VA Day guide to the UK VA Conference 2019

UK VA Conference 2018 sessions – pictured (L to R) UK VA award winners Ruth Dyer of RDVA – UK Best Newcomer VA 2017 and Fiona Macpherson of Support 4 Success England VA of the Year 2017.

Following on from the free VA Breakfast session that has a focus on #MyVACareer campaign, (more details here), the UK VA Conference 2019 has compiled an agenda that will appeal to a whole range of Virtual Assistants and their skill levels – from start-up newcomer to established and successful Virtual Assistants. Please first ‘register now’ with The PA Show & then book your session(s) or day pass to save money!

Session One 10:15am  #MyVAFuture – What should my VA business model be?

From sole trader to limited company – from freelance, to associates, to employees, to franchise. Our Expert Panel will share their experiences of working with the different models for a Virtual Assistant business.Presentations with opportunity for a Q & A should help you make your own choices towards establishing your own preferred  business model.

Session speakers will include: popular trainer Joanne Munro of VA Handbook, England VA of the Year 2014, Jane Cattermole of Bay Tree, and Rebecca Newenham of Get Ahead VA, a fast growing VA business that expands with a franchise model.


Session Two 11:15am: #MyVAJourney – Skill or Scam? Everyone’s sharing and collaborative, aren’t they?

Caroline Wylie, co-founder of the Society of Virtual Assistants will be sharing observations from both the UK VA Survey and SVA Forums.

SVA is one of the longest established VA communities on the Internet. So, Caroline’s studious insights are invaluable to both newcomer and experienced Virtual Assistants.


Session Three 12:15pm: #MyVABusiness – Opportunities to keep your VA business on track.

Opportunity or Risk? Key areas to consider for the future of a Virtual Assistant business.

Our experts will explore the need to work with fundamental business compliance and suggest the opportunities this may present for your own VA business.

Ami Copeland –  Director, Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB). Ami will be discussing what MTD means for your clients and the simple steps you can take to help them adapt. Ami’s short and informative session will also talk us through how the Money Laundering Regulations could affect your work and what you need to do to avoid fines and even a criminal record. Has there ever been a better time to be a professional bookkeeper?

Henry Herbert – Lawyer, Herbert & Ball LLP will present an update for GDPR, no matter what happens on the political agenda and the Neverendums – GDPR also rumbles on.

Janthana Kaenprakhamroy –  CEO of Tapoly, an innovator and a Forbes ‘one to watch’,  will address the points to cover the VA and their insurance needs – with an interesting twist of having ‘insurance on tap’. With the ability to buy insurance by the hour, this should provide fantastic business opportunities for VAs and their clients.


Session Four 1:45pm: #LinkedInLocal – Liking the look and latest moves of LinkedIn

LinkedIn is likely to continue to be a key channel to market, with their most recent examples of new offerings such as Profinder, and now supporting networking off-line with LinkedIn Local.

Learn from Alexandra Galviz, this Multi-Award winning LinkedIn Influencer has been recognised in both 2017 and 2018 as a Voice of LinkedIn.

Alexandra is also co-founder of #LinkedInLocal

Our outstanding Keynote Speaker, Alex, will share their story, thoughts and vision for how LinkedIn can work for you, your business,  and your clients.


Free Session 2:45pm: UK VA Awards Announcements & presentations

UK Outstanding VA, UK Best Newcomer VA,

Virtual Assistant Voice Awards and our very first ‘VA Star’ will be announced


Session Five 3:30pm#MyVAVision Shaping your strategy for your VA business

From Hashtags and Social Media services to Artificial Intelligence and Digital Nomads – what do the profession’s current thought leaders consider the future role and services of a Virtual Assistant to be?

What should you consider for you to thrive and survive as a VA in the future?

Expert Panel

Joanne Hawkins, Executive VPA – Multi-Award winning VA and founder of North West VA Conference

Amanda Johnson – Multi-award winning VA and VA Trainer (VACT)

Caroline Wylie – Co-founder of Society of Virtual Assistants (SVA) and Virtually Sorted

Gwen Backhouse – Curlew Secretarial Solutions – multi-award winning VA, and UK Outstanding VA of the Year 2018

Joanne Munro – VA Handbook – ‘Digital Nomad’ and VA Trainer, a popular voice in the world of VAs


Profiles of all session speakers:


How to attend UK VA Conference:

Full VA Day Agenda:

To attend the UK VA Conference, first ‘register now’ – it is FREE with and then as a registered visitor, please select the sessions you wish to attend or save with a “full day pass”.

Please note: with bookings to date, we expect to ‘sell-out’ all sessions, so don’t be disappointed, please book your sessions as soon as possible!

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