Meet the Team

Buy Time are a team of highly experienced, resourceful and creative PAs, each experts in their field and each with individual specialisms which we welcome you to draw upon. As a client of Buy Time, you will be assigned a dedicated assistant to suit your unique requirements and who we are confident will soon become indispensable to you, your home life and your business.

Brendan

Director

Brendan is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist at Endeavour Ventures who invested in Buy Time in July 2014 and has since taken a leading role at the company. He brings a wealth of enthusiasm, contacts and fresh ideas and has more than 15 years’ experience from both the public and private sectors in Australia and the UK.

Working with Endeavour Ventures over several years, Brendan also has his own boutique outfit, Cogendo Ventures (Cogendo meaning ‘compelling’ in Latin), offering sophisticated and high net worth investors access to compelling investment opportunities. He has played a key role in raising finance for companies including Numecent, PlayJam, OrbitSound and CocoPro.
Prior to moving to the UK, Brendan worked for the Department of Defence in Australia. He speaks English and Japanese and has bachelor’s degrees in commerce and asian Studies from the Australian National University. Brendan is an avid follower of cricket and enjoys travelling as often as possible.

Nada

Director

Nada joined the Buy Time team in 2015 as a Director bringing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team. Nada comes from a multinational corporate background having worked with Vodafone Egypt for 16 years. During her time at Vodafone, she worked in various departments gaining increasingly wide experience and exposure. She worked in retail stores, retail operations, communications, channel marketing, and handling key retail and dealer accounts. Nada then moved to customer care where she was involved in project management and process development, working closely with high management and operational teams to deliver the best service for Vodafone customers and providing a better technical, operational and process oriented working environment for customer care staff.

Mark

Financial Director

Mark is a highly accomplished finance executive with extensive experience in the financial and retail sectors. A Qualified Chartered Accountant (FCA) with a track record of regulatory responsibility and a reputation for achieving outstanding results, Mark is exactly the person to manage the accounts at Buy Time. What’s more, he is one part of London’s finest classic rock covers band – should you wish to book him for a party or event!

Sallie

Marketing & Communications Manager

Sallie is a highly experienced and dynamic marketing and communications manager and executive assistant with over 15 years of industry experience. She has a proven track record in the delivery of innovative strategies with a commitment to deadlines and budgets. Sallie started out as an EA in the property and telecoms industry and as her career developed has been responsible for managing the graduate recruitment marketing across EMEA for an American investment bank as well as overseeing the marketing and admissions for a prestigious school in Dorset.  Latterly, she was the regional editor of the influential lifestyle blog Muddy Stilettos; Finalist in the Best Arts & Culture Blog UK 2017. Sallie is an excellent communicator, negotiator and self-starter who creates forward thinking ideas to support business demands.  She is an ‘ideas’ person and enjoys any opportunity to utilise her skills in seeking out new opportunities for business development, marketing and communications. Sallie is flexible and adaptable – willing to turn her hand to any task. Outside of work you can find her on the tennis court, enjoying time with friends and family and experimenting with mixed media as a hobby artist.

 

 

Amanda

Personal Assistant

Amanda has worked for twenty years as an administrator, office manager, bookkeeper and Company Secretary for a news syndication agency operating in the Royal Courts of Justice. Working with journalists, she has had to be flexible and has taken on numerous roles from dealing with clients to cash-flow, payroll and credit control. She enjoys working in a team but is always happy to approach individual projects with enthusiasm. She is a healthy mixture of artist and accountant: open to new ideas yet with a painstaking attention to detail. She is more than happy to turn her hand to any venture and has a cheerful, can-do attitude: more can be achieved with a smile than a frown. As a beekeeper she knows the importance of remaining calm under pressure.

Amanda’s career highlights include running the administrative side of a news syndication agency in Royal Courts of Justice, selling foreign, film and paperback rights for various publishing house as well as selling her own ceramics, watercolours and prints.  She has exceptional sub-editing and literary skills and is a confident communicator at all levels.  Amanda is proactive and reliable and enjoys using her strong organisation and problem-solving skills at work. When she is not working Amanda enjoys yoga, making honey from her beekeeping and is a ceramic artist.

Deirdre

Personal Assistant

Deirdre has proficiently managed people, organised and resolved problems throughout the entirety of her former career in the NHS. Since leaving the health sector, she has coordinated substantial projects of her own and has gained invaluable experience in: managing property portfolios; organising personal and corporate entertainment; constructing travel itineraries; managing household finances, budgets and tax returns; setting up filing systems; together with general home management. In her previous role as senior sister, peoples’ lives were dependent on Deirdre’s exceptional organisational skills and attention to detail. She worked with the public in a customer service capacity and with her team to solve complex clinical, financial and operational challenges each and every day.

“I was constantly juggling to keep the service running. This all led me to Buy Time where I support clients in South and West London, and Surrey.”

Hema

Personal Assistant

Hema is a self-motivated, proactive and highly experienced Personal Assistant with over 15 years’ in the role. Having graduated from Thames Valley University with a 2:1 LLB Law Degree with Honours, Hema has since devoted herself to supporting entrepreneurs as Administrator and Office Manager for an international tax and business consultancy. Great under pressure – Hema’s passion lies in supporting the set-up of new businesses; helping startups to find their feet and she has a real creative streak!

Jo

Personal Assistant

A friendly and personable team player, Jo graduated from Manchester University with a 2:1 in Anatomical Science and went on to pursue a career as an Army Officer in the Royal Engineers. This honed her skills in delivering precise results on demanding tasks to tight deadlines and equipped her with a myriad of transferable skills; learning to manage the everyday aspects of looking after personnel and equipment.

After leaving the Army, Jo managed the fundraising campaign for a large military charity, establishing herself as a skilled organiser of large scale events, with strong communication skills and an eye for detail. She was then employed by Barclays Bank plc. to help manage their charitable investments, establishing herself as a “can-do” personality who thrives on getting results and meeting challenges.

Annabelle

Personal Assistant

Annabelle is a highly motivated and experienced individual with extensive PA and administrator skills having worked for 17 years for the CEO of an educational trust running both private and public sector schools. In addition to this she has extensive payroll experience and more recently helped her husband set up a new agricultural and property business where they now live near Banbury. Annabelle was born in Norfolk, has a BSc Honors in Geography from Reading University and is married to a Northamptonshire farmer with whom she has two lovely children. She has first-hand experience of life in the countryside and managed her daughter’s eventing career whilst on the World Class Development Programme and competing for British youth teams in Europe.

 

Lucie

Personal Assistant

Having lived and worked in three countries and two continents, Lucie is highly flexible and adaptable, used to thinking on her feet and finding solutions within familiar as well as unknown ‘territories’. She has over 15 years’ experience in admin, PA, customer service and event management roles, having worked in some of the largest healthcare and education establishments in the UK in both the private and public sectors. Most recently, she worked with international Postgraduate Law students at a top Law School in London.

Lucie is highly organised and dedicated, friendly and approachable. She is used to working with high volumes of confidential data, with attention to detail and a flair for producing visually appealing work in all areas or her life. Lucie’s geographical location (and the corresponding time difference) might be advantageous to numerous clients and projects.

Louise

Personal Assistant

Louise has 15 years’ experience as a top-tier executive assistant including supporting a Chief Exec and Chief Operating Office and in project management at the NHS – no mean feat!  Her training has provided her the exceptional skills required to really lighten the load for busy executives and equipped her with the keen eye for detail that is a must when successfully delivering important projects. Moving on from the corporate world, Louise has adapted all of this to support busy professionals and private individuals in their home lives where her clients rely on her expertise and precision, knowing she will excel in any project. Hailing from the West country originally, Louise now lives and looks after clients in Gloucestershire, where she spends her spare time enjoying country walks and volunteering with Age UK.

Nishita

Personal Assistant

An enthusiastic and conscientious individual, Nishita has worked in the pharmaceutical sector for over 10 years and has a wealth of experience building, leading and managing high performing teams. With an award winning track record in pharmacy store management, including resource management, scheduling, project management, inventory audit and corporate sales, Nishita offers exceptional organisational skills – and you can count on her for the utmost attention to detail. Her drive to achieve the best allows Nishita to consistently meet deadlines, identify and resolve problems and produce deliverables to the highest standard. Nishita has excellent customer service skills and is proficient at managing corporate relationships and liaising with C-level executives. In her spare time she loves nothing more than baking and has even set up a successful cake business from home.

Valli

Personal Assistant

Valli enjoys nothing better than organising the busy lives of her clients. Graduating from Oxford, and with a background in the City, she has established and runs her own party-planning business. Valli has also been involved in the day to day running of a large estate and has managed rental properties at home and abroad. There is little Valli doesn’t know about the needs of a business; from client liaison and team management to contractor negotiations, budget control and accounts. Raised in a bilingual English/German household, she has excellent language skills and puts these to work as a copy-editor and proofreader – an area where her meticulous attention to detail and ability to turn work around quickly stands her in good stead. Valli thrives on pressure, is super-efficient and enjoys a very useful address book!

Carrie

Personal Assistant

Carrie has an interesting and varied 20 years’ work experience behind her. She has worked in the corporate environment as PA to the Directors of a large telecommunications company and for a prestigious security firm. Her experience also spans restaurant management, event management, overseeing property renovations and even running a property rental business. Carrie is confident tackling tasks and delivering results to tight deadlines. She is a very enthusiastic, happy and self-motivated individual with excellent customer service skills. Thriving on a challenge, she is reliable, proactive and dedicated – always going that extra mile to get the job done and exceed expectations.

Mia

Personal Assistant

Mia is an accomplished marketing and administration professional with over 30 years of experience across a range of industry sectors.  She is pragmatic with excellent time management and communication skills as well as being personable, dependable and discrete in dealing with confidential matters. Her skill-set includes all key EA/PA duties such as travel, expenses/tax matters, diary/meeting management, events/corporate entertainment, document creation/preparation, maintaining contact databases as well as taking dictation. Her marketing experience includes Branding, PR, Events, Sponsorship, Advertising, Digital & Print Collateral through to CRM/Databases, Websites, Email marketing and Social Media.

Augusta

Personal Assistant

As an accomplished, highly personable and vastly adaptable Personal Assistant, Augusta has an extensive background in the delivery of administrative support spanning more than a decade.  Augusta is an exceptional all-rounder who demonstrates a proven track record in household and project management. She is confident in providing administrative and secretarial support at a senior level, with discretion and a proactive approach.  She is highly organised, with the ability to plan and prioritise.

Augusta has worked in the property/interiors industry for over ten years both in London and New York, where she had the luxury of living for many years.  She is now settled back in England and living between London and Gloucestershire.

Emma

Personal Assistant

Emma has over thirty years work experience in varied, challenging and interesting fields including agriculture, estate agency and education. Most recently she has been PA to the Headmaster of a large coeducational Independent school where varied tasks include management of the Heads diary, event organisation and management, dealing and corresponding with parents whilst working under pressure with the utmost confidentiality.

Having a strong work ethic she is efficient and contentious with excellent customer service skills adopting a can do” attitude and always willing to go that extra mile.

Martyna

Personal Assistant

Martyna is an efficient, exceptionally well-organised and conscientious PA and Property Manager focussed primarily on supporting clients across the property and construction sectors. She has also had a stint in healthcare – and has successfully coordinated a busy ward. Since joining Buy Time, aside from gaining significant experience as a Lifestyle Manager and a PA and Office Manager for a number of small businesses, Martyna has become the dedicated property manager for numerous HNWIs and landlords across London.  Amongst other tasks she has been responsible for organising repairs and maintenance, contracting engineers, tenant liaisons, managing check-in and check-outs and arranging inventories. Her excellent customer service skills and positive outlook make Martyna a joy to work with and she is full of energy and determination to get things done and meet tight deadlines. Outside of work, Martyna is passionate about all things beauty and fashion and has a deep love of art and photography.

Tereza

Personal Assistant

Tereza is an independent hard worker, with creative approach and has a strong work ethic.

She is organized, responsible, detail-oriented person who likes to plan and think ahead. She enjoys researching and organising events and trips.

Linda

St. James's Place Accredited Practice Support Specialist

A hard working, dynamic and highly creative member of the team, Linda is an exceptional administrator and has been working with St. James’s Place Wealth Management for over three years with a track record of achieving results under pressure. Linda is a fully accredited PA and office manager and currently in the Paraplanning Academy completing November 2019. Linda has also gained a great deal of experience in the day to day running of a business, including operations management and accounts. A great communicator and relationship builder, Linda has proven herself indispensable to clients and boasts excellent references from collaborations worldwide. Previously, she has been involved in all aspects of event management – from the booking of venues, negotiation of costs, AV, F&B, guest, gifts, program planning, and staffing – all of which she has achieved globally. As casting director of a model agency in Italy.

Nicky

St. James's Place Accredited Practice Support Specialist

With over 22 years of administrative experience, Nicky has had the pleasure of working in South Africa, London, Leeds and now the South West.  Her roles have always supported individuals at Director level and she understands the importance of confidentiality and of working in highly pressured environments.  Nicky’s excellent work ethic, organisational skills and attention to detail make her an outstanding PA.  Having been praised for her high level of customer service, Nicky understands the importance of delivering an exemplary service to her clients.

She has had the privilege of travelling around the UK and South Africa and has worked in various industries.  Her career commenced in the restaurant business based in South Africa, followed by a move to London where she worked in Banking, Accounting, Recruitment, Beauty, Government and lastly as an Operations Manager for a top Wealth Management practice.

After many wonderful years of travelling and working, Nicky has put down roots in Somerset.

Keith

St. James's Place Partner Support Specialist

Keith is an International Banking & Financial Services professional with over 20 years’ experience who has enjoyed a distinguished career with a leading Financial Institution. During his tenure he worked in the UK before being seconded as part of the team to set up a New European base. Keith has an extensive knowledge of Banking, Compliance and Regulation combined with excellent customer relationship and management techniques. During his time overseas, he was responsible for the management of a portfolio of high net worth British expats and offered a holistic approach tailored to meet the client’s individual needs. Keith is a dedicated and proven manager who excels in team development and training. Whilst overseas he introduced several core training systems centred around customer treatment and outcomes, which were adopted across the Banking Group. His background has armed him with a plethora of well-developed management skills and experience.  His ethos is based on a hardworking and common-sense approach. A great communicator and problem solver, Keith works diligently to meet the individual needs of every client and every project.

Tajana

St. James's Place Partner Support Specialist

Tajana is a highly motivated team player, proficient in office co-ordination, logistics and process implementation with excellent communication skills. She is very organised and has strong problem-solving and creative skills. She has the ability to get on with people at all levels, stays calm under pressure and enjoys working to deadlines. Tajana is great at record keeping and has excellent attention to detail. She has a wealth of experience in different roles, from PA to Broker Consultant to PFA and is used to providing business and personal support to CEOs and Sales Directors.

Natalie

St. James's Place Partner Support Specialist

Natalie is a highly organised, confident and self-driven C-Suite PA with experience in supporting complex multi-stakeholder projects. She enjoys working to deadlines, anticipating, recognising and solving problems and adapts quickly in an ever-changing business environment. She is a fluent Russian speaker.

For the past 8 years, Natalie has provided first class support to Corporate Executive Board members, maximising their productivity and efficiency and enabling them to focus on delivering strategic objectives.

Natalie has a very strong work ethic; she enjoys working under pressure and ‘making things happen’. She constantly strives to improve herself by keeping on top of the latest self-development literature and is also an accomplished musician – having completed 7 years of music school.

Katerina

St. James's Place Partner Support Specialist

Katerina is a pro-active and dynamic finance professional,with experience delivering a wide range of projects both within investment banking and asset management organisations, as well as in non-finance related industries. She has strong business analysis, stakeholder management and research skills gained through delivering transformation and sales initiatives, helping to improve processes and achieve growth.

In her early career she worked as a sales consultant for a range of clients in the recruitment, events and entertainment industry: advertising, marketing and modelling products to generate revenue through B2B / B2C sales. Subsequently, she moved into the finance industry where she underwent training covering investment products, asset classes, regulation and project management, and passed all her internal consultant exams.

Katerina is a tenacious individual with excellent analytical, negotiation and communication skills and relishes building lasting client relationships. Katerina is flexible, versatile and able to work in fast-paced environments. She provides unrivalled business support, creating strategies to improve processes and achieve growth, and is a valuable asset to the team.

Ruth

St. James's Place Partner Support Specialist

Ruth has a BA Honours degree in Business Studies. She specialised in German and spent time in Germany. Ruth is a confident and solutions focused manager who delivers successful campaigns and repeat business clients. Excelling in coordination and organisational skills, her strengths include influencing and delivering the personal touch. She has been a client business partner running national campaigns for international blue chip customers delivering successful market research campaigns and logistics with over 20 years of experience within the advertising and marketing industry.

Jobs

Please send your CV to recruitment@buy-time.co.uk

Positions Available:

Personal / Executive Assistant / Social Media Specialist

 

 

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