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SuperAchievers Awards 2017

SuperAchievers Awards 2017 returned for its 6th year running and we're proud to reveal this year's inspirational award winners.

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SuperAchievers 2017 Winners!

We’re delighted to announce the winners of our SuperAchievers Awards 2017!
Congratulations to all the winners, finalists on their achievement, and thank you to all who took the time to nominate and vote in this year’s awards.

WINNER: PA of the Year

Craig Harris

“Assistant for Life” Thriving on Challenging Perceptions Wins Top PA Award!

We’re delighted to announce the SuperAchievers PA of the Year is Craig Harris! Here is Craig’s entry...

Craig works as EA to the Director of Fundraising at Shelter. Prior to his PA career Craig worked as a Manager within Customer Service. Having always aspired to become a PA seeing the role offer a varied and rewarding career opportunity, Craig decided to take a leap of faith and left his career in Customer Service and, in his words, “has never looked back!”

Having no prior PA experience didn’t hold Craig back when he set out to find a PA role. He soon found a role that combined both a Customer Service and PA role. He grabbed the opportunity and dedicated himself to progressing his career and achieving his goals.

Craig readily took on board training and advice that came his way and this is an attitude that continues now. Ever ready to learn, he ensures he stays up to date with developments around the PA industry by reading articles and literature, as well as attending networking events to meet like-minded peers.

Naturally with the EA position comes variety and challenges. In one such instance Craig was tasked with coordinating the approval process for a complex set of legal documents. With over 100 documents to be managed across remote locations all requiring differing signatures and verifications, Craig’s tenacity, accuracy and organisational skills were utilised to ensure a successful completion of this project.

Craig ensures he faces all his responsibilities head-on. An ex-colleague who entered him for this award said “Craig used his influence to deliver the best outcomes, quickly prioritising and re-prioritising as needed. He is frank and honest, and demonstrates absolute integrity”

One of the main challenges Craig faces is that the PA career is still perceived as a female role. Coming across executives who have set opinions about men working in a PA role is a challenge Craig likes to face directly and doesn’t take this personally. By continuing to work hard and exceed expectations Craig hopes to disprove the gender disparity and encourage other men to join the profession.

Craig is also known among the PA community and alongside his busy EA role is determined to help influence and support the next generation of men and women joining the PA profession. He is involved with EPAA’s ‘Not Just a Girls Job’ campaign which is looking at ways to inspire men to join the PA profession and fight against the misconceptions and stereotypes. He also writes regular blogs, contributes to industry articles on various websites and magazines and offers help and mentoring to others. He says “I am an assistant for life”

When originally asked why they thought Craig should win the award, one of those who put Craig forward for this award commented; “He is one of the most dedicated PAs I know. He is reliable, trustworthy and has his eye on the ball at all times. Winning this award would give Craig (and other men) the confidence needed to take the next step in his career and hopefully take on more of a mentoring role for new PAs (male and female).”

Judge Lucy Brazier commented “Being a male assistant in a 98% female profession is a challenge all on its own. Craig’s obvious determination and commitment to not only his own role and to the profession but also to encouraging diversity shines through. “The feedback on his professionalism from his colleagues is particularly impressive in an industry that thrives on collaboration.”

Judge Jennifer Corcoran also commended Craig and felt he deserved to win this award saying “One of the things I love about Craig is his enthusiasm, generosity and community minded spirit. He is the very definition of a lifelong learner who is committed to giving back, sharing and helping others. This shines through when you meet Craig both in person and in the online world. We need more men like Craig in the profession and I will be following EPAA's 'Not Just a Girls Job' campaign with interest!”

The Prizes!

Winners not only gain International recognition - they will also be presented with:

  • A prestigious SuperAchievers Award
  • A cash prize of £500 to help them on their way to achieving their goals!
  • A distance learning training course (courtesy of Pitman Training Group)

PLUS: There will be special prizes will be awarded to winners of individual categories, including:

  • A 1-to-1 mentoring call with Claire Barratt and the creation of ClaireaBella character of the winner, for this year's Working Mum of the Year.
  • A 1 hour personal impact review with Jennifer Corcoran - 'Brand YOU' which will review the LinkedIn profile and personal branding of PA of the Year Winner.

The Judging Panel

We’re pleased to introduce our SuperAchievers Judging Panel. Click below to find out more about them.

Lucy Brazier

Lucy Brazier

Lucy works with the best trainers of Executive Assistants from around the world to deliver the most up to date and current training in the market.

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Claire Barrat

Claire Barratt

With passion, determination and a lot of long hours Claire has developed an award winning brand with retail sales over £2m per annum, from a £30 loan and an evening crafting at her kitchen table.

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John Adams

John Adams

Winner of 'Best UK Dad Blog', John combines raising his two daughters with running and regularly comments in national media on how men struggle to achieve work/life balance.

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Jennifer Corcoran

Jennifer Corcoran

Where so many are vying to be visible, Jennifer Corcoran, our SuperAchievers 'PA of the Year' in 2016 and London PA Awards 'Most Networked PA' has become a commodity in demand.

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Diane Rose

Diane Rose

Director of Membership and Assessment, at the CPD Standards Office: A global accreditation service who campaign nationally for excellence in lifelong training and actively promote CPD across all industry sectors.

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