Getting to know Tanya

Tanya Woodland is such a friendly and resourceful person with exceptional experience as Head of Operations at national charities. Grab a coffee and take a couple of moments to get to know Plymouth’s Passionate PA…

Tanya joined us in May 2021 after spending two decades working in the charity sector. Tanya’s aim is to create a fulfilling business for herself using the array of skills and experience she has built up over the years. She understands business and the mindset it takes to achieve incredible things, despite all the challenges.

Getting to know Tanya

Alarm goes off at:
I set one as a safety net only at 7.30am but, I do not need one. We have a young puppy who does the job by 7am without fail!

Start the day with:
3 cups of tea.

Where do you do most of your work?
I am very cognisant that every clients’ business is different, so I am happy to work flexibly either from my home office or any other location. As long as there is tea and wifi, we are go!

What sectors do your clients operate within?
My clients are currently in the charity consultancy arena but I have an operations and retail sector background too. I am also experienced in people management and customer service so my skill set is hugely transferable – I am open to working with any sector if a client and I are a great match for each other. When you know, you know 🙂

Best part of your work:
Working with people who have the freedom to make decisions without any red tape – just a little different from my years with big charities.

Worst part of your work: 
Oh I don’t know. I’m finding working freelance is a joy, if I am not happy at work then I have the autonomy to change things. That is very liberating.

Clients you add most value to:
Entrepreneurs and business owners who need someone to partner with them on business development, ops reviews and event management. I’d love to offer my skills to small or start up charities and charity consultants. And property developers too – I have oodles to offer them!

After work you’ll be:
Walking my fur family on a local beach or on Plymouth Hoe.

Why a franchise with The Passionate PA and not go it alone?
It is an opportunity that allows me to realise my ambition to be self-employed, but as part of a trusted and recognised brand. There is tremendous support and mentoring from the outset and masses of camaraderie across the team. The onboarding process is thorough, the training is extremely comprehensive with an excellent e-learning platform. KateKate Chastey is literally an amazing franchisor; her passion is infectious and her desire for all her team to be a huge success is tangible from the minute you meet her… she had me at ‘hello’.

What did you do before:
I started my career in high street retail, progressing to regional management roles at Cancer Research UK and then into a Head of Operations role at a national animal welfare charity where I was part of the senior leadership team. It was a very rewarding and successful career, but now is the time to create something very different for myself.

Favourite drink:
A lovely glass of red wine, Rioja to be precise!

Favourite location for a business meeting:
Anywhere that overlooks the sea.

What are you reading?
I have about three books on the go, they range from easy readers based on falling in love in Cornwall to reclaiming your true self and finding inner peace.

Your guilty pleasure:
Celebrity gossip.

Favourite hobby/past time:
Live music – give me a festival, friends and a bottle of Rioja and I am one happy lady!

Most inspirational/influential person in your career:
I have never forgotten my very first boss, Mike Max, a regional store manager for BHS Retail. He was extremely influential in shaping my career. He was incredibly open minded and allowed me to work around having a young child which I was incredibly grateful for as a single mother.

Favourite animal and why:
I love all animals, I grew up with horses, cats and dogs around me. I would have to settle on dogs if I had to choose a favourite, they have such beautiful souls. We share our lives with two fabulous doggies – Indie and Barney.

Greatest contact/supplier that deserves a plug:
Beckie Denny at The Charity Spark, my very first client as a Passionate PA. She has been an absolute joy and totally understands the concept of having a business development partner.

Your business plan for the coming year:
I launched my business in June 2021 so my business plan for the coming year is to balance client work with continual investment in my own business development which is vital for the future sustainability of my freelance business.

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


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