Another year of excellence

Julie Anne Cameron from Gaia Rhythm Events. Photos courtesy of Oneill Photographics

Executive PA Award winners were announced and celebrated at Doltone House Hyde Park on the 28th November. Executive Assistants, bosses and colleagues came together from all over Australia, New Zealand and the UK. Those international winners who were not able to attend sent heart-felt videos, which were screened to the audience on the night.

The entertainment was faultless, from the opening solo violin performance from Veren Grigorov,  to outstanding acrobatics from Julie Anne Cameron, to the closing act The Paula Baxter Band bringing guests to the dance floor at the end of the night. A great showcase from Gaia Rhythm Events.

Guest speaker Amna Karra-Hassan, the founder of the first AFL women’s team in Western Sydney, gave a memorable keynote guest speech. Her message about importance of leadership in the face of diversity and self-appreciation of a job well done, resonated with an audience who had come together to recognise excellence. Australasia PA of the Year winner Nyssa Lambkin, executive assistant at EY annotated Amna in her own acceptance speech, “humbly acknowledging her peers, whilst surprised and overwhelmed” by the experience of being nominated, let alone winning.

Pictured: Jo Jones, PA of the Year UK. Nyssa Lambkin, PA of the Year Australasia

Executive PA Awards 2017 Winners & Runners Up

Best Organised Event by a PA

Winner Hazel Horgan, Personal Assistant, nbn
Runner up Cheryl Slender, Executive Assistant to the CEO, Aerocare
Runner up Emma Lindell, Executive Assistant to the Directors, ICD Property 

Employer of the Year

Winner icare
Runner Up Nova Group
Runner Up ICD Property 

PA Travel Manager of the Year

Winner Melissa Macri, Logistics Program Coordinator, AMP Services
Runner Up Michelle Saultry, EA to the CFO, Australian Ballet
Runner Up Brooke Colquhoun Lesslie, EA to the Pro Vice Chancellor Global Engagement, The University of Sydney

Boss of the Year

Winner Frances Borg, National Leader Financial Services Assurance & Advisory, Deloitte
Runner Up Paul Rehder, Global Lead Client Partner, Deloitte
Runner Up Alex Stravakoulis, Chief Executive Officer, Edgemill Group

Up & Coming PA of the Year

Winner Natalie Sands, Executive Assistant to the General Manager Distribution, Colonial First State
Runner Up Cobi Percival, Executive Assistant to the General Manager Insurance, Coal Services Pty Ltd
Runner Up Luke Reavley, Executive Assistant to Terri Irwin, Australia Zoo 

Outstanding Contribution to Your Profession

Sonia Vanular, Founder IMA-International Management Assistants

Executive of the Year

Glenn Rutherford, CEO, Aerocare 

PA of the Year Asia

Stephanie Seraphim Lim Pei Lin, EA to the Managing Director, Fredrik Marine IT Services

PA of the Year Scandinavia

Julia Schmidt, Executive Assistant to the Chairman CEO & CFO, BASEFARM 

PA of the Year Africa

Sian Elston-Lowe, EA to the Managing Director, Via Media 

PA of the Year USA & Canada

Nicole Guarrera, EA to Global Managing Partner, Client Service, Ernst & Young

PA of the Year UK

Jo Jones, Executive Personal Assistant to the Director, Sanger Institute

PA of the Year Australasia

Winner Nyssa Lambkin, EA to Partner, Ernst & Young
Runner Up Debbie Long, EA to the Managing Director, Halikos Group
Runner Up Shelley Rae King, EA to the Director Governance and Legal, University of Wollongong


Awards 2018 – The judging process is almost a year-long exercise we strongly recommend EAs, colleagues, bosses and corporate communication departments begin their entries when nominations for 2018 open on Monday 1st January 2018.