5 Mins with a PA
This month we meet Claire King, PA to COO of Trinity
What do you love most about your job?
Would you believe it's diary management? I enjoy making sure
each day runs like clockwork. Ask me to organise a meeting for
twenty people who all have crazy busy diaries and I will be
What are the three things you couldn't do your job
1. Good communication skills, 2. a good IT helpdesk and 3.
TEA, lots of tea. . 4..and biscuits.... and being able to
What do you think makes a good PA?
Telepathy! When you feel like you have come in half way
through a conversation and left before the end, you have to have
patience and quick thinking to ask your boss the right
questions so that you can do your job efficiently. Also being
able to work with lots of different types of personalities and
being extremely organised.
What's in your handbag right now?
Phone, charger, purse, umbrella, emergency makeup, Lego
(courtesy of my toddler), chocolate, water, notebook and pen.
What's your lunch time routine?
I am training for 50th Marathon so run up and down One
Canada Square tower every day. Not really... I scamper to Waitrose
and buy my favourite sandwich. I also make sure I go outside
to get fresh air and have a bit of a walk and a shop, it is Canary
Wharf after all. It's also important to build relationships with
the other PA's so I have been exploring the other floors and
visiting them when I have break.
Who has been your greatest influence?
My Aunty Pat. She had boundless energy, was vibrant, funny,
confident and believed I could achieve whatever I wanted in
What do you do after a stressful day?
I go home and play with my almost 3 year old daughter which
takes my mind off everything. I also take a dance class called
'Flowetic' which is a contemporary/ballet class. This is great
after sitting at my desk all day.
What are your tips for being a top PA?
Make sure that your boss has confidence in you and
your work so that he/she does not need to worry and can get on
with their day. Be discreet, keep calm and learn not to absorb
anyone else's stress. Be approachable, proactive and have