News from the Manchester PA Network

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Manchester PA Awards

We kicked off the 2017 Manchester PA Awards with a fabulous launch party at the Holiday Inn Manchester City Centre the event was covered by our Media Partner - the Manchester Evening News.

Manchester PA Award Winners 2016 are Announced

The sparkle was definitley out in force at the 2016 Manchester PA of the Year Awards, this year held at the stunning Palace Hotel - 427 were treated to an evening of celebration which saw 11 awards handed out in various categories.


More details of the awards can be found on our awards page.

We made the headlines

We made the headlines of the Manchester Evening News last week with the lowdown from our glamorous 5th birthday party at Neighbourhood.

Congratulations Co-Founder Amanda named a Rising Star in the WeAreTheCity Awards

WeAreTheCity released the names of its top 100 female rising stars as part of its annual awards programme.


The prestigious Rising Star awards aims to showcase the pipeline of female talent in the UK and to create role models across 20 different industries and professions.


We were thrilled to see co-founder receive a Rising Star Award in the EA/PA category.


Our 5th Year of Fundrasing - and a shiny new award

Co-founder Amanda collected on behalf of the Manchester PA Network their silver fundraising award.  This was awarded as our network has been fundraising for 5 years for The Christie. 


It was a wonderful evening at the education centre surrounded by other corporate fundraisers and the Christie team.  It was rounded off with Amanda alongside Ambassadors Jane and Debbie presenting the CEO of the Christie with a cheque for one million pounds on behalf of the corporate fundraisers across the North West.


Thank you to all our members for their constant support with our fundraising we are now working towards our gold award for 10 years. 

Our 3rd Great Manchester Run - May 2016

2016 Team MPAN

On Sunday May 22nd some of our super members and their families joined Mel and Amanda in running the Great Manchester Run.  This is the third year we have entered a team and this year was our largest team to date and so far with the largest amount of money raised for the Christie Charity.


We are massively proud of our team and are looking forward to running bigger and better in 2017.


Thanks to our wonderful members Jane and Catharine who rounded up the troops and mande sure everything ran like clockwork.  Thanks also to Stephen and Luis at Gaucho for the great post run food and fizz.


More photos of our day can be found in our photo gallery.


And if you would like to donate to our team page and help us reach our £6,000 mark then you can do so here

Reaching our 4th Milestone - July 2015

The network really does go from stregnth from stregnth, the Manchester PA Network launched with just 50 members as we reach our fourth milestone we now have 500 members proving that PA networking is stronger than ever and widely recognised.


We have watched relationships grow over the years between the PA's and friendships develop, we have watched nervous PA's attend their first event and quickly be welcomed by exisiting members and shared in many experiences with our members.  New jobs, promotions, awards, babies but most of all the ambition to be the best at what they do.


Well done Manchester you have done us proud and continue to be great ambassadors of the Manchester PA Network.

Starting gun fired on the Manchester PA of the Year Awards 2015

The starting gun has been fired on the Manchester PA of the Year Awards 2015 with a bash at Harvey Nichols Manchester’s prestigious Second Floor Restaurant.


More than 100 support professionals and employers heard the co-founders of the Manchester PA Network discuss the importance of dedicated, passionate and creative staff to businesses across the region.

Nicola Allen, Executive Assistant at law firm Shoosmiths, was also revealed as winner of the Robert Walters Support Professional of the Year Award 2014.


The 2015 Manchester PA of the Year Awards, originating as a result of an exciting partnership between Robert Walters plc and the Manchester PA Network, recognises outstanding support professionals across eight categories, including Star of the Future, Best Business Initiative, Best Line Manager and Best Event Organised by a PA.


Nominations are open until 1st June and can be made by managers or industry peers across the Greater Manchester region.


Gill Owen, Manager of Secretarial and Support Recruitment at Robert Walters North comments:


“As Manchester continues to grow as an influential business and financial hub, attracting knowledgeable, creative and dedicated support professionals is becoming ever more vital to the city’s success. We are proud to launch these awards in well-overdue recognition of their initiative and dedication.”


Amanda Barlow, co-founder of the Manchester PA Network & EA at PZ Cussons comments:


 “PAs, EAs and secretaries are taking on more responsibility in their roles and continuously adding value to Manchester businesses. We believe now is the perfect time to highlight the outstanding achievements of professionals across the region.”


To find out more about the nominations and categories please visit our special website

Our First Dedicated to the Christie Award 

We were very proud to receive our first dedicated to the Christie fundraising award.  We received the Bronze award for being dedicated to the Charity for over 2 years.  We can't wait to get to our silver award when we reach our 5th Birthday.

Another year another 10K

HUGE well done to our 2015 Manchester 10K running team for doing such a brilliant job of finishing the Manchester 10K, we could not be prouder of the team some had run before some hadn't but we all had a wonderful day and have raised almost £4,000 for the Christie Charity.


Massive thank you to our wonderful team;

Hayley Harthern

Blaire Harthern

Amanda Barlow

Emma Glyn-Jones

Donna O'Neill

Harvinder Higgins

Victoria Molloy

Isobella Molloy

Emma Louise Cullen

Tracey Williams 

Francesca Garnsey

Amy Burgess

Laura Jones

Jo Prior


Same time next year ladies??!!

Ending 2014 on a high....

We were thrilled to present the Christie with a cheque for over £20,000 which takes our fundrasing to over £42,000 in just under four years.  This amount has been made up of our networking events, fundraising challenges including the Manchester 10K, the Christie abseil and a HUGE climb up Mount Kiilimanjaro.  


It's been a great team effort and we cannot thank our members enough for all their support over the years since we began our network.


Well Done to team MPAN in completing the BUPA Manchester 10K on Sunday May 18th raising just under a MASSIVE £10,000 if you would like to run with us in 2015 please email us at

Own your very own I'm a MCR PA Hoodie

With the help of Stitch embroidery we are delighted to bring you our very own Manchester PA network branded hooded tops donated to our co-founders and selling like hot cakes to our members get yours now for only £25 with £5 being donated direct to The Christie.

You can order by emailing Sarah at


We LOVE our hoodies and will be wearing them everywhere.

Stitch embroidery don't just cater for mass orders they will assist with any order order enquiry no matter how big or small and we can highly recommend her super service.

Katie McEwan, EA to Jacqueline Gold speaks at our 50 shades of XXXmas event

On a cold and wet Wednesday November evening, 50 of Manchester's finest PA's EA's and secretaries were treated to an event which would end the networks 2013 event's list with a bang.


The private dining room of Restaurant Bar & Grill, John Dalton St, Manchester was transformed by Holly and her wonderful Make Events team into a 50 Shades of Grey themed Christmas party.  Welcomed with champagne on arrival and chocolate lollipops served by The Naked Chocolatiers the excitement in the room seemed to spread, throw in an Ann Summers Goodie Bag and our members had a ball.


We were so lucky to have Katie McEwan, who is EA to Jacqueline Gold talk about her role as an EA, Katie spoke openly and honestly and captured everyone's attention.  It was an honour to show Katie the Manchester PA Network and we were so proud to receive a tweet from Jacqueline herself.


Guests were then treated to a fabulous selection of canapes and wine they then filled the dancefloor whilst Justin Orange played some amazing tunes.


The evening was rounded off by a huge raffle in aid of our chosen charity The Charity, with prizes donated from so many companies it was easy to see why the tickets went like hot cakes, taking our fundraising so far to £15,371.


Photos from the event can be viewed in our photo gallery.

Radio Debut on BBC Radio Manchester

We made our radio debut on the Sam Walker mid-morning show on Thursday July 18th, it was such an honour to be invited to talk about our fundraising for The Christie and our wonderful network.  Big thanks to Sam and the team at BBC Radio Manchester for looking after us so well.  Have a look at our adventures in the gallery below.

We've smashed our first Fundraising Target of £10,000

What a fabulous start we have had to 2013 with donations flooding in for our first event of the year being held on February 27th at The Malmaison hotel we are thrilled to announce our fundraising has now reached our first target of £10,000.00 since our launch in July 2011. 


We couldn't have achieved this without the generous donations from our members and sponsors so huge Thanks to every single one of you.


We aren't stopping here and fundraising will continue into 2013 for The Christie.


So if you haven't given yourself a pat on the back yet do so now - together we can make a difference.