A Bit About Me

Madeleine ThompsonI established my business in the summer of 2017 to be able to offer my expertise to small business owners and fellow self-employed folk because I believe that brilliant admin support should be available to all businesses no matter the size. 

I first dipped my toe into the wonderful world of admin support when I was sixteen and spent a summer audio-typing for my dad at his Structural Engineer’s practice.    Fast forward a few years and I’ve built up a solid career looking after people from CEOs to Chairpersons, from Artists to Web Designers, and from Project Directors to Property Managers.   All were invaluable experiences giving me a wealth of skills and knowledge.     

Below is a snapshot of some of the places I have been on my journey so far.   

Lincoln

University

I graduated from the University of Lincoln in 2002 with a degree in Communication Studies.  Lincoln was a young university with a small student population and a lot of promise.   My time there was pretty amazing.

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seeking my fortune

Then I trotted off to London to see the Queen.  I never actually met the Queen, but I did get my first proper job as a secretary to a firm of Chartered Surveyors.   One of my shortest jobs but one where I learnt so much from my co-secretary who taught me how to be an excellent PA. 

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moving home

Being a Yorkshire girl, I missed home and I missed the North.  

So I trotted back to Yorkshire and began the next phase in my career, working in arts administration and then as a PA to the MD of an up-and-coming Web Design agency.    

Royal Shakespeare Theatre

admin for the bard

‘Twas the love of a good man that led me down the motorway to the Midlands, and then good fortune that the Royal Shakespeare Company were looking for a team to help with their theatre transformation.  

I became their Project Administrator and spent the next three years running their project office, managing their project administration, and learning all about Shakespeare. 

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going up in the world

The North has a very strong pull on me and I found myself returning again in late 2007, putting down roots in the North West with my husband and taking a job as an Executive Assistant for a health and social care charity. 

I worked for nine years in this role  and I developed personally and professionally, under the guidance of a wonderful CEO.

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the next chapter

2017 was the right time for the move out of employment and into self-employment.  

I love running my business and I love seeing happy clients and knowing I have helped them. 

 

Image credits:   

Lincoln – Matthew Feeney on Unsplash,  London – Aron Van de Pol on Unsplash,  Royal Shakespeare Theatre –  pixelsteve on Pixabay, Comedy/Tragedy Masks – Clker-Free-Vector Images on Pixabay, Flamborough Sunset & Office Table –  Madeleine Thompson.