It’s our pleasure to introduce our second ‘Signature Stories’ guest, Sarah Howson, EA professional with over fifteen years of C Suite EA experience and founder of the Bucks, Berks and Oxon PA Network.
“I began my journey assisting the CEO of a small start-up semiconductor company in Buckinghamshire before moving to an international oil and gas support services company supporting both the CEO and the CFO. Over my career, I have organised international leadership conferences and managed both global trade shows and investor roadshows. She knows from experience the workload a high-level EA can manage and how effective a high performing EA can be within an organisation!
I changed roles in 2015 and, using all transferable skills, became an Event Project Manager working for luxury automotive brands organising high-end incentive trips.
Being an EA at any level requires meticulous planning, organisational and people skills, as well as strategic forward thinking. That’s why, no matter what title I have, I can use those skills and practices to develop an effective work environment built on motivation, ingenuity, understanding and teamwork.
In 2015, whilst on maternity leave, I looked for a way to network, connect, and stay up-to-date in my career. However, all PA networking events seemed to be in London at the time, hours away from where I lived. To provide PAs not living in London an easier way to network, I took matters into my own hands and set up my own network. Bucks, Berks and Oxon PA Network (BBO PA Network) started out just serving the Buckinghamshire area. In 2019, it expanded to include in Berkshire and Oxfordshire at a wonderful launch event at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons attended by over 70 PAs. The overwhelming support for this event demonstrates clearly how much a PA network is needed.
With all my EA experience, I understand how lonely and isolating working in the Business Support field can be. That’s why I’m so passionate about my networking mission. She has two core goals for every event:
1) creating a safe place for connecting like-minded people together to help and support each other, and;
2) providing high quality professional events with a learning and development opportunity.
BBO PA Network events are a great place for those who are serious about being career PAs, crave to develop themselves and want to learn as much as they can, to network, meet, and discuss ideas, experiences, tips and more.
My love of building long-lasting relationships, networking, connecting and learning new things is a constant source of inspiration.
I have an infectious passion for life and driven personality meaning I always have a to-do list and a few projects to keep me busy! When I’m not organising, mentoring, networking or actively championing the PA industry, I enjoy spending time with my two boys (4 and 8 months), socialising with friends and, as a proud member of the National Trust with stunning Cliveden on her doorstep, I also love to spend her time outdoors!”
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