clear that the Northern PAs were missing out. This realisation was the beginning of The PA Hub journey.

Since The PA Hub started holding events in 2012, our following has grown and we now have regular attendance from administrative professionals from each region’s top companies. We are particularly delighted that many of our members have developed in their roles and gained confidence since joining The PA Hub; some becoming award winners in their field.

Recent statistics show that our members work for companies who have a combined annual turnover of over £44 billion and employ over 1.2 million staff. Together, our members support over 700 top company directors and have over 2300 years of experience in the assistant role. This shows some impressive figures which make us exceptionally proud of our members!

As our membership has expanded, so has our team.
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Marion Lowrence

Marion Lowrence, Company Director

Marion Lowrence founded The PA Hub in September 2012 with Co-Director Jon Lowrence. Marion is an award winning PA receiving ‘Yorkshire PA of the Year’ in 2011. In November 2012 Marion won Pitman Super Achievers ‘PA of the Year’ international award for her contributions to the PA profession. Marion left her last PA role supporting the CEO of Yorkshire Universities (YU) and secretariat to the YU Board of Directors’ in May 2013 after 9 years’ service, to work full time at The PA Hub.

Marion manages the events, focusing on finding exceptional speakers, venues, exhibitors and suppliers alongside the day-to-day office management, business development, membership growth and connecting with PAs on a regular basis.

Marion has spoken at international conferences, delivered training, been judge and keynote speaker for PA Awards, and supported the development of several internal PA networks. Marion does project work for various clients globally and is also the Events Director for Executive Secretary LIVE having run events in London, Johannesburg, Auckland, Sydney, Washington DC, Wellington, Silicon Valley and Atlanta.

Marion was the UK Delegate Lead at the World Administrators’  Summit in Frankfurt in October 2018 and strives to promote the profession.

 

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Jon Lowrence, Company Director

Prior to becoming involved with The PA Hub Jon ran his own business for over a decade bringing with him extensive experience and knowledge to the company.  He also worked in a management role within the social housing sector bringing further qualities to The PA Hub such as customer service, financial responsibilities and company regulations.   Jon continued to work in the housing sector as the company developed and began working full time for The PA Hub in May 2014.  Jon focuses primarily on membership, corporate sponsorship, business development and company finances.

Gemma Walton, Executive Assistant

Gemma has over 10 years’ experience as an Executive Assistant within FTSE 250 organisations. She has worked extensively with C-Suite and Board-Level Directors and has experience across a variety of functions including HR, L&D, communications, customer experience, asset management and more.

Her areas of expertise include diary management, document production, project coordination and generally organising those around her!

Gemma holds a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Sheffield and in her spare time is a keen cook and an avid reader.

Rachel Priestley, Executive Assistant

Rachel has over 20 years’ experience working within the Business Administration sector, predominantly within the NHS. Rachel became a PA at Executive Director level at just 21yrs old and went on to become the Executive Assistant to a Chairman and CEO of a NHS Foundation Trust, supporting Board-Level Directors and successfully leading a team of 12 PAs and Administrators. Rachel’s knowledge and experience spans across a variety of functions including Process Management, Compliance, HR, Customer Relations, Office Management and more.

Her areas of expertise include effective use of systems and processes, email and diary management, document production, event and project support and using her knowledge to provide advice, guidance and direction where it’s needed.

Rachel holds a certificate in Leadership and Management and a certificate in Team Leading with the Institute of Leadership and Management and in her spare time she enjoys long walks with the dog and camping with her family in the Yorkshire Dales.

Clemy Crowther, Events Student, University of Huddersfield

Clemy assists with the event management at our Leeds PA Hub events.

Clemy is Events Management Graduate at the University of Huddersfield and currently finishing her Masters. Clemy won “The Vice Chancellors Award” at university for having an active life in the community- including volunteering for Girl Guiding and Forget Me Not Childrens Hospice. She has worked on various events including large scale fundraisers, awards evenings and food festivals.

 

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