My name is Chantell Riches and I am the owner of Your Private PA, where we are trusted to deliver a quality and hassle-free solution-based business support service, giving you time back to focus on what you want.
I am very detail and people orientated and I genuinely thrive on helping others to become more organised and time-free to focus on more of what you need to and to enjoy more of what you love.
Over 26 years’ PA/EA experience at CEO, Senior Partner, Entrepreneur and Board Director levels.
I have an abundance of project management, events, and office management, learning & development, HR, legal and facilities experience and I have also provided remote VA (Virtual Assistant) support for 11 years.
The industries in which I have worked include education (private colleges & schools), catering, healthcare (private & NHS – medical practices, care homes & dentists), HR, Learning & Development, legal (employment, immigration, insolvency, litigation, clinical negligence, banking & finance), manufacturing, travel, retail, finance, civil engineering, telecommunications, security, export and courier.
I am professional, proficient, reliable and resourceful, yet charismatic, friendly and approachable with excellent interpersonal skills. I am ambitious, highly organised and pride myself on my integrity and strong work ethic and impeccable time management. I am forward-thinking and have an unrivalled ability to multi-task and prioritise.
I have an excellent eye for detail, am vigilant, systematic and have incessant drive to produce quality results in a composed and effective manner, whether working independently or within a team. I am naturally driven, proactive and supportive of my colleagues and always willing to help.
With a blend of technical (websites, social media, etc) and traditional PA skills (multiple inbox and complex diary management, travel and accommodation, project management, presentation design and creation, stakeholder management, meeting arrangements, events and office management, minutes, and much more) as well as strong business acumen, I utilise these combined skills and a multitude of others, with my passion to plan, organise and exceed expectations.
These skills and values aren’t just things I know how to do well, but they are a part of my fundamental foundation for the way I live my very own life.
On a personal note...
After immigrating to the UK in 2001 from South Africa (having been a contender in the Gladiators just a month before my flight - and having been embarrassingly defeated in that horrid gauntlet!) I continued my PA path within various industries in and outside of London.
In 2009, I decided to make the most of my experience and skills and turned my passion and know-how into my own professional business.
I love to plan, budget, organise, create, design and oddly, I have a mad passion for lists, sub-lists, folders, sub-folders, paperclips post-its & colour-coding!
As a personal achievement, I've written an adult novel, as well as a children's book. Neither has been published - although, I would love the opportunity!
I am also a complete lover of love and a true romantic, so I've also trained to become a Professional Independent Wedding Celebrant, where I work closely with couples to design and craft sincere and personal ceremonies unique to them, their love story and their values. I then bring it all to life and personally officiate their wedding ceremony.
I hope this gives a little insight into who I am and who you would be entrusting your business tasks to.