Meet the VA: Elly Roper

Here at Get Ahead VA, our people are everything. Our ever-growing team includes a wide range of highly skilled professionals with different backgrounds, expertise and personalities to ensure we can find exactly the right virtual assistant to match our customers’ requirements.

Here’s 60 seconds with one of our VAs, Elly, a marketing expert who recently joined our team in Newcastle.

Name: Elly Roper

Areas of expertise: Social media management, spreadsheets and data organisation, and business development.

When and why did you join Get Ahead VA? I joined the Get Ahead VA team in June 2019 after meeting Karen and Allison, the co-directors of Get Ahead Newcastle, at a networking event. My passion is connecting people, which is why I was drawn to marketing. I love working as a VA because it gives me a chance to help regular people get their businesses seen by new clients and partners. 

What did you do before you joined Get Ahead VA?  I’ve worked in marketing for over a decade for various agencies and small businesses in the North East. I’ve focused on packaging design, general marketing and most recently in affiliate marketing. 

Career highlight to date: While working for a publishing software company in America, I managed a project where we took 2,500 pages of academic handbook edits from a large university, then updated, formatted and styled them into one perfect book held within our software. It was a massive project that had a great result everyone was pleased with!

Plans for the future: To continue helping business owners who struggle with marketing and admin tasks so they can have business coming in while spending time doing the work they enjoy.

Elly is dedicated to making sure our speakers are the absolute best they can be, recognising that online speaking brings a whole set of challenges and she has the necessary nerves of steel for that! Completely unflappable, she loves the energy of working with diverse speakers and subject areas. She brings a sense of calm to all our technical rehearsals, as well as her wealth of technical know-how. Our speakers benefit from her total and invisible support, leaving them free to concentrate on delivering a polished presentation online. She understands how nerve-wracking online presenting can be, and works several steps ahead to make sure our tech is seamless. She understands the process of pivoting speakers from live to online events and her warmth and ability to explain tech clearly and calmly makes the process hugely enjoyable instead of terrifying!

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If your business could benefit from Elly’s help, or from any of our other VAs, please get in touch on 01483 332220 or [email protected]. We pride ourselves on being the staff you don’t see, but the difference you do.

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