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

Sarah just loves her Classic Mini, but he is still in need of some restoration – being the eldest of 7 brothers and sisters she’s too busy with her family to find the time! 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. Not only that, her attention to detail makes her the perfect person to oversee our Compliance! If you need a system in place, then she’s your girl!

 

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)!

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!

 

Paul Evans DipPFS

BUSINESS PROCESSOR

Quiz master Paul loves to challenge his brain, and with a degree in Pharmacy, and a Level 4 Diploma in Financial Planning, he is certainly diverse in his knowledge. This experience and capability make him a fantastic Business Processor (and always someone for us to go to with our ailments)! At the weekends Paul like’s nothing better than exploring the countryside; he’s easy to spot as he will be accompanied by his five dogs!

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 Business Processor! 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!

 

Matthew Morris

TRAINEE BUSINESS PROCESSOR

Football fanatic Matthew just loves watching and playing the great game! Matthew is at the beginning of his career in Financial Services and studying for his Level 4 Diploma, and in his role as a trainee, is becoming an expert at making the tea! Music is another passion and he is a regular concert goer, but although Matthew has an eclectic taste, he does struggle if Radio 2 is playing in the office!

Saffron Bell

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 Katie enjoys nothing more than to shop until she drops! Katie 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! 

 

Taylor Carthy-Barke

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Dog lover Taylor is also the fashion guru in the team and is always up to date with the latest trends! Her passion for fashion not only gives her a flair for style, but an eye for quality, which she also demonstrates in the excellence of the work she undertakes for her clients. Taylor’s background as a law administrator gives her strong PA skills, and her enjoyment of weightlifting gives her strong muscles, all this in one small package – she’s only 4 foot 10!

Yazmin Wood

PERSONAL ASSISTANT
SJP Accredited Partner/PA

Singing is Yazmin’s passion and she has spent many years in panto (oh yes she has!). Her super talents have not only given Yazmin a turn in the limelight, (as a backing dancer for Little Mix and on The Brit Awards and The X Factor), they have also made her a creative and imaginative PA who is an absolute asset to the team! And don’t forget, if you have a target to hit then she’s your girl – being an ace netball player makes her a great goal shooter! 

 

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                                            SJP Accredited Support Staff Administrator

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!

 

Natasha Carrington

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Natasha has a thirst for travel (and red wine!) and likes nothing more than jetting off on another adventure.  Natasha has a keen enthusiasm to learn and develop her PA skills and is always looking for ways to improve her clients support – great assets for a PA! As the eldest of eight girls Natasha is used to things being chaotic, but this certainly does not apply to her organisational skills!

Gabby Kyei

PERSONAL ASSISTANT                                            SJP Accredited Partner/PA

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!

Gemma Farrow

PERSONAL ASSISTANT
 

Gin lover Gemma is rather partial to a tipple (and some good food to wash down with it) but wears any indulgence off with her energetic gym schedule! Gemma is also a keen artist and uses her creative flair to become a very free thinking and pro-active PA! There is no end to her talents - Gemma has a degree in Geography, so she will be sure to always get you to the right place for your meetings!

 

Holly Watts

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Cocktails are Holly’s Passion; making them, drinking them and even photographing them! Holly has a First Class degree in Business which shows not only how clever she is, but demonstrates a determination to excel and to be successful, great attributes for a PA! Holly is also a keen bargain hunter and trails the internet for the lowest prices, so if you need to make a big purchase, Holly will find you the best deal!