Meet grace POWER

The Business Travel Magazine - - Meet The Booker -

Book­ing travel is among the many el­e­ments of Grace Power’s role as an Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary at pro­fes­sional ser­vices busi­ness KPMG

• Tell us a lit­tle about your ca­reer to date and your com­pany’s line of busi­ness. I’m an Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary for two part­ners and two direc­tors here at KPMG, based in Ca­nary Wharf, Lon­don. I joined the com­pany in Jan­uary last year as a Team Sec­re­tary on the rec­om­men­da­tion of a friend. Be­fore that I spent three years in lo­gis­tics roles at Di­rect Line Group. It was very dif­fer­ent to what I’m do­ing now!

• What do your gen­eral re­spon­si­bil­i­ties in­clude at KPMG? My role is pretty var­ied but the main things that I take care of are di­ary man­age­ment, book­ing busi­ness travel for the part­ners and direc­tors I look af­ter, and ar­rang­ing events, as well as some other day-to-day re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Events take up a lot of my time and the amount of busi­ness travel book­ings I han­dle re­ally de­pends on the time of year. to ar­range a trip to Maas­tricht re­cently, for ex­am­ple, where they wanted to travel by rail, which I couldn’t do on­line. and then to sev­eral des­ti­na­tions within the coun­try. That was com­pli­cated, plus we had to make visa ar­range­ments. But our travel team are great – there’s al­ways some­one avail­able on the phone.

• Have you ex­pe­ri­enced any re­cent travel dis­rup­tions? One of the direc­tors got stuck in Mu­nich ear­lier in the year when there was heavy snow­fall. We have an out of hours con­tact but he re­ar­ranged his flight and booked him­self a ho­tel room rather than both­er­ing me in the evening!

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