Getting to know Nicola

Nicola Anderson is an experienced and commercially savvy action taker offering executive level business support to ambitious business leaders. Grab a coffee and take a couple of moments to get to know her better.

Nicola joined us in May 2022 after a career in Commercial and Operations Management. Nicola’s aim is to partner with clients who are looking to grow at pace whilst operating as officially as possible.

Getting to know Nicola

Alarm goes off at:
7am

Start the day with:
A very large coffee (or two, yes I’m an addict!) whilst checking LinkedIn and my emails. Then writing a ‘To Do List’ for the day ahead.

Where do you do most of your work?
Mostly in my home office, but I like to get out and about networking and seeing people face to face as much as I can.

What sectors do your clients operate within?
Currently I am working with several entrepreneurial business owners who deliver training and motivational speaking businesses along with 1:1 coaching. I also have a client who runs a tendering and bid management company for the construction industry.

Best part of your work:
The freedom it gives me to make my own decisions and manage my own diary to work for me and my family. Plus, the variety it gives me, I love being busy and having lots of balls in the air, solving problems and making other people’s lives easier.

Worst part of your work:
Having an office so close to the fridge!!!

Clients you add most value to:
Growing businesses that need someone commercially savvy to help them save time by introducing order and processes to streamline their business and to be their sounding board and ideas generator.

After work you’ll be:
Found in the garden, at yoga, spending time with family and friends or watching cricket at Trent Bridge. Anything that makes me appreciate life and smile.

Why a franchise with The Passionate PA and not go it alone?
I wanted to feel part of a team and I so do. The support from Kate Chastey is amazing and the other Passionate PAs are awesome too. We are such a supportive team and the skills and experience we have collectively are hard to beat.

What did you do before:
For the majority of my career I have worked as a Commercial and Operations Manager in the construction industry. I loved nothing more than delivering complex projects, and coaching and mentoring my teams. To see others reach their potential is so rewarding.

Favourite drink:
After coffee it has to be Aperol Spritz, preferably in the sunshine!

Favourite location for a business meeting:
West Bridgford in Nottingham, it has such a great cosmopolitan feel and optimistic vibe. Plus, the added bonus is that you may even bump into a famous cricketer as Trent Bridge is just down the road!

What are you reading?
I have just finished Why Has Nobody Told Me This Before by Dr Julie Smith, which was a great read for understanding the mind and emotions better. I am now reading a couple of books written by some of my clients; The Future is Freelance by Kirsty Hulse and Culture by Benjamin Drury.

Your guilty pleasure:
Spending too many hours watching Sky Sports! I think it comes from growing up with two sport mad brothers and my Dad, and now living with my husband and two sons who all love sport too. I was brought up as a Chealsea fan, but I would say that I am definitely a Nottingham Forest fan now (just don’t tell my Dad!).

Favourite hobby/past time:
Gardening and aromatherapy. I love learning about the healing power of our gardens and what grows there!

Most inspirational/influential person in your career:
Kate Chastey, for the belief and support she gives all of The Passionate PAs. Together we can achieve great things!

Favourite animal and why:
Cats, love their independence and self-sufficiency!

Greatest contact/supplier that deserves a plug:
Claire Bicknell founder of the Catena Network. Claire is such a great introducer and delivers fantastic events in amazing locations.

Your business plan for the coming year:
To develop a client base that I can build solid, trusted relationships with to help them achieve their business growth plans and become their confidential sounding board and trusted PA.

You can find out more about Nicola by clicking here! Or, give her a call – she does love a natter!


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