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Member Profiles

Anne Marks, Chairman

Anne was born and brought up in Penzance, Cornwall; a most beautiful part of the world which will always remain dear to her heart but lacked work opportunities therefore she joined Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS), in the secretarial profession, initially for 4 years but ended up being 22!  After initial training learning customs of The Royal Navy and specific administrative and secretarial procedures, Anne‘s career in the Wrens in earnest, initially in junior posts and later in her career PA to many senior figures, as well as being responsible for the work and welfare of staff.

Joan Johnson DipRSA, Membership Secretary

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.

Linda Sargent VA

Linda Sargent is the Owner of LDS Virtual Services, a ‘virtual’ secretarial service providing high level administrative and secretarial support for busy professionals, consultants, sole traders and smaller businesses.

Loraine Histed MBE

Having been born, educated and lived in London for virtually all my life it was natural that I should work in London too.  Following ‘A’ levels I decided to go to secretarial college and the Langham Secretarial College just off Park Lane in the centre of London seemed to fit the bill.  The college had modern typewriters (both manual and electric) and a range of courses from company law to book-keeping and of course shorthand. I felt I would have a good grounding to launch a secretarial career. Diplomas followed and I joined the IQPS in 1974.