Hello, my name is Christine Southam and I am the founder and CEO of CS Virtual Assistant. I value every client like my one and only, and care deeply about each business I work with, so it’s important that we get to know each other.
I am one of those people who genuinely enjoys to organise (yes we do exist), and as soon as I began my first job as a personal assistant I knew that this was my passion and was a career path I would follow. I have spent the last decade gaining valuable experience working for a variety of large organisations including local government, not for profit, higher education and supporting small businesses, in different sectors, and I have loved every second. The diverse nature of my employers has enabled me to gain a valuable breadth of experience, and my dedication and commitment led to award nominations within my field.
Embedded in my business ethics are confidentiality, fairness and honesty which have been of huge importance throughout my career. It’s imperative to me that all relationships have a trusting and professional foundation to ensure they develop and flourish.
I made the decision to start my own virtual assistant business so that I could assist others in managing their business needs in a flexible and efficient way that suited both their budgets and individual working practices.
It has always been my dream and ambition to run my own business so that I could be my own boss and demonstrate to my daughter a world of greater career choice, just as my own publisher father successfully did for me. Being a mother to my beautiful two-year-old daughter has brought out organisational skills I didn’t even know I possessed. Multi-tasking, forward planning and maximising every ounce of initiative have proven the most transferable between both “jobs”.
Juggling my own business and a family has taught me a real appreciation of time, and how little of it we have. Time is our most valuable and easily spent commodity and my mission is to liberate you from the burden of administration and the tedious elements of your “To Do List”.
Firstly, imagine having the freedom to analyse your current business performance; picture knowing where the heart of your success really lies; and finally dream of being able to concentrate solely on driving your business forward. This could be your reality if you choose to accept my assistance.
My secret (not so secret now) ingredient is to work collaboratively with you to provide the administrative and consultative services that best support your individual business needs. I work remotely thereby replacing the need for an office based Personal Assistant and their associated overheads.
And a little more about me, your virtual personal assistant. My family has some of its roots in Europe (Ireland, France and Germany) and I possess some German and French language skills, which have been invaluable to many of my clients with European interests. Learning languages is something I love to do and I enjoy involving my daughter so she gains these incredibly important skills too.
A longstanding interest of mine is nature and the environment, having spent so much time enjoying and appreciating it, I ensure that within my own business and daily life, I practice ethical and sustainable methods at every opportunity. I know how important attention to detail is to a lot of businesses and you can rest assured that working with me will complement your businesses green credentials.
My business logo is a swallow (bird) with a diamond in its beak. I have a necklace like this which was a gift of appreciation from a previous manager. Not only did she give wonderfully thoughtful gifts, she also demonstrated how much she valued and trusted me by handing over sole responsibility for major projects and included me in top management issues. The necklace represents the way I feel I do my job – flexibly, swiftly, efficiently, faithfully and as a collaborative effort with my client; with positivity, which is the sparkle in the swallow’s beak.
“I have known Christine Southam for a number of years. In all this time I have found her to be a very loyal, hard-working and personable individual who puts in, more than enough effort when needed, to be successful in whatever she has set her mind to. I am confident that she would be a valuable asset to any organization.”.
Simon Good, Simon Good Therapy
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