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CV, Board Level Executive PA With High Level Security Clearances Seeking Opportunities

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Serial No: 5165

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Personal Assistant to General Sir Nicholas Houghton; Vice Chief of the Defence Staff (Chief Operating Officer of Defence and Operational Deputy to the Head of the UK Military) Ministry of Defence (Dec 2010 to Present)

  • Maintain and manage Vice Chief’s complex diary, prioritising activities, scheduling and ensuring supporting documentation is provided in advance of meetings.
  • Provide research and administrative support including production of high level material such as documents and presentations from drafts.  Action incoming emails/correspondence including response.
  • Co-ordinate Senior Level Appraisal Reports and Freedom of Information Requests including timeline management; developing work plans where required to ensure target deadlines met.
  • Co-ordinate and prepare complex travel itineraries, and manage matters relating to the Vice Chief’s Charities and Affiliations.
  • Manage all Corporate and household transactions, including official entertainment expenses and claims.  Maintain registers for Travel, Entertainment and Hospitality.
  • Event and Social planning including organisational team building activities
  • Smooth running of the outer office and lead on all matters pertaining to staff and household.
Budget Manager and Northern Command Region Cashier, Royal Navy (2008-2010)

  •   Manage and coordinate budget for all Military Units in Scotland, Northern England and Northern Ireland. Responsible for large cash holding, including the banking arrangement’s and cash uplifts/returns. Responsible for closing and balancing accounts and all contingent accounts monthly.
  • Organising foreign currency cash plans, estimating amounts required, ordering currency, arranging additional funds for overseas units and leading on training and guidance for all personnel tasked with managing accounts in the Northern Command Area.
  • Compliance auditing and inspections on tendered units and lead investigations and rectifying any discrepancies found.
  • Funds Management – Ensuring all Entertainment, Benevolent, Welfare and other funds run by tendered units adhere to correct regulations and procedures and supported by correctly receipted expenditure.
  • Advise on and assess eligibility for Relocation and Refund of Legal Expenses, such as those on sale and purchase of properties, including casework submission where exceptional circumstances prevail, completion of related paperwork and payment of associated expense.
Personnel Assistant Roles Overseas

  • Personal Assistant to the Polish Chief of Staff and US Deputy Chief of Staff UN Mission to Macedonia.
  • Administrator Support to Deputy Supreme Allied Commander of Europe in Belgium
 Office Manager (1990-2008)

  • Office Manager with management control of up to 4 Section Managers, management of additional managers and staff for planning purposes and managing departmental gapping in personnel.
  • Support and training to units in the UK and those temporarily located overseas.  Responsible for assisting the units with any administrative or pay related discrepancies until satisfactorily resolved.
  • Coaching and mentoring for up to 30 admin personnel and for Appraisal Reporting which included quality control, timeline management and offering guidance and expertise to reporting personnel.
  • Logistics Compliance Assessor in Pay, Cash and Administration Northern Command, compiling reports, identifying discrepancies and recommending rectifying actions and timelines for completion.
  • Budget Management
  • Unit Expenses Auditor
  • Instructor at Britannia Naval College on HR Administration and becoming Divisional Officers which involved equality and diversity training and mentoring
  • Instructor on Promotion Courses for aspiring Junior Leaders to demonstrate their knowledge and ability to take on the higher role while developing their pay, cash and leadership skills.

  • Enhanced Government Security Vetting (Current)
  • Level 7 NVQ Diploma in Management – Sep 2012
  • Chartered Management Institute Level 6 Award in Management and Leadership (QCF) - Jan 2011
  • Institute of Leadership & Management – Certificate in Management  -  Mar 2003
  • D32/D33 NVQ Level 2 Assessor in Business Administration -  Jan 2003

I enjoy swimming, reading, travel and photography.

Honours and Awards

Awarded Meritorious Service Medal in Jun 2013

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Locations I am interested in working:

canada, United Kingdom