Awarding And Celebrating Excellence In Scotland – ACES 2018

2018 sees the 11th Annual Scottish Conference and Award for Executive Secretaries: ACES – Awarding and Celebrating Excellence in Scotland taking place on 24th August at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel next to Edinburgh Airport.

ACES is the conference and awards ceremony for PAs, EAs, Office Managers and office support professionals in Scotland. It’s a conference, exhibition and award providing a one-stop-shop for learning, development, knowledge sharing and networking.

Nominations Are Now Open For The Scottish PA Of The Year Award 2018

aces logoThis award aims to recognise the hard work and dedication of a PA/EA/office professional who continually strives for excellence and goes beyond the call of duty within their position. We want to hear from a wide range of entrants covering a variety of sectors and expertise. The nomination should include examples of outstanding work and proven results.

Who can enter?
Entry is free and open to all Personal Assistants, Executive Secretaries and office professionals working in Scotland. You can nominate your PA or EA, a colleague or yourself.

How to enter
Simply download and complete the entry form and return it by email to

Entry deadline
Entries must be received by no later than Friday 13th July 2018.

aces 2018At the conclusion of the day’s conference and training, delegates will take part in a live vote to choose the winner of the 11th Annual Scottish PA of the Year Award.

Judges will already have selected three finalists from the nominations received and information about them will be available to delegates. Delegates will be able to relax and toast the winner and runners up with a sparkling wine reception as the vote and awards take place.


DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Edinburgh Airport

Edinburgh International Airport,
EH28 8LL


0830-0920Registration and Refreshments
0920-0925Chair’s Opening Remarks
Joan Serafini, Managing Director, Equator Events and Public Affairs
0925-0930Welcome Address from DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel
Session One – Professional Development I
0930-0950Keynote Address
Lynne Cadenhead, Visiting Professor in Governance and Enterprise – Edinburgh Napier University, Chair – Women’s Enterprise Scotland
0950-1000Question and Answer Session
1000-1040Practical Skills Development 1 – Excel
John Cowie, Director and Chief Consultant, JEMCO
1040-1110Refreshment Break
Session Two – Professional Development II
1110-1150Practical Skills Development 2 – Word 2016
Kay Williams, Consultant, Elite Training & Consultancy
Cameron Foy, Senior Consultant, Eident IT Training
1150-1230Practical Skills Development 3 – PowerPoint
1230-1310Practical Skills Development 4 – Outlook
Cameron Foy, Senior Consultant, Eident IT Training
1310-1410Lunch and Exhibition
1410-1415Chair’s Welcome Back
Session Three – Personal Development
1415-1445Developing Skills in Assertiveness and Conflict Management
1445-1455Question and Answer Session
1455-1525Powerful Motivation and Creative Thinking 
1525-1535Question and Answer Session
1535-1540Chair’s Closing Remarks
1540-1600Scottish PA of the Year – Live Vote and Award