About Executive VPA
My name is Joanne Hawkins and I created Executive VPA, a Virtual Admin Support business, after 24 years of working for varied industries in the UK and Spain and owning my own business in between.
I’ve worked my way up from Office Junior to Office Manager and supported Senior Managers, Directors and MDs along the way.
I finally thought it was time to share my experience and knowledge with more than one business – on a freelance basis.
All small businesses find themselves working hours they hadn’t planned to at some point and when I relocated to Southern Spain in 2004, I found the rule also applied over there but they managed to enjoy personal time as much as business. Industries were booming and I quickly established myself in the Travel Agency business. After two years and a house move to the countryside, I set to working remotely for a Head Hunting Agency and thoroughly enjoyed working in two contrasting industries.
When I returned from Spain, the strong “Life Blend” ethic came with me and I am very keen to help clients understand the benefits of out-sourcing to realize the value in not only their business but themselves.
I believe the happier we are in our personal/social life and find time to enjoy “our time”, be that with family, friends or doing whatever we’re passionate about, this can only resonate in our business and give us the drive and determination we need to grow it to the next level.
I’ve demonstrated this recently by being awarded the title of “North of England VA of the Year 2014” which I am immensely proud of, this has only been achieved through hardwork, dedication, the belief in out-sourcing to experts and accepting that I can’t do everything by myself.