John Palmer
John Palmer

Chairman of Judging Panel

Professional Experience

Professional Experience

More than 20 years running a Business Consultancy, further to 25 years corporate experience in senior executive positions for public companies and global brands (including) Pearson Longman, Avis Rent-A-Car, Pioneer Concrete Group, Bertelsmann AG, Perry Group Plc + others!

Current Business Interests

1999 – date: John founded exec4 – Consultants and Mentors to Business Leaders –to provide valued guidance to many subsequently successful young, new and innovative enterprises.

2010 – Founded – a leading independent, innovative, directory of Virtual Assistants, accepting the responsibility of organising the UK VA Conference and UK VA Awards in 2013 until 2021.

2012 – date: Founded Storm Media and Publishing Ltd, taking over the PA community web site, now more recently rebranded as

Snapshot of professional achievements/acknowledgements

Snapshots of achievements/experience

Course Leader and/or various presentations for Leeds Business School, Henley eBusiness Group, The British Library, FleetNet and Government.

Masters degree in Company Direction (1997)

Institute of Directors  – Chartered Director (1999) 

Professional Review Board (2000–2004);

Accredited Chartered Director Interviewer (2001-2007)

Chartered Accreditation Board (2001–2004);

Professional Accreditation Committee (2004–2007);

Vice-Chair, Professional Review Group (2007–2015)
Henley Alumni eBusiness Group committee (2000 – 2010)  

Non-Exec Director of FleetNet (Industry Standards) – (2001–2006) 

Consultant and Newsletter Editor (2000 to 2010) for

UK Insurance Industry’s “Broker Innovation of the Year” (2000)

Co-founder ERP/Digital Special Interest Group Events (2018-2022)

Judge for various Investor and Pitch Events and Competitions

Judge/Chair – Director of the Year Awards – 2018-2020

Judge/Chair – VA Awards – UK from 2012; New Zealand 2012 & 2013.

UK VA Conference – Event Curator 2013 to 2021


All Sessions By

Day 1

08:00 - 10:00
Conference Room 1

Day 2

011:00 - 12:00
Conference Room 2

Day 3

09:00 - 10:00
Conference Room 3

Day 4

10:00 - 11:00
Conference Room 4

Day 5

12:00 - 01:00
Conference Room 5

Day 6

09:00 - 11:00
Conference Room 6

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