INSPIRING WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE 2019

SPEAKERS 2019

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HER HONOUR JUDGE ANUJA RAVINDRA DHIR QC

Anuja was appointed as an Old Bailey Judge in 2017. She is the first non- white judge to hold that position. Anuja was born in Scotland in 1968, she went to Harris Academy and studied law at Dundee University. In 1989, having been awarded a Gray’s Inn Scholarship, she was called to the Bar. Anuja practised at the Bar for 23 years, prosecuting and defending in serious criminal cases. such as murder, fraud and national security cases. She was elected a bencher of Gray’s Inn in 2009, appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2010 and made a judge in 2012. Anuja is married with three children.

CHRISTINE ARMSTRONG, AUTHOR, THE MOTHER OF ALL JOBS

Christine is contributing editor of Management Today and co-founder of communication and change consultancy Jericho Chambers. Prior to Jericho, Christine spent 20 years in advertising, PR & research agencies, based in London, Toronto and Washington DC. Christine is currently working with the CIPD on the Future of Work is Human campaign and researching the circular economy. She recently introduced plastic fishing to London’s docks and launched a boat made out of 99% recycled plastic. She is also on the PTA, in spite of her own advice on the subject. Her new book, The Mother of All Jobs: How to have children and a career and stay sane(ish), was published in September.

JULIE ASHWORTH, CEO, BROADREACH

Round-the-world yachtsman Julie is founder and CEO at BroadReach, an international leadership development company based in Edinburgh. Julie’s own corporate background began as a stores executive at Tesco followed by a number of retail directorships ranging from Liberty of London to Punch Taverns. Internationally she was executive retail partner for IBM covering EMEA and East Coast USA. She is non-executive chair at the Institute of Directors Edinburgh and a member of the IOD Scotland committee. She is also a member of the Court of the Royal Merchant Company of Edinburgh, governor at George Watson’s College and chair of the Merchant Company Charities Committee.

RUTH CHANDLER, CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER, SKYSCANNER

As chief people officer at Skyscanner, Ruth's role spans across 11 offices and over 1200 members of staff worldwide. Ruth has over 20 years’ experience in a range of specialist HR and people leadership roles in high-profile organisations including the University of Edinburgh and Standard Life. Her belief at work is that "great people make great product". A mum to three teenage boys, she enjoys running, sea swimming and paddleboarding with her husband.

ANNE MACCOLL, ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER, GLASGOW CALEDONIAN UNIVERSITY AND MD, ANNE MACCOLL CONSULTING

Anne is an experienced international executive. With an MBA from Strathclyde Business School, she has held a variety of diverse senior positions in national and international commercial, public and academic organisations. As the former CEO of Scottish Development International (SDI), she led and managed a network of 250+ staff across 29 overseas locations with a budget of £35m. She currently holds non-executive positions with organisations including Glasgow Caledonian University and CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science). She has her own consultancy business with a focus on international business development.

LIZ MCAREAVEY, CEO, EDINBURGH CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Liz was appointed CEO of Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce in 2016 following six years in various roles at the Chamber. She sits on the Edinburgh City Vision Steering Group, the Edinburgh Business Forum, The Festivals Forum and many other civic groups in the city. She is also a member of the Business Creation and Growth Mission of the Enterprise and Skills Strategy Board and a member of the Land Use Taskforce. Prior to joining the Chamber Liz enjoyed an entrepreneurial career spanning 16 years, founding Le Bistro Hospitality, Scotland’s largest independent hospitality company, which she led to a successful exit in 2001.

CHRIS MCCOY MBE, EQUALITY & DIVERSITY MANAGER & HEAD OF THE MEDIATION PARTNERSHIP TEAM, VISITSCOTLAND

Awarded an MBE in 2016 in the Queen’s New Year’s Honors List for her contribution to social equality. Chris heads up Equality & Diversity for VisitScotland, implementing a business focused diversity strategy enabling VS to fulfill its corporate business objective of enhancing the visitor experience. For the last 8 years Chris has managed VS’ Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Programme. Chris has worked in the UK Civil Service for 30 years, and also in the private sector. She leads a mediation team in Scotland, and is a trained workplace mediator.

ROS TAYLOR, EXECUTIVE COACH, PSYCHOLOGIST AND PRESENTER

A creative academic, Ros is a chartered clinical psychologist, coach, trainer and regular speaker on the conference circuit. She has presented in the USA, Europe, and China and completed a lecture tour in Japan. Newspapers have described her variously as ‘the guru of personal development’ and ‘the best motivational speaker heard this year’. Ros has developed a unique style of coaching which achieves major insights and shifts in thinking as well as creating a vision for personal and business success. Ros draws on her background as a psychologist to facilitate creative strategies and move people on to become more than they would ever have believed possible. Ros was named by The Independent on Sunday as one of the top 10 coaches in Britain. She is visiting professor at Strathclyde University and a non-executive director for The National Theatre of Scotland.

RACHEL WOODS, USER EXPERIENCE EXECUTIVE, VISITSCOTLAND

After being diagnosed at 10 years old with High Functioning Autism and struggling with speech impairment and anxiety, Rachel used her adversities to spread awareness and inspire others. Since being employed by VisitScotland, she has assisted with various creative projects across the organisation, attending a luncheon in London at St James’s Palace with HRH Prince Andrew, being a finalist for the Apprenticeship Ambassador Award at the Scottish Apprenticeship Awards 2017 and representing Scotland’s youth as a Year of Young People Ambassador. Rachel also shared her experiences with autism on the TEDxGlasgow event. In 2015, Rachel started work with the council organisation, East Lothian Works, in Haddington, which helps people with disabilities find and secure work. Through this she began the Modern Apprenticeship Scheme, and has also volunteered for charities such as Oxfam, and MS charity, Leuchie. Rachel grew up in Yorkshire and New Zealand, and attended all girls private school Queen Margaret College, and qualified in business administration training at WelTec College. Image by @Skills Development Scotland.

KATE BASSETT, HEAD OF CONTENT, MANAGEMENT TODAY

Kate has been a business journalist for the past 17 years, editing Real Business magazine and writing for The Times, The Guardian and The Financial Times. At Management Today, you'll find her interviewing business big shots and entrepreneurs, commissioning columnists and chairing the Inspiring Women conference in London and Edinburgh.

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