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Secretaries Smash Through Glass Ceilings

11th May 2006 – The traditional role of the secretary is dead according to John Mortimer, CEO and founder of Angela Mortimer Plc. In a keynote speech entitled ‘Careers Are Taken Not Given’, which will be delivered at the Times Crème Executive Secretary and PA Show at London’s Olympia, 16th-18th May 2006, Mortimer will discuss the new opportunities that exist within UK businesses for support staff eager to climb the career ladder.

Technology, the growth of the service industry, the increased emphasis on ‘adding value,’ together with the fact that secretaries are better educated, more ambitious and assertive than their predecessors have all contributed to the death of the traditional secretarial role, according to Angela Mortimer Plc.

“There is no longer a glass ceiling in terms of career development for secretaries. The traditional role has changed beyond recognition. Businesses today are crying out for executive staff who can not only organise but problem solve, make key decisions, interface with clients and manage teams. They recognise that these staff can improve their productivity, add value and increase their competitive edge,” commented Mortimer.

“Although candidates might start at the bottom, many of our support staff go on and become marketing directors, administrative managers or even future managing directors. If someone is bright, ambitious, motivated, with an abundance of good ideas and willing to work hard, the sky really is the limit and the career opportunities are there for the taking,” he concluded.

Visit London Olympia’s Theatre 5 from 10.30 – 11.30 am on 16th -18th May, to hear directly from John Mortimer how traditional support roles have been replaced by new exciting executive roles. He will outline to delegates the different career paths that exist today and the many opportunities available within different industries.

Sarah Williams, a delegate from last year commented, “John Mortimer was inspirational. He opened my eyes to the fact that my future really is in my hands”


About Angela Mortimer

Founded in 1976, Angela Mortimer Plc is Britain's leading quality recruitment consultancy. With over 200 consultants in the group, it provides support staff to the UK's leading companies and individuals. The company has four offices in London, and others in Bristol, Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester, Paris and Brussels.

Other companies within the Angela Mortimer group include Pathfinders Media Recruitment, Design Studio People, Knightsbridge Secretaries, Katie Bard Birmingham & Nottingham, AMTech IT Staffing Solutions, HR Counsel, AM Finance, Preferred Financial Recruitment (PFR), Goddard Gadd, Ruth Halliday Associates, AM Legal, Progressis - Paris, Femmes et Carrières - Paris, Excel Careers - Brussels, Excel Interim - Brussels.

For further information, please contact:

Kathryn Hughes
Hbl media
Kathryn Hughes
Tel: 020 7612 1830