Advisory Council

Meet the Chairman and Co-convenors of the World Administrators Summit Advisory Council

Chairman – Eth Lloyd MNZM M.Ed. AAPNZ (Life, Cert. Fellow)

Eth’s involvement in the World Administrators Summit (WA-Summit) started in 2000 when it was held in Wellington, New Zealand. She has attended every summit since then including in London, Australia, Trinidad & Tobago, again in New Zealand (2011). She did not attend Papua New Guinea 2015 when health and family reasons kept her away, and attended again most recently in Germany 2018. She has been Chairman of the WA-Summit Advisory Council since 2015.

Eth worked as an administrative professional for 35 years. She is a Life member of the Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand Inc (AAPNZ) and was National President 2002 – 2004. Eth has a passion for the administrative profession and their value in the workplace. This is demonstrated through her commitment to encouraging administrative professionals to take personal responsibility for their own professional development and for developing their own career pathway. Eth has spoken internationally on this subject for Executive Secretary LIVE and other conferences.

Her Masters in Education in 2010 undertook research looking at the professional development opportunities and career pathways of administrative professionals, from their perspective. This research was one of only about 10 pieces of academic writing on this sector of the workforce in the world.

In 2013 – 14, Eth and her husband undertook a 12 month volunteer contract with Volunteer Service Abroad from New Zealand to Apia, Samoa. This role was as an Administration Advisor using her administrative skills to set up administration systems and processes.

In 2018 Eth was Awarded the New Zealand Queen’s Birthday Honour of Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her services to administrative professional development.

Eth closed her business at the end of 2018. She is still however very keen to see the World Administrators Summit continue to take a leading role to support recognition of administrative work as a profession and to hear administrative professionals internationally speak with one voice.

Co-convenors

The Co-convenors for the 2020 WA-Summit are New Zealand’s Alison McKessar from the Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand Inc (AAPNZ) and Ursula Wartha from International Management Assistants (IMA) in Germany. They, plus Alison’s team, will be responsible for the on-the-ground arrangements for the 2020 summit in New Zealand.

Alison McKessar – Association of Administrative Professionals New Zealand Inc (AAPNZ) www.aapnz.org.nz

Alison is the leading Co-convenor for the 2020 WA-Summit which is to be held in Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand is the Host Country for the WA-Summit and they provide all the local logistical requirements for this event.

Alison has held administrative positions for most of her working life. She currently works full time as the Training & Education Co-ordinator for the Australian & New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. She has held this role for almost seven years. Prior to this, she was the PA to the Board of Directors and Communications Team at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand for seven years and a PA at PricewaterhouseCoopers for four years.

A member of AAPNZ since 2005, Alison has held several positions on Wellington Group’s Management Team including Group President from 2010-2012.

  • AAPNZ National President 2016-2019
  • World Administrators Summit delegate for New Zealand 2018
  • AAPNZ Fellow 2017
  • Co-convenor AAPNZ National Conference 2012 and 2018
  • AAPNZ Certification 2008
  • Finalist in the Administrative Professional of the Year Award 2007

Ursula Wartha – International Management Assistants (IMA) – www.ima-network.org

Special Project Support to the Executive Committee of IMA (formerly EUMA – European Management Assistants), since 2017.


European Treasurer of EUMA (www.euma.org), 2010 – 2016.
CEO Program Office BT (Germany) GmbH & Co. oHG (http://www.bt.com/de ) and Stemmer GmbH (www.stemmer.de).

Ursula served EUMA as Treasurer at both national and international level for about 10 years. In addition, she was responsible for the Finances of the EUMA Annual Conference in 2008. She is now supporting the Executive Committee of IMA leading special projects of the Executive Committee.

Ursula is a highly skilled senior management support professional who has worked for more than 30 years for various C-level managers (senior executives) in the construction, IT and telecommunications sector.

Ursula holds a diploma as Translator and Interpreter for Spanish and French.

Award Winner of Best Secretary of Germany in 2006