Experienced | Commercially Savvy | Action Taker

Nicola Anderson is a high achieving and experienced business manager with a proven track record in delivering results and driving growth. She specialises in providing strategic advice, hands-on support and accountability to clients who are ambitious, driven and looking to realise untapped revenue streams and identify new opportunities to achieve their business goals.

In her previous corporate life, Nicola worked as a Commercial and Operations Manager, responsible for multi-disciplined teams, multi-million-pound budgets, financial reporting, project delivery, sales management and business development. She joined The Passionate PA in May 2022 to fulfil her ambition of being self-employed and using every single one of her skills to help her diverse range of clients. She’d currently based in Nottingham.

Nicola’s Key Skills & Experience

  • Business & Operations Management
  • Business Strategy & Success Planning
  • Change Management
  • Project Management
  • Executive Level Support
  • Organisational Management
  • Recruitment Management
  • Coaching and Mentoring
  • Tender Writing and Process Management


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Nicola’s Professional Highlights

In her last employed role, Nicola was an Operations and Commercial Manager within the construction industry. She was responsible for leading sustainable growth, identifying and developing the people, products and processes needed to establish the business as a ‘go to’ supplier for turnkey solutions. . She managed teams to deliver complex projects in excess of +£15m contract value, and in her last 12 months in this role, Nicola grew her division by approximately 40% which had a significant positive impact on the company’s reputation and visibility.

This was a role in which Nicola thrived, and she now offers these commercial business skills to entrepreneurial businesses where she can partner directly with the business leaders to create momentum and deliver results!

A franchise with The Passionate PA offered her just that. Nicola joined us in May 2022, becoming a business owner in her own right and leveraging a solid support structure which allows her to put all her incredible skills and experience to use every single day.

Prior to her decision to become a business owner, Nicola had a varied and successful career. Back in 2007 she was a valued member of the Senior Management Team with a large secondary school, responsible for strategic and administrative HR, financial budgets and reporting, and facilities management.

In 2011 she felt ready for the next step in her career and became Head of Facilities and Safety at Spicers Ltd. Reporting into the Board, Nicola had responsibility for Facilities Management (hard and soft), Property Management, Site Maintenance, Fleet Management, Insurance and Health & Safety across the UK and Ireland including offices and distribution centres. It was here that Nicola achieved her Health & Safety qualifications.

From this role, in 2013, Nicola found her place at Portakabin – initially as a Hire Manager and then as Regional Commercial and Operations Manager. This is where she achieved her Level 5 ILM in Leadership and Management and really developed from being a manager to also being a coach and mentor for her teams. Nicola believes there is nothing better as a manager than seeing your team’s confidence and self-belief grow and, of course, this also brings commercial success for all.

The largest project Nicola managed at Portakabin was a £15 million student accommodation building, won through competitive tender, for a prestigious University.

All of these roles have given Nicola huge commercial experience and insight. When she isn’t knocking around building sites (see hard hat picture below), or in the board room, she can be found enjoying time with family and friends, watching cricket or in her gorgeous garden. Nicola is a consummate professional with ambition and drive, yet full to the brim with personality and can-do attitude. Clients and Passionate PAs alike say she’s a joy to work with.

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Freelance business support with commercial focus

Nicola loves to partner with fast-paced creative minds and solopreneurs who are looking for a “right-hand” to join their growing business. She’s not one for taking it easy, not when it comes to business! She provides freelance business support focusing on operational processes, project management and developing sales pipelines. Nicola has a wealth of leadership and commercial experience to share so is often seen as a confidential sounding board on all things business development.

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Is Nicola your Passionate PA?

If you are looking for an efficient, commercially savvy action taker to help you build a strong and rewarding business, Nicola could be the answer to your prayers. Working on a freelance basis for anything between 3 and 10 hours a week, Nicola charges for productive time only. Simply book a free 45 minute Discovery Call with Nicola below to discuss your current business challenges and the support you need.

Nicola will then provide a quote or full proposal – whichever you prefer – with details of pricing and T&Cs. Once accepted, she’ll raise a Letter of Engagement and upon signing, can start whenever mutually agreed. It’s as simple as that. There are no contracts with The Passionate PA – we offer freelance support to suit your business as it grows.


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Meet The Passionate PAs

Each Passionate PA has an extensive skill set, varied business background and experience of operating within senior management teams of businesses both large and small. We are not virtual assistants; we are self-employed freelance business support professionals who are 100% committed to delivering exceptional client work and being part of #TeamPassionatePA – a successful and growing franchise. With extensive training and support from the franchise, each individual Passionate PA partners with their own set of clients based on location, skill, experience and personality. Individually, we make a huge difference to our clients’ lives through our unwavering motivation, striking efficiency and remarkable ability to simply ‘make things happen’.