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Interview with Daisy Buchanan ahead of our event on 15th May: Which five women dead ....Read More
Sapphire Bates, 25, has become one of the latest advocates and pioneers in supporting women in business and promoting female empowerment, through her part community, part business incubator The Coven Girl Gang. With the continued rise of the ‘Girl Boss’ Sapphire has secured a stronghold of over 500 female subscribers, which is set to double this September and of which 90% were reached via Instagram.
Sophia Cannon is a political and social justice commentator, a Barrister, and Associate Fellow at the Centre for Social Justice. Cannon studied at Queen Mary’s and Brunel University, before embarking on a 10 year career in the high court. She has written for publications such as the Financial Times , The Sunday Times, and The Independent . Cannon recently provided counter intuitive argument on immigration , race, and British culture for the Oxford Union . Cannon is currently writing her semi autobiography entitled Undercover Mutha. It details her own radical approach to single motherhood.
Emilie Bellet is the founder and CEO of Vestpod, the digital platform and community that empowers women financially through education, workshops and events. Emilie is an ex-private equity analyst for Lehman Brothers. Vestpod democratizes financial services and busts all this jargon, for real. Independent and transparent, Vestpod doesn’t sell or push financial products. Vestpod breaks barriers and makes finance more inclusive. Financial independence gives women the freedom to live their lives on their own terms and boosts their confidence, which in turns helps their families and future generations.
Natasha Devon MBE is a writer & activist. She tours schools and colleges throughout the UK, delivering talks as well as conducting research on mental health, body image, gender and social equality. She campaigns both on and offline to make the world a fairer place. Her current projects are the Mental Health Media Charter and Where’s Your Head At? which aims to change the law to protect the mental health of British workers. In 2015 she was awarded an MBE for her services to young people and in 2016 the Sunday Times and Debretts named her one of the 500 most influential people in Britain.
Toni Jones is the Founder of Shelf Help – a book club and community dedicated to self-help and self-development. The Shelf Help mission is to connect as many people as possible with books, ideas and experts that will inspire them to look at themselves in a different, more positive way. Toni is a freelance writer and producer based in west London, where she hosts regular meetups and author events. She embraced self-help after leaving a full-time career in journalism at the age of 35 gave her time for introspection and self-analysis for the first time, finding answers and connection in self-help books.
Iona Bain is the country’s go-to voice on young people and their personal finances. She founded the Young Money Blog in 2011 and has since become a regular commentator on TV and radio, published a book (Spare Change) and written extensively for national and digital media. She was named Freelancer of the Year by IPSE, the association for the self-employed and recently she became the youngest-ever governor of the Pensions Policy Institute. She is also an ambassador for the Insuring Womens Futures programme and founding member of the Next Gen Pensions Committee. She also runs the Young Money Agency with her father, Simon Bain, together managing a portfolio of work together.
Leah Milner is an award-winning personal finance journalist, formerly of The Times, now freelance. She has been published in a wide range of titles including The Guardian, Which? and Vice. She writes about money, mental health and personal experience of living with bipolar disorder.
Danielle Newman is the co-founder of F =, a website dedicated to highlight the amazing work of female entrepreneurs in the UK. The website was set up four years ago by sisters Danielle and Natalie with one mission – to profile inspiring women doing great work. After 10 years working in start-ups, Danielle saw a gap in the press where women should be, so she started seeking them out to interview, knowing that sharing their stories would inspire many others. Danielle runs F = on a day-to-basis and has introduced the F = Community – a directory of female-founded businesses.
Alice Asquith founded Asquith organic bamboo clothing company in 2002, combining her love of fabrics and design with two other passions: yoga and Pilates. Alice wanted to create an elegant, naturally breathable activewear range that benefited people and minimised the impact on the environment. Asquith clothing is made with the best quality, eco-friendly fabrics, and are loved by many. Over the years, Alice has built up a team around her who are based all over the UK and Europe. She’s passionate about flexible-working, and most of the Asquith team have young children, so they choose the hours they wish to work.
Olivia Wollenberg is the Founder of naturally indulgent snack brand Livia’s. A few years back, Olivia Wollenberg was diagnosed with severe food intolerances that stopped her having the sweet treats she really loved. Determined to still enjoy life, she sweet-spotted a gap in the market, creating naturally scrummy treats without wheat, dairy and additives, but allowing us to say a wholehearted ‘yes!’ to little indulgences all over again. So much more than another boring free-from brand, Olivia has a vision to change the face of confectionery for good in every way. Livia’s now has 4 amazingly tasty and innovative product ranges, listed in over 4500 stores nationwide, including Waitrose, Sainsbury’s and Boots.
Anna Whitehouse, AKA Mother Pukka, is, a journalist, broadcaster and campaigner from London. Anna presents a weekly show on Heart, and is a columnist for Marie Claire and Grazia. She writes the hugely popular blog Mother Pukka, with the tagline ‘for people who happen to be parents’ and co-hosts the Dirty Mother Pukka podcast with her husband. Anna’s Flex Appeal campaign encourages people to talk to their employer about flexible working, and breaking away from the 9-5 for office jobs.
Maxine Mawhinney is a journalist and broadcaster from Belfast. Until 2017, Maxine was the UK’s oldest female national newsreader. Maxine left the BBC in 2017 to launch a new career at the age of 60. For 20 years she was a senior BBC News and current affairs anchor, covering stories from the Oklahoma bombing to the death of Princess Diana. Now she has launched her own global interview programme, The Moment.
Kimberly Wilson is a Chartered Psychologist and visiting lecturer working in private practice in central London. She’s Governor of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Mental Health Trust and the former Chair of the British Psychological Society’s Training Committee in Counselling Psychology – the group responsible for monitoring and assessing the standards of Counselling Psychology training across the UK. She formerly led the therapy service at HMP & YOI Holloway, which at the time was Europe’s largest women’s prison (closed summer 2016). A former finalist on the Great British Bake Off, and an award-winning food producer with training in nutrition, her work looks at the role food and lifestyle plays in our mental health, including disordered eating, the gut-brain axis and our emotional relationship with food.
Hannah Grace Lodge is the Owner of BarChick Media, a global brand and media platform focussed on the best bars and drinks in the world. Hannah relaunched BarChick’s media platforms in 2019 to include BarChick TV where the team travel around the globe creating travel and bar guides and interviewing the best in the drinks biz. Elsewhere Hannah is a brand and partnerships consultant and covers all things drinks, trends and travel for some of the world’s leading publications.
Katy Leeson is the Managing Director of Social Chain, an IPA woman of tomorrow finalist and former head of new Business and Marketing at MediaCom. Social Chain is a Global Social Media Marketing Agency, working with some of the largest brands in the world including Sky Bet, E Entertainment, Superdry, Holland & Barrett and Häagen-Dazs. Katy’s impressive career and accomplishments led her to secure the managing director’s position after just six months at Social Chain. Katy has developed a number of new initiatives within Social Chain’s existing structure since her appointment, such as Social Chain Data which has become a key focus for growth and source of revenue since its onset. Not only has she secured a number of key retainers for the business, but a large proportion of her time is invested into focusing on culture. Katy has bought a number of policies into Social Chain which have allowed for the seamless expansion of the business and its culture across its five locations.
Katy has been on her own inspiring journey since discovering she suffers from imposter syndrome and now shares the inner secrets of a woman in a predominately male role online which has lead to her growing a social following who nominated her for the Women Role Models list of 2019 which is a list of high achieving women who are breaking down barriers at work and clearing the path to success for fellow women.
Petra began in the mobile food business in 2005 when she hit the streets with Choc Star, Britain’s first dedicated chocolate van. She fell in love with being on the road and with the go-getting community of fellow traders who she met at markets and festivals all over the country. Next was to collectivise so as to create strength in numbers, more visibility and greater opportunities for traders to trade and outside eaters to eat. She co-founded eat.st in 2009 and then went on to launch KERB in 2012. An MSc in Urban Studies from UCL has helped to inform and develop KERB’s ethos of good people + great food + public spaces = what a city is made for.
Petra was named ‘One of the Ten People Who Changed the World’ by the Independent in 2011, in 2014 The Sunday Times wrote ‘Barran has changed the face of British cuisine’, in 2016 was named in Big Hospitality’s Power List 100 No.6 of the ‘disruptors’ and in 2018 TimeOut listed her as one of 50 Great Londoners making the city ‘a fantastic place to go out in right now’.
Lauren Bravo is a journalist who writes about fashion, food, travel, feminism and pop culture, for titles including Grazia, Cosmopolitan, Stylist, Foodism and Refinery29. She is the author of What Would The Spice Girls Do?: How the girl power generation grew up.
Yulia Rorstrom is the vision and energy behind Duck & Dry. Passionate about beauty and entrepreneurship she created from scratch a new brand that was to take over the London beauty scene providing blow dry styling for the modern woman in a truly unique and experience-led setting. Since 2014 when Yulia opened the flagship and first salon in Chelsea, she has gone on to open a further four in the most prestigious hotspots in London including Oxford Circus, Spitalfields, Carnaby Street and most recently Mayfair. Duck & Dry then released an innovative product line featuring six core products, meeting the needs of clients and stylists alike and in 2019 launched sister brand, Duck & Dry Xpress in collaboration with high street retailer Primark, opening beauty studios in their flagship London Oxford Street store and most recently in the world’s biggest Primark in Birmingham.
Tamara Gillan is an experienced entrepreneur and Chief Executive having founded two independent, successful and award-winning marketing agencies over the past 15 years, including Cherry London which she currently runs.
This year, Tamara co-founded The WealthiHer Network, a group of change agents from the world of finance who have come together to champion female investors, entrepreneurs and clients and celebrate the diversity of women’s wealth.
As a single mother and non-UK national (arriving on her own from New Zealand at the age of 24) Tamara has had to fight for her own success and passionately believes women deserve to be recognised and championed by the financial sector.
Shazia Mustafa is the Cofounder of Third Door, a family-friendly coworking space with an onsite flexible Ofsted registered Nursery.
Before setting up Third Door, Shazia worked at organisations such as the BBC and Nokia. At the BBC, Shazia worked as an audience insight manager for BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Asian Network. Her work for the new look BBC Asian Network led to the station receiving an award for best use of audience research in 2006. At Nokia, Shazia was responsible for a multi-million pound global research budget for the Nokia brand.
Shahroo is Behavioural Change Specialist, coach, speaker and author of The Kindness Method. Her therapeutic approach is influenced by the experience she gained working in various roles across the addiction treatment field. She has since been dedicated to highlighting what those in long-term recovery from substance misuse can teach the general population about changing day-to-day habits by building self-esteem, self-belief and resilience.
Through workshops, private practice and public speaking, Shahroo shares practical tools and written exercises. She also openly shares her personal story of change, and sees her work as a handover of information which allows people to change their own habits on their own terms. Her second book is due to be released with Pan Macmillan in January 2020.
Sara Tasker is an award-winning blogger, business coach and social media guru. Since setting up her Instagram account @me_and_orla while on maternity leave in 2013, she has become a celebrated influencer and iPhoneographer, garnering legions of followers through her calm, atmospheric and authentic style. Her podcast, Hashtag Authentic, regularly sits at the top of the iTunes charts thanks to its high-profile guests and honest, actionable advice for creative business owners. Sara’s work provides a counter point to popular negative attitudes around social media, influencers and screen-time, and shows how bringing these tools together can help us to build a life where we can truly thrive.
Sara hails from Manchester and lives in the Yorkshire hills with her daughter, Orla, her husband, and an impractical number of pets. She is available for interview and writing commissions on all associated topics (and is willing to forgo any fees offered in exchange for a donation to charity). She has written for Stylist Magazine and Standard Issue, and currently provides a monthly column for In The Moment magazine.
Ruth Kudzi is a business mentor, mindset coach and best-selling author who has worked with 1000s of clients worldwide. She combines practical business skills with a MA in Psychology and numerous coaching qualifications including NLP to help her clients build businesses they love.
Rosie Davies-Smith is the founder of two award-winning PR businesses; LFA, a creative PR agency known for its disruptive approach to PR and honest approach to business, and PR Dispatch the UK’s first PR membership platform dedicated to giving small product-based businesses the tools and confidence to DIY their own PR. After founding LFA at the age of 24, Rosie wanted to change the way that brands worked with PR agencies so took traditional PR, digital. At first she proved the concept for fashion businesses and quickly expanded into lifestyle, homeware and food. LFA have worked with some of the UK’s most loved brands including Beija London, Matthew Calvin, Estella Bartlett and Bedfolk. In 2016 Rosie won Great British Creative Industries Entrepreneur of the year.
Through LFA, Rosie saw that there were hundreds of brands that couldn’t afford a traditional PR agency but with the right guidance could pitch their products and get results. In 2017 she launched PR Dispatch. Using her team’s extensive PR experience, their information and advice is fed straight from the agency to the brands at PR Dispatch.
Rhiannon Lambert is a Registered Nutritionist specialising in weight management, eating disorders and sports nutrition. Founder of leading Harley Street clinic Rhitrition, bestselling author of Re-Nourish: A Simple Way To Eat Well and Food For Thought podcast host, Rhiannon’s qualified approach to nutrition and total dedication to her clients’ needs has seen Rhiannon work with some of the world’s most influential people
Registered with the Association for Nutrition (RNutr), Rhiannon obtained a first-class Bachelor (BSc) degree in Nutrition and Health and a Master’s (MSc) degree in Obesity, Risks and Prevention. She is also a Master Practitioner in Eating Disorders and Obesity having obtained a diploma from The National Centre For Eating Disorders approved by The British Psychological Society (BPS).
Rebecca Reid is a journalist & novelist. Her first novel, Perfect Liars, was published by Transworld (Penguin Random House) in 2019 and her second, Truth Hurts, is released in 2019. She has an MA in Fiction from Royal Holloway.
Rachel Carrell founded her multimillion pound childcare business, Koru Kids, when attempting to find childcare in London became a “hamster-wheel of hell” that left her feeling hopeless.
She realised that the regimented times that nurseries operate to meant that her work schedule was very restricted. She found herself just getting into her day then racing back to pick up her child – feeling she was failing on both counts.
On looking for a nanny, Rachel realised that it was nearly impossible to find the right person, in the right location, with the right qualifications who wanted to work the right hours. That got Rachel thinking… what if I could fix this problem?
Fast forward 3 years and she has turned her search for the perfect nanny into a multimillion pound enterprise. The entrepreneurial force to be reckoned with has recently raised £3.5m in investment from venture capitalists whilst 8 months pregnant!
Pip Murray, 30, is the Founder of the nut butter brand Pip & Nut, which offers a range of eight naturally nutritious nut butters. A keen marathon runner and a fierce foodie, Pip had the inspiration for the brand when she couldn’t find a delicious but nutritious protein source to fuel her training. Taking matters into her own hands, she set about creating her own brand and starting on her Pip & Nut journey. So far it’s encompassed everything from market trading and crowdfunding to national supermarket launches and international expansion.
All of Pip & Nut’s products are 100% natural, with absolutely no refined sugars, additives or palm oil. Now four years old, Pip & Nut is the fastest growing nut butter brand in the UK, is on track for 25% YOY growth and can be found in 5 international markets and over 5,500 stores around the UK and Europe.
Nicky Clinch is a transformational coach, spiritual mentor, speaker, entrepreneur and founder of the Warrior Woman movement. It is her purpose in life to empower women to become their most authentic and aligned selves, knowing that everything they need is already within them.
Over the last two decades Nicky has been walking the warrior path herself, from the depths of addiction to becoming a pioneer in the transformation work she teaches today.
Nicky is a certified integrative macrobiotic counsellor, energy palm healer and transformational coach. She completed her transformational training at The Concord Institute or Integral Studies. Nicky also spent several months as an apprentice to a Shaman of Plant Medicine in the Peruvian Rainforest.
Maisie Hill is the highly qualified expert who has over a decade of experience as a women’s health practitioner. Feeling frustrated and sad that few of her clients had been taught much about their reproductive system or menstrual cycle, and constantly hearing ‘why has nobody told me this before’, she decided to write the ultimate menstrual handbook, Period Power.
She is a go-to authority in the growing trend for women to get a handle on their menstrual cycle (dubbed the Red Revolution), quoted in publications from The Guardian to Grazia, Refinery29, The Fold and moodymonth.com
Lola Ross has more than eight years of experience working as a nutritional therapist in London. As Moody Month’s in-house nutritionist, she has built a new way of thinking about nutrition, tailored to your cycle and the moods and the symptoms women experience each month, directly into the technology and the web platform. Lola says: “Inclusivity and support of all women in their health journey are integral to Moody Month. So to be able to share progressive, alternative and evidence-based health information and strategies for mood and hormone management, with any woman in the world who has access to a smartphone or web is something that makes us happy.”
Lauren Armes is a leading entrepreneur, business coach, speaker and writer and founder of Welltodo Global and Lauren Armes Coaching & Mentoring. After leaving her job as an international business woman, working for one of Australia’s largest manufacturers, Lauren took the plunge to move from Australia to London.
Education & Career: Lauren holds a Bachelor of Business from Queensland University of Technology (First-Class Honours) and has 10 years of corporate experience working in business development and marketing across various sectors. Her decision to relocate from Australia to London in 2013, opened Lauren’s eyes to the burgeoning wellness industry in the UK, though notably behind in a global context. It became obvious that a number of key wellness trends in the US and Australia were beginning to emerge in the UK, but a real lack of industry support was also apparent.
Kathryn Tyler is a social entrepreneur on a mission to help mothers find flexible, rewarding careers. She believes that adult learning is the key to achieving this. Through learning, mothers can regain lost confidence and build in-demand knowledge and skills to gain a competitive advantage in the labour market. This is why she co-founded Digital Mums, which offers career-focused training for mothers designed to do just that. Kathryn was awarded Red Woman of the Year and the Marie-Claire Future Shapers award in 2017 in recognition of her work supporting women in the workplace. Feel free to tweet her @kathryntylerDM.
Jada is a plus size model and mental health activist. She fell into modelling whilst completing her MA in Child Psychology. On seeing the mental health difficulties young people face due to the lack of representation in the media she begun campaigning for diversity and was unexpectedly approached by a modelling agency.
Jada went on to shoot for the likes of Nike, ASOS, Vogue and two L’Oreal beauty campaigns. She is also an avid supporter of various mental health charities. Last year Jada went to Palestine with Save The Children to learn about the mental health effects of child in conflict. She is an ambassadors for Young Minds charity.
Recently, Jada ran the London Marathon in her underwear for the royal charity, Heads Together; to spread the word that fitness is for everyone, the great benefits being active has on your mental health and to encourage women of sizes to take the first step.
Iona Bain founded the award-winning Young Money Blog in 2011 as a financially clueless graduate and has gone on to become the UK’s premier authority on millennial money. She appears regularly on TV, radio and in the national press, most recently writing several major stories for the Financial Times personal finance section. She wrote her first book, Spare Change, in 2016 and was named Freelancer of the Year in 2018 by IPSE, the UK’s leading association for the self-employed. She speaks at events across the financial industry and is a governor of the Pensions Policy Institute. She runs the Young Money Agency with her father, the former financial journalist Simon Bain, to provide content and insight for the financial sector and has co-created several education campaigns with major financial institutions, including Lloyds Banking Group, the Post Office and Scottish Investment Trust.
Felicity Hannah is a journalist specialising in personal finances and consumer affairs, and has twice been named Freelance Journalist of the Year. She can be found writing for The Independent, The Mirror and The Sunday Times, as well as regularly on air at BBC Radio 5 Live. Felicity is a feminist, atheist and parent, and has lots of opinions on all those things.
Dr Dani Gordon is a double board certified medical doctor who over the past decade has successfully treated thousands of patients and clients with burnout, chronic fatigue, women’s health and stress related issues.
She is a published researcher, American Board certified in Integrative & Holistic Medicine (ABIHM) since 2012, the worlds leading evidence based natural medicine body, and was one of the first physicians to receive the new board certification in 2017 when Integrative Medicine became the newest US Board Certified mainstream Medical Speciality (ABOIM).
She has studied mindbody medicine at Harvard, yoga and meditation extensively thoughout India and south east asia with traditional teachers, QEEG brain scanning and EEG neurofeedback brainwave training with the top leaders in North America and has been the director of a neurofeedback wellness centre specializing in burnout and stress resilience in Bali, Indonesia.
She has lived in Vancouver, Bali and now lives in London, UK with her family and 2 cats.
Dr. Anjali Mahto is a UK-trained consultant dermatologist. Her medical training took place in South Wales, where she also obtained a degree in Pharmacology. She completed higher specialist training in dermatology in a competitive London rotation. During this time, she gained experience in some of the UK’s leading teaching hospitals including Imperial College Healthcare and the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead.
Actively involved in medical education and training, Dr. Mahto has presented extensively at both national and international conferences. She has published original reports in scientific literature and is a peer-reviewer for medical journals.
Dr. Mahto has worked as a substantive consultant dermatologist in North West London Hospitals NHS Trust where she was also the lead for paediatric dermatology services. She is happy to consult both adults and children with skin, hair and nail disorders. Her areas of specialist interest include acne and scarring, rosacea, moles, and anti-ageing therapies including injectable and laser treatments.
Dr Mahto is a member of British Cosmetic Dermatology Group (BCDG), British Association of Dermatologists (BAD), Royal College of Physicians (RCP), and Royal Society of Medicine (RSM). She is a spokesperson for the British Skin Foundation and blogger for the Huffington Post. Dr Mahto’s work bridges the gap between traditional medical dermatology, beauty, and cosmetic medicine.
As one of the UK’s leading dermatologists, Dr Mahto understands beauty products and is passionate about sharing her knowledge and debunking myths about the latest fads and miracle products and cures. With so much conflicting information, the beauty industry can be a minefield to navigate and Dr Mahto’s book gives practical, evidence-based advice to arm individuals with the very best, most honest information.
Chloe Brotheridge is a hypnotherapist, coach and anxiety expert at www.calmer-you.com and the host of The Calmer You Podcast. Her bestselling book The Anxiety Solution is a practical guide to having a quieter mind and living a calmer life. Her second book ‘Brave new Girl: 7 Steps to Confidence was out in May 2019. She has written for Marie Claire, The Independent, Stylist and her book was serialised in the Daily Mail. She has delivered workshops at businesses such as Stella McCartney, Pret, Estee Lauder and at events at Soho House, The Shard and Stylist Live. Previous practitioner residencies include Gili Lankanfushi in the Maldives and Obonjan Festival.
Cassie Sneglar is a rising star in the world of digital entrepreneurship as well as designer, influencer (with a combined following of 800k) and mental health campaigner from South Africa, based in London. After successfully launching ethical fashion brand CASLAZUR in 2013, Cassie realised there was a gap in the market for user-focused and engaging online shopping so last year she launched The X Cartel, an e-commerce and editorial platform that partners with creative influencers, celebrities and brands from around the world to develop curated content on fashion, beauty and travel. Within the first six months of launching the site reached 100k unique monthly browsers and continues to grow quickly.
Camilla Barnard Biography
Camilla Barnard co-founded Rude Health in London in 2005 with her Husband Nick. Rude Health is renowned for its innovative, delicious and nourishing foods and drinks, winning scores of awards for taste and ethical standards (including Soil Association Organic Food awards, Great Taste awards, and being recognised in Cool Brand’s list of Britain’s trendiest brands). As well as being a full-time mum of two, Camilla is the creative brain behind the business’s marketing and brand development and is on a mission to inspire everyone to be in rude health through redefining what it means to eat well. Camilla readily takes a mic, be it at food festivals or debate panels and contributes monthly to The Grocer, in an opinion column titled Stay Brilliant.