Meet the team: Gemma

Virtual Assistant Leeds

We’ll be presenting each member of the Portfolio PA Virtual Assistant team in our new blog post series.

First up, our Managing Director, Gemma Walton.


Gemma founded Portfolio PA in 2015, following a ten-year career as a C-Suite Executive Assistant in some of the world’s biggest companies.

Portfolio PA arose from a desire to help more people get more hours in the day, and to provide best-in-class Virtual Assistant support.

Gemma is a firm believer that high-quality executive and administrative support can transform the lives of busy professionals, allowing them to devote more time to what matters most to them.

She has extensive experience as a Virtual Assistant supporting coaches, consultants, HR professionals, marketing directors and more. Gemma has a particular interest in working with change and transformation consultants, but is open to working with clients from any industry.

Gemma is an expert in a number of fields, including:

  • Diary management
  • PowerPoint design
  • Email marketing (she is Mailchimp Certified)
  • Infographics
  • Document production
  • Copy editing and proofreading
  • Events management
  • Project and programme management
  • Organising your home and lifestyle (travel booking, gift buying, decluttering, office organisation)
  • Facilitating virtual meetings and webinars

Gemma is also an award winner, with titles including:

  • Yorkshire VA of the Year – 2016
  • Yorkshire VA of the Year – 2017
  • Yorkshire VA of the Year – 2018
  • Pitman SuperAchievers Global PA of the Year finalist – 2019

Gemma also served on the judging panel for the PA Hub Awards in 2019.

She is a contributing author for Executive Secretary magazine, and a Fellow of both the EPAA (Executive and Personal Assistants Association) and the IAM (Insitute of Administrative Management).

She has also appeared on the BBC, on podcasts, and at industry events as a speaker on all things Virtual Assistant related. Gemma also mentors aspiring Virtual Assistants.

Outside of work, Gemma lives in Leeds, is married to Mike, and has a small dog, Sweep, who runs her business prevention department!

Click here to view Gemma’s LinkedIn profile.