2 years ago I was offered an opportunity to take on a once in a life time part time role, which I could add to my portfolio of professional commitments. For 28 years I had managed my own paper diary and professional affairs, but it was clear to me that to take on this role (and fulfil other commitments in a professional and timely manner) I would need support. I was extremely concerned about taking on a VA but my concerns soon dissipated with Barbara. She was very professional in on boarding me, and spent the time outlining her approach and how she proposed we would work together. She has proven to be an excellent professional assistant coach, working with me to help surface and for me to clearly articulate my working preferences (especially around my day-to-day and holiday email management) as well as “what good looks like” for me in terms of her email interaction with others. She has also taken on board requests I have about meeting management and priorities, as well as making additional suggestions about making this process even more efficient. This has been done in a way that reduces stress and increases my efficiency and capacity to focus on the things that matter at the right time, and that helps me honour the boundaries I’ve set down in terms of when and how I work. I appreciate her openness and willingness for feedback, and it is this that has really made me to commit to obtaining Barbara’s support for the future. Her ability to proactively identify where she could have been more efficient and effective, is energy generating, as is her ability to be keen to understand nuances in work, relationships, and aspirations in a way she can support these aspects in a quality way. She has also helped in getting me into the world of Social Media, in a way that is not time consuming and actually allows me to enjoy the exchange of ideas emerging in the global digital community. I often sign off my emails at the end of a busy, successful week saying I couldn’t have done it without her, and more often than not this is truly the case!!
Director, Rubato Consulting Ltd & Executive Director, Leadership Institute, London Business School
Barbara is one of the most outstanding professionals I have ever worked with - her ability to manage multiple large scale events and projects is amazing. She is hard working, detail orientated and her quality standards and customer service are first class. Barbara is someone that you can rely on and that is priceless. She plans for every eventuality and is always one step ahead. I highly recommend Barbara.
Director, Evolve Education UK Ltd
I took on High Touch Virtual Solutions when we needed support with social media content, engagement and posting. I contacted High Touch Virtual Solutions for support on my client account in the form of an associate work. Working with High Touch Virtual Solutions enabled me to have more time to manage my business and focus on my life. Letitia, an Associate with High Touch Virtual Solutions, came up with some brilliant and quirky ideas and responded to client requests really well. Her professional and friendly attitude made it very easy to work together despite the hundred miles between us. Letitia researched the company and was able to create a social media strategy using information found. The service provided by High Touch Virtual Solutions exceeded my expectations.
HJC Business Solutions
I have worked with Barbara on many events and programmes over the years. Barbara's thoroughness and high level of attention to detail has always been excellent right through the event management process and I would have no hesitation in recommending her services. Looking forward to continuing our great relationship.
Barbara worked for me for over 2 years while I was on assignment in London. She helped to support a brand new global training program that included events in 3 different countries. Barbara helped with the planning, logistics and overall support of the events. She was highly organized, thorough and was able to work extremely well with her colleagues and the participants from all over the world. She has a very strong attention to detail, is a problem solver and gives outstanding customer service. She is also a team player and worked extremely well with all those involved in the execution of the training programs. She is also able to interface with employees at all levels, including those in the most senior levels in the organization. I would happily have Barbara work for me again
Experienced Strategic HR Business Partner, USA
Barbara is the most effective Support Manager one can ever wish for. Her capacity to anticipate challenges and opportunities is incomparable. Barbara carries her duties with joy and precision. She is reliable and dependable – what she commits to, she delivers sterlingly
Fellow at Future Considerations, UK
Barbara is one of the most efficient, flexible and committed professionals with whom I have worked. She is consistently ‘one step ahead’ and is phenomenally diligent and resourceful. A delight to work with. I highly recommend her for her skills, experience and delightful style.
Laura Lewin, Associate at Future Considerations, UK
Associate at Future Considerations, UK
Having worked with Barbara in her capacity as Events Manager and Training Coordinator at HSBC, I found her efficient, well organised and a pleasure to deal with. She has an empathic manner, a good sense for quality and a keen eye for detail
I worked with Barbara for six years whilst part of HSBC’s Group Strategic Programmes team.Barbara’s work ethic is superb. She’s highly conscientious, can be entrusted to work at any level to accomplish the goal, and always aims to achieve the best. She works to an exceptionally high standard, is collaborative, inspirational, insightful, and a highly effective team member
Managing Director, It's Possible Ltd, UK
Barbara is an intelligent, caring and experienced individual who works well in a team environment. She holds herself to a high standard and helps develop others around her so that team goals can be exceeded together. Barbara’s warmth and optimism make her enjoyable to work with. Writing this recommendation reminds me of how much I miss working with Barbara!
President and CEO, Alberta Pension Services Corporation, Canada
Barbara is simply one of the best administrators I have worked with. She is very organised with her work and in managing other stakeholders, is considered in all she does and has great energy for making sure things get done. In short, Barbara executes and typically to a very high standard
Head of Human Resources, First Gulf Bank, UAE