Regional Director for Berkshire, North Hampshire & Surrey
Name: Suzanne Evett
Area(s) of expertise: Operations and Office Management. I’m highly resourceful, proactive and detail oriented.
When and why did you join Get Ahead VA? I joined Get Ahead VA in May 2019 after running my own Virtual Assistant company. I always aspired to grow this business and support other local VA’s so the opportunity to run an established franchise came just at the right time.
What did you do before you joined Get Ahead VA? I built a career in operational HR in 2 multinationals and when redundancy came knocking, I ceased the opportunity to start my own business as a Virtual Assistant. I had 6 great years when my children were young being able to manage my work around their needs. I love the varied, re-active nature of VA work and particularly enjoy supporting start-ups to grow to the point where their needs for a VA develop.
Career highlight to date: I’ve been fortunate to have some great roles in my career, all giving me new insights into business, people and myself. Managing and analysing performance management data for over 15,000 global employees in a part time role was certainly my biggest achievement and gave me the skills and confidence to liaise with a range of senior people. I’ve loved taking all my previous career experiences into this current venture.
Resourcing for Get Ahead VA: Using my background in operational HR I took the mantle of resource management for Get Ahead centrally, striving to set the standard for future virtual experts, designing a process that enables us to access the very best people to deliver client work. The highlights of this work has been to ensure we onboard all our team consistently and professionally and identifying and building a bespoke database allowing Regional Directors to search for and shortlist the perfect team member for a client opportunity. Our team has doubled in size with both greater breadth and depth of skills available to our clients. We don’t just match our client’s needs to experience. It’s about personality fit, too – creating the right relationships for long-term success.
Plans for the future: Our vision has always been to build our Get Ahead business in Berkshire, North Hampshire and Surrey with a team of experienced VA’s helping our clients businesses to grow.