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Who is Kathie M. Thomas?

Kathie is the Virtual Assistant Queen! Founder of Australia’s first Virtual Assistant Network in 1996, she registered her own business “A Clayton’s Secretary” in 1994, which was later rebranded VA Directory.
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Kathie was a Virtual Assistant Coach & Trainer and has trained and mentored many VAs during the life of her business. She sold her VA Network and VA Coaching business when retiring in March 2021. Additionally she is an award-winning author and is many times published in business and women’s magazines.

Kathie was twice nominated for “Australian of the Year” (2008 & 2009).  Listed in Australia’s Who’s Who of Women 2010- 2018.

Married to Graham she chose to work from home in 1994 so she could be present for their 5 daughters as they grew up into young women.  Their home is in the Dandenong Ranges, Victoria, Australia where they can spend time with their growing family, when not working, and also in the garden and on their 2 acre property.

Kathie became a role model for women who want to work from home and be there for family. She is an advocate of the Proverbs 31 Woman and has books available at, in bookstores in Australia and also online.

To date, her book titles are:  The Home-Grown Secretary (2000), VA Trainer Workbook (2006), Worth More Than Rubies (2007), It Happened By Design (2008), Turn Your Blog into a Book (2008), and 3 children’s books: Words on Birds (2020) and Words on Birds 2 (2021), plus Katara’s Wish which was published Dec 2022.

Kathie was also a professional speaker throughout Australia and overseas, touching the lives of women and their families through keynotes, presentations and workshops at conferences, seminars, webinars, radio, podcasts and churches. She does occasional engagements but is happy to spend her retirement with family, photography and writing.