With just over a month to go until the Assist Conference we are hard at work making sure that we put together the best conference for our amazing readers. I’m so happy to share the following updates with you! For more information and to book your place, please visit the Assist Conference website or you can register here.

Assist Conference Programme

I am absolutely delighted to announce the Assist Conference 2016 programme. It is packed full of thought-provoking, relevant and informative content which will help you take your tool kit to the next level!

Programme highlights

Plenary session: Confidence at work
Speaker: Jenny Garrett, Founder, Reflexion Associates Leadership Consultancy and Rocking Ur Teens CIC

Having low self-esteem or confidence issues can be a real challenge in life, particularly in the office and particularly for Assistants. Assistants have a difficult job and if they are unable to stand up for themselves this makes the role a lot harder. It can lead to feeling unchallenged, unappreciated and more importantly managed ineffectively by their Executive. In this fun and interactive session Jenny will look at ways to help Assistants overcome any of their confidence issues.

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Panel Session: Discretion

Chaired by Merryl Futerman, Founder, PA Access All Areas
Cressida Ford, Portfolio Management and IT Services, Cardiff University
Vicky Silverthorn, Professional Organiser for You Need A Vicky & Author of ‘Start With Your Sock Drawer’
Polly Hadden-Paton, Founder of You Need A PA
Donna Lindsay, PA, Scottish Government

An assistant’s ability to handle confidential subjects, issues, emails and documents with discretion is crucial. The mixture of PA panellists will discuss how they overcome difficult situations with discretion and retained their Executive’s confidence.

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Keynote Session: Developing the entrepreneurial mindset 
Speaker: Rebecca Jones MA, PGCE, MPSA, The Red Shoe Biz Woman

An enterprising approach is an excellent way for Assistants to add more value to their organisation. Having an entrepreneurial mindset as part of your Tool Kit will allow you to, not just make suggestions, but to action ideas on how to increase profitability, fill funding gaps, improve the stability of the organisation and support future growth. Not only that, but Assistants may well see an improvement in their esteem, recognition and rewards.


During the conference, we are running workshops specifically designed to help you maximise your assistant tool kits. The workshops are:

  • Developing the answers to the PA Big Questions
  • Creating powerful presentations
  • Career development panel session 
  • Creating creative events
  • The tech in your tool kit

The entire programme can be viewed on the Assist Conference website.

The Assist Conference Venue

Announcing the Assist Conference Programme

This year’s conference will take place at the De Vere Grand Connaught Rooms in London. It is a great venue and the location is really central!

Assist Conference 2017

During the conference, we will be discussing all of the important tools that assistants need to succeed in the role – now and in the next 5 years. Taking place on the 24th February in London for only £300+VAT. If you would like to book your place on the conference, check out the programme or the speakers, please do make your way over to the website.


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