MEET THE TEAM
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
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!
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)!
Deborah Wilson BSc
SUITABILITY LETTER WRITER
SJP Accredited Paraplanner
Kind hearted Jade is an avid charity fund raiser and is extremely dedicated to helping others. 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!
SUITABILITY LETTER WRITER
Football fanatic Matthew just loves watching and playing the great game (which often means he comes into work with a few injuries)! Matthew is a very focused team member, who learns super-fast, both are great assets as he is currently studying for his Level 4 Diploma as well as working hard to produce high quality Suitability Letters!, Music is another passion and Matthew loves a good concert, but although Matthew has an eclectic taste, he does struggle if Radio 2 is playing in the office!
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!
Katie Christian BA
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!
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!
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 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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Adventure loving Natalie loves to travel, explore new cultures and to try new things! Natalie has achieved an Executive PA Diploma (passed with honours!), which together with the confidence her travels have given and her amazing commitment to her clients, makes her a fabulous PA! Natalie has also undertaken many outdoor exploits, including a skydive and scuba diving (and she is not afraid to dive into her client’s paperwork either!).
Animal lover Verity cannot even deny being a mad cat lady, she has six felines! Verity has achieved a Diploma in Business Management and is driven to ensure she surpasses expectations, great attributes for a successful PA! Verity is also a bit of a thrill seeker and has completed both a skydive and a bungee jump, but strangely has a fear of riding a bike – don’t worry though she is more than happy to be the extra cog in the wheel of your business!
Fashionista Joanna has a keen interest in all the latest styles and is always immaculately turned out when she comes to the office! Joanna’s degree in Graphic Design has given her fastidious attention to detail, making her an attentive and accurate PA. With a passion for all styles of dancing, this PA will certainly put steps in place to organise your day!
Media graduate Connor is the creative one of the team, and also has a wicked sense of humour! His experience in editing has given him an eye for detail, and great computer skills, and he uses these talents to be a free thinking and innovative PA! Outside of work, Connor is a total car fanatic, so he can certainly speed through your ‘to do’ list!
Harry Potter enthusiast Ellie is simply a magic PA! Having undertaken a degree in History Ellie has gained amazing organisational skills and her positive outlook on life enables her to face whatever challenges her clients (and colleagues!) give to her. Ellie is Netball mad and plays for three teams – so she is sure to defend you from all those emails and shoot through your paperwork!
Gym lover Maddie loves to keep fit and she also has the travel bug, enjoying nothing more than ticking a country off her bucket list! This growing thirst for adventure gives Maddie the confidence and experience needed to be fantastic PA to all her clients! Not only this, her love of dogs makes her great at following up leads!
Backpacker Kayleigh has satisfied her thirst for long trips abroad and now enjoys a good holiday instead! Her love of travel gives her a fabulous vitality for life which makes for a very pro-active and motivated PA. Kayleigh’s bucket list includes the Paris Marathon, which she is running next year (she must be mad!), and when it comes to supporting her clients, she always makes the distance!