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Jo Malone|Heather McGregor|Justine Roberts|Shami Chakrabarti|Sara Bennison|Gaby Hinsliff|Emma Bridgewater|Sharmadean Reid|Sally PeckYasmina Siadatan|Daisy Griffith|Heather McGregor|Esther Stanhope|Zena Everett|Julianne Miles|Katerina Gould|Cheryl Goldenberg|Helen North|Suzanne Goldenberg-Shove|Paul Singh|Angi Silverston|Isobel Wormald|Miffy Wilson|Indira Benbow|Hillary Graves|Samantha Coop|Lucy Burnford|Alex Ritchie|Charlotte Ross|Sharry Crammond

Keynote Panel: How Do You Do It all?, 9.35-10.30am

Gaby HinsliffGaby Hinsliff         Chair

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. @gabyhinsliff


Justine Roberts

Justine Roberts

Justine Roberts is Founder and CEO of Mumsnet an online community of parents sharing advice, support and product recommendations. Over the last 13 years it has grown into the UK's busiest and most influential network for parents with over eight 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. Justine 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.

Mumsnet hosts over 200 local sites, a network of over 2000 bloggers, and regularly campaigns on issues including support for families with SEN, improvements in miscarriage care and freedom of speech on the Internet. 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. Justine read PPE at New College, Oxford and is a mother of four (and a dog). @Justine_Roberts


Shami Chakrabarti

 Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti has been Director of Liberty since 2003. A Barrister by background, she worked as a lawyer in the Home Office from 1996 until 2001.  Since becoming Liberty's Director she has written, spoken and broadcast widely about Liberty's work on equality, human rights and the rule of law. She is Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, a Visiting Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford and a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple. She was one of six independent assessors advising Lord Justice Leveson in his Public Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the UK Press.


Sara Bennison

Sara Bennison

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 - it wasn't me, honest) 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.  Sara has recently been asked to step up to the role of Marketing Director sitting on the Executive Committee with responsibility for marketing insight, strategy and communications for all business and personal customers.

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 panel for the IPA.  


Charlotte Ross

Charlotte Ross

Charlotte Ross is deputy editor of the London Evening Standard and group head of features for esi media. Previous jobs include Saturday editor of the Independent, deputy editor of She magazine and executive editor at Scotsman publications.

As part of what editor Sarah Sands calls the Evening Standard’s ‘femocracy’, Charlotte has been instrumental in driving the newspaper’s campaign to end FGM. She also takes a keen interest in workplace issues such as getting more women on boards, improving access to childcare and creating family friendly work solutions. As mother to a four year old daughter, Charlotte also writes regularly on children’s literature and is a judge for the newspaper’s inaugural pre-school book award.

She lives with her family in North London.


Sharry Crammond

Sharry Crammond

Sharry started her career as a Brand Manager for Kraft Foods, where she launched Dairylea Dunkers

She then spent twelve years at Tesco in various Marketing and Commercial roles, including two years in the Convenience Foods Category, leading the marketing when Tesco first set up Tesco Bank and doing the same when Tesco set up Tesco Mobile and Tesco Telecoms.

Sharry left Tesco in 2009 and went to Melbourne where she was General Manager of Marketing for Coles, an Australian supermarket chain owned by Wesfarmers, the largest private employer in Australia.  She was also Marketing Director of Target in Australia

Sharry returned to the UK in September last year and rejoined Tesco as Group Marketing Strategy and Brand Director

Sharry is married with two children (Charlie 7 and Daisy 5).  In her spare time....what spare time!


CV Masterclass, 10.30-11.15am

heater mcgregor

Heather McGregor is the Managing Director and is the principal shareholder of Taylor Bennett having bought the company from its founders in 2004. In her early career she worked in financial PR and investor relations before doing an MBA at the London Business School and joining ABN Amro as a sellside analyst. She then spent eight years with the bank, working in London, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo, before joining Taylor Bennett in 2000.

Heather is also the current chair of the charity Career Academies UK which works with 16-19 year olds to raise their aspirations through the provision of a structured programme including a six week paid internship, and was a founding member of the steering committee of the 30% Club, which is working to raise the representation of women at senior levels within the UK's publicly quoted companies. She is also an experienced writer and columnist in the national media.

Who do you think you are? 10.30 - 11.15am

Cheryl GoldenbergCheryl Goldenberg saw an opportunity for beginning a revolution of like-minded women embarking on life after children and so the seeds of The Pickle Shed were sown. Whilst spending 12 years working as coach, mentor and trainer alongside blue-chip organisations such as BT Openreach, Vinson & Elkins and Masterfoods as well as a range of media execs and entrepreneurs, Cheryl’s passion for inspiring individuals to fulfil their own potential soon focused on the complicated world of women returning to work 

Her current project forms the basis of in depth research documenting the progress of a diverse collection of talented and ambitious women including the original Superwoman Nicola Horlick and star of Dragons Den , Rachel Elnaugh, all struggling to fulfil their personal and career aspirations without losing their old identity or simply becoming weekend mums. @cnglifecoach

Suzanne Goldenberg-ShoveSuzanne Goldenberg-Shove, one of a trio of Pickle Shed founders, has a personal connection on two counts; firstly she's Cheryl's daughter and has seen her passion for her field grow over the past decade, and secondly, she's a mother of one (with twins on the way!) who left her successful career behind her in order to focus on her family and believes women really can fulfill their ambitions whilst bringing up a family.  Having worked for 15 years in strategic commercial roles within the public sector, Suzanne’s experience of setting up business units from scratch provides her with the skills and passion to mentor and inspire like-minded women looking for new ways of working.


Everything you need to know about setting up your own business, 10.30 - 11.15am

Alex RitchieAlex Ritchie brings substantial experience in the field of entrepreneurship, with over 15-years working in the sector. She has been running her own businesses Alex Ritchie Consulting and Venn Street for the last three years and is author of the book Starting a business in 7 Simple Steps, part of the ‘career-boosting’ 7 Simple Steps Series published by Collins.

Alex's style has come from her love of learning by doing. This, combined with being a bit of a rebel, saw her leave school at 16 to get her first pay packet. She developed a whole host of skills and experiences across various industries, whilst trying to find something that really captured her interest, which eventually came, in the world of entrepreneurship. In 1999 she became the youngest and the only female business advisor for a regional Business Link, where she developed a passion for connecting people to the right support and advice in order for them to reach their potential.

How to make your career click into place, 11.45-12.35pm

Zena EverettZena Everett Careers expert Zena Everett helps her clients to make really smart moves by using her unique combination of recruitment, entrepreneurial and coaching experience.  She started, ran then sold a recruitment business which recruited staff for the recruitment sector itself.  This gave her a valuable network within UK search and selection firms and an understanding of contemporary recruitment processes.  Fascinated by career decision making and motivation, she then studied an MSc in Career Management and Counselling, researching effective CV writing for her dissertation.  She has further qualifications in stress management, psychological and performance coaching using cognitive behavioural techniques.  She now coaches individuals to develop their careers either within their own organisation or on the external job market, as well as running master-classes in personal branding and career confidence.  She is a regular conference speaker, writer and broadcaster on careers issues. @ZenaEverett1

How to bounce back when your confidence has hit the floor, 11.45 - 12.35pm

How to command the room and present a more confident you, 3.00 - 3.50pm

Esther StanhopeEsther Stanhope is an experienced BBC Producer who now coaches city professionals and executives in ‘Personal Impact and Presentation Skills”.   Her clients include; Deloitte, International law firms, Google, women entrepreneurs; people who need to look and sound good in front of an audience, any audience, at any time.  Her women-only workshops are proving extremely popular in the City as are her webinars. 

She comes from a high-pressure media background where performance, timing and influence are everything, and has produced live shows in the TV and radio industry for almost 20 years.  As Senior Producer at the BBC for 10 years, she worked with politicians, actors on-air personalities, people from all walks of life.  Esther knows how to get a knock-out performance out of anyone. 

She’s worked with professionals and in the entertainment industry including Julian Fellowes, Boris Johnson and she’s even interviewed Madonna! Her ability to bring out the best in people makes her extremely valuable in organisations where impact and charisma are essential when doing business. @EstherStanhope1


Taking the plunge, 2.00 - 2.50pm

Sally PeckSally Peck        Chair 

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.


Emma BridgewaterEmma Bridgewater decided to set up on her own whilst shopping one day for a present for her mother. She realised that there was a great big gap in the market where cosy pottery for kitchen living ought to be.  So she drew some shapes and some patterns and set out to find a maker in the Potteries.  The designs were quickly snapped up by Liberty’s, Harrods and The General Trading Co and within a few months her spongeware was being hand made in a small back street factory in Stoke-on-Trent. 

Emma and her husband Matthew now own their factory in Staffordshire which employs around 200 people in their shops, café and studio alongside the factory and warehouse. In 2010 they celebrated their 25th birthday. 

Emma is a champion of British manufacturing and of the city of Stoke on Trent. She is also a newly appointed ambassador for UK industry championing manufacture in the UK as part of the Government’s Make it in GB campaign. In 2013, Emma Bridgewater was awarded a CBE for Services to Industry. @EmmaBridgewater

Hillary GravesHillary Graves is Co-Founder and CEO of Little Dish, the first and only range of fresh, natural food for toddlers and young children. The company has received numerous prestigious awards including the Marketing Society’s ‘Best New Brand’ for SME and a short list for the IGD Outstanding Small Business and its turnover has now surpassed £10million. The company was also voted by Glamour Magazine as one of the top 50 places to work for in the UK and has won Gold in both the 2012 and 2013 ‘Loved by Parents’ awards for its range of fresh meals. Previous roles for Hillary include Managing Director of iVillage UK, a joint venture with Tesco, and Head of Marketing for Yahoo! Personals in Europe. Originally from New York, Hillary lives in London with her husband and two sons.  Her first book The Little Dish Favourites Cookbook (Hodder & Stoughton) was published in June 2010.

Yasmina Siadatan

Yasmina Siadatan won the 5th series of the BBC business documentary The Apprentice in 2009, and has 2 young children. Before her appearance on The Apprentice, Yasmina Siadatan gained a BSc in Economic History with Population Studies from the LSE, then becoming a restaurant proprietor of Mya Lacarte in Caversham, Reading. After winning The Apprentice, Yasmina worked with Lord Sugar in his digital signage company Amscreen. While working for Lord Sugar Yasmina helped grow the business from virtual start up through to trading in Europe. 

Yasmina is currently employed by ex Dragon’s Den star James Caan as Creative Director of Start Up Loans. They are kick starting 30,000 brand new businesses with £151m of government funding. Starting 40 businesses every day they are well on the way to providing a strong SME sector of tomorrow. @yas_siadatan

Lucy BurnfordLucy Burnford set up her first business at the age of 22, Lucid UK Ltd, which has created the overarching marketing strategy and acted as lead agency for clients including Grey Goose Vodka, Campari, Aperol, Bombay Sapphire, Pernod-Ricard, William Grant & Sons; creating and running projects and collaborations with prestigious names including The Elton John AIDS Foundation, Jean Paul Gaultier, Lily Allen, Roland Mouret and Kelly Rowland. Starting her business from the ground-up drew accolades from clients and peers, and in the  summer of 2012, Lucy appeared as the guest panellist business expert on the 2012 series of ‘The Apprentice, You’re Fired’. Her second business venture, Motoriety.co.uk – the first platform where motorists can manage all aspects of ownership, admin and maintenance in one secure online space, launched in January 2014.

Fears, doubts and overcoming guilt, 2.00 - 2.50pm

Returning to work after an extended career break, 3.00 - 3.50pm

Julianne MilesJulianne Miles is an Occupational and Coaching Psychologist and co-founder of Women Returners, the UK experts in the area of supporting women professionals to return to work after a long career break. She has been working with women returners for many years: coaching individuals, running workshops and speaking at events. Julianne also runs Career Psychologists, a career coaching business specialising in mid-career transitions and work-life balance. She retrained into psychology after a four year career break as a full-time mother to her two children, a prior career as a senior manager in international marketing and strategy consulting roles and an INSEAD MBA. @womenreturners

Katerina GouldKaterina Gould is an Executive Coach and co-founder of Women Returners.  She has been supporting individuals through leadership transitions since 2005.  Additionally, for women, she facilitates workshops and presents at ‘return to work’ events as well as being a mentor for Women on Boards.  She is a regular commentator on women and work.  Katerina’s professional background includes corporate management, entrepreneurship and a first class business education at Cambridge and Harvard.  During her own 8 year career break, Katerina studied psychotherapy and retrained as a coach.  She is a mother to two teenagers and founder of Thinking Potential, her executive coaching business. @womenreturners

10 steps to better networking, 2.00 - 2.50pm

helen northHelen North is a qualified executive coach, trained careers counsellor and a facilitator specialising in working with mums and mums-to-be. She set up her coaching practice Inspiral Development in 2009 to provide women with structured support in making career decisions, after finding a lack of support for women returning to work after having children. She has a real passion for helping women achieve their full potential.

Helen worked for over twenty years in learning and development roles in the creative industries, holding senior management positions at the UK Film Council and Creative Skillset. Helen is a member of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC), the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), and Women in Film and Television (WFTV). She is also full-time mum to two beautiful, strong-minded daughters Coral (5) and Seren (3). @Inspiraldev

Social media masterclass, 3.00 - 3.50pm

daisy griffithDaisy Griffith is the lead social media trainer at the BBC, working with news and programme teams across the organisation on social media strategy, best practice and crisis planning. She has experience agency-side and in-house for a range of clients from small, local businesses to multi-national global brands. She also runs her own company, the School of Social, which provides social media services to commercial and public sector organisations.

Daisy specialises in social media communications that genuinely connect with and engage audiences, she is passionate about putting the consumer first in a way that delivers tangible business results. She has 2 small children and lives by the sea after finding central London too difficult to try to control a toddler in. @daisygriffith

Closing Keynote, Jo Malone 4.20 - 5.00pm

Jo MaloneJo Malone has been described as an 'English scent maverick' and the woman responsible for creating some of the world's most-loved fragrances.  Originally a facial therapist, Jo fell in love with fragrance whilst working from her discreet skin care clinic which she set up from her London home. Discovering an instinctual talent for creating scented products by hand in her kitchen, word of her exceptional potions quickly spread and soon Jo was unable to keep up with demand. From these artisan beginnings Jo launched her first brand, Jo Malone London which gained cult status around the world. In 1999, Jo sold the business to Estée Lauder Companies and remained Creative Director until she left in 2006. @mejomalone

Many of the speakers above will be available for pre-bookable one-to-one consultations in our Career Clinic, which is open throughout the day. Additionally, we're delighted that these experts will also be joining us:

Paul SinghPaul Singh is a chartered accountant and a specialist advisor to start up businesses. Paul is a partner at Alliance, Chartered Accountants.

Paul qualified as a chartered accountant with a Big 4 accountancy firm specialising in mergers and acquisitions, before moving into his area of passion – helping the next generation of businesses get off the ground and grow on their journey of success.

Paul is experienced in helping entrepreneurs in starting new businesses and is used to answering all finance and tax related concerns that start ups typically share. A new dad since the start of the year, Paul is particularly keen on helping parents deal with the challenges of how to run a business and run a family at the same time!

Angi Silverston

Angi Silverston has spent 18 years in the city and is an experienced learning & development professional and qualified coach with an extensive background in the energy sector. She now works across sectors driving the gender balance agenda at an individual and corporate level and is currently working in the People team for the world’s largest education provider. Collaborating with boards, executive committee’s & global HR functions she has delivered talent programmes that specifically focus on retaining females and provided learning support to >100s of line managers who are key to an effective maternity transition. As a qualified coach she has worked with women from varying backgrounds and levels to support their transition into parenthood whilst maintaining successful careers. She is personally passionate about the gender balance issue & helping organisations understand their leaking talent pipelines and the reasons this occur. Angi is married with 2 small boys aged 6 & 4 and empathises with the key issues surrounding ‘work/life balance’. 

Isobel WormaldIsobel Wormald has worked in Recruitment and Human Resources throughout her career. Her experience ranges across a variety of industries within blue-chip environments. The bulk of her experience has been focused in supporting outsourced functions for Accenture in an HR capacity. Isobel believes very strongly in practical, pro-active and personalised job search and career advice and works with clients to achieve their individual aims across the recruitment and career coaching piece. She brings a thoughtful and imaginative approach to her work. Isobel is a self-confessed sudoku addict and has been told she's not bad on the acoustic guitar – so her sons say anyway!  Isobel is based in York.

Miffy WilsonMiffy Wilson is both a Pickle Shed Group Leader and Diversity and Inclusion Programme Manager in the finance sector as well as an accredited coach focused on supporting women wanting to return to work. Her blend of corporate and coaching experience supports her passion to inspire and motivate women to achieve whatever they want to achieve. 



Idira BenbowIndira Benbow is a Pickle Shed Group Leader and professional resilience/transitions coach with a passion for helping women find their perfect blend of life and work in a rapidly changing world.  She specialises in working with women who are making transitions by providing the tools, inspiration & thinking space to help them work out what they want to do and find the ways to make it happen. 


Samantha CoopSam Coop is an experienced employability trainer and 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. 




More speakers to be announced.