Innovator Award Winner: Chelsea Guerin

This week we caught up and interviewed highly acclaimed Personal Assistant, Chelsea Guerin.

Chelsea is the 2018 winner of the Innovator of the Year Award, sponsored and presented by Asemblr at the 2018 Birmingham PA Awards gala dinner.

We asked Chelsea the following questions on her experience leading up to and winning this prestigious title:

Congratulations on winning the "Innovator of the Year" award! How does it feel?

It's really overwhelming. The amount of support and congratulations that I have received is astonishing. I am incredibly proud to have won and it was as honour to be up against such a high calibre of personal, executive and virtual assistants.

Could you talk us through your career to date and biggest highlights so far (apart from winning of course).

I went to college at 16 to study the Ilex Legal Secretaries Diploma and A Level Law with the view to going to university to be a fee earner. After finishing this course and gaining a place in university, I decided to defer my place at university to gain experience in a law firm first. So at 18 I started as an Administration Assistant and within a year I decided that I no longer wanted to go to university as I loved the support side of the business and the difference it made to fee earners who were working extremely hard. From then on, I worked my way up to a Legal Secretary and then to a PA. I now work for 12 fee earners and manage two administration assistants.

How difficult was the application and judging process in this year’s PA awards?

I found the application and judging process quite difficult in terms of talking about myself. Although the nomination had come from my line manager, I found it quite difficult to be open and praise myself. However, Daniel Skermer and the judges made the process so easy. The organisation of the awards process was very polished. They really put me at ease and it seemed more like a conversation than an interview process.

What does winning mean to your career and footprint within the industry?

The Birmingham PA Awards has really made a difference to PAs, EAs and VAs as it has provided a platform for creating connections across the city. I hope that winning this award will prove to others who are on the same career path as me that working hard and making changes within a business is recognised.

Do you have any advice to give to PAs who may feel intimidated by technology or innovation?

Don’t be afraid of change and new technology. All businesses are embracing technology which changes the way we work. Use it to your advantage, become more efficient and be involved in the change.

A massive congratulations Chelsea on winning this prestigious title, and for taking the time to answer our interview questions. It was an absolute privilege for Asemblr to sponsor and present the Innovator Award and be a part of the entire process leading up to the event. We'd also like to thank Daniel Skermer and the PA Forum for their innovative leadership, planning and roll out of the recognition process for EAs and PAs in Birmingham.

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