16 - 18 May, 2016 | Shangri La Hotel Sydney,
New South Wales, Australia

Nic Russ

PA to GM Brand and Marketing and Distribution and e-Commerce
Virgin Australia

Nic is currently the Personal Assistant to the General Manager, Brand & Marketing and General Manager, Distribution& E-Commerce and is responsible for providing the highest level of administrative and personal support enabling the senior leaders to focus on business growth, developing relationships and positioning the team for success.

Nic is a professional, vivacious, highly organized personal assistant with a strong work ethic and excellent work history. Over his 6 years in aviation Nic has been part of the front line team as a Flight Attendant before moving to head office where he has supported members of the senior leadership team for the past 18 months. Nic thrives in hands on operational environments that are constantly changing and that are required to adhere to strict deadlines where attention to detail is a must. He has demonstrated the adaptability to self-motivate and work within diverse and ever evolving team structures and he always looks for opportunities to further develop his skills and knowledge. Nic is motivated, enjoys multi-tasking,supporting and assisting various areas of a multi layered business to contribute to and achieve any business strategies.

Most recently, Nic was Runner Up in the2015 Executive PA Magazine Awards in the category ‘Up and Coming PA of the Year’.



16:25 Afternoon Tea Roundtable Discussions

The High Tea Roundtables are an opportunity for you to participate in 3 facilitator lead discussions on different topics, exchange your experiences and challenges and develop solutions with your peers over a a selection of sweet treats.

Roundtable themes:

Roundtable A: The Working Relationship/Partnership with Your Boss

  • Understanding your style and the style of your CEO | Chair | Board of Directors
  • Fitting your way of working to your Boss and making it work
  • Understanding their needs (it’s not about you)
  • Relationships based on trust (from the Chairman of the Board to the cleaners and security guards)
  • Doing more – picking up tasks and projects and making them your own

Facilitator: Denise Keen, Executive Assistant to the CEO/Chair, Arup Australasia

Roundtable B: Tame your Technology and Switch Off


In our fast paced workplace and reliance on technology, many people find it hard to switch off and allow themselves to recharge. Explore ways of taking control of your technology and working through your technology not because of it. Reduce your stress levels with some handy tips on managing your workplace technology as well as your mobile devices whilst still keeping on top of your workload.

Facilitator: Mario Halouvas, National training and Development Manager, Priority Management

Roundtable C: Communication Skills

Explore ways to influence and Communicate with others, even in challenging situations.

Facilitator: Wendy Jocum, Director, Wendy Jocum Training and Coaching

Roundtable D: The Challenges Faced by EAs and PAs in their Constantly Changing Roles.


Facilitator: Tania Rizoski, Personal Assistant, Arup Pty Ltd

Roundtable E: Career Progression and Utilising your Current Skills to Adapt to a New Role

From Virgin Australia Cabin Crew to PA to two GM’s within the corporate office, Nic discusses career change and utilising your skills to adapt to a new role.

Nic Russ, Personal Assistant to GM, Brand & Marketing and GM, Distribution & E-Commerce, Virgin Australia





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