Lorna Weller has recently launched herself as a virtual assistant. She is also a Mum, a great friend and the most camera shy person I know! After a cup of tea and a bit of persuasion that even at 40+ she really did need a photo of her on her website I found a spot in my garden and took this image. It certainly makes her more approachable than the arty shot of a pot of pencils she was going to ‘hide’ behind!
Read on and you will see as well as having a wonderful bubbly personality Lorna has a wealth of experience in business so please bear her mind the next time you need a solution to your admin problems. You can call her on 07940 198980 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Where were you born?
Greenock, Scotland and I still feel as excited as I did as a child any time I go “north of the border”.
Where do you live?
Bourne End, Bucks – living by the Thames calls to me on a summer’s day.
Favourite Place to Eat?
Now I’ve reached 40+ I try to arrange a real treat once or twice a year and Sunday lunch at Cliveden has proved a great favourite – combining the grandeur and luxury of the dining experience with such a lovely setting and the choice of following lunch with a stroll through the grounds, or tea in the library.
What do you do?
After working for the last 18 years as a senior PA at a subsidiary of ICI in Slough where I joined to work for the Managing Director, I was made redundant at the beginning of the year. I have really enjoyed having some time out and am now setting up as a Freelance PA / Virtual Administrator. I am finding that my vast experience of office procedures, PC skills and event management are just as useful to small local businesses. I love the diversity of working with different small businesses, by helping with their admin, routine or otherwise, it frees them up to do what they do best, and of course I love the flexibility it gives me. I can be contacted at email@example.com.
What is your favourite movie?
Out of Africa – I’d let Robert Redford wash my hair any day!
Dare I say mint chocolate chip ice cream, but to prove I do have some sophistication my favourite drink is definitely champagne.
Best piece of advice?
Always smile when answering the phone – even if you can’t be seen the tone is instantly set.
What was the last book you read?
An hilarious booked called “I don’t know how she does it”; about a city broker juggling life as a working mother. It was full of recognisable situations in a working mother’s life.
What is your favourite holiday destination?
Where do I start? – I had the most amazing time on a safari in Kenya which literally was a dream come true. A couple of years ago I had a wonderful holiday with a couple of best friends and our kids at a villa in Spain – just playing in the pool all day or snoozing in the olive grove – bliss! But I couldn’t possibly not mention Scotland with all its rugged beauty.
What do you hate most?
The increase in gun/knife crime, and the fact that so many kids get involved in alcohol/drugs – it’s a huge worry for parents. We do, however, have to learn to let them go although we will always worry about them.
What do you value most?
My friends. Childhood friends – we have supported each other through our own teens, marriages, divorces, children. Local friends I’ve met through the children’s schools and friends from my marriage that I see infrequently but nevertheless still have a strong bond with.
Who or What has been the biggest influence on your life?
My mother – although she died when I was only 10 I think of her as a real go-getter. In her youth she played hockey for Scotland, was a county tennis and badminton player and loved mountain climbing (something I’d be absolutely terrified to do). She was a Land Girl during WW2 and I wish she’d lived long enough to share her memories with me. I know she wouldn’t take no for an answer, thought there was a solution to every problem and was always positive. Unfortunately, she died aged 45 of breast cancer before they had the treatments they do now. I try to remain true to some her beliefs and principles.