Meet the Directors
My role as Director of Alkira is to develop, market and grow our business. It’s my responsibility to understand our client’s business requirements, so I can pair them with one of our Virtual PAs to fully support their business needs, saving clients valuable time and helping their business to grow.
My vast depth of experience as a business owner, along with my years as PA in the corporate world has given me the knowledge, skills/expertise to build/grow Alkira and to realise how quickly a Virtual PA becomes an important indispensable part of any business.
My role as Director of Alkira is to support the financial and IT aspects of the business. With over 20 years experience as a Principal Engineer for a large multinational company in the Aerospace and Defence industry, I know what customers expect and what the business needs to deliver this expectation.
Meet the Alkira Virtual PA Team
I have been employed as a Secretary/PA for over 20 years during which time, I have worked at senior level within large companies such as the Civil Aviation Authority, Co-operative Society, Schlumberger and BALPA, as well as organising offices within smaller companies. My most recent employer was one of UK’s largest privately owned support services provider where I supported a Managing Director of a division who was responsible for over £140 million pounds worth of business. I have an extremely flexible attitude towards working arrangements and I am an efficient, discreet, reliable and conscientious individual who is used to managing complex diaries and travel arrangements as well as dealing with high level communications. Being a committed, dedicated and a persistent person, I enjoy seeing a project through from start to finish with a determination to see a job well done and I always seek to give a client the best value for money possible.
I worked in a variety of industries for over 20 years before becoming a Virtual PA 7 years ago. The majority of my previous working life was as PA to the Managing Partners of 2 different large Financial Services firms, but I have also worked with a number of small firms in very diverse fields.
I am organised, honest, discrete, pay great attention to detail, love to learn new things, am willing to go the extra mile, and am very happy to offer a new perspective should it be useful. I am comfortable talking to people from all walks of life. My roles have included traditional PA roles, event management, training co-ordination, basic book-keeping, to name but a few.
My spare time is spent with my dogs and horses, keeping fit, and enjoying the great outdoors.
I have been working as a Personal and Executive Assistant for over 20 years, supporting many in senior leadership roles and have experience of working for both large and small companies across many sectors including the Technology and Pharmaceutical Industries as well as The University of Cambridge. I have worked as a Virtual P.A now for 3 years and so have a great knowledge of how to work together with clients to ensure I am providing the best service and they are getting value for money.
I am an organised, confident and proactive individual who prides herself in finding solutions. I have good communications skills, a great attention to detail and a flexible, calm approach to my work.
When I am not at work, I love spending time with my family which normally involves spending a lot of time next to a football pitch! I love reading and taking long walks in the countryside with our cocker spaniel.
I am a confident, reliable and a friendly team player with extensive office experience and organisational skills. My career started quite some time ago at Rentokil and has developed since then. My last role prior to moving to France was as an Office & Finance Manager.
My experience is varied and includes Bookkeeping, Workload Organisation, HR / Staff Management, Planning Events / Functions and Personal Assistant. In more recent years, I have experience in WordPress, Canva and Adobe Illustrator.
I love nothing more than a challenge and to see small business’ flourish to their full potential. I am self-motivated and am always looking for ways to improve business practices.
I live in France with my Husband and our Romanian Rescue Dog Lola and a few hundred Carp! My husband owns a Carp Fishing Lake which keeps him busy, and in my free time, I love Horses, Giraffes, Reading and Skiing.
Apart from moving to France, one of my biggest achievements was being integral to the growth of a company from 3 staff members when I joined to 25 members when I left.
I have worked as a senior level Executive Assistant for over 30 years and for the last 18 years in Virgin Atlantic where I supported the CFO and also provided cover for the CEO’s EA when absent.
I am a good communicator and effective motivator and can demonstrate a high degree of initiative and self-motivation in the challenges of working in a demanding environment.
I am calm under pressure, well-organised and have the proven ability to be reliable in all circumstances. I am competent in managing complex diaries and travel arrangements and like to see a task through to completion whilst giving the best value for money.
I am dedicated, professional and upbeat. With approximately 25 year experience in B2B appointment setting, telemarketing and customer service. I am a great communicator face to face or over the phone and I am very confident and do what it takes to get the sale. I have trained other colleagues in telemarketing and shared my experience in gaining the leads and closing a sale. I have the drive and ability to help grow your business. I also have reception/telephonist experience and flexibility of hours to suit.
I am a highly motivated and bubbly person with over 20 year’s experience in multimedia sales, radio, print and digital. I am entirely self-disciplined, focused, hard-working, highly motivated and I have a strong ethos, focusing on strong relationships with my candidates, clients and office team.
I possess the ability to continuously meet and surpass targets and create new business and revenue. I drive and love cold calling and meeting new people/clients along the way.
Positivity and honesty is key and connecting with people and businesses and helping them to grow. I’ m a team player and I am well organised and know the value of building a solid pipeline.
I have over 25 years of experience working within the Corporate world, ranging from Administrative Assistant to EA and Facilities Management. I have been working as a Virtual Assistant for 7 years now and working with such a variety of people I meet along the way is what I enjoy most. Prioritising and organisation comes easily to me and I therefore find myself working well under pressure.
I love to learn and educate wherever I can and would describe myself as a ‘lifelong learner’. I’ve trained to a high level within Health & Safety, Auditing, Assessment and Teaching.
I split my time between Greece and the UK, a decision I made when deciding to become a Virtual Assistant.
As well as working I love to promote healthy living inside and out, promoting a good work life balance and I also volunteer with the animal charity here in Greece helping wherever and whenever I can.
I am an energetic and dedicated professional with extensive experience and strong abilities to amplify organisational performance through providing strong administrative support and delivering exceptional customer services.
I have a wealth of experience providing administrative support and PA services to a variety of industries ranging from small businesses to large organisations such as the NHS.
My roles have included providing support to Managing Directors and Programme Directors with projects to improve services, Issues Resolution, Payment Processing & Control, Customer Services Management, Appointments Handling, Switchboard Management, Reports Generation, Diary and Database Management and cross departmental collaboration.
I am adept at prioritising tasks and meeting stringent deadlines alongside building long-term relationships with clients through delivering value-added services. I possess the ability to exceed client expectations by responding to questions and complaints and resolving complex problems promptly.
I consider myself to be a self-sufficient and highly organised person and I have over 20 year’s experience of working within an office environment carrying out a wide variety of tasks. I thrive when I am busy and can remain calm under pressure.
My experience includes Office Management, HR, Payroll, Accounts and providing PA support at Director level.
During my free time I love to cook, am an avid reader, regularly attend pilates classes and enjoy trips to the theatre and overseas travel.
Denise Virtual Events Management & Marketing
I am passionate about all things marketing – especially events!
I’ve been working in the marketing arena for over 30 years, from being a Pub Landlady with a huge function room catering for weddings of up to 250 guests, to working for major corporate companies such as Honeywell, Mercedes-Benz and Bloomsbury Publishing.
I am highly motivated and have solid experience managing all levels of marketing projects from concept through to delivery. Whether it’s for an event (including the all new Virtual and Hybrid platforms), producing a suite of literature, scheduling email campaigns and social media, or submitting applications for awards, my organisational skills, enthusiasm, dedication and commitment are what drive me to getting great results.
I consider marketing and event management a key deliverable for any business development strategy, which can in turn provide long-term profitability for many years to come.
I do try and keep fit, and used to teach dancing – primarily Modern Jive. But now you’ll find my trying to get to grips with Pole dancing and learning how to hang upside down from a vertical pole with no hands!
Meet our Strategic Partners
Steve has over 25 years’ experience in the branding and advertising world, providing creative solutions for the likes of British Airways, Coverzone, DNA Logistics, GEW, Interserve, Rentokil Initial, Start-Rite, and Yahoo.
Steve held positions at Signal Graphics, Beacon Creative, Eurolink Consulting, TDG Integrated, Adare and the Purple Agency. Steve is responsible for the creative output of Turquoise Creative. Coordinating client presentations and the execution of the client marketing communications campaigns; maintaining profitability and delivering high-quality projects.
Steve is a creative person with a huge passion for his business. He is a family man who loves working out at the gym, cricket, rugby, photography, travelling and spending time outdoors, and of course, all things turquoise and creative. turquoise-creative.co.uk