My name is Kimberley Brough and I run The Singing VA, providing small businesses with virtual assistant services from my base Workington in West Cumbria, just outside the Lake District.
After leaving university with a drama degree in World Performance, I began volunteering doing admin for a national charity that promotes international friendship and cultural understanding. I was soon hired as a paid member of staff and pretty quickly fell into marketing. It was something that I liked and was naturally good at.
I continued working at this charity for five years, during which time I had various roles including Office Manager, Marketing Manager, and Deputy Chief Executive. It was interrupted only once when I spent three months living and working in Italy!
When I returned to my home county of Cumbria, I began working with one of the top independent holiday cottage letting agencies in the area, Sally’s Cottages. Here, I was responsible for creation and implementation of the overall marketing strategy, coordination of all marketing streams, and creation of two annual brochures, as well as day-to-day marketing management and administration.
After a change in circumstances, I began working remotely for Sally’s Cottages and, shortly after, set up my own virtual assistant business, The Singing VA, specialising in marketing and administration in the creative, tourism, and not-for-profit sectors.
In my spare time I love to sing and regularly perform in concerts and shows in my local area. On most days I can be found at my desk singing along to whatever music takes my fancy that day!
In May 2019, after nearly a year of renovations, I opened my own Lake District holiday apartment, The Bird Box.