From Sir John Baker CBE, ex-Chairman of National Power PLC. Currently non-Executive Chairman of The Mærsk Company
and Renewable Energy Holdings.
Various interests outside the business arena.
"Maureen Arnett has worked for me as my Personal Assistant since 1997 when I retired from full-time executive work to pursue a portfolio of chairmanships and other senior positions in the corporate sector, the public sector and with NGOs.
I have employed her on an "as needed" basis, typically around ten hours a week, and had the confidence to give her full access to confidential commercial and public sector papers, as well as to my personal papers. She has direct access to my e-mail box and to all my post, which she opens daily when I am overseas.
Maureen maintains the very highest standards of performance. She is well organised, pays great attention to detail, is fast and efficient - and she is wholly reliable: a genuinely quality service.
She anticipates what may be required, has an excellent memory, and can read across from one situation to another, or issue to issue, enabling her to be proactive in meeting my needs, not simply reactive. She has an excellent telephone manner, such that many in organisations where I work compliment me on the quality of what she does and the ease of communication they enjoy with her.
In brief, Maureen is the complete professional with a nice sense of humour and the highest levels of integrity."
From a former senior Investment Manager who now has private interests in the UK and overseas
"Maureen Arnett has worked for me as my personal assistant, on a part time basis, for just over four years.
Maureen is highly professional. She is very experienced at working with executives at the most senior level and has all the skills and attributes that one would expect: tact, diplomacy, sensitivity and the ability to communicate and get on well with people at all levels.
She is very well organised, absolutely reliable, honest, extremely hard working and a pleasure to work with.
She would be an asset to anyone she worked with and I have no hesitation in recommending her."
From an ex-Main Board Director, Allied Telesis Group
"I now work internationally as an Interim Executive Director and Maureen has been handling my PA, secretarial, travelling and marketing affairs for about three years now. This encompasses every aspect of what I need doing through the provision of “face to face” PA services, and an extremely efficient and convenient “remote service”. In addition there are many other tasks that need to be done on a regular basis. There are also occasions when complex listings and electronic mailings need researching, compiling and sending very quickly. This is always accomplished immediately and efficiently and is just one example of how her service is tailored to support my specific needs across all fronts of the business.
I have complete faith in Maureen’s discretion, integrity and honesty and would never have any doubt about entrusting her with any and every aspect of my business and private affairs. She is computer literate, efficient and innately industrious.
I would not hesitate to recommend her to any potential user, and am always happy to provide a personal telephone reference."