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The PA Hub announces guest speaker as Howard Webb MBE at inaugural PA of the Year Awards

The PA Hub, a Yorkshire based membership network for PAs across the region, will be holding its first ever Yorkshire PA of the Year Awards Dinner on Thursday 2nd July at The Pavilion, Leeds United. It has been announced that the guest speaker slot will be filled by Yorkshire’s very own Howard Webb.

Former World Cup referee Howard Webb has enjoyed 35 years as a referee; working his way up through the league system, he has become one of the best and most respected officials of all time. In 2010 he became the first person to referee both the UEFA Champions League Final and the World Cup Final in the same year. Howard has recently announced his departure from PGMOL to undertake more freelance professional services work.

The finalists have been chosen for the glittering black tie dinner that promises to be a fantastic celebration that will recognise the best in the business across 11 award categories, including the prestigious Yorkshire PA of the Year sponsored by Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) and the Lifetime Achievement Award. International training company, Pitman Training, has been announced as the headline Partner for the Awards which will be hosted by Look North presenter Harry Gration. Bdaily is also thrilled to be supporting the inaugural PA of the Year Awards as media partner.

Marion Lowrence, Director of the PA Hub said: ‘We are absolutely delighted that Howard Webb will be at the event. He is one of the most respected men in football in recent years and certainly a man that knows how to keep his cool. I’m sure a lot of our PAs will be able to relate to that, though I must say I don’t think any of our PAs have been able to hand out 3 yellow cards! The awards are a fantastic way to recognise assistants for the amazing job they do and the support they provide to their companies every day. Winning an award will give them the confidence and self-assurance they need to excel further in their role as well as allow them to stand up and be in the spotlight.’  

The judging panel is made up of four highly experienced professionals in the PA industry including Victoria Darragh, Executive Assistant to the Group HR Director and Group Technology Director for Hays Specialist Recruitment, Katie McEwan, Executive Assistant to Jacqueline Gold, CEO of Ann Summers, Jamila Juma-Ware, Head of Marketing at Pitman Training and Christopher Juliff, Private Secretary to Health Minister David Prior at Department of Health.  

Katie McEwan, Executive Assistant to Jacqueline Gold, CEO of Ann Summers said: ‘It’s a great privilege to have been invited to sit on the judging panel for these fantastic awards. Still too often PAs do not get the recognition they deserve, and I think that awards on a regional level provide a really important service. There is so much talent in the Yorkshire region; the awards are an opportunity to showcase the true stars of the industry.’  

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