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Michelle Mone OBE

CEO & Founder, Ultimo, and Co-owner of Ultimo Brands International

Michelle Mone OBE is the co-owner of Ultimo Brands International and founder of Ultimo, one of the UK'S designer leading lingerie brands. Michelle is regularly listed as one of the UK's top female entrepreneurs and has built a hugely successful career on one incredibly simple concept: helping women to look and feel their very best.

Over the years Michelle's empire has gone from strength to strength, developing beyond the original umbrella of Ultimo to encompass 15 patented inventions and brands including Ultimo Bridal, Ultimo Swimwear, Ultimo Black Label and joint venture lines including 'Adore Moi by Ultimo' for Debenhams. In 2012, after three years of intensive research and over £1 million spent on development, Michelle launched into the world of beauty with a range of tanning products, UTan.

Michelle is a regular fixture on national television, and most recently fronted a campaign for British Airways. Her autobiography 'My Fight to the Top' was released in March 2015.

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Karen Blackett OBE

Chief Executive Officer, MediaCom UK

Karen has been in media for 20 years, currently running the largest media agency in the UK, MediaCom. In her role as CEO, Karen controls £1.2bn of media billings, manages over 1,083 people and in 2014 led the agency to win over £119m of new business. Karen has also been personally recognised in the industry, featuring twice in Management Today’s 35 Under 35, and five times in the Power List of the UK’s 100 most influential black people – most recently this year, where she came in at number 1. In 2012 Karen launched an apprentice scheme encouraging young people from all backgrounds to get a foot in the door of the industry. She is also a Trustee of charity Adopt a Better Way and was one of the finalists in the Veuve Cliquot Business Women awards 2014. In June 2014 Karen received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday honours for services to Media & Communications.

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Annabel Karmel MBE

Children's Cookery Author and Entrepeneur

Annabel Karmel MBE is proof-positive that you don’t need a business degree to build a successful brand. After growing her business empire from scratch at her kitchen table, Annabel has become a best-selling author and trusted food expert with 40 books, food ranges, weaning equipment and a vast online following.

In her new book Mumpreneur, Annabel reveals the secrets of her success. Drawing on her own extensive experience in juggling motherhood with building a thriving enterprise, she equips mums with the confidence, skills and tools to turn their start-up dreams into reality. Annabel also brings together a smart combination of practical advice and inspiring stories from top business leaders and working mothers, including Chrissie Rucker, Thomasina Miers and Thea Green.

Inspirational and approachable, Annabel is the perfect role model to empower mums to take that first step in starting a business.

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Shami Chakrabarti

Director, Liberty

Shami Chakrabarti has been Director of Liberty (The National Council for Civil Liberties) since September 2003.

Shami first joined Liberty as In-House Counsel on 10 September 2001. She became heavily involved in its engagement with the 'War on Terror' and with the defence and promotion of human rights values in Parliament, the Courts and wider society.

A Barrister by background, she was called to the Bar in 1994 and worked as a lawyer in the Home Office from 1996 until 2001 for Governments of both persuasions.

Since becoming Liberty’s Director she has written, spoken and broadcast widely on the importance of the post-WW2 human rights framework as an essential component of democratic society.

She was born in London and studied Law at the London School of Economics. Shami, who divorced in 2014, lives in London with her son. She is Chancellor of Essex University and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple.

In 2011, Shami was invited to be one of six independent assessors advising Lord Justice Leveson in his Public Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the UK Press. She was also chosen as one of eight Olympic Flag carriers at the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony. In February 2014, she was appointed as Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Manchester.

Shami's first book, On Liberty, was published by Allen Lane on October 2014.

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Jo Swinson

former Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs

Jo Swinson represented her home seat of East Dunbartonshire in Parliament from 2005 to 2015. In September 2012 Jo was appointed the Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for Women and Equalities, a position she held until the 2015 General Election.

Former Deputy Leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats, Jo chaired the All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics, the All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image and was a co-founder of the Campaign for Body Confidence. She has also previously been a Liberal Democrat spokesperson on foreign affairs, equality, Scotland and the arts. Jo was a member of the Environmental Audit Select Committee from 2007-2010, and a member of the Speaker’s Conference from 2009-2010 which looked at ways to increase the number of women and BME MPs.

One of the first MPs in the UK to use Twitter, Jo is also active on Facebook and has her own YouTube channel. Before entering Parliament, Jo worked as a Marketing Manager for a number of companies, latterly the Glasgow-based company SpaceandPeople. Jo helped the company win awards including Best E-Business at the Scottish Winners at the Web Awards 2003. Outside politics, Jo enjoys running; she completed the Loch Ness Marathon in 2007 and the London Marathon in April 2011. When she can find the time, Jo also likes reading, hiking, and ceilidh dancing. Jo is married to fellow Liberal Democrat Duncan Hames.

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Sharon Doherty

Group Organisation and People Development Director, Vodafone

Sharon Doherty joined Vodafone in 2010 as the Human Resources director for Group Technology, moving into Group Organisation and People Development Director in 2013. Her corporate background includes Kingfisher, General Electric, PwC, BAA and Laing O’Rourke, in a number of senior business, Human Resources, and external consulting roles over a 20-year period. She has also been a Trustee at Regents College and NED for Laing O’Rourke & Cambridge University.

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Sally Keane

Head of Sales UK, LinkedIn

Sally joined LinkedIn back in 2008 when LinkedIn was a startup with only 300 people globally. Sally now leads a team that is responsible for the growth of LinkedIn marketing solutions across key categories, helping marketers to identify, target and engage with the world’s most influential professionals.

Before joining LinkedIn, Sally ran the Commercial Development team for Entertainment at Yahoo! Overseeing key content relationships with film and music companies and securing key commercial partnerships with brands.

Sally was also a category Director at Yahoo! For the Tech & Telco’s vertical working with the editorial teams to develop bespoke content to commercialize for the sales team to sell securing key long term deals for the likes of Sony and 02.

Sally started her career in the world of outdoor advertising, convincing big name FMCG brands to use London buses and underground to market to consumers.

Sally is mummy to Eliza who is two and a half, lives in Twickenham and is an avid believer of a 4 day working week.

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Carola Hoyos

Recruitment Editor, Financial Times

Carola Hoyos is a journalist, mother and wife, though not always in that order. She started at the FT in the late 1990s as United Nations correspondent in New York, covering the diplomatic consequences of the September 11 terrorist attacks and the run up to the war in Iraq. As soon as diplomacy died and US war planes crossed the Iraqi border, Carola moved to the UK to cover the geopolitics of oil and gas and the sector's biggest companies. That led to a stint as defence correspondent, which entailed flying a fighter jet, though more usually desk-bound stories about western defence budgets being cut. The move from roving correspondent to recruitment editor and editor of the FT's Non Executive Directors' Club came a year ago. In that time, Carola revamped the section and – most recently – launched the FT's Best Places to Work series.


Eileen Burbidge

Partner at Passion Capital

Eileen Burbidge is Partner at Passion Capital, the leading early-stage technology venture capital investment firm in Europe, based in London. She brings extensive operational experience to her investment activities gleaned from business and product roles at Yahoo!, Skype, Apple and elsewhere.

Eileen was ranked #18 in the WIRED100 (2012 and again in 2013 with her Passion Capital partners); is one of London's 1000 Most Influential People according to the Evening Standard newspaper (2014); was named one of the 12 Most Influential People in Tech according to the Telegraph (2014); serves on the advisory board for TechCity UK (chaired by the Prime Minister’s Office at No 10 Downing Street); and is a London Tech Ambassador and business delegate for London Mayor Boris Johnson.

On behalf of Passion, Eileen serves as board director for DueDil, Digital Shadows, Lulu, wireWAX, and other portfolio companies. She is also a frequent guest and commentator for media including Bloomberg TV, CNBC, Sky News and the BBC television and radio.

Eileen holds a BSc Engineering degree in Computer Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. You can follow Eileen on twitter here.

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Sara Bennison

Marketing Communications Director, Barclays UK

After graduating from Oxford, Sara spent the first 18 years of her career agency side. She started off at JWT in London followed by a stint in Bangkok and then a run of now extinct London agencies (BST, APL, D'Arcy, Bates) working on clients that continue to thrive (Unilever, Nestle, P&G, AOL). Her last agency job was as a Managing Partner at Grey, heading up account management.

Sara then crossed over to the 'other side' with a group role at BT swiftly followed by the role of Marketing Communications Director for Barclays UK Retail Bank. She now leads all the Consumer Marketing for Barclays Personal & Corporate Banking, including advertising, social media and direct marketing. Sara is also Vice-Chair of ISBA, a member of the General Media Panel for the ASA, Treasurer of the Advertising Association’s Front Foot Initiative and one of the newly formed client panels for the IPA. She is a Trustee of The Prince’s Countryside Fund as well but her main job is being mum to 4 occasionally lovely but always wonderful children.

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Nicole Akong

Jewellery Designer

Born and raised in the West Indies, Nicole’s early academic achievements were always underpinned by a rogue creative streak. By age 7, she already held distinctions in dance and music. Aged 10, she learnt to use her mother’s sewing machine and would spend all her free time creating entire collections of Barbie clothes. She wrote a novel at 16 and at 18, left home to go to university in Miami and graduated with a degree in Fine Art in 1999. From there, she moved to London where she immediately fell in love with the city’s vibrant culture, and spent the next 8 years building a successful marketing career in the City by day and DJing by night.

In 2008, she took a one-day jewellery-making course and it proved a perfect outlet to channel her abundance of creative energy. With her jewellery attracting the attention of friends, colleagues and strangers alike, she decided to take a leap of faith and left her corporate career behind to launch her own jewellery label, Akong, at the start of 2010.

Nicole describes Akong as a “super-luxe jewellery label” with one clear ethos — to make stand-out, statement jewellery with universal high-fashion appeal. Her work features everything from semi-precious gemstones, glass and crystal, to feathers, fur, velvet and lashings of gold and silver chains; but it is only after rounds of merciless editing and fastidious construction that her signature look emerges. Within months, the label began to attract the attention of several fashion insiders, and today has become one of the top names in designer statement jewellery.


Cecile Reinaud

Founder, Seraphine

Cecile is the founder of Seraphine, the go-to brand for trendy mums-to-be seeking beautiful maternity clothes. Beginning in 2002, today the Seraphine brand is sold in over 30 countries, and Seraphine maternity clothes are distributed in stockists all over the world including Peter Jones and John Lewis in the UK, Galeries Lafayette in France and A Pea in the Pod in the US. Seraphine has dressed some very glamorous bumps along the way, from Hollywood royalty like Jessica Alba and Gwen Stefani, to actual royalty! This year with growing global success, the company won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2015 in recognition of outstanding achievements in international trade.

As founder and designer of Seraphine, Cecile draws on her own Parisian heritage to create the chic hand writing of the brand's collections. Having lived half her life in London, she has championed the spirit of British entrepreneurship and creativity throughout the brand, leading a team of over 40 people from Seraphine's London creative studio to design and distribute their collections.

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Gaby Hinsliff

Journalist & Author

Gaby Hinsliff is a political commentator, Grazia columnist and author of the Book Half a Wife: The Working Family's Guide to Getting A Life Back. She writes for a range of newspapers including the Guardian, The Times, The Observer and the Daily Mail and for women's magazines including Red and Elle, and works as a commentator for broadcasters including the BBC and Sky News.

She was formerly political editor at The Observer, having worked for 12 years as a lobby journalist before leaving in 2009 to get her life back. She takes a particular interest in family policy, and has served on a government taskforce on family-friendly working for the Department of Work and Pensions and most recently as a member of the Resolution Foundation's Commission on Living Standards. She sits on the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice and is a former trustee of the charity 4Children. Gaby is married with one son and lives in Oxfordshire. You can find her on Twitter here.

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Kathleen Mitchell

Vice President EMEA, Stella & Dot

Kathleen Mitchell, west London mother of two, is the Vice President of EMEA. Stella & Dot’s mission to help give women the means to style their own lives is what drew Kathleen towards the company, and she takes inspiration from her stylish friends and the 2000 + European Stella & Dot Stylists – entrepreneurs taking control of their own lives and doing it in style. Prior to joining Stella & Dot, Kathleen led a division of beauty giant L’Oreal.
Alaskan-born Kathleen loves living in London, which has been her home since she graduated from Trinity College, Dublin. In 2014, Kathleen was nominated for the IMAGE Business Woman Award in Ireland and also accepted the SELDIA ‘Start Up of the Year Award’ for Stella & Dot in March 2014.

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Carmel McConnell

Founder, Magic Breakfast

Carmel’s background is a mixture of social activism and senior corporate roles. Shocked by the numbers of children arriving at school too hungry to learn, she founded Magic Breakfast as the first stage in a global approach to give every hungry child a good breakfast as fuel for learning. The charity aims to be a catalyst, helping schools provide a healthy breakfast and parent support, as part of each school’s plan to improve child educational outcomes and health. In 2014 the charity won the national Department for Education tender for breakfast provision and is now working closely with Government and the Department to increase the number of schools being supported.

Carmel holds an MBA in change leadership and technology, and has worked at senior levels in BT, UBS & 20th Century Fox as well as working as growth and strategy adviser to many FTSE 100 companies. A broadband technologist by training, Carmel specialised in Board level strategy work, focusing on developing trust and corporate social responsibility. She was awarded the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award (New Statesman/Edge) in 2008. The charity won the No 10 Big Society Award in 2010 and is currently the Pearson UK Employee Charity of the Year. Magic Breakfast is proud to be the current Charity Partner for the Prime Minister and No 10 Downing Street. In April 2014 Carmel was voted number 4 in the BBC Women’s Hour top 100 list of most influential “gamechangers”. Follow Carmel on twitter or visit the website here to find out more.

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Sharmadean Reid

Founder, WAH Nails

Sharmadean Reid is a creative consultant, founder of WAH Nails and a full time mother. WAH life started in 2005 as a fanzine, promoting underrepresented women in hip-hop and streetwear and gave voice to a new wave of feminism. Following the opening of the salon in 2009, Sharmadean was named as one of “15 people who will define the future of arts in Britain” and featured in Vogue’s “New Generation”. Since, she has secured the Topshop flagship store, painted nails all over the world (NYC, Hong Kong, Moscow, Shanghai, Paris, Berlin to mention a few…) and published two books. Sharmadean continues to innovate the creative market, with feminist values always at the core of her motivation.

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Sara Hill

CEO, Capability Jane

Sara Hill is the founder and CEO of Capability Jane, a team of passionate, talented individuals collectively driven by an overarching mission to create and lead the marketplace for high quality part-time careers and in doing so, increase the number of talented women, and men, remaining, progressing and returning to their careers. The Capability Jane Consulting Practice was recently acquired by Alexander Mann Solutions, Alexander Mann Solutions, the world's leading provider of talent acquisition and management services.

Sara’s particular area of passion and focus is in pioneering the use of job sharing as a means to work part-time in senior roles. In 2011, Sara founded The Job Share Project with support from 7 global organisations (KPMG, Deloitte, RBS, DHL, Freshfields, Centrica and Herbert Smith) and Cranfield School of Management. The Job Share Project is a not-for-profit vehicle to raise awareness, encourage the adoption, change perceptions and promote the use of job sharing as a commercially viable solution to enable part-time working – showing the world that job sharing is possible in nearly all roles and is also an exceptionally rewarding solution.
Sara is a passionate evangelist on the topic of creating flexible workplaces and enabling job sharing as a means to progress female talent and is a frequent advisor to organisations, government, policy makers and media.

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Sally Peck

Journalist, The Telegraph

Sally Peck writes about families and food. She is editor and lead writer of Mother Tongue, The Telegraph’s new digital parenting hub. Sally has worked as an assistant foreign editor and as an online reporter for the Telegraph. She is also a former primary school teacher and university lecturer. Originally from Brooklyn, Sally now lives in south London with her husband, son, daughter and dog.

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Esther Stanhope

Impact Coach

Esther Stanhope is an impact coach, speaker and broadcaster. She started her career as a showbiz reporter for Virgin Radio in the 90s, interviewing Hollywood stars such as Madonna, George Clooney and Sharon Stone. As a producer at the BBC she worked closely with talent including Downton Abbey writer Julian Fellowes, Gaby Roslin and Vanessa Feltz. You may also have seen her on Channel 4’s Celebrity Wife Swap coaching Debbie McGee presenting Vanessa Feltz’s BBC talk show.

Esther Stanhope has helped Hollywood celebrities and politicians ooze charisma on-air, and now coaches city professionals to make an impact, win pitches and get promoted, with clients ranging from international banks and law firms to MP’s and architects. She also runs workshops for professional women’s networks, empowering women from around the world to get their voices heard and make an impact, and has recently spoken at the House of Lords for the Fabian Women’s Network. Find out more here.


Justine Roberts

Founder and CEO, Mumsnet

Justine is Founder and CEO of Mumsnet, an online community of parents sharing advice, support and product recommendations. Over the last 15 years it has grown into the UK’s busiest and most influential network for parents, with over 14 million visits a month. In February 2013, Justine was listed number 7 in BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour’s Power List of the 100 most powerful women in the UK today. In September 2013, Justine was appointed to the Commission on Civil Society and Democratic Engagement. She was voted Red Magazine’s Red Hot Woman in 2010, and was also included in the Guardian’s 100 most influential people in the media. In 2014 Mumsnet was named Best Online Comment Site in The EI Comment Awards. Before Mumsnet, Justine wrote about football and cricket for the Daily Telegraph and The Times – and before that, a long time ago, she was an economist and strategist for SG Warburg.


Beth Kempton

Founder, Do What You Love

Beth Kempton's life story is a catalogue of wild and crazy experiences which she wouldn’t believe if she hadn’t been there herself — like hosting her own TV show, flying on a private jet with one of the world’s top football teams, learning how to shoot a machine gun (not at people or animals), falling off a cliff on a quad bike or having rocks thrown at her by bandits on the Great Wall of China. In amongst all that she has worked with UN agencies, global brands and NGOs in Africa, Asia, South America and the Middle East, advising on corporate social responsibility, raised over $10 million for charity and earned a Master’s degree in Japanese.
In the middle of all this, she has managed to found her own business – Do What You Love is a young, dynamic company which delivers innovative online courses to thousands of people all across the world, providing them tools, advice and inspiration to do what they love, for life.

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Mildred Talabi

Careers Blogger, Speaker & Author

Mildred Talabi is an award-winning UK-based careers blogger, speaker and writer, with over eight years of experience in the careers industry. Named as one of The Guardian’s ‘Top Career Tweeters’ of 2014, Mildred has authored two career books (7 Keys to a Winning CV and The Science of Successful Job Hunting) and regularly helps jobseekers into work through her professional CV writing business, CV Makeover Expert. Visit Mildred’s website here or follow her on Twitter.

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Diana Norris

Career Coach

Diana has been a career coach for over ten years. She originally trained as an accountant and worked for many years for leading professional services firm Deloitte, in both London and Central and Eastern Europe. Following a career break when her children were young, she decided to make a career change and went back to college to retrain. She holds an MSc in Career Management and Counselling from Birkbeck College, University of London. After retraining she worked for award-winning social enterprise WomenLikeUs, heading up their advice and support function and managing a team of career coaches and project managers. She is now an associate career coach for both WomenLikeUs and CareerBalance.


Harriet Minter

Women In Leadership Editor, The Guardian

Harriet Minter is a writer, journalist and speaker. Currently the editor of the Guardian’s Women in Leadership section, she writes extensively on a variety of issues relating to women and the workplace and has interviewed a range of leading women from MPs to entrepreneurs and celebrities. Prior to her current role she worked as a commissioning editor for a range of sections on the Guardian and also ran the engagement and social media strategy for the Guardian’s Professional Networks.
She started her journalistic career at RollOnFriday.com, the leading community site for lawyers and as a consequence knows far too much about the private lives of the City’s highest paid litigators. She is a regular speaker on women’s rights, organisational change, the future of work and just getting stuff done. Outside of work her passions include high heels and big boats – although not together.

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Julianne Miles

Co-founder, Women Returners

Julianne Miles is Co-founder of Women Returners, the UK experts in enabling professional women to return to work after an extended career break. Julianne’s focus is on building business partnerships to create supported routes back to corporate roles for returners. Women Returners is successfully developing the ‘returnship’ market in the UK, with exciting programmes in progress and more ready to launch. Julianne retrained as a Chartered Psychologist after a four year maternal career break, a prior career as a senior manager in international marketing and strategy consulting roles and an INSEAD MBA.

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Katerina Gould

Co-founder, Women Returners

Katerina Gould is Co-founder of Women Returners, where her focus is on expanding the reach of and supporting their professional returner community, developing links with professional bodies and resourcing the coaching services for individuals. Women Returners has enabled many women to find their way back to fulfilling work, including some who attended our workshop at Workfest 2014. Katerina has a background in corporate management and entrepreneurship and has business degrees from Cambridge and Harvard. During her eight year career break, she studied psychotherapy and retrained as an Executive Coach.

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James Dearsley

Founder, The Digital Marketing Bureau

James is the founder of The Digital Marketing Bureau and will be talking about building a business using social media, having done precisely that on several occasions. While being a father of two boys James has built The Digital Marketing Bureau to where it is today by carefully picking the marketing battles he knows he can win (much like looking after our children!) and concentrating on several important factors; audience building, influencer marketing and establishing a consistent content stream providing the little time that he had.

Building his brand around several core networks (principally Google+, Twitter and LinkedIn) James will share with you his journey and how you can do this too."

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Zena Everett

Organisational Psychologist and Executive Careers Coach

Zena Everett has helped thousands of people to find better jobs. At 28, she started a recruitment business, placing other recruitment consultants all over the world (a niche called ‘recruitment to recruitment’). Over the years, she became fascinated by what made some candidates more successful than others, but was equally frustrated by reading the same old hyperbole on CVs. Why do 84% of company bosses say they struggle to find the best talent despite an average of 300 people applying for each job? Because candidates don’t know what they want or what they have to offer. Zena decided to sell her business and explore this mismatch between recruiter demands and candidate applications.

Zena retrained as an Organisational Psychologist and Executive Careers Coach. Head hunters refer candidates to Zena to be ‘zenafied’. Clients say that her strategies have brought about epiphanies in the way they think about their work. As well as her own consultancy, she runs popular Career Confidence and Personal Branding workshops for Mumsnet Academy, and is a Consultant with Working Families and the Executive Careers Coach for www.high50.com. Zena is also a Non Executive Director of the Quo Vadis Trust, a social housing charity in South London.

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Sam Coop

Employability Trainer

Sam Coop is an experienced employability trainer who herself is a mum who returned to the workplace and changed career direction. Influenced by her background in marketing Sam can help you ‘sell’ yourself to prospective employers through practical advice and knowledge about effective CV writing, latest job search techniques, and improving communication skills to succeed in interviews.


Dale Murray, CBE

Co-Founder, Omega Logic

Dale began her career in New Zealand at Price Waterhouse Coopers, then joined the management team that launched NZ's first digital mobile phone network, BellSouth NZ, now Vodafone NZ. In 1999 she co-founded Omega Logic, which launched mobile phone top-ups in Britain alongside the mobile phone networks and other “top-up solution providers”. By 2005 Omega Logic was processing £450 million of top-ups per annum in Britain and the USA, generating £25 million of net revenue, at which point Dale completed the disposal of all her interests in the company.

Dale currently an investor in start-ups and holds interests in businesses in various sectors including software-as-a-service (SaaS), ecommerce, fintech and digital publishing, as well as holding a number of board positions in the public and private sectors. She was honoured with a CBE in June 2013 by HM the Queen, for services to business and named one of the “500
most influential people in Britain” by Debretts in 2015.


Jagdeep Rai

Head of SME, Barclays UK

Jagdeep has worked for Barclays since 1995 having joined its graduate management training programme. Since then, Jagdeep has undertaken a number of wide ranging roles including strategic, client facing and leadership positions within the Retail and Corporate environment. She is currently Head of SME, responsible for a team within the Corporate Banking division of Barclays which looks after corporate and business clients in the Heathrow and Guildford area, and has been shortlisted for a number of awards including the 2013 and 2014 Thames Valley Women in Business Awards.
Jagdeep is passionate about her role and the opportunities it allows her in leading and developing people whilst driving commercial value, and making a positive impact in the local community. She has a particular interest in the diversity agenda; particularly the development of females into more senior positions and regularly contributes as key-note speaker and panellist across a wide variety of internal and external forums.


Deborah Brooks

Senior Civil Servant, Cabinet Office

Deborah is a senior civil servant in the Cabinet Office. Together with her job share partner Susie Owen, she leads the Governance Strategy Team and Civil Service Diversity and Inclusion Team. Passionate about helping others to progress in their careers, regardless of their working hours, Deborah leads work on raising the profile of job sharing across the Civil Service including running events and the introduction of a tool to help people find job share partners. She also set up the Cabinet Office Part Time and Jobshare Network and has spoken at a number of high profile events about her experiences of flexible working.
Deborah has two children, aged four and six, and was promoted while working her part time pattern. She is also a school governor and a charity trustee. She was on the Power Part Time List in 2014.

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Sarah Riches

Operational Recruitment Specialist, Barclays

Sarah joined Barclays in 1988 and is proud to say she continues to enjoy the varied work and opportunities Barclays has provided. Sarah currently works within the Barclays Apprenticeship team as an Operational Specialist, recruiting apprentices into SkyBranch contact centres and other business units across the UK. Sarah took a year’s maternity leave in 2009 and returned to work full time in 2010 the day after Ryan’s first birthday. Sarah is particularly proud of Barclays new Return to Work Apprenticeship Programme being piloting this year, which will give parents an alternative route back into work after taking maternity or paternity leave.

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