The APAI is run by some of Ireland’s top Administration Professionals, who endeavour to highlight the important work of administrative professionals in Ireland
We work with our partner ZoomIn to give Administrators an outlet to join us at four networking events throughout the year as well as encouragement to attend the yearly Executive PA forum.
The purpose is to educate our members and those working in roles of PA/EAs, Administrators, Office Managers on tips and tricks to help them be successful in the role they hold.
One of many purposes is to encourage companies, colleagues and managers in Ireland to see the role held by Administrators one that is of great purpose to a business and should be seen as a key role.
We also feel that it’s important to network and prevent administration professionals working in isolation.
The Executive Committee
Natalie Egan – Chair
Natalie is a career Executive Assistant (EA) with almost 18 years experience supporting Executives at a Senior level. With an extensive background in the technology industry, she currently works in the professional services recruitment industry as EA to a C-Suite level Executive.
Natalie joined the APAI as she is a strong believer in advocating for the value of and the development of the admin profession. She believes in the importance of being part of a professional association of like-minded peers who can offer each other support, encouragement and the opportunity to expand their networks. As we say in the APAI, together we can do more!
Natalie participates in multiple social media admin networks on Twitter and LinkedIn and is a frequent speaker and contributor with both ZoomIn who run the Executive PA Forum and Practically Perfect PA who run a series of administration professionals events including The Future Assistant Conference and the Virtual Summit.
Roseanne Connolly – Secretary
Roseanne is a founding member of the APAI since holding an EA role in a Global Financial Services company. Roseanne now works as a company secretary in a law firm for a portfolio of clients in various industries which allows her to focus on her interest in Corporate Governance.
Roseanne is solution-oriented with an enquiring mind and has been consistently interested in the assessment and improvement of systems, processes and governance throughout her career. Most of all, Roseanne is interested in people and their motivation and feels some of the most important work of the APAI is to create a safe place for EAs and PAs to share their common experience and to provide a network to those who may feel isolated in a sometimes solitary role.
Allyson Ng – Treasurer
Allyson has more that 15 years experience working as a senior level Executive Assistant. Over the years she has had the opportunity of experiencing a wide variety of industries, organisations and individuals and has had to gain, tailor and hone a wide range of knowledge and skills from project and event management to accounting, web design and plumbing (don’t ask!!).
She currently works within the Financial Services Sector managing a team of administrators and receptionists. She is a passionate believer in the power of networking, mentoring and continuing professional development especially for those working within admin roles who can often feel isolated and not ‘part of a team’.
She is extremely proud of the work that the APAI have accomplished so far in advocating for administration professionals and is excited to be part of the journey going forward.
Shireen Dallas – Membership Officer
Shireen currently works in the financial sector, having worked as a legal assistant for over ten years in various top legal firms. Shireen became a member of APAI to support others in our profession and to network with like-minded people from across many different sectors. Shireen passionate about changing the mindset of those in the C-suite as to the value that assistants bring to the board room and the wider business.
Niamh Smithers – Public Relations Officer
Niamh has been an EA for over ten years but supporting others in various roles since she started working nearly 20 years ago. Niamh has gained industry qualifications such as the Advanced Certificate for the Executive Personal Assistant (ACEPA) and the Pitman Executive PA Diploma.
Niamh has held roles supporting C-Suite level Executives in a number of different industries. She has also actively sought ways to enhance her impact in her role and push forward to get more involved in the business, all with the aim of benefitting the executive she supports.
Niamh’s role in the association is the Public Relations Officer working to communicate with our members and connections by ensuring relative information is shared via social media platforms and to create a professional image for our association.
April Spallin – Exco member
April is a highly professional Executive Assistant/Office Manager with global experience having worked in Ireland, Belgium, Canada and the UK in a career spanning 20 years.
April has broad experience across several Industries and her expertise is in Communication, PR and event management.April has experience of running PA Networks in Scotland and London where she has lived and is extremely passionate about supporting and encouraging the EA community.
Fiona Kelly – ExCo Member
At the time she realised there was a strong need for a conference, and for workshops and networking events for Ireland’s E.As/P.As and Office Support professionals.
Zoom In has established in Ireland as an expert on the P.A / E.A / Office support and administration profession, and therefore deliver content that enables the group to perform better in their roles, adding to their commercial knowledge and improving their existing professional and personal skill set.
Fiona acts as the events and sponsorship partner for the APAI and is proud to see the Association go from strength to strength since its inception at the 2014 Executive PA Forum.