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Gillian Smith, Business Owner, G.S. Virtual Assistants

"I started my Executive Assistant career working for Apple retail. It was my first role out of University, and I progressed from shop floor to sales administrator, assisting the manager within the business sales team.

From there, I moved onto a challenging sales role with Thermo Fisher Scientific (then Life Tech). Whilst this role took me away from the Assistant role for a period, TF taught me how to be an articulate and dedicated salesperson over email and on the phone - skills which have been vital through my entire career. 

I progressed onto supporting a HNWI CEO and clinician who had many projects and responsibilities. They chaired a charity which grew from having no staff and a small board of Trustees to being nationally known during my tenure. The charity ran several successful campaigns of which I was proud to be apart and we regularly received positive press coverage and celeb engagement thanks to my comms. I was very much responsible for the day to day running of the charity - supporting the Board and Treasurer and preparing for meetings whilst also performing the comms function. I produced digital content, websites and digital insights. I was also involved with an All Party Parliamentary Group - liaising with MPs over policy issues, organising meetings, events and complex travel bookings. During this period I won awards at the North West and Scottish PA of the year awards.

I previously worked with three businesses in the Medicinal Cannabis/Hemp/CBD sector. This involved supporting the executive committees and their Chairs with meeting preparations and diary management. I also performed an administrative function with two of the businesses being successful membership organisations and I would help to arrange 'all member' events and clinician focussed roadshows/conferences across the county.

More latterly, I am proud to support the My Name'5 Doddie Foundation. A well loved and well known MND charity set up by the late Ex Scotland rugby player Doddie Weir. In my role, I support the Board with their quarterly meetings - organising the meetings themselves, creating agendas, detailed board packs and taking the minutes. Creating an online filing system from scratch, setting up previously learnt Governance processes and setting the templates that are the basis of their reporting for what was a growing charity at that time. I continue to support the Foundation's C-Suite and Board as a contractor."

A note on my team

The Associates that make up the G.S. Virtual Assistants team are spread all over the UK, are multi-disciplined and generally have a multi-year 'corporate Executive Assistant' background.

  • G.S. Virtual Assistants is registered with the Information Commissioners Office

  • Professional indemnity insurance held with £1M cover underwritten by Chiswell Insurance


Here for you and your business

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Scheduling meetings with multiple stakeholders, agenda preparations, board packs and slide decks.


Personal support to those with busy schedules. Tasks can include management of household staff and multi-household organisation. Management of busy family lives, household admin or even gifting.


10 years+ experience in high level administrative and strategic support to top executives within multiple business sectors.

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