INSPIRING WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE
Listed below are the confirmed speakers for our 2017 event. Further announcements coming soon. Book tickets here >>
Julie is the brains behind Information Apps, which launched its first product, CRITON, in October 2016. Prior to this, Julie was the CEO of Lateral City, a serviced apartment operator, and MD of Abbey Business Centres, a UK-wide serviced office operator, which she returned to profit, grew to a turnover of £20m and successfully sold in 2011. Julie also owns a gift and homeware shop in the seaside village of Elie, which she runs with her husband.
Three years ago, Emma was diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s. She was aged just 29. Yet Emma has gone on to do more in those three years than she ever expected to achieve in a lifetime. Her journey has taken her from an unexpected diagnosis to winning CharityComm’s Inspiring Communicator of the Year Award 2015, featuring in a BBC television documentary and appearing in magazines such as Cosmopolitan. This year she published her first book, Dropping the P Bomb, on dealing with her diagnosis. Emma is a freelance creative director and a maker at 51gladstone.com. She is speaking on the 'When the Chips are Down' panel.
Helen qualified as an accountant at Coopers Lybrand before spending 15 years in the retail sector where she held a variety of senior finance roles at Dixons, Forte and Safeway. In 2005, Helen joined Lloyds TSB as finance director for the Community Bank. She subsequently joined the retail board and was responsible for leading the integration of the retail divisions of Lloyds TSB and HBOS. She joined Verde in 2011 as COO to lead the development and build of TSB as a new multi-channel challenger bank on the UK high street. Helen now has responsibility for operations, payments, IT, customer relations, property, branch and ATM support teams.
Starting at Lloyd’s of London, Jennifer advanced her career within the insurance sector and is now head of financial communications at Direct Line Group. With over 20 years experience in PR, she has more recently been a leading diversity champion within Direct Line Group. Through her role as chair of the Gender & Working Families strand at Direct Line Group, her aim is to move diversity and inclusion up the boardroom agenda and encourage businesses to see the benefits of a truly diverse workplace.
Kate has been a business journalist for the past 14 years, editing Real Business magazine and writing for The Times , The Guardian and The Financial Times . At MT , you'll find her interviewing business big shots and entrepreneurs, commissioning columnists and running MT's Inspiring Women event.
Matthew has edited MT for the past 14 years and has won the BSME Business Magazine Editor of the year award five times. During a 15-year career as a freelance, he wrote for the Sunday Times Magazine , The Independent , The Telegraph , The Observer , GQ and Business magazine. He has been named a 'Male Agent of Change' by the Women's Business Council.