London Montage

Joan Johnson DipRSA

Joan became a member of the Birmingham Branch of IQPS in 1994 and having planned to relocate to London, wanted to continue her networking.  So once in London, she contacted two branches of IQPS – Central London and Kent & Sussex Weald and subsequently became a member of both. In 2009, on the formation of the London PA Network, Joan became the Membership Secretary.

Having always been interested in the Criminal/Legal system, Joan did contract work in various Police Stations, Magistrates Courts and Police HQ in Birmingham – even acquiring an ‘undercover’ name when working for the CID department.  This led nicely to applying for the position of a Barrister’s Clerk in Chambers, dealing with criminal and civil cases for 7 years which she thoroughly enjoyed. Not satisfied with just a day job, she applied for an evening post at North Birmingham College, teaching ‘Computing for the Terrified’.

After leaving Chambers in late 1996 and travelling, Joan took a six month contract at Birmingham University as a way to make the transition to London; she started temporarily working at City University’s Psychology Dept, London.  Two months later, she was offered and accepted a permanent job with Lane Clark & Peacock (Actuaries) as PA to the Head of General Insurance (GI) for 7 wonderful years, where she still maintains some great friends.  The position also offered her an opportunity to assist the Head of GI in his secondary role as Treasurer/Chairman of the Actuaries’ Club, organising six annual dinners, sending out correspondence to members and arranging ballot slips for votes.

In 2004, it was time for a new challenge and Joan applied for her current position as Executive PA to the CEO, COO and President of Gas Strategies (Consultants, Trainers and Publishers in the Gas market).

Most recently, Joan was selected as a London Ambassador for the 2012 Olympics, which she is very excited about.

Joan holds an RSA Teachers’ Diploma in Office Studies, Certificate in British Sign Language and a Certificate in Hospitality, she is also a member of various networking clubs, to which she has introduced colleagues.  She continues to update her skills for her profession and voluntarily assists with Beginner’s IT courses at two local centres in her area of Beckenham & Bromley.

For relaxation, Joan continues to enjoy travelling and discovering more about her family history.  For leisure; World films/old movies, MotoGP, sports, music, yoga, crosswords, reading and socialising.  She also hopes – one day – to take up playing the Clarinet again.