How it all started...
GO-VA was founded in May 2014 by Matt Kesby an Australian Entrepreneur and Execution Practise Leader for Franklin Covey at the time. FranklinCovey is a global leader in effectiveness training, productivity tools, strategy execution consulting and assessment services for organisations and individuals. Well known for the books, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 4 Disciplines of Execution.
In 2008, Matt & his sister, Fiona Kesby GO-VA’s CEO, started offshoring tasks via Upwork (Odesk). There were many great success stories and also many frustrations in managing a virtual team working from home. Deadlines missed as VA’s were working for other clients, not being able to make contact for days, interruptions due to power outages and internet loss. Not to mention the loss of time training up new team members with each new project.
The concept was great but wasn’t truly effective. With Matt’s passion for the SME sector, his experience with freelance virtual assistants and his execution management experience, he wanted all business owners to have the opportunity to effectively offshore tasks without the high costs of setting up an offshore business or the loss of control via complete outsourcing. Thus, GO-VA was created. GO-VA finds the top talent in the market, have their client decide who and how work will be performed and then, house and care for them in their office in Cebu, Philippines. The office is led by Fiona who relocated to the Philippines in May 2015 and brought 16 years of Australian & International Recruitment experience. GO-VA’s philosophy is to offshore low value tasks to the Philippines in order to create more time for Australian, NZ, US, UK & Singapore based team members to execute on strategy and scale their business.
Find a way
Fiona Kesby, CEO, has over 18 years experience in the Recruitment Industry. She is passionate about providing team members with an environment that is supportive and caring, encourages career growth, confidence and a love for learning.
Fiona & her family relocated to Cebu, Philippines in 2015 and encourages you to come to visit her and the team in our office.
Certified GO-VA Partner
Projects & Implementation Manager
Kyren Mearr Cabellon
HR Process & Systems
Marie Franchesca Misa
Julie Ann Sabordo
Client Services Manager
EA to the CEO
Chief Happiness Officer
Accounts Payable Officer
Talent Acquisition Specialist
John Carlo Alilin
Videographer – Recruitment
Content Writer/ Proofreader
Social Media Coordinator
Digital Marketing Coordinator
Government Liaison Officer
Eunice Faye Tabar
- 2nd largest city in the Philippines
- 4.6 million people (2.5m in the metro)
- 22 universities
- 100+ outsourcing companies
- 8th top global outsourcing destination in 2015
- 30 minutes from the international airport & beaches
- 15 minutes to mountain resorts
- the Philippines ranks 3rd in Asia for English proficiency
- relatively low cost of living