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Fellow Training Day

EPAA UK is delighted to open bookings for our third annual Fellow Training Days and even more excited to be taking this day to three UK cities – Glasgow, Leeds and London.

Our Fellow Training Days are put together with the senior EA/PA professional in mind. Whilst we pitch this at a more senior level, any grade of membership and experience can attend – especially if you or your employer feels this is relevant to your professional development plan at this time.

The focus for 2018 has come about as a result of our recent ‘Time to Train’ campaign survey, where 42% of EA/PA respondents felt they needed more training on this subject area.

Business acumen is a keenness and quickness in understanding how to deal with a business situation and the possible risks and opportunities that are associated with this. Having these skills allows you to exercise good judgment when making business decisions and being in alignment with your Executive – understanding where they are heading and how you can contribute in a significant and non-traditional way. It is paramount in providing a truly high level executive support service.

This is a highly interactive day, which provides an opportunity for delegates to build a firm foundation and knowledge base of what business acumen means and how you can use this to drive business performance and be a stronger, more confident EA/PA professional.

Why attend?

  • Learn how to understand what you need to know about the business of your business
  • Develop critical competencies
  • Understand the basic economics of business and how this is changing
  • Learn how to balance strategic long-term thinking vs short term (big picture)
  • Better utilise cross-functional knowledge
  • Translate vision to a reality that matters and that impacts the bottom line of your Executive
  • Increase your competitiveness as an EA/PA professional

Included in the day

  • Profiling leadership self-assessment – sent in advance to all delegates
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • 10 EPAA CPD credits awarded to members
  • Resource workbook
  • All refreshments and lunch

Places are extremely limited on each date, so we do advise booking in advance!


Simply click on a time slot to find out more info…

09:00 – 09:30 | Arrival & Networking

09:30 – 09:45 | Welcomes

09:45 – 10:45 | An introduction to business acumen; Adam Fidler, Principal, Adam Fidler Academy

Following on from Adam’s ‘Developing Strategic Thinking’ seminar at the EPAA Training Day in Bristol in July 2017*, Adam takes strategic thinking a step further, and expands this topic to incorporate business acumen. His first session covers what business acumen in, and how and why Executive Assistants should develop it. (*For those who weren’t present, Adam will recap the main themes again.)

10:45 – 11:10 | Break

11:10 – 12:30 | Using business acumen to build your career and credibility; Adam Fidler, Adam Fidler Academy

There are five key drivers of any business: cash, people, growth, profits and assets. Let’s learn what each of these elements are, and how even the most complicated businesses can be analysed and improved by understanding and visualising these drivers.

12:30 – 13:30 | Lunch

13:30 – 14:30 | Financial Acumen; Victoria Darragh, Founder of EPAA

With business acumen comes a rounded understanding of financials and the business world. This session will help you to understand key financial terminology in business and work to strengthening core financial awareness and knowledge.

This will include financial literacy concepts and metrics, streamlining processes such as budgeting, forecasting, and reporting, and how compliance runs alongside this.

We will assist you in ensuring your own work on financial matters, is in line with the direction of the organisation

14:30 – 14:50 | Break

14:50 – 16:00 | Informed Decision Making – strategic, operational & tactical; Victoria Darragh, Founder of EPAA.

A key component of displaying strong business acumen skills, is being able to seek and obtain the right information, in order to make the right decisions on behalf of your executive and employer.

This session will help you to work through some of the processes and psychology of decision making, in addition to learning about the differences between strategic, operational and tactical decisions, using real life business scenarios.

You will leave with a better understanding of cross-functional knowledge and how and when to utilise this during the business decision making process, whilst also learning how to identify risks, both internal and external that could cause negative.

16:00 – 16:30 | Group Exercise & Interactive Debate; Victoria Darragh & Adam Fidler.


Victoria Darragh
Founder of EPAA.
Adam Fidler
Principal of Adam Fidler Academy.


Monday 12 March – Glasgow, Caledonian University

Wednesday 14 March – Leeds, Deloitte LLP Offices

Friday 16 March – London, Mercure Hotel London Bridge

Thursday 7 June – Radisson Blu Waterfront – Jersey, Channel Islands



If you need suggestions for local hotels to each venue, please contact Georgina Farley – generalenquiries@epaa.org.uk

CPD Programme

EPAA members in attendance will earn the following credits towards their annual CPD record.

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