Meet Get Ahead VA’s Regional Directors

Get Ahead VAFranchisingMeet Get Ahead VA’s Regional Directors

Get Ahead VA was founded in 2010 by Rebecca Newenham, who wanted to create a team of flexible, professional remote workers to provide useful services to businesses, as and when they need them. Since then, our team of virtual assistants has done everything from admin to accounting, website design to social media marketing, and Get Ahead VA has continued to grow.

One of the most exciting things about the Get Ahead brand is that it is now a franchising opportunity, and over the last few years we’ve opened up new branches all over the country. This is all thanks to our Regional Directors – the hard-working, business-minded people who saw an opportunity to bring flexible remote working to their local area, and made that idea a reality.

Today we’re going to introduce you to our Regional Directors, so you can learn more about what it takes to run a branch of Get Ahead VA, and why our Regional Directors love their work!

Fiona Ibbetson, Leeds

Fiona set up the Leeds office of Get Ahead VA in January 2018. Since then she has been building her team and her network of business contacts, using her skills in organisation and project management to provide a fantastic service to her clients. She says that her career highlight so far has been “meeting the Get Ahead team and completing my training, as this was the real start of my journey. Everyone was very welcoming and extremely helpful in sharing their knowledge in their areas of expertise.”

Salvatore Catania, Bristol

Salvatore started the Bristol branch of Get Ahead VA in September 2018, where he heads up his team and networks with local businesses. His background is in the science and technology industry, and it is his experience in business consultancy and development that makes him an ideal Regional Director. He says, “My plan for the future is to grow the Get Ahead business in the Bristol/Somerset region and build a customer-focused team to work with me in delivering an outstanding service to our clients.”

Karen McCulloch and Allison Wood, Newcastle

The Newcastle office was founded in November 2018 by Karen and Allison – our first Regional Directors to set up a branch as a partnership. Thanks to their knowledge of business operations, administration and organisation, they have built a successful branch of Get Ahead VA, dedicated to providing support to businesses in the North East. They say, “We’re thrilled to be bringing Get Ahead VA to Newcastle and to be helping businesses in the North East reach their full potential.”


Being a Get Ahead Regional Director gives you the chance to run your own business, build connections and manage your work–life balance, all with the support of an experienced team and an established brand behind you. You don’t need to come from an administrative or virtual assistant background to be a Regional Director for Get Ahead VA – we’re on the lookout for people with entrepreneurial and organisational flair, good networking skills, and a desire to run their own business and make it a success.

Would you like to know more about this franchise opportunity? For more details, or for a copy of our free franchise prospectus, visit our website, or contact Rebecca Newenham on (01483) 332220. We can’t wait to discuss this exciting opportunity with you!

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