meet the meetingsclub Advisory Committee

Paula Harding

Paula Harding

Paula is an Executive Assistant at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) working alongside Professor Phil Padfield, Dean of Education.  

Paula is a member of the PA Hub, Executive and Personal Assistants Association and the Institute of Administrative Management and is an active member of business networking groups in Merseyside.

An advocate of the EA/PA profession Paula is keen for EAs and PAs to discuss roles, to share knowledge and to network with business professionals to build business acumen and credibility.

Paula has shared her thoughts with meetingsclub and our members, on why EAs, PAs and VAs should network with business professionals on and offline to build business acumen and personal credibility, click on the link below to listen to just why Paula is so passionate about networking.

Claudia Ghartey

Claudia Guartey

Claudia, Virtual Assistant, Mentor, YouTuber and Networker since 2017 with a vast experience in administration in the Hospitality, Events and Finance Industry. Claudia is passionate about Human Resources, Customer Service, Client Relationship and Marketing. Her new found passion is Finance & Savings.

Her main aim is to build rapport with colleagues and other professionals, connect and introduce people, facilitate training opportunities, assist with career development and help others achieve their personal, professional and financial goals.

Claudia has also launched the first ever group in the member’s ‘coffee lounge’ on meetingsclub. To find out more about Claudia’s group – CDG, click on link below.

Lindsay Taylor

Lindsay Taylor

Lindsay, is co-Founder & Director of Your Excellency and is a qualified trainer, coach and practitioner in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP).  Lindsay is a former PA passionate about sharing knowledge and skills with PAs and Admin Professionals across the world.  Lindsay’s down-to-earth and interactive sessions are based on her belief that fun learning makes for memorable learning.  Lindsay’s training sessions receive high acclaim for providing communication, awareness and rapport-building skills to PAs serious about creating a strong professional identify and ensuring their time is spent as effectively and efficiently as possible. 

Lindsay is the lead trainer for Your Excellency’s learning and development offerings to support the EA profession.  These include accredited qualifications and new for 2021 an accredited Programme – The Mini MBA for Senior and Executive Assistants.  Lindsay is a multi-award winning author with her book “A-Z Pearls of Wisdom for Executive PAs” and has recently launched a podcast “EA/PA Chataway with Lindsay” which is receiving some fantastic feedback from the EA/PA community. 

Helen Rees

Helen Rees

Helen is an award-winning Executive Assistant, and currently works as Executive Assistant at Marwell Wildlife in Hampshire, a conservation charity and zoological park. Helen is the Founder of South Hampshire PA Network and Fellow (and former Vice-Chair of the Regional Board) of the Executive & Personal Assistants Association (EPAA). In 2015 Helen was a Finalist in the Executive PA Magazine ‘PA of the Year Awards’, and won SecsInTheCity’s Social Media PA of the Year Award in the same year. 2019 saw Helen scoop a ‘We are The City’ Rising Star Award in the EA / PA category.

A degree-educated musician and former music charity Trustee, Helen began her profession working in the arts funding sector and spent some time as Project Manager of one of the first lottery-funded Youth Music Action Zones in the UK, providing music-making opportunities to disadvantaged young people. Helen has led the #OneProfessionOneVoice Choir for Executive Secretary Magazine and ExecSecLIVE since 2016, and is an active participant in many musical endeavours including leading online ‘virtual’ singing for wellbeing sessions. During times of crisis, singing can bring people together and bring comfort, even if they are isolated from each other. Singing can provide comfort, togetherness, a sense of belonging, confidence, positivity, energy and a relief from stress. Even if you have never sung before.

Helen is passionate about bringing people together for collaboration, wellbeing, sharing best practice and developing meaningful connections. Whether it be organising events, facilitating learning & development programmes, convening virtual collaborations or speaking to groups of professionals, Helen has the ability to put people at their ease, inspire confidence and enable them to find their voice, to help them shine bright.

Steve Perkins

Steve Perkins

Steve, a Sales and marketing professional with over 15 years’ experience in corporate event management, team building, learning & development and live communications.

Steve’s experience spans from the grass roots of corporate events with dedicated time and education in each area of the industry to give me the necessary knowledge and skills to drive businesses forward in an exciting market place full of opportunity.

Specialising in leading sales, marketing and business development, my strategies revolve around relationships & people. People buying from people. Not robotic communications, or PPT but real rapport with real people, real buyers and real clients.

He thrives on coaching and leading teams in modern day sales and marketing techniques that stand out. Methods that people welcome. Methods that work. Methods that appeal to people who want to buy but don’t want to be sold to. Creating championship sales professionals that create championship results, motivated by success, the challenge and the desire to be the best.

Steve believes if you do what everyone else is doing, you will get what everyone else is getting. It’s a competitive world out there and if you want the best results you have to be that little bit different. That little bit special. That little bit quirky.

Clare Ruby

Clare Ruby

Clare has a natural curiosity and desire to expand her horizons, which has led her to have a diverse career that spans the private, public and charitable sectors. She has worked in the event sector for more than twenty years, working on a huge range of events, including planning and delivering the largest B2B entertainment & technology event in Europe for 6 years (IBC). In the past five years she has started two successful businesses, RubyBlosse Events Agency and Swimadelica, whilst consulting into a variety of organisations in the tech, retail and health sectors. She has held both executive and non-executive Board roles, most recently as the lay member on Lewisham & Greenwich’s NHS Trust’s Strategic Projects Committee. She advised on the most recent review of Greenwich University’s BA and MA Event Courses and tutored the second year students there for two years.

She is currently an NHS Volunteer Vaccinator and developing her Swimadelica business whilst the live events sector restarts. Out of a desire to prevent drownings and pass on her passion for swimming, she has qualified as a Swimming Instructor & Open Water Swim Coach.

To find out more about Clare and some fun with the quick fire questions she was given in the meetingsclub TIME WITH interview, click on the link below

Ryan Doyle

Ryan Doyle

Ryan has been in the hospitality industry for 12 years working for brands such as Jurys Inn, JW Marriott & Macdonald Hotels. During his career he has achieved specialist status in pharmaceutical and healthcare events.  Ryan is heavily involved with industry bodies such as Institute of Hospitality, HBAA and Institute of Travel Managers.

Ryan is responsible for the leadership of Switch sales teams within the portfolio and to create and galvanise a sales culture. Working with sales teams to implement and guide strategic sales plans, market segment growth and sales activity across the portfolio.

Ryan graduated from University of Birmingham with a first class honours in Hospitality & Business management and in 2020 won the coveted Caterer & Hotelkeeper Acorn award for his commitment to the hospitality industry.

“Opportunities don’t happen, you create them”.

Ryan has also been chosen as one of the meetingclub’s Rising Stars, click on the link below to find out more…

Jason Gutteridge

Jason, is the Director of Agency Sales at Countrywide Hotels and the proud owner of The Villiers Public House in Oxhev Village.

Jason is an experienced Sales Leader with a demonstrated history of working within the hospitality industry for 20+ years. Strong commercial acumen with skills in Client Retention, Account Management & Development, Negotiations, and Sales Planning, working for brands such as PPHE, De Vere Venues, IHG and Accor.

Jason has been recognised by several awards over his career to date, including the prestigious Acorn Award, which is given to under 30’s considered to be the emerging talents of today and stars of tomorrow.

Jason has trained has a Mental First Aider and believes it is important to help reduce the negative impact of mental health among teams, particularly over the last year and the impact from COVID- 19.

Mark Bailey

Mark Bailey

For over 35 years, Mark Bailey has worked in senior sales and marketing positions within the hotel, travel, hospitality and events industries. In recent times, Mark as Head of Content and Partnership @ meetingsclub lead the growth and development of the company and now uses his vast experience as a key Member of the meetingsclub Advisory Board. 

A keen volunteer, Mark can often be found behind the wheel of a Community Minibus in his beloved Yorkshire and also Covid Vaccine Marshall at the Great Yorkshire Showground.  A love of viticulture also sees Mark working at one of the World’s most northerly vineyards – Dunesforde. 

A man who loves the sound of his own voice, Mark is a big advocate of Hospital Radio, is currently a volunteer reader for Talking Newspapers for the Blind and  was the host for Front Room Friday Live, a live streamed online entertainment show which raises money for the NHS and Age UK during the Covid-19 Crisis.