The Speakers

Mel Wakeman

Mel's Biography
Take a look at Mel's bio

On the day:
Work. Eat. Life. Balance
Life never seems to slow down. There are always balls to juggle called family, home, work, commuting, emails, meetings, money and health.
We 'never have enough time' to do everything so we let go of 'us'.
I imagine work and family come first? That preparing meals and eating well ends up way down the list of priorities. So, you make do, grabbing food on the go and not what you intended, but it's all you have time for. Want to find more time to eat more healthily and make more of the right choices? Learn why good nutrition is so important in your working day and get some simple strategies to help you re-prioritise food and eating better.


Lucy Brazier

Lucy's Biography

Lucy Brazier is CEO of Marcham Publishing, specialist publishers of Executive Secretary – the global training magazine dedicated to the professional development needs of senior and aspiring administrative professionals.

As Founder and Publisher of the magazine, Lucy works with some of the best trainers of Executive Assistants in the world to deliver the most up to date and current training in the market. She campaigns tirelessly for the recognition of the PA role as a profession, speaking regularly to everyone from Blue Chip Executive Assistants on why it is important to become a centre of excellence within your company, to college students on choosing the role of PA as a career choice.

Lucy has a unique overview of the role and where it is heading. With access to the most forward thinking, passionate and knowledgeable trainers in the world as well as personally meeting and speaking to literally thousands of PAs over the last eight years, Lucy’s knowledge of the market and what Assistants all over the world are facing on a day to day basis are second to none.

On the day:
The role of the Executive Support has changed forever!
Are you ready to embrace that change and fulfil your potential?
In this session, Lucy Brazier looks at the role past, present and future to explain why it has developed how it has. She explores the opportunities that this creates for you to become a true Business Partner to your Executive including developing the partnership, establishing the ground rules, communication, adapting to style & maintaining a great partnership.


Rachel James-Patch

Rachel's Biography

Rachel is a highly skilled, inspirational facilitator who brings a pragmatic approach to every development solution enabling individuals and teams to be both fulfilled and productive throughout their career

Experienced in the design, delivery and evaluation of a wide spectrum of development initiatives, specialising in Leadership skills, Talent management, Cultural change initiatives and Maximising performance.

Competent in adapting personal style and programme material to meet the needs of varied audiences Rachel is equally happy developing individuals through to facilitating large groups.

On the day:
There will be an interactive session to help you understand your how your behavioral preferences influence your effectiveness and interaction with others.


Elizabeth Wakeling

Elizabeth's Biography

Elizabeth Wakeling is a Lecturer in Business Administration, Speaker and the UK Chairman of IMA – International Management Assistants, the leading PA network spanning more than 25 countries. Her main areas of expertise are business skills training, including Executive PA skills, career and personal development.

Prior to teaching Elizabeth worked as a PA/Office Manager for an artificial intelligence software company and as a bilingual PA for the CEO of a Venezuelan international company.

Elizabeth has a BA (Hons) in Education, is a qualified teacher and trainer and a member of the Society for Education and Training. Elizabeth’s academic research explored “The Experience of the Male PA”.

On the day:
100 words about the ever changing role of a PA.
As administrative tasks increasingly become automated, the PA role will enter into a new kind of partnership with machines to create a human-machine collaboration that will open up advanced growth and professional development opportunities.

Learning will be key – PAs and EAs must be prepared to continually reassess their skills and knowledge and develop and update them regularly.

In other words, the PA/EA of the future must be prepared to keep learning, training and make the best use of technologies. By being adaptable and developing key skills such as resilience, adaptability, resourcefulness, enterprise and cognitive skills, PAs/EAs will greatly improve their chances of success.


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