Declan Halton-Woodward

Declan is a multi-award winning executive assistant having won the Private Individual PA of the Year and London PA of the Year Runner-up awards at the London PA Awards 2017. He currently works as EA to the CEO of Handelsbanken Wealth Management & Heartwood Investment Management, and was also appointed Company Secretary after training with the Institute of Chartered Company Secretaries. Declan started his career as Business Support in a large private security corporation, quickly working his way up to an assistant within the Executive Suite. After which, Declan went on to support a HNWI working across his business portfolio as his Private PA and Business EA, his main business interest being a medical communications and marketing firm.

Declan has a keen interest in the profession, particularly with relation to driving up standards, decreasing the gender imbalance and increasing awareness of the importance of the assistant role. He has been openly gay in all organisations he has worked and believes that being seen as such plays an important role in helping others, not least to ensure there is awareness in the organisation.

Declan has executed numerous large-scale change management activities and international assignments within the organisations he has worked including; sitting on a rebranding committee for the entire AS&K Group; developed and introduced a year-long wide-ranging training programme for junior staff; managed the process of opening up a new office in Switzerland; managed the development of a new website and; the implementation of a salary sacrifice scheme which saved the company over £200K in his tenure. Declan also chairs the Sustainability Group which seeks to increase the company’s financial, environmental and social sustainability efforts.

Declan is a Steering Committee member of the ‘LGBT Admin and Assistant Network’ which is an international network for administration professionals who identity as or support the LGBT+ community. He keen to act as an ally and increase activities in his organisation and the wider industry around LGBT+ initiatives to ensure that those colleagues who identify as LGBT+ feel supported and valued. He understands increasing engagement in these initiatives will result in the industry being an even more welcoming place to work.