Career Moves



Office Support Division

Meet the Panel: Tony Gilchrist

  • by Office Support Division
  • 5 Oct 2017

Next week we are presenting the 2017 Career Moves Office Support Essential Skills Workshop: Workplace Communication Tools for Today’s Assistant.

Career Moves Office Support will be hosting a working breakfast at the Hoxton Holborn on Thursday October 12th, which is aimed at Assistants looking to take their skills to the next level.

As part of this event we are hosting a panel with some brilliant people. Today we introduce our third panel member; Tony Gilchrist, EA to the Deputy Director-General at BBC.

Tony is a career EA with extensive experience across a number of sectors, focussing on media for the last 10+ years. In the early part of his career he held various PA/EA roles in Hudson Global, an international recruitment consultancy, initially in his home town of Melbourne before transferring to their London headquarters in 1997 where he became EA to the European CEO.   

In 2003 he moved into the media sector working for The Walt Disney Company at their European head office in London.  Starting as a PA in the HR department he then held the position of EA to the General Manager of the EMEA Home Entertainment division for 3 years. 

After Disney and a short stint in the travel sector at STA Travel he then went to Channel 4, working as EA to Anne Bulford, Chief Operating Officer.  In 2013 Tony moved to the BBC with Anne when she was appointed Managing Director, Finance and Operations.  In mid-2016 Anne was promoted to Deputy Director-General and he continues on as her dedicated EA, they have now been working together for over 6 years.

If you would like to join us, please see further details below:

Date: Thursday 12th October, 2017.

Time: 8am – 12pm

Where: The Hoxton Holborn, 199-206 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD

2 interactive workshops delivered by Founders of PA Access All Areas: Merryl Futerman (Celebrity PA & Director at PA Access All Areas and PA Insiders) and Josephine Green (Celebrity PA / Co-Director at PA Access All Areas). They will be exploring: how to support powerful people; setting boundaries; and effective ways to interact with senior stakeholders; as well as an additional session that will cover: networking to include building internal networks, cultivating contacts and making the most out of networking events.

We will also be joined by 2 representatives from Slack - the fastest growing office application in history who will be presenting the benefits of their app in the workplace. They are going to be sharing a live demonstration showing some useful insights into the practical uses of the application and how this can be used to make Assistants working lives simpler and more productive. Through a “day in the life” of an EA using the tool they will demonstrate how it can be used to build communities, share best practice, effectively manage projects, and integrate systems including multiple diaries, project technologies amongst others.

And, finally, a Q&A panel with an amazing line up of Assistants who we will continue to introduce over the coming weeks. They will be discussing emotional intelligence within the workplace, and through open discussion will be offering insights and experience of how to be mindful of their Execs and their team’s emotions. You can see Declan Halton-Woodward's bio here and Alex Serruys here.

All of this will be hosted at the Hoxton Holborn with breakfast included and training materials, and hopefully some new contacts, to take away. Assistants attending the event will head back to the office that afternoon ready to implement the advanced communication and networking techniques developed throughout the morning.

To book your free place please visit our Eventbrite page:

EVENT: Workplace Collaboration Tools for Today's Assistant

We look forward to seeing you there!

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