MEET THE TEAM

Melanie York

MANAGING DIRECTOR

Social butterfly Melanie likes nothing better than a full diary, both at home and at work! Having worked in the banking industry for 21 years, Melanie has heaps of experience and finds running the business like a breath of fresh air! In order to relax Melanie enjoys a lovely long dog walk in the country, especially if there is a pub lunch at the end of it!

Zara Armstead BSc

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
SJP Accredited Support Staff Administrator
SJP Accredited Partner Practice Manager
 

Gym bunny Zara is our fantastic Operations Director who trains our staff and puts them through their paces! She specialises in financial services and combines her superior management skills with an eye for detail and a meticulous approach. She is exceptionally knowledgeable and, with a computing degree under her belt, she is often referred to as the office oracle!

 

Deborah Wilson BSc

PA TEAM LEADER                                                        SJP Accredited Partner Practice Manager

Wine enthusiast Deborah is a bright as a button and an all round fantastic PA! We often wish we could clone our PA’s and in Deborah’s case it would be possible – we just need to convince her twin sister to come on board! With a degree in Geography she is amazing at making travel arrangements and also likes nothing better than organising a good night out. She’s no party pooper either – next time you speak to her, ask about her helium based party trick!

Sarah Ellis

SENIOR PA

Zany Sarah not only has to look after our team she is also the eldest of 7 brothers and sisters! Sarah loves to turn her hand to all things creative and uses this imagination to great advantage as she is always thinking of ways to make her clients’ systems sleeker. There is nothing conventional about our Sarah, you never know what colour her hair will be and instead of the usual pet dog she has a hedgehog!

 

Eve Oxley

PA TO THE DIRECTORS

Super helpful Eve enjoys nothing better than organising, whether it be at work, at home or for the community cinema project! Eve has an exceptional talent for ensuring all runs smoothly in the VPA office, what would we do without her? In truth we are all a bit scared of Eve – she is a Governor (at the local school that is)!

Megan Winstanley

BUSINESS PROCESSOR

Self-confessed chocoholic Megan has a sweet tooth and a sweet personality! Megan loves to travel and discover new places, and this inquisitive nature makes her a very methodical and meticulous PA. Speed junkie Megan also enjoys life in the fast lane and is a F1 fanatic (with a particular liking for Lewis Hamilton!), but to relax she spends time with Freddie, her cat. She has assured us that she’s not a crazy cat lady – yet!

 

Jade Chick

BUSINESS PROCESSOR
SJP Accredited Paraplanner

National Ice Skater Jade not only has the ability to glide across a rink, but through her workload too! Jade has an exceptional knowledge of Financial Services and uses all her experience to produce top quality reports! Mountain biking is another passion for Jade, and she has also climbed Mount Snowdon, so it’s proof there is no problem she can’t scale!

Sarah Mason Cert CII (FS)

BUSINESS PROCESSOR

SJP Accredited Paraplanner
SJP Accredited Partner Practice Manager

Arts and crafts are Sarah’s passion and this creative flair makes her an imaginative and innovative PA! Sarah has vast experience of Services and qualifications under her belt which make her an absolute asset to the team. Sarah’s talents don’t stop there - she is a fully qualified wedding planner so if you’re getting married, and need to get organised, then she’s the girl for the job!

 

Saffron Sinclair

PERSONAL ASSISTANT
SJP Accredited Partner/PA
SJP Accredited Partner Practice Manager

Gym lover Saffron has a passion for travel, and every year visits and explores as many new countries as possible! Saffron has a strong Financial Services background with a Level 4 Diploma in Financial Trading to prove it which, coupled with the experience her adventures bring, makes her a great all round PA and an asset to the team! Ever stylish Saffron loves nothing more than hitting the shops – we’re not sure her bank balance would agree though!

Daisy Thompson

PERSONAL ASSISTANT
SJP Accredited Partner/PA
SJP Accredited Partner Practice Manager

Daredevil Daisy is the thrill seeker of our team and has already turned her more-than capable hand to diving and sky-diving, and is soon to try bungee jumping! With a background in insurance and Financial Services, together with her travels, Daisy has gained a wealth of life and PA experience, and being a qualified diver means she is more than happy to plunge into your paperwork!

 

Katie Baker BA

PERSONAL ASSISTANT
SJP Accredited Partner/PA

Shopaholic Lizzie enjoys nothing more than to shop until she drops! Lizzie is known for being super organised which, together with a degree in Language and Linguistics, makes her an all-round fantastically efficient and knowledgeable PA. We like to think that all our PA’s are bionic women but in this case it’s true – well at least her hip is! 

Georgia Shephard

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Crafty Georgia can turn her hand to all things creative and regularly produces an artistic masterpiece! Georgia’s imaginative talents make her fantastic at finding solutions and gives her a real ‘can do’ attitude – perfect qualities for a PA! Georgia’s love for yoga makes her super flexible (literally and metaphorically!), and the splits are her party trick – impressive!

 

Scott Chapman

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Bookworm Scott just loves a good read! This is the perfect pastime for a PA, and his grammar and vocabulary prove it, which coupled with his super quick typing speed, makes Scott king of dictation! One of Scott’s other passions in life is the theatre - he may love to watch a good stage show, however, he never makes a drama out of his workload!

 

Chelsea Langdown

PERSONAL ASSISTANT
SJP Accredited Partner/PA

Gym lover Chelsea likes to keep fit, but she also has the travel bug, and enjoys nothing more than ticking a country off her bucket list!   Chelsea’s thirst for adventure gives her the confidence and experience needed to be great PA to all her clients! Chelsea loves to bake and she can ‘whip’ through your paperwork in no time! 

Michaela Mutch

PERSONAL ASSISTANT
SJP Accredited Partner/PA

Michaela has an enthusiasm for all things equestrian and enjoys nothing more than being out in the countryside on her horse, Sonny. Her love of the great outdoors gives her a fabulous vitality for life which makes for a very pro-active and motivated PA. Michaela also loves spending time with her family – both the one at home and at work!

 

Charlotte Searle

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Charlotte is the musician of the team and can often be found performing with her guitar at an open mic night! Charlotte is also very productive, creative and meticulous – all great qualities for a talented and successful PA! Knitting and crocheting are Charlotte’s other hobbies, if you play your cards right you might get a VPA jumper for Christmas!

Laura Sykes

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Dog lover Laura is just mad about her pooch (crazy dog lady in the making maybe?!). Laura has a strong Financial Services background and has used these skills to develop into a fantastic PA and an asset to the VPA team! Laura’s other love in life is food, but luckily running around after her little boy burns off all the calories – now where’s that cake!

 

Gabby Kyei

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Music lover Gabby just loves to go to a gig (although we are reliably informed she is not a rock chick!). Gabby has a background of working in Financial Services and a fantastic positive, ‘can-do’ attitude – perfect attributes for a perfect PA! Gabby is a family girl at heart and enjoys spending time with her large group of loved ones; it always ends with a giggle as her Dad is a comedian!

Emma Kelly

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Travel and tourism expert Emma, likes nothing better than a trip to somewhere exotic and always has her next holiday planned! Her love for exploring new countries has given her some fantastic experiences and a confidence that makes her a great pro-active PA! Emma is a super organised and focused PA, so to relax she enjoys a good night out at a Comedy Club – and that’s no joke!

 

Jasmine Buckles

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

SJP Accredited Partner/PA
SJP Accredited Support Staff Administrator

Gymnastics has been a passion for Jasmine, she’s flexible metaphorically and literally! She loves working in the Financial Services Industry and has qualifications to prove it! Her enthusiasm for the role is infectious and makes her a conscientiousness PA with great attention to detail! A word of warning though; always check where Jasmine is holidaying and avoid it like the plague – last time she was caught up in a hurricane!

Ellyn Turner

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Qualified photographer Ellyn just loves to capture the moment on film and to use her image editing skills, but diversely she can also boast a qualification in Securities and Investments. Ellyn is a woman with many interests and varied talents and her combined abilities make her a meticulous and knowledgeable PA! Furthermore, Ellyn’s love of cake making proves popular with the team – she even won the VPA Bake Off!