INSPIRING WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE - DIGITAL FUTURES

SPEAKERS

Listed below are the confirmed speakers for our 2016 event. Further announcements are coming soon. Book tickets here >>>

ANGELA HARTNETT MBE, CHEF PROPRIETOR, MURANO

Angela is one of the UK’s most loved chefs and restaurateurs, known for her sophisticated yet simple, Italian-inspired cooking. She started out in the kitchens at Aubergine, Zafferano and L’Oranger, then became head chef at Petrus, helping the restaurant to achieve a Michelin star. She went on to launch Amaryllis in Scotland; Verre in Dubai; MENU and The Grill Room at The Connaught, with Gordon Ramsay. In 2007, Angela was awarded an MBE for services to the hospitality industry, and the following year she opened her own restaurant, Murano in Mayfair, where she is chef proprietor, and holds a Michelin star. She went on to open Hartnett Holder & Co, Merchants Tavern in Shoreditch and two Cafe Muranos (brassier little sisters to Murano). Angela has two cookbooks to her name, Cucina and Angela's Kitchen. Catch Angela at the MT Leadership Interview.

BARONESS DIDO HARDING, CEO, TALKTALK GROUP

Dido is chief executive of TalkTalk Telecom Group PLC. Prior to her appointment Dido was Sainsbury's convenience director, having been appointed to Sainsbury's operating board in March 2008. Dido joined Sainsbury's from Tesco PLC where she held a variety of senior roles both in the UK and international businesses. Before this, she worked at Kingfisher plc and Thomas Cook Limited, where she gained considerable retail experience. She was appointed as a non-executive director on The Court of The Bank of England in July 2014. She has also served on the boards of The British Land Company PLC and Cheltenham Racecourse. In August 2014, Dido was offered a Peerage and now sits in the House of Lords as a Conservative Peer. Dido is married to John Penrose MP, has two children and in what spare time she has left is a jockey and racehorse owner. Dido discusses her career highs and lows at 9.30am on 16th November at the Inspiring Women in Business conference.

Read about how Dido handled TalkTalk's recent cyber attack.

DEBBIE CROSBIE, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, CLYDESDALE BANK

Debbie is Clydesdale Bank’s chief operating officer and an executive director, having joined the PLC’s Board in May 2014. The appointment to the COO role in January 2015 followed a period when Debbie had responsibility for all of the Bank’s operations and IT and established a Customer Trust and Confidence division. Debbie joined Clydesdale Bank in 1997 after a spell with the Prudential Assurance Company. She held a number of strategic and planning roles before being appointed as chief information officer in 2008. During this period, Debbie was instrumental in unifying the different infrastructure and operating systems of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks. In 2011, Debbie’s role was expanded to included responsibility for payments, collections and recoveries and all back office processing for the bank. In the first half of 2015 Debbie was the bank’s acting chief executive officer. She was invited to provide evidence to the UK Parliament’s inquiry into Women in the Workplace and in 2015 became the first female executive to sign Scottish banknotes. She is also a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. Debbie will be talking at the conference about how women can be each others' biggest critics.

NANCY CRUICKSHANK, FOUNDER & CEO, MYSHOWCASE

Nancy is passionate about female entrepreneurship. Her latest start-up venture, MyShowcase, aims to reshape social selling in beauty for a new generation, bringing together a new concept in beauty retail via a network of entrepreneurial women. Starting out at Condé Nast Online, Nancy launched Vogue.com in the 90s and continued to progress in the media and tech sector through CEO and directorial roles at VideoJug, The Telegraph Media Group and Weve. As the founder of Handbag.com, Nancy worked in close collaboration with Barclays on the Women In Business programme; this together with Handbag.com’s active audience of 1.3 million women per month exposed the challenges faced by women wanting to start their own business. The company sold for £22 million in 2006, and enabled Nancy to found MyShowcase. In 2015, she was invited to Downing Street as one of the 50 Most Inspiring Women in European Tech. Nancy will talk at the conference about how she made it in Digital.

Read about why Nancy thinks entrepreneurs need to 'park their egos'.

RACHEL BARTON, MANAGING DIRECTOR, ADVANCED CUSTOMER STRATEGY, ACCENTURE

Working with the UK’s largest companies, Rachel advises business leaders on how they can acquire and retain profitable customers in order to grow market share. With a strong interest in social responsibility, Rachel represents the UK in Accenture’s Corporate Citizenship Council and is the client account lead for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. She also sits on the grant body for UnLtd and is a business mentor to SAFE, a social enterprise which aims to eradicate female trafficking. Rachel was listed in MT’s ‘35 Women Under 35’ and has been voted ‘Most Inspirational Leader’ for Accenture UK. 

Read Rachel's blog on how digital technology is helping to close the gender gap.

MARION BERNARD, HEAD OF STRATEGIC INVESTMENT, BUSINESS GROWTH FUND

Marion is a member of the executive team at BGF, which provides long-term capital for fast-growing British companies. Before joining BGF in 2011, she was chief executive at Northstar, a venture capital firm making long-term equity based investments in SMEs across the North East and Yorkshire markets. Prior to Northstar, she gained debt and equity investing experience with Barclays and 3i in London and has been directly involved in a range of deals covering buyouts, growth capital and early stage technology investments. Marion has a BA (Hons) in Economics. She will be speaking at the conference's 'Entrepreneurs: Going For Growth' panel.

ADELINE GINN, FOUNDER, WOMEN IN RAIL AND GENERAL COUNSEL, ANGEL TRAINS

A law graduate from the University of Bordeaux, Warwick University and McGill University, Adeline qualified as a barrister in 1994, practising criminal and family law, before converting to a solicitor. Adeline joined Angel Trains in 1999 and quickly became involved in its European business, acting as sole counsel and successfully closing many high-profile transactions. She started working for the company’s UK business in 2007 and, two years later, was appointed general counsel. She created Women in Rail in 2012; now a registered charity, it has more than 2,500 members, male and female, from within the UK rail sector, runs a successful mentoring programme and regular workshops up and down the country to promote women and help bridge the skills gap in rail. At the conference Adeline will talk about how she made it in the rail industry.

Read about Adeline's experience of flexible working.

MYRIAM MADDEN FCMA CGMA, PRESIDENT, CIMA

Myriam is an experienced director of finance, specialising in finance and operational transformation across a broad range of organisations in the public sector, financial services and internationally in a global blue-chip company. She has a strong background in finance and business with extensive experience in governance, business strategy, mergers, acquisitions and operational transformation. Organisations where she has led finance functions include Hewlett Packard, Agilent Technologies, HBOS, Scottish Arts Council and Historic Scotland. While Myriam was born and educated in Ireland, her career has been based in the UK, with assignments in Europe and the US. Since 2007, she has held a number of voluntary leadership positions within CIMA. These include serving as a non-executive member of CIMA’s Governing Council, vice-chair of Professional Standards Committee and serving as a non-executive member of the Audit & Risk Process Committee and also membership of both the Lifelong Learning Committee and Marketing Committee. She has also been chair of her local Edinburgh branch. At the conference, Myriam will speak on the 'How to Super-Charge your Career' panel.

KAREN MATTISON MBE, CO-FOUNDER & CEO, TIMEWISE

Karen is the co-founder and joint CEO of Timewise – a multi-award winning business that has brought flexible hiring to the UK recruitment market. She and her co-founder Emma Stewart have both been made MBEs for their work, named as two of the UK's most radical thinkers by The Observer, are Management Today's  ‘Small Business Heroes’ and have been listed by Real Business magazine in its list of the ’12 leading social entrepreneurs to watch’. In 2014, Director magazine named Karen and Emma as the UK's most influential 'Women Changing the Business World', following a landslide public vote. Karen campaigns to prove that flexible work also means committed, ambitious and business-critical. Four years ago, she launched The Power Part Time list in The Financial Times – a roll call of 50 men and women who work in senior roles on fewer than full five days. Most recently, she put the issue of flexible hiring on the wider industry agenda with the launch of the Timewise Flexible Jobs Index in 2015, featuring in The TelegraphThe TimesThe Guardian, Management Today and more. Karen will be chairing the conference session 'How to make Part-time Work'.

KATIE MCQUAID, UK DIRECTOR, FULFILMENT BY AMAZON

Katie joined Fulfilment by Amazon in 2014. She started her career as a consultant at McKinsey and Mercer Management Consulting (now Oliver Wyman Group) before joining Tesco, where she was responsible for business development for Tesco.com including the launch of Tesco’s Marketplace, then UK Clubcard director, heading up all targeted marketing activity and end-to-end management of the loyalty scheme with 16 million members. She has an MBA from INSEAD. Katie is speaking on the panel, 'How to make Part-time Work'.

JANE NÍ DHULCHAOINTIGH, FOUNDER, SUGRU

Jane is the inventor and CEO of Sugru, the world’s first mouldable glue. Originally from Ireland, Jane studied at the Royal College of Art in London, where she had an idea that led to the first version of Sugru in 2003. While there, she imagined a world where this magic material existed and set out to make it a reality. Six years and 8,000 lab hours later, the formula for Sugru was complete. Made in London, Sugru launched in December 2009 and its community of users has continued to grow, reaching over one million customers worldwide and dubbed the ‘21st century duct tape’ by Forbes. CNN recently named Jane as one of ‘7 tech superheroes to watch in 2015’. At the conference, Jane will discuss how she made it in retail. 

JANE PORTER, FOUNDER, STUDIO 104

After graduating from the London College of Fashion in 2003, with a degree in Fashion Management, Jane’s fashion buying career began at Marks & Spencer. She then went on to work for Pineapple and sportswear brand Sweaty Betty. Working alongside the founders of each brand fuelled her ambition to set up a company of her own, and in 2009 during a trip to Africa, Jane’s idea was born. She had visited a handful of different five-star hotels in one trip and noticed a common theme: exquisite food, decadent interiors, impeccable service and ill-fitting, poorly designed uniform. In 2010, she established Studio 104, providing a high-end service supplying exclusively designed uniforms to hotels and other companies. Her first hotel contract was for the Savoy, and her portfolio of clients now includes the Dorchester, Gleneagles, the Shangri-La, St Martin’s Lane hotel, the Mondrian London, the Grosvenor, Warner Bros, JP Morgan. In 2016, Studio 104 went international, winning the Mondrian Doha and the De Beers Diamond Jewellers worldwide contract. She will be speaking on the 'Entrepreneurs: Going for Growth' panel.

Read about how Jane started her business from her kitchen table.

KELLIE RIXON MBE FIH, FOUNDER, RIXON ASSOCIATES

Kellie started her career in the leisure business working for multi-site operator Bourne Leisure. She quickly fell in love with hospitality and worked for pub retailers including Marston’s. With a passion for people development, Kellie moved into HR. After some time in retail with TK Maxx, she joined De Vere hotels as head of learning and development in 2002, before becoming group HR director for the Resorts Collection, then group director of brand development. In 2012, she was awarded fellowships from the Academy of Food and Wine and the Institute of Hospitality as well as an MBE for services to hospitality through the groundbreaking work of the De Vere Academy of Hospitality, which saw 10,000 young people trained for a career in the industry. Kellie joined the Executive Board of Macdonald Hotels & Resorts in early 2014 as group brand director, then people development director. She left this role in June this year to set up her own HR consultancy, Rixon Associates. At the conference Kellie will be talking about how she bounced back from her most difficult moments.

JACKIE RONSON, DIGITAL DIRECTOR, EE

A passionate customer advocate and digital innovator, Jackie has worked with leading organisations across sectors and continents helping to transform their business performance by putting the customer first. Originally from Australia and now settled in London, Jackie is digital director at EE, the largest mobile network operator in the UK. Prior to this, she had senior roles in financial services: Barclays, Close Brothers and Prudential. Between corporate roles, Jackie indulged her entrepreneurial calling by jointly founding Tomorrow Today – Europe, an international consultancy helping diverse brands such as GE, Bombardier & AXA transform their customer, people and leadership strategies. This venture coincided with the birth of her two boys and in so doing, dramatically honed her time management skills! Jackie is passionate about women in leadership and has recently established the Women’s Network at EE. She has sat on the Board of the City Women Network (CWN) for the past three years and prior to this, was a a non-executive sirector of Radian. Jackie is also an associate of Duke CE and has delivered leadership programmes for global brands including as guest lecturer at St Petersburg Graduate School of Management. Jackie is speaking on the 'How to Super-Charge your Career' panel.

CASSANDRA STAVROU, CO-FOUNDER AND CEO, PROPERCORN

Cassandra is the co-founder and CEO of PROPERCORN, the UK's fastest growing premium popcorn brand. Starting out in her kitchen when she was just 25, Cassandra now leads a team of 40, selling more than three million packs of popcorn per month in 10 countries across Europe. This year, Cassandra was recognised as one of Management Today's 35 Women Under 35. She is speaking on the 'Entrepreneurs: Going for Growth' panel.

CHRIS STYLIANOU, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER UK AND IRELAND, SKY

Chris studied physics at Bristol University before moving to KPMG where he worked for seven years across several industries including banking, manufacturing and media. He moved to Sky in 1996, working in finance roles for 12 years before becoming deputy CFO and, most recently, COO. He co-sponsors the Women in Leadership initiative which looks to achieve a 50:50 gender split across Sky's senior leadership group of 400. 

DR TARA SWART, FOUNDER AND CEO, THE UNLIMITED MIND

Tara is a neuroscientist, leadership coach, award-winning author and medical doctor. She works with leaders of some of the world’s most successful companies to help them achieve mental resilience and peak brain performance. Just as athletes train their bodies to be able to perform at an elite level, leaders can get a competitive edge by understanding and improving the physical condition of their brains. She’s the only top-tier leadership coach with both a PhD in neuroscience and medical career as a psychiatrist. At the conference, Tara will be sharing tips about how to achieve mental resilience.

Read Tara's article: '5 things bosses can learn from neuroscience'.

AMELIA TORODE, CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER, TBWA\LONDON

Amelia is the chief strategy officer at TBWA\London, one of the most awarded advertising agencies in the world. TBWA clients include Airbnb, Starbucks and Nissan. Amelia is responsible for leading the strategy and insight department as well as co-running the agency. Her career has taken her to New York as well as London and she's built specialisms in digital and innovation. Amelia has written about culture, advertising and technology for The Financial TimesThe SpectatorThe Mail on Sunday and Campaign. She’s talked at conferences across the world and recently gave a TEDx talk. Outside of work she loves gin, her two young boys and running, but not always at the same time. She is on the 'How to make Part-time Work' panel.

Read how Amelia makes four days a week work for her.

KAREN WARD, ASSOCIATE, CORPORATE RESEARCH FORUM AND DIRECTOR, ADITI UNLIMITED

Karen is an HR and organisational development expert, with 25 years of experience in the field. She taught on Ashridge's Strategic HR Management programme, worked closely on CIPD's 'Next Generation HR' research report and is working with The Maturity Institute, a leading think tank on the effectiveness of people practices in organisations. Karen has extensive experience working with high-potential leaders globally and, in the past 11 years, has conducted targeted research into the challenges of attracting and retaining talent. Karen is on the 'How to Super-Charge your Career' panel.

ANITA WATERS, GROUP LEGAL DIRECTOR, VIRGIN MANAGEMENT LTD

Anita is legal director to Virgin Group’s head office and the Branson family, protecting and enhancing Virgin’s broad portfolio of investments and its reputation by advising on significant transactions and strategic matters. Virgin Group’s assets span a wide range of sectors including travel and leisure, telecoms and media, financial services and health and wellness. Anita was promoted to her role while working a four-day week, having adjusted her working pattern to enable her to spend more time with her young daughters. She actively supports flexible working and feels strongly that career progression while working part time is entirely achievable in a supportive, forward-thinking business, which genuinely values its people. Anita is on the 'How to make Part-time Work' panel.

MARK WEBB, HEAD OF GROUP SOCIAL MEDIA, DIXONS CARPHONE

Mark launched and manages Dixons Carphone’s ground-breaking corporate social media strategy, targeting media, stakeholders and employees via three Twitter and other social media feeds as an integral part of the £10bn company’s wider communications plan. His CEO Sebastian James is comfortably the most ‘followed’ CEO on the FTSE 100. Previously, Mark was head of media relations and company spokesperson for Dixons Retail. He was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007; his current role was established to enable him to manage the chronic illness while still fully supporting business goals. 

CHRISTINE ARMSTRONG, CO-FOUNDER, JERICHO CHAMBERS

Christine's regular contributions to Management Today include a series of interviews with Power Mums (and Dads). She is a founding member of Jericho Chambers, a progressive communications consultancy, and she and her husband run www.villas4kids.com . Previously she has held leadership roles at the major advertising, PR and research agencies in London, Toronto and Washington, DC. Christine will appear at the conference to discuss the truth about working mums.

Read Christine's honest article about the problems facing working mums. 

KATE BASSETT, FEATURES EDITOR, MANAGEMENT TODAY

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 the Inspiring Women event.


MATTHEW GWYTHER, EDITOR, MANAGEMENT TODAY

Matthew has edited MT for the past 12 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 and GQ. He has been named a 'Male Agent of Change' by the Women's Business Council.

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MENTORS

Listed below are the five cover stars from this year's 35 Women Under 35 campaign. They'll be joining us as mentors during the lunch break at Inspiring Women and sharing tips and advice. Book tickets here >>>

ANEEQA KHAN, CEO AND FOUNDER, EPORTA

Oxford graduate Khan started out in private equity, working at Terra Firma and CVC Capital Partners. Aged 26, she became strategy director and head of IPO at property website Zoopla, leading the company’s £1bn IPO. Frustrated when she couldn’t find different pieces online to furnish her first flat, she started eporta in 2014, connecting buyers and interior designers with more than 700 brands from 45 different countries. Last year, she raised $1.5m from investors including Terra Firma boss Guy Hands and Achica founder Will Cooper. 

ASHLEY LOPEZ, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, DEPARTMENT OF COFFEE AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS

Lopez is at the helm of Department of Coffee and Social Affairs, which serves up more than a million cups of coffee a year from its nine shops across London – and has a further 10 shops in the pipeline. By next year, the artisan coffee company will be turning over £6m. American law grad Lopez is a leader with a social conscience: she has committed to providing 300,000 school breakfasts in the next three years to the Afri-CAN charity, 1,000 free meals for London’s homeless, as well as launching a free barista training scheme for young Londoners. 

LILY MOTTAHEDAN, BARRISTER, 1 HARE COURT

Born in the US to Iranian parents, Mottahedan graduated with a first from Oxford before joining Merrill Lynch, where she worked on the £12bn acquisition of HBOS by Lloyds TSB as one of the youngest members of the deal team. She then studied law and went to Bar school to retrain as a barrister and now works at family law chambers 1 Hare Court, where her work includes acting as junior counsel for Li Quan, founder of Save China’s Tigers, in her widely reported divorce case. To top it off, she’s a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef and makes a mean soufflé.

NICOLE TALLANT, BUYING MANAGER, ASDA

Supermarket supremo Tallant joined Asda’s graduate scheme in 2012 and has powered up the ranks. Triumphs include acting as project manager for outgoing boss Andy Clarke; saving the business £2m per quarter by sourcing larger cheese trays for the fresh pizza counter to reduce waste; and setting up the company’s graduate alumni group. She’s currently the buying manager for the grocer’s entire seasonal confectionery sector, responsible for £150m of revenues, at the age of just 26. Clarke describes her as a ‘star in the making in the retail sector’. 

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