Nice to meet you
Gilly Mulford FInstAM
Your Household PA was founded in 2020 whilst I was working full time as an Executive Assistant.
With a wealth of experience, spanning three decades, I have supported Directors and Senior Executives across multiple business sectors. My work has helped them to find more time in each day, relieving some of the stress that comes from overwhelming workloads, and saving them time and money by improving efficiency.
I am a Fellow of the Institute of Administrative Management and am extremely proud to be a committee member of the BBOPA Network (Bucks, Berks and Oxon PA Network), A networking group where Executive, Personal and Virtual Assistants are able to come together to learn, support one another and share their experiences and expertise. I am also an Ambassador for Business Buzz Abingdon an informal drop -in networking group for local businesses.
My career began as a Director's Assistant and soon progressed to a Sales Executive, with an international company, before having my son and then returning to work as a PA. In 2008 my son became seriously ill and I was unable to continue working for a short period of time.
In the following years I worked in the catering industry, local government, private education, forensic science and property.
In 2018 I lost my son and it made me sit up and take notice of how precious time is and what is important to me. It was from this life changing event that Your Household PA was born.
I have a passion to give you back precious time so you too can enjoy the things you love; whether that be growing your business or spending more time with loved ones. The business has organically grown into offering Pet and House Sitting Services to enable clients to make the most of their time.
Sharing my life's experiences and coping strategies has also become extremely important to me. It has seen my Public Speaking develop from online events to speaking at the National PA Show in 2021, be a Podcast guest on Your Excellency's EA & PA Chataway, guest speaker on Penny For Your Thoughts and interviewed for Conversation & Afternoon Tea - Oculus Creative Learning.
This year I will be speaking at 2nd Annual Executive And Personal Assistant Business Conference in Prague where I will be opening the conference as a Keynote Speaker.
With a motto of "never a problem, only a solution" I am always searching for the positives in any situation.
Emma has been a successful VA for over 2 years. After building up 20+ years of experience within managerial, PA, and sales roles, Emma has a combined wealth of experience and skills in many sectors. With a proven track record of meeting targets she is well equipped to step into the necessary roles within companies, always adapting to the business needs.
Emma’s current portfolio of work includes active social media post creation/scheduling, website building, event management, complex travel/ journey plans, customer service, order/data entry and inbox/diary management.
Before becoming a VA, Emma worked for many years within a Global Housewares Manufacturer, where she was promoted from Administration/ PA, Marketing and Sales, choosing to end her
career on a high as the company’s Business to Business Manager. Emma then concentrated her skills to work within her family Flooring & Interiors business where she built the company up to have all the customer records, and accounts online, streamlining each department, from HR, Accounts, Sales and Administration, to work with the utmost efficiency.
Former colleagues and clients have remarked that Emma is a hardworking, conscientious, dedicated, and a strong contributor, that achieves results. Emma is always willing to help and bring a bit of fun to any situation and is an absolute pleasure to know and work with.
Whilst on her downtime, bringing calm to hectic schedules, Emma likes to get out and explore the beautiful countryside with her dog and, on an evening, likes to sit down for a good read of a thriller or murder mystery.
Emma loves stationery (pens, pencils, notebooks, highlighters, paperclips, sticky markers), and will always find a reason to use them all, even though most of her work is completed online remotely!
Tanya has over 20 years’ experience as an Executive Assistant in Global Corporates which she left behind a couple of years ago to become a Virtual Assistant.
She loves to organise and is a self-confessed to-do list addict!
Researching and booking travel are what Tanya enjoys the most, along with organising events. but she provides her clients with the all-round admin support they require.
When not at work, Tanya is mum to a football crazy 10 year old son which has clearly rubbed off on her as she now plays for a ladies team too!
Jade is a skilled administrative support professional with 10 years experience
Throughout her career she has found herself drawn to a variety of administrative roles; these roles fit so well with her skill set. Jade's last role was as an accomplished Executive Assistant working for a global not for profit organisation.
This is where she found her passion for supporting businesses, project management and event organising. In this role Jade supported the director and senior management team for over 6 years. She also led and mentored the administration teams as well as managed the recruitment process. So, when it came to look for her next chapter it wasn’t a hard decision to become a Virtual Assistant, Jade can fully utilise her skills and experience whilst being able to work flexibly from home with her 2 dogs Elfie and Arlo.
She has exceptional multi-tasking and organisational skills to accompany my strong administrative
skills with an active and dynamic approach to work. Jade is passionate about helping individuals and businesses to have a more organised and successful work life balance.
Jade is quoted as saying "I just love building relationships, making lists, and getting things done!"
Claire became a Virtual Assistant in response to the growing number of independent consultants and niche consultancies, where remote working and outsourcing are increasingly the norm.
Her background is as a PA and Practice Secretary to a Partner, and Practice Head in a Management Consultancy firm. Prior to this, she “temped” in a variety of blue-chip organisations and worked as an Editor in a Publisher of children’s illustrated information books.
Claire has undertaken professional training to become a Virtual Assistant and continues to invest in training to update and expand her skills on an ongoing basis.
She offers secretarial, administrative, marketing and project management support together with specialist offerings in French: written and spoken, editing and proof-reading.
Sharon has over 30 years of experience working in Secretarial & Business Administration, HR and HR Information Services, working within companies of all sizes, from small, family independent traders to global multinationals and it’s fair to say, she certainly knows her “onions” when it comes to all things admin.
She loves working with online applications, websites and anything “techie” will always bring a big smile to her face. Her go to favourites include:
WordPress, Canva, MailerLite, Calendly, SmarterQueue, Asana, Buffer, Loom, Trello, Eventbrite, Dropbox and We Transfer… to name just a few of the many she has experience working with.
Alongside those stuffy, business qualifications, Sharon is also a Mum to three boys and although they are grown and have flown the nest, bringing them up and managing a busy household certainly comes with its own unique set of skills!
Working with Sharon will mean you receive a high quality, confidential and personalised service that is unique and tailored to your business. But business doesn’t mean boring…Sharon has a great sense of humour and enjoys working with likeminded people.
Sharon loves chocolate, Sci-Fi and Chinese food. She is “Mumma” to a gorgeous rescue cat, Daisy and her new “doggie sister” Honey. They are both a very important part of her family and business life and I’m sure you will hear her talking about her “team”.
Watch this space for new
Pet & House Sitters
Caroline & Martin
Associate Pet & House Sitters
Caroline and her husband Martin have over 18 years’ experience of cat and dog ownership, with Martin also owning rabbits, guinea pigs and ferrets. He also rescued battery hens as a youngster and nursed them back to happy, fully feathered, egg laying ‘pets’.
Their dog was a rehomed rescue with some interesting quirks, (namely cats, lawnmowers, wheels, roads, and other dogs), so they have years of experience in managing happy and safe walks, whilst maintaining high levels of vigilance for potential issues!
Their own pets were never put into kennels at holiday times because they know how important it is for animals to have their routines maintained in their own safe and familiar environment.
Caroline and Martin have taken the opportunity to retire early from the rat race, and whilst owning their own pet is not possible at this time, due to some travelling commitments, they have the passion, time, energy and enthusiasm to care for your pets in your home. They also have experience in administering medications. Both have a current DBS in place and Caroline has undertaken a pet first aid and CPR course and has Public Liability Insurance.
Associate Pet & House Sitter
Fur babies can find absent owners a stressful and anxious time and need specific cares and efforts to continue their routines, and keep as much consistency in their lives, to make sure they feel as calm and normal as possible whilst you are away.
Tor looks after every pet as if they were her own and loves the little (and big) personalities that they have. She relates to, and understands, each animal so they get used to her and trust that she is in the pack. Their safety, security and wellbeing is central each day that they are in her care and you can trust that your preferences are followed, to ensure the happiness and health of your four-legged loved one. Tor specialises in smaller dogs.
Clare & Nigel
Associate Pet & House Sitters
Clare & Nigel, a highly experienced, professional couple providing premium house & pet sitting services. They pride ourselves on their reputation for being trustworthy, honest, friendly and reliable and have chosen to retire from our professional jobs in project management & software engineering in the Aerospace industry, to provide quality care pets and homes when the owners are away.
They are an active couple with a love of animals and a passion the great outdoors. As well as looking after pets for clients, they both owned dogs, cats & other small pets throughout their lives and fully understand that pets are part of the family and deserve special love, care and attention, even when you can't be there. They are flexible and adaptable and are happy to take care of all your pet's needs. Clare & Nigel are happy doing long hikes or short strolls and of course we're always ready to play and give belly rubs and fuss!
As well as knowing how to take loving care of pets, they are also highly experienced in taking excellent care of property. They both own properties in the UK and fully appreciate home owners' expectations about how properties should be properly looked after. They are open to all enquiries, but we tend to specialise in larger rural properties, of which they have a wealth of experience & thus an excellent awareness of the special care & attention that these properties require.