VA Awards - England VA of the Year 2016


VA Awards - England VA of the Year 2016

We are delighted to announce that Gwen Backhouse of Curlew Secretarial Solutions, based in Cumbria, has been named the England's VA of the Year 2016.


Amanda Johnson with Gwen Backhouse
VA of the Year 2016


Runner Up Kelly Cairns, Winner Gwen Backhouse and Runner Up Donna Redshaw

The presentations have been completed at the Going Global LIVE Theatre at the UK's largest event of it's type with 25,000 visitors, The Business Show, Olympia, London.

Gwen is setting records as the first Best Newcomer VA to go on to be VA of the Year- and all in just 12 months! 

Gwen’s latest VA Award automatically places her in the Grand Final for Outstanding VA next March at Office* Show 2017 (Olympia, London), where she will be pitching her business against previous VA Award winners from all of the UK, as part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations for 2017 of the UK VA Conference and UK VA Awards.

In a category with outstanding applicants, Runner-Ups to Gwen, in alphabetical order are:

Donna RedshawDiamond PA Services Ltd., Wiltshire (England South VA of the Year 2016)

Kelly CairnsKC Virtual Solutions, Tyne & Wear, (England North east VA of the Year 2016)

Wendy NormanLiveLink Resource Ltd., Norfolk (England Midlands VA of the Year 2016) profiles:

Gwen Backhouse:

Donna Redshaw:

Kelly Cairns:

Wendy Norman:

Unfortunately, Wendy Norman was unable to attend the presentations at The Business Show.


Amanda Johnson and Donna Redshaw


Amanda Johnson and Kelly Cairns