UK Best Newcomer VA 2017


UK Best Newcomer VA 2017

UK Best Newcomer VA 2017 Winner:

Ruth Dyer, RDVA

UK Best Newcomer VA 2017 Runner-Ups
Imogen Allen, Umbrella Digital Media
Lucy Tipler, Your Loyal VA



Ruth and Aimee


Lucy, Ruth, Aimee and Imogen

UK Best Newcomer VA 2017 announcements and presentations took place on 2nd March 2017, as part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations of the UK VA Conference Awards programme, kindly supported and hosted by the annual Office* Show at Olympia, London.

The event’s keynote speaker Aimee Bateman of Careercake,com, was on hand to present the coveted UK VA Awards, with announcements made by the Chair of the Panel of Judges, John Palmer of

The winning entry Ruth Dyer trading as RDVA, of Northamptonshire, operates as a sole trader, founded in June 2016 and already impressing the Judges with her previous experience, professional achievements and presentation of her expanding business.

The Judges commented on the progress in such a short period of time and suggested that Ruth’s continuing progress is “one to watch”!

Pipped at the post for the 2017 Best Newcomer VA Award were the equally impressive and accomplished achievements of Lucy Tipler (Your Loyal VA of Kent ), a sole trader since November 2015; and Imogen Allen (Umbrella Digital Media of Staffordshire), sole trader, founding her business in December 2015.

We will all look forward to seeing each of the Finalists continuing to develop their business, and perhaps we will get to meet them again as part of a forthcoming VA of the Year programme – they may yet be striving to replicate the recent successive year achievements of Gwen Backhouse, Curlew Secretarial Solutions (2015 and 2016)!


Imogen and Aimee


Lucy and Aimee