INSPIRING WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE 2018

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JO SWINSON, DEPUTY LEADER OF THE LIBERAL DEMOCRATS

Jo is Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats and the party’s Shadow Foreign Secretary. She represented her home constituency of East Dunbartonshire for a decade from 2005-2015, and was re-elected to the seat in 2017. From 2012-2015, Jo was Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Minister for Women and Equalities. As Minister, she introduced shared parental leave, extended flexible working rights, and won government support to bring in gender pay gap reporting. Jo’s book, Equal Power, was published by Atlantic Books in early 2018.

CHRISTINE ARMSTRONG, CO-FOUNDER, JERICHO CHAMBERS

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, author of Mother of All Jobs: How to have children and a career and stay sane(ish), is published in September.

ANN FRANCKE, CEO, CHARTERED MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE

As the CEO of the Chartered Management Institute, Ann is a transformational leader with vision, pace and proven ability in increasing impact of management and leadership excellence. She is an expert on gender balance in the workplace and on the gender pay gap. Ann has authored ‘Financial Times Guide to Management’ and has been named in the top 100 women to watch in the 2015 Female FTSE Cranfield report. Ann was awarded the MemCom ‘Louis Armstrong award for outstanding leadership of a UK professional body’ in 2016. Ann previously held senior executive positions at: Procter and Gamble, Mars, Boots, Yell and BSI.

BEV MESSINGER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, IOSH

Bev heads up the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the chartered body for safety and health professionals. She leads on the delivery of IOSH’s new strategy, WORK 2022, which outlines how IOSH will work globally with businesses, stakeholders and individual members to shape the future of safety and health at work. She has an impressive track record of delivering organisational transformation and cultural change across national and local government. Bev has held senior roles in local government and prior to joining IOSH was the senior director of business improvement at Ofwat. She is currently a non-executive director and vice-chair of Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust.

RICHARD ROBINSON, MANAGING PARTNER, OYSTERCATCHERS

As managing partner of management consultancy Oystercatchers, Richard helps brands and business be bold and brave with their marketing, communications, creativity and talent. His career highlights include working globally with The Coca-Cola Company, leading domestic marketing for McDonald's and, pre-Oystercatchers, leading Publicis Worldwide's P&G business in EMEA. Richard is an award-winning diversity advocate, recognised by Management Today and the Women’s Business Council as a Male Agent of Change and ranked 11th by the FT of men championing women in the workplace. 

CARRIE SWIFT, MANAGING DIRECTOR AND LEAD TRAINER, LOVE PUBLIC SPEAKING

Carrie is the founder of Love Public Speaking, a London-based company which helps people overcome fear of public speaking. She is an NLP practitioner, coach and public speaking expert. Carrie began her career as a conference producer for an education publishing company, before moving on to head up a conference division within a communications agency where she was listed as the company’s best hire of 2011 in PR Week for innovative leadership, and was the youngest director in the company’s history. Carrie founded Love Public Speaking in 2016 after spending many years overcoming her own fear of public speaking. Her passion is helping people find their voice to positively impact their life prospects.

AUDREY WIGGIN, FOUNDER AND MANAGING DIRECTOR, AUDREY WIGGIN ASSOCIATES

Audrey runs her own executive coaching practice, coaching leaders and rising stars in the corporate environment. She also has a passion for entrepreneurship and is involved with numerous organisations coaching female founders. Audrey studied neuroscience and physiological sciences at Oxford University, followed by 16 years in investment banking at UBS and Deutsche Bank as a managing director where she was running a 50-strong sales team in equities. She left banking seven years ago after the surprise of twins for her third (and now fourth!) child and retrained as a certified executive coach. She set up her coaching business in 2012. Diversity, high performance females, and stress management are subjects of particular research interest.

KATE BASSETT, HEAD OF CONTENT, 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.

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