Search for Hastings ‘SuperAchievers’ of the year

Florence Katono won a SuperAchiever PA of the year award last year and is on the judging panel for this year
Florence Katono won a SuperAchiever PA of the year award last year and is on the judging panel for this year

A training company is looking for the hardest-working mum, the world’s best personal assistant and student in Hastings.

The ‘SuperAchievers’ was started by Pitman Training and they are asking the public to nominate people for a number of categories.

Which are: working mum of the year, young achiever of the year, PA of the year, business newcomer of the year and student of the year.

The awards are decided by a panel of judges, including last year’s winners and industry experts.

SuperAchievers has traditionally been fronted by a panel of judges, with Hilary Devey leading the search for talent last year, but this year Pitman Training has put the power in the hands of those who know the nominees the best, their employers, colleagues, friends and family.

The public vote will still be supported by industry experts, including Adam Fidler (a leading PA training practitioner who has worked as a Board-level PA for blue-chip organisations, including Boots PLC and Bank of America), author and mum Bbogger Kirsty Smith of, along with last year’s SuperAchiever PA of the Year, Florence Katono.

Centre manager at the Hastings Pitman Training Judith Vandepeer said: “We’re really excited about this new way of running the awards as it feels right that those who know the region’s SuperAchievers should get to support them.

“Having the public as our fourth judge helps us reward those who have had a true impact on those around them, in their local community.

“The awards are all about rewarding and showcasing people who really go the extra mile and strive to achieve, as a way of honouring hard workers, but also as a way of showcasing to others what can be done.

“This time of year people are traditionally a bit restless in their jobs, and we want to help inspire people to see that they can change their futures by boosting their skills and really focusing on their goals.

“We hear many great success stories from our students in Hastings of lives transformed and are passionate about making sure we recognise these, along with hunting out others from within the local business community, within this national campaign.”

Pitman Training launched the SuperAchievers Awards to show anything is possible and to help reward people committed to driving their careers forward in a bid to inspire more of the British workforce to strive for more.

Judge Kirsty Smith said: “I’m excited to be involved with the Pitman SuperAchievers and in particular the working mum of the year.

“I honestly think that rather than being bad for your professional life starting a family can be the perfect inspiration for getting the career you really want.

“I’m really interested to see how becoming a mother has inspired mums to be successful at work by adding new skills or maybe even starting something completely new.

“There are so many hard working mums out there rising to the challenge I’m exhausted even thinking about the nominations.”

To send your nominations, visit:

Nominations close on March 4, before a public vote to decide the winners which will be announced on April 29.

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