Donna is known as an expert in her field and has made many television appearances as a Celebrity Personal Assistant including:
I’m with the Band – Channel 4 – finding Lee Ryan from Blue an assistant
Pete Burns’ PA – Living TV – 10 episodes helping Pete Burns hire an assistant
She is seen regularly as guest presenter for several fashion brands ‘Cashmasoft’, ‘Women with Control’ and ‘Attitudes by Reneé and has guest presented for Lulu Guinness all for QVC.
And she can currently be seen on an infomercial on UK TV for the FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System.
As a popular speaker and seminar leader, in 2011 she was speaker and panelist at the Office* show at Earls Court – a professional trade show for PA’s, ran a seminar for Presenters at Spotlight, a guest speaker and awards presenter at Hays PA of the Year at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel and judge, guest speaker and presenter at the Mayfair PA of the Year at the Mayfair Hotel.
She has had features written on her and her work in various publications including: Easy Living Magazine, Executive PA Magazine, Executary News, PA Life Magazine, the Mayfair Times, The Independent and Women’s Health and Fitness.
In 2012 she presented and spoke at Planet Hollywood for Executive PA Magazine, The VA Conference 2012 in Coventry, ExecSec Summit at Heythrop Hall, Oxfordshire, Olswang LLP and BDO LLP in London.
In 2013 Donna was a presenter and speaker at the Behind Every Leader conference in LA and the 5th National EA & PA Convention in Sydney. Also, at the Conference and Hospitality show in Leeds, World of Executive PA in Kuala Lumpur, The Office* Show in both London and Sydney and The Corporate PA Summit in Perth, Australia.
In 2014 she presented and ran training courses at The Corporate PA Summit in Auckland, New Zealand, was keynote speaker at the launch of the PA Hub in York, Advertisers Week Europe at BAFTA, London, ExecSec Summit in Oxfordshire and for Ernst & Young, London.
During 2015 she has been guest speaker at The Boundary in association with Executive PA Magazine in London, Keynote speaker and judge at the Scottish PA of the Year Awards in association with Hays Secretarial in Glasgow, ran three seminars at the PA Life Training Day in London and was keynote speaker at the CBRE inaugural PA Network event.
Donna launched her first e-Book in the summer of 2014 ‘The Chamber of Celebrity PA Secrets’, which is available worldwide on Amazon.
Donna trained as an actor at the renowned Italia Conti Academy graduating in 1991 and performed in various plays and musicals for the following six years. As work wasn’t coming through as fast and furious as she hoped she decided to get a ‘proper’ job, this came in the form of working for an artiste’s agent where she stayed for the next four years. Little did she know that this would become the foundation training for the career she now has…
With her new found knowledge of contracts, riders and clauses she thought the movie world was ready for her and started working for a film production company. However, without investigating the job correctly it comprised of typing deals and memo’s for three months and not skipping from trailer to trailer on a movie set so she moved on. Next as the production secretary on ‘The Graduate’ which had just opened in the West End, exciting as it was to be part of a hit show Donna still felt unfulfilled and literally ‘made up’ the job of a freelance PA to actors whether based here in the UK or from overseas and working here and contacted all of the top agents in London.
Fortunately, timing was on her side and her first client (who she is still with) was Helena Bonham Carter, soon to be followed by Rachel Weisz, Sir Derek Jacobi and many others. Now over fourteen years on she has still maintained her original client list and that list continues to grow.