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Rebecca Newenham, Founder and Owner of Get Ahead VA

Rebecca founded Get Ahead VA in 2010 after recognising a gap in the market for virtual assistance services that offered the flexibility, value and performance that small businesses and start-ups need in the 21st century, digital economy.

After a corporate career in buying for retail giants, such as Superdrug and Sainsburys, Rebecca was looking for a flexible work solution that could fit around her lifestyle and three daughters. Having grown up with a successful self-employed mother, Rebecca knew it was possible to be able to contribute financially to the family and do the school run.

Customer service is top of Rebecca’s agenda and all of her virtual assistants pride themselves on having great communication with their clients at all times.

Rebecca is responsible for Get Ahead VA’s business development, which involves networking, acting as a matchmaker between her clients and VAs and providing ongoing guidance and support to her franchisees.

“My mother was a great example and I grew up knowing that I wanted to run my own business just like she did.” 


“Having looked at various business ideas and the way the employment landscape was shaping up for the future, I felt a virtual assistance business offered the best solution. I have always loved networking, which is such a huge part of my role now.  Flexible working offers so many advantages to both my team and clients.  I am so thrilled with the business I have created.”

To find out more about Rebecca, her ethos and vision for Get Ahead VA, check out these articles:

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Meet the rest of the Get Ahead VA team


Fiona runs Get Ahead Leeds. She loves to help others achieve results and meet their objectives, and strives to deliver exceptional customer service.

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Allison runs our Regional Office in Newcastle along with Karen, providing support services to businesses in the North East.

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Karen works with Allison running our Regional Office in Newcastle, supporting businesses in and around the city with our range of business and marketing services.

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Salvatore runs Get Ahead Bristol. With a background in Sales and Marketing, Salvatore understands the needs of business owners.

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Kristy has a background in customer relationship management and project management. She runs Get Ahead Berkshire & North Hampshire with Suzanne.

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Suzanne works with Kristy running Get Ahead Berkshire & North Hampshire, as well as being an experienced VA herself.

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Tarn is our Business Manager – she loves all aspects of working with clients to make their businesses more successful.  She is a born organiser with an eye for detail.

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Jenny is a Marketing Specialist & Graphic Designer with over 14 years’ experience. She is experienced in email marketing, design, document formatting and website maintenance.

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Alan heads up our telephone answering team based in Glasgow.  He manages an energetic and highly skilled team.

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Mel is a Virtual Assistant who loves all aspects of working with clients to make their business more successful.  She has a lot of experience in client facing roles.

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Jayne has a proven track record in Business Development and Account Management together with extensive experience in event planning and organisation.

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Caroline is a highly experienced marketing professional who has spent the past 17 years delivering Marketing and PR Services for a wide range of consumer brands and small businesses.

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Melanie is a marketing specialist with experience from Eurostar UK, NatWest and RBS.  She loves meeting clients and bringing their business visions to life.

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Debra is a professional and highly efficient Personal Assistant with 7 years of Executive level experience.  She is a competent, conscientious and reliable worker.

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Sanina is a B2B and B2C content writer and PR specialist with 19 years’ experience under her belt. She first started off life as a journalist and has worked in corporate comms and for several established PR and integrated marketing agencies over the years.

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James is a Digital Marketing professional who can provide digital marketing support, strategy and website management to businesses.

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Clare is a professional copywriter, editor and proofreader with a background in SEO and online marketing. She is a friendly, adaptable and reliable worker.

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Carrie is marketing specialist, and also is experienced with WordPress website design and updates.

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Charlotte’s background is in the public and charity sectors where she worked as a PA and administrator for seven years.

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Isil is a Social Media specialist with a background in retail.

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Rosie is part of the Guildford team and specialises in marketing strategy and planning.

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Laura is a copywriter and blogger with 17 years of marketing experience. She previously worked in FMCG marketing, working on both B2C and B2B brands.

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Angela is a Social Media Specialist and manages social media for our clients.  Angela has a strong background in account management.

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Gwen has expertise in administration, email & diary management, and spreadsheet development.

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Lucy joins the team having previously worked as an Office Manager and PA.

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Hazel joined Fiona’s team in Leeds, and specialises in social media management, online research and data entry.

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Jennifer is a bilingual VA (fluent in French) who is super organised and has strong administrative skills.

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Keryn is a professional and experienced Personal Assistant with fantastic interpersonal skills.

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Claire is a part of Fiona’s team in Leeds. She is a marketing specialist as well as an experienced business development manager.

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Ian has worked in web design and email marketing for nearly 20 years.  He specialises in creating beautiful and functional websites and email campaigns.

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Kathy is a self-motivated and highly committed PA with excellent inter-personal skills. She has over 25 years’ experience

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Jen, a digital marketing professional who provides social media management, marketing strategy Facebook ad management and digital marketing services.

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Elly is part of Allison and Karen’s team in Newcastle. She specialises in social media management and business development.

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Ashley has over 20 years’ experience of audio typing.  He is extremely is professional and prides himself on reacting quickly and efficiently.

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