Recommended by Heather
Always happy to provide some friendly advice, Heather has shared some favourite resources below.
Building a library of useful software, services, and nice to have items.
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The secure, reliable video platform to power all your communication needs. This simple to use tool is never out of use in our office.
We use it for mainly for video meetings and screen sharing. Is also a tool that can be used for chat, phone, webinars, and online events.
A popular choice!
An excellent graphic design tool, suitable from beginner level.
Canva is a graphic design platform used to create social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents and other visual content. The app includes templates for users to use.
Let your creative juices flow!
Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards.
Imagine a white board, filled with lists of sticky notes, with each note as a task for you and your team.
In one glance, Trello tells you what’s being worked on, who’s working on what, and where something is in a process.
Amanda Johnson is a Business Coach, Mentor and Trainer specialising in Virtual Assistants. Amanda is Heather’s valued business coach and trainer.
Known for her no-nonsense approach to business, she doesn’t do hype, marketing tricks or stroking of ego. Instead, you get straight talking, honest, proven, practical and no-nonsense advice and support.
Being a business owner certainly isn’t for everyone. It requires committment, and is a learning curve. If you are interested – Heather is always happy to chat and offer advice.
Heather highly recommends Naomi Gilmour’s Ready Made WordPress Website Design Kit for your small business.
Heather Mac VA was launching quickly and easily, having full control to customise whilst learning.
Launch the easy way with Naomi’s support.
Who doesn’t love a bag?
Designed to be the busy woman’s best friend – stylish yet completely practical. There is a place for everything!
Since discovering this range Heather now owns several styles, finding them the most organised bags she’s ever owned.
“Heather has been instrumental in assisting with a very key project I just didn’t have the time to get to. Helping with both The Cottage Cafe Bistro and Clyde Eats she has been invaluable.
Professional, efficient, detailed, thorough, precise are just a few things I particularly liked about the service provided. However the softer skills are just as important and Heather was always early for meetings, organised, positive and encouraging.
An overall brilliant service I wouldn’t hesitate to use again and again.”
Janine Brennan, The Cottage Cafe Bistro
“Heather and her team have provided valuable and professional admin support ensuring that we focus on our day to day planning and delivery of our support programmes.
We think of our VA as an extension to our team as we get the support whenever and wherever we need it most. Thank you.“
Julie, Market Building Manager
“Heather always worked hard, ensuring that the team’s requirements were seamlessly met with a constant smile on her face. In addition to these traditional tasks, Heather also took great pride in organising Christmas and Summer Social events, which were always planned to perfection.Heather’s organisational skills and commitment to the cause are second to none, but she also has a talent for thinking up new solutions or ideas for the office and business.
I would have no hesitation in recommending Heather’s Virtual Assistant services.”
Gavin Chisholm, Former Operations Manager, Atkins Limited
“Heather was my PA for a number of years when I was MD of Atkins plc’s oil & gas division. She was extremely effective in that role. Her outgoing nature meant she was particularly excellent in ‘front of house’ activities for both my internal and external networks. She had a knack of making sure that everybody was treated warmly and with respect whilst still acting as an effective gatekeeper. Heather was also very diligent managing my challenging diary to ensure I made best use of my scarce time.
She was a great help in taking on activities that could have been a burden for me – an example was monthly reporting where she would assemble the inputs from all my reports such that the final document could be finalised with minimal input from me. International travel was a big part of the role and safe to say every flight, hotel or taxi booking was made to perfection.
Heather is true admin professional with a terrific work ethic, it was my privilege to work with her.”
Martin Grant, Former Managing Director, Atkins Limited
“I had the pleasure of working alongside Heather for a number of years. Her organization skills are paramount, nothing phases her, she works instinctively and with great passion. Organisation of others is where she comes into her own! She is inspirational, innovative and she constantly trains and upgrades her skills in this fast moving technology world.
I couldn’t recommend her enough.’”
Heather Black, PA/Office Manager, Atkins Limited
“Heather led the business and admin support team for our department of engineering consultants at Atkins for more than 20 years, over which time we grew from 20 to more than 150 staff. She had a particular gift for implementing and developing systems that worked very well for our business and enabled our engineers to get on with their technical work. She was undoubtedly a major contributor to the success of our team and was very much respected across the business.
Regardless of how busy we all were or how demanding the circumstances, Heather could always be relied upon to keep calm and get things done, and all this with her usual friendly and efficient manner. Where we had to go through change or implement new systems, Heather was always at the forefront of this and put the effort on to make it a success. I can’t recommend her highly enough, no matter how large or small the business need.”
Mike Green, Former Director, Atkins Limited
“I had the privilege of working with Heather for 25 years. During that time she worked tirelessly to support the business, taking on a whole range of tasks, allowing the technical teams to focus on technical delivery, and always with a smile! She has an uncanny knack of knowing what is required without being asked and I have never known her to be fazed by anything or anyone.
I have no doubt that Heather will be an asset to any business!”
Gillian Dickson, Chief Engineer, Atkins Limited
“Heather implicitly understands what our business needs in a range of situations, always responding with pragmatism and emotional intelligence. She is proactive, forthcoming with suggestions for continuous improvement, and has frequently supported me to shape a stronger solution for the business in terms of both implementing and communicating change, than I could have reached on my own.”
Karen Blanc, Operations Director, Atkins Limited