Meet The Judges

Lindsay Taylor
Your Excellency

Lindsay believes that Office Managers and PAs are some of the most unsung heroes in any organisation. She should know, having spent 10 years in this profession supporting high profile CEOs in transatlantic organisations like Transamerica Corporation. She has organised major international conferences and events and led large teams of administrative and secretarial staff, so fully understands what a great Office Manager and PA looks like. That’s why she is passionate about raising the profile of the profession so that they receive the kudos and recognition they deserve.

Lindsay is Founder and Director of Your Excellency Limited, a Virtual Academy renowned for high quality training and coaching.  She is proud to have introduced accredited qualifications for Office Managers and PAs to provide additional credibility. Lindsay believes learning should be fun and interactive and she is determined to create a community of exceptional Office Managers and PAs who deliver excellent performance for their Executives, their organisations and most of all, for themselves.

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Lucy Chamberlain
C&C Search

Passionate, fun and straight-talking, Lucy has become one of the business world’s popular motivational speakers. Lucy’s business journey as a Founder has seen her work as a TV presenter, Awards Judge and Leading Coach. She won the Female Speaker’s Award for Most Engaging Speaker at the Female Speaker’s Conference in 2019.

Alongside her fantastic knowledge base, Lucy’s level of experience enables her to give genuine insights into leadership, change and overcoming adversity.

With a 20-year career tracking the industry’s leading recruitment companies, Lucy founded C&C Search to redefine and elevate client and candidates’ recruitment experience.

Lucy also provides in-house training and key-note speeches for a wide variety of businesses including Lloyds, The Crown Estate, HIG Capital, Autonomous, League of Her Own, Canary Wharf PA Club, WeWork, Arma Partners, Miss Jones PA, Practically Perfect PA to name a few!

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Yvette Pearson
SBAN | Bookastall | Gifts for Assistants | The Admin Wrap

Yvette has over 15 years’ experience in administrative and Office Management roles. Her experience extends from large blue-chip organisations to early-day start-ups. She has acted as mentor to people at the start of their careers, is an international speaker and blogger, and is the founder of the weekly newsletter, The Admin Wrap.

In 2019 Yvette launched Gifts for Assistants – a corporate gifting company, and in 2020 she launched The Admin Wrap – a weekly newsletter for administrative assistants and office managers.

Yvette understands first-hand how integral Office Managers and Administrative Support are to the success of a company and champions the roles through her speaking and writing.

Lauren Bradley
The Officials

Lauren Bradley is the founder of The Officials, an online platform that empowers assistants through community, courses and coaching. She is passionate about providing affordable and accessible training to the industry. Her career as an award-winning assistant spans over a decade, where she has worn many hats including office manager, executive assistant and private PA to HWNIs.

A truly international powerhouse, Lauren is a corporate trainer, mentor and speaker. She lives in London where you can find her constantly neglecting her cup of tea.

Adrian Powell
Active Workplace Solutions

Adrian has been a Director and Co-Owner of Active Workplace Solutions since 2007. Highly knowledgeable across the whole commercial property and building services landscape, he maintains a real hands on, owner managed approach to running the business and manages a world class team that challenges the ‘big boys’ with a culture of fun, value, quality and amazing customer service.

Adrian has built enviable relationships with many clients who continue to rely on Adrian and Active to deliver major workplace projects. Clients include: Compass Group, Nationwide Building Society, Department of Education, Britvic, Virgin Media, Hogg Robinson Group, Mercedes Benz, Havas Media, CBRE, ITV, Channel 4 and Porsche.

Adrian was the winner of the IOD Director of the Year Awards for businesses up to £10m turnover (London & South East) 2017 and was highly commended in the IOD Director of the Year Awards National Finals. He also judged the SME category of the IOD Director of the Year Awards in 2018 & 2019.

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Salima Shariff
Anglo American

Salima Shariff is an accomplished senior HR leader recognised for building strategies that transform people and cultures across the international arena. Combining over 22 years’ experience with a deep knowledge of engagement, performance improvement and talent acquisition to guide change journeys in market-leading organisations.

As a passionate leader and trusted collaborator, she helps to build workforces that will create a sustainable future for the world and everyone within it. Throughout her career Salima has championed diversity and inclusion to broaden talent pools and elevate business performance. In her current role she is responsible for developing and executing the strategic vision to identify the best talent in the industry. At the heart of her role, she supports our network consisting of thousands of employees to reach their full potential and support them on their path to success, regardless of the walk of life they have come from. Salima helps to make people happy in their work – that has to be the best job going.

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Steve Pearce
Interion

Steve is a design, furniture and interiors specialist, with only a short career he has worked his way up to the General Manager of Interion. Using a personable and environmentally conscious approach he has delivered hundreds of interior projects all over Europe for companies like Just Eat, Starbucks, Cognizant and BBC. Being able to see a project transform from a handful of sketches and ideas to a completed space is always very rewarding!

His aim for the future is to continue crafting a company where people are able to realise their full potential and enjoy where they work. At the heart of this we need to encourage giving young people the workplace skills and experience they need to get started on a career path.

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Hana Gray
The Office Management Group

Hana is a specialist office and facilities management consultant with over 15 years’ experience; she founded Black & White Office Consultancy in 2016 and a unique online resource, The Office Management Portal in 2017. Hana now helps businesses to review their office running, making improvements through on-the-job training, project management & support and health & safety consulting – all with a view to providing a return on investment to the client by upskilling anyone in-house responsible for these areas.

In 2020 she launched the Office Management Group, an all-encompassing and unique system of virtual and physical office management resources to help office and admin professionals, in the UK and all over the world, not just learn, develop and progress their careers; network, share and support; but also to celebrate, elevate and get recognition for their profession and become part of an ever-growing collective of like-minded office professionals.

 

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Lizebeth Koloko
Millennial Microsoft Expert Office 365 | Microsoft Office Specialist Outlook, OneNote and PowerPoint

Lizebeth  Koloko-Green is an Executive Assistant at Nutanix France and has over 18 years of experience working in international corporate environments. She holds a degree in Office Management from the University of Paris Créteil and is certified as a Microsoft Office Specialist in Outlook, OneNote, and PowerPoint, and is bilingual in French and English.

Lizebeth is very passionate about learning and teaching Information Technology Software and often trains Executives, Sales Reps, and Administrative Professionals on Microsoft 365 apps and lecturing and speaking at conferences and events. She is a proud member of IMA France (International Management Assistants Network) and IAAP (International Association of Administrative Professionals).

Lizebeth was selected to represent France in the 2018 World Administrators Summit in Frankfurt as well as in the 2021 World Administrators Summit in Wellington, New Zealand.

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