Sarah Howson – BBO PA Network Founder
Being an EA at any level requires meticulous planning, organisational and people skills, as well as strategic forward thinking. That’s why, no matter what title she has, Sarah can use those skills and practices to develop an effective work environment built on motivation, ingenuity, understanding and teamwork.
In 2015, whilst on maternity leave, Sarah looked for a way to network, connect, and stay up-to-date in her career. However, all PA networking events seemed to be in London at the time, hours away from where she lived. To provide PAs not living in London an easier way to network, she took matters in her own hands and set up her own network. Bucks, Berks and Oxon PA Network (BBO PA Network) started out just serving the Buckinghamshire area. In 2019, it expanded to include in Berkshire and Oxfordshire at a wonderful launch event at Le Manoir Aux Quat’Saisons attended by over 70 PAs. The overwhelming support for this event demonstrates clearly how much a PA network is needed.
With all her EA experience, Sarah understands how lonely and isolating working in the Business Support field can be. That’s why she’s so passionate about her networking mission. She has two core goals for every event:
1) creating a safe place for connecting like-minded people together to help and support each other, and;
2) providing high quality professional events with a learning and development opportunity.
BBO PA Network events are a great place for those who are serious about being career PAs, crave to develop themselves and want to learn as much as they can, to network, meet, and discuss ideas, experiences, tips and more.
Her love of building long-lasting relationships, networking, connecting and learning new things is a constant source of inspiration for her. Her infectious passion for life and driven personality means she always has a to-do list and a few projects to keep her busy! When she’s not organising, mentoring, networking or actively championing the PA industry, Sarah enjoys spending time with her two boys (4 and 8 months), socialising with friends and, as a proud member of the National Trust with stunning Cliveden on her doorstep, Sarah also loves to spend her time outdoors!