Heléna Holt, CEO of Devon Air Ambulance Trust, last night received national recognition when she picked up the first runner up prize in the ‘Boss of the Year’ category at the Executive PA Magazine Annual Awards held at the Institute of Directors in London.
Heléna said “I was honoured to have been nominated by my Executive Assistant Melanie Stevens for this prestigious national award. I never imagined I would be shortlisted, let alone be the first runner up.”
Melanie Stevens added “We spend such a lot of time at work that to have a good working relationship with your boss, especially in an Executive Assistant role, is essential. Heléna and I have been working together for almost six years and have a well-established and mutually respectful relationship.”
Heléna has been CEO at Devon Air Ambulance Trust since October 2007 and has been instrumental in many initiatives including the forthcoming introduction of night flying in Autumn 2016.
Prior to joining the Charity, South Hams born Heléna was Director of the Attlee Foundation and before that St James’s House, a mental health charity in North London before being able to move back home to what she describes as her ‘dream job’ in Devon.
Heléna has also previously served as a trustee, holding positions as Chair and Treasurer in the councils for voluntary services for both Camden and Tower Hamlets, gaining a valuable understanding of the vital importance of strong governance.
It’s truly been an award-winning year for the Charity as a whole picking up the PwC West of England Business of the Year (under £30 million category) earlier this year.
Devon Air Ambulance Trust has also been shortlisted for Western Morning News Business Awards Employer of the Year.