The UK VA Conference and Awards started in 2007 by their founder Carmen MacDougall and her business, The VA Coaching and Training Co (www.vact.co.uk)
Since August 2013, the UK VA Conference and VA
Awards are owned and operated by Storm Media and
Publishing Limited (SMAP).
Storm Media and Publishing’s operations include BeMyVA (an independent directory of award winning Virtual Assistants) which has supported the UK VA Conference and Awards since the directory started operations in 2010 with a policy of supporting the growth of professionalism and standards across the VA industry for 10 years.
That milestone is reached and goal achievement completed in 2020, BeMyVA delivers on it’s part in the strategic journey and alongside the UK VA Awards, VAs are encouraged to list their business services on professional social media platforms to market their services and connect with audiences that are prospective clients.
From 2020 the UK VA Conference and UK VA Awards
continues to gather and build on the year-on-year
delivery of professionally valued content and sell-out
sessions with leading speakers and influencers, to stand
alone and go forward as a significant event that is a
clear focus point for the UK VA profession in
highlighting current trends and setting future
direction. We will look forward to meeting you all at
one of our future events!
BeMyVA has supported many of the major Virtual Assistant events around the globe – including:
IVAA (International Virtual Assistants Association) LIVE Summit
Our CEO, John Palmer, strongly supports the role and value of Virtual Assistants and believes that VAs are an under-utilised resource that can be of great value to the business world, particularly for entrepreneurs, start-ups and businesses that are expanding and growing.
John says “The flexibility that good, reliable Virtual Assistants can be of enormous value to a business that is still finding it’s way, or reaching out on a new venture – they can tap-in to a top-class pool of talent that can be engaged without the exposure or commitment to longer-term employment contracts, and the challenges that those can present to smaller or new employers in this modern era of overly complex legal frameworks.”
John has acted as a Judge for the Awards panel, and is a member of the Judge’s panel for the New Zealand Virtual Professionals Awards since it’s inception last year.
John has also appeared as a speaker and runs workshops at the UK VA Conference and the LIVE summit hosted by the world’s largest not-for-profit VA association, IVAA (International Virtual Assistant’s Association).
John own professional development includes a Masters in Company Direction (MA), and he is one of the first Chartered Directors (C.Dir) in the world. He maintains an interest in professional business standards through a number of voluntary roles and committee posts with the UK’s Institute of Directors (IoD), including Vice-Chair of the IoD’s Professional Review Group for Chartered Directors.
John Palmer also owns a successful business consultancy, exec4, founded in 1999.