Kelly is named as Scotland’s top PA

Kelly McAulay (left) receiving Scottish PA of the year award from Rosemary McLennan, founder and director of the Scottish PA Network.
Kelly McAulay (left) receiving Scottish PA of the year award from Rosemary McLennan, founder and director of the Scottish PA Network.

Motherwell woman Kelly McAulay has been named the first ever Scottish PA of the Year at the recent Scottish PA Network Conference.

Kelly, who has worked at William Grant & Sons Distillers in Bellshill for nine years, is the executive assistant to the chairman, group HR director and company secretary.

A judging panel chose Kelly for her loyalty and passion, her proactive networking and for being a great brand ambassador for both her company and the PA profession.

Kelly originally wanted to be a criminal lawyer, following experience in a law firm decided against it, but was key to her being offered a role as an assistant to the William Grant & Sons legal team.

She said: “I never set out to be a PA, but as I got to know the industry better it was a natural progression for me. I think to be a top-level PA you need to be good at communicating and prioritising and, of course, multi-tasking.

“I decided that I wanted to get more involved and become more of a ‘business partner’ to my executives so I took a greater interest in the company’s strategic objectives, and was soon asked to support or take the lead on developing and implementing more high level tasks.”

Kelly was also applauded for creating the William Grant & Sons Internal PA Network for employees who have administrative roles within the company’s five UK offices.

She said: “The role of a PA has changed greatly in recent years, they’re now seen as being a much more valuable part of an organisation.

“It’s a fantastic profession, every day is different for me and I wouldn’t change it for the world.”