Regional Networking Meetings
We are passionate about supporting online collaboration and networking, however, there is no substitute for a face to face meet up!
With this in mind we are passionate about offering free regional networking opportunities and meetings. We have appointed Ambassadors to support existing & aspiring VAs within those UK regions as well as other territories outside the UK.
Your regional Ambassador will be your local point of contact and your first port of call for information regarding setting up and running your business in your area as well as giving key information on when the next meeting will be.
Throughout all of our meetings we champion authenticity, collaboration, sharing and support – as well of course the core VIP VA values and attitudes towards building and running a high-performing VA business that works for you.
Come along to a meeting, meet like-minded PAs and VAs and start the collaboration from there!
Dedicated Point of Contact
Local Knowledge & Advice
Share information on working as a VA relevant to your region
Find your local network & details of upcoming meetings:
Meet every other month on a Wednesday in Chelmsford.
Meet every other month in Derby.
Meet every two months in London.
Meet every other month on a Wednesday in Croydon.
Meetings every other month in West Sussex.
Meet every other month in Kingston.
Meet on a Wednesday in central Birmingham.
Online network for France based VAs.
Meet our Regional Network Ambassadors…
SW London & Surrey Network
Regional Ambassador - Alex Hughes
Alex Hughes is a Virtual Business Manager based in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey.
With 15 years’ experience in Trading and Sales and Information Technology in the City of London, Alex has a further 17 years’ experience as an Administration Manager for a bespoke Furniture Manufacturers in South West London.
After many years of looking after her family and ailing parents, and finishing a degree at Kingston University, she had a lightbulb moment in supporting small business owners and CEO’S with all their administration projects and procedural tasks. She loves nothing more than getting her teeth stuck into administration problems to provide effective solutions in a variety of industries and tasks.
Alex is an avid networker and loves nothing more than connecting people to help them grow their businesses. Her ethos is based on the “know, like, trust’ approach, which has won her many connections, contracts and life-long friends and contacts in business.
She has been part of VIPVA since her business started in earnest in 2017, and has found it to be extremely collaborative. Whilst working at home can feel lonely sometimes, being a member of VIPVA brings back those water cooler moments or lunch breaks with a supportive work colleague.
Alex is delighted to also be a board member for VIP VA championing all that it provides.
Surrey & SE London Network
Regional Ambassador - Rose Donnelly
Rose Donnelly is a VA based in Crystal Palace, South-East London.
East Midlands Network
Regional Ambassador - Sarah Banks
Sarah Banks is a Virtual Assistant based in Derbyshire.
She launched her VA business in 2014 after returning to work following the birth of her second daughter and realising that working for someone else wouldn’t give her the flexibility that she wanted around her family.
With a background in project management, as well as office management, Sarah provides a wide range of services to her client. She loves meeting new clients and making a difference to their worklife balance.
Sarah is also passionate about championing the VA industry, collaborating and supporting other VAs.
Regional Ambassador - Heather Warner
Heather Warner is an award winning Virtual EA and Business Manager based in Dunfermline, Scotland.
Regional Ambassador - Suzanne Ekpenyong
Regional Ambassador - Vicki Doudelle
Vicki Doudelle is an experienced Virtual EA/PA based in Bordeaux, France.
She launched her VA business back in January 2013 when she realised that finding a “Corporate London” type support role wasn’t a possibility in Bordeaux.
She now supports small businesses & busy entrepreneurs, she loves working with real people, making real connections & building great working relationships.
She also claims to be a bit of a whip-cracker, ensuring the businesses she supports are kept on their toes & deadlines met.
See what our local & international VAs are saying…
In my journey to become a VA, I’ve joined a number of Facebook groups and through one of them I met Charlotte. As we’re both mums, we share the same ‘why’ for choosing to work differently and create our own businesses. It was, therefore, easy to connect with Charlotte, even if my two are a few years older. Since we connected on both Facebook and LinkedIn, I then had the opportunity to work with Charlotte over the summer which enabled us to get to know each other even better.
Charlotte then told me about her network for VAs, APVA Hub. I immediately liked the sound of the group and joined up. The VAs in the group are great, there’s a high skill level and some lovely personalities. It’s always interesting to meet people from different backgrounds but who have a common goal. The FB group is a great place to ask questions and there’s always someone who can give a helpful answer.
I’m based near Paris in France and the VA network is not as developed here as in the US or the UK, at least not yet, so having somewhere to go, whether it be in those heady moments when you sign a new client, or those more difficult moments when you doubt you’re on the right path is vital and it’s what keeps me sane.
I wouldn’t be on this journey if it weren’t for the support provided by my peers and would definitely recommend that other European VAs join the group. Now that I’m slightly further on my path, I look forward to being an APVA member, and hope to support other new VAs, whether they’re in France, the UK or elsewhere.
After considering the transition from EA to VA it was a chance meeting with Charlotte at an EPAA event that led me to her as a trainer over any other! Her style of training has really suited me. The dread of having so much to learn has been daunting - her humour and honesty within the masterclass has made the journey feel achievable.
If you are thinking of setting up a VA business, don't hesitate to book onto the training - this really is the best training I have done in a long time (not just as a potential VA!) and it is clear that Charlotte has thought about everything we would need to think about in order to be a successful VA! Thank you Charlotte!
I would also recommend 1:1 coaching to further support the learning if owning/running a business is completely new to you or if you are lacking in confidence.
Interested in finding out about becoming a Regional Ambassador and running a local network?