REBECCA BARR- JOURNALIST AND PRESENTER AT BBC NORTH WEST TONIGHT
Beccy has appeared presenting the Radio Lancashire breakfast show and Sunday Politics North West, reporting for BBC Inside Out and covering business news for BBC Radio 5Live.
She spent a decade as a financial journalist based in London and New York City at Bloomberg and CNBC; travelling the world covering events from the Russian Presidential elections in Moscow to the European crises in Brussels.
Beccy is a keen sportsperson, completing her first Ironman triathlon and climbing Kilimanjaro for a special BBC programme. She’s been a volunteer Girl Guide leader for the past 8 years and runs a Rainbow unit, acting as an ambassador for Girl Guiding North West. Beccy holds a degree in Government and Economics from the London School of Economics and a post-graduate diploma in newspaper journalism from London's City University. She grew up in Lancaster, where she now lives with her daughter.
“I'm so excited to be involved with the Forward Ladies National Awards again this year. There's no better way to motivate each other than to share the successes of women around the country. Forward Ladies provides an immensely inspiring environment to celebrate some fantastic achievements and I can't wait to hear some wonderful stories!”
CHARLENE WHITE- JOURNALIST AND PRESENTER AT ITV NEWS
Charlene White is a journalist and broadcaster for ITV News; regularly presenting lunchtime and evening news, as well as ITV News London. She was the first black woman to present ITV News at Ten and has worked across the BBC at stations including BBC News Channel, BBC Five Live, and BBC Radio 1.
At BBC Radio 1 she interviewed politicians such as Tony Blair, covering prominent foreign stories. She has also interviewed music artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Beyonce.
She had her own late night radio show on BBC London entitled “Through the Night, With Charlene White”, which saw a jump in RAJAR figures during her time in the slot.
In her early career Charlene moved to Manhattan to work as a features writer for the New York Post and has worked as a mentor for 15 years: volunteering at various schools, pupil referral units, and social enterprises. She’s also a patron for various charities including Bowel Cancer UK.
The Forward Ladies’ National Awards are pleased to host a programme of inspirational speakers, comprising professional men and women, successful entrepreneurs and business people.
BARINDER HOTHI - MANAGING DIRECTOR OF THE KNOWLEDGE ACADEMY
Barinder Hothi is Group Managing Director and owner of The Knowledge Academy - a global training business.
Barinder started the business in 2009, at the heart of the recession with humble beginnings. Today she employs over 200 people with global revenues in excess of £25M and is the winner of many prestigious business awards, including 2016 winner of the Forward Ladies Women in Business Award – International category.
Barinder will share how her traditional Indian family values have shaped her life and business, from employee to employer, to the boardroom and beyond. She will share her experience of starting up and scaling up in turbulent times and discuss how women can get ahead and stay ahead in business.
PROFESSOR JANE TURNER, OBE - PRO VICE-CHANCELLOR AT TEESSIDE UNIVERISTY
Professor Turner is Pro Vice-Chancellor at Teesside University, responsible for the Enterprise and Business Engagement Strategy. Jane previously worked at Northumbria University for 11 years where she held the position of Associate Dean (Business and Engagement) in the Faculty of Business and Law.
Prior to entering Higher Education, Jane worked in the private sector in motor retailing and telecommunications.
Jane has a Doctorate in Business Leadership and is an experienced and qualified Executive Coach having coached over 220 leaders from all sectors over the last 16 years. She is a specialist in authentic leader development and speaks passionately on the subject. Jane sits on various Boards and is a member of the new Tees Valley Mayoral Development Corporation with a remit to create a future vision and strategy for regeneration and growth in the Tees Valley.
Jane has recently been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2017 for her services to Business Engagement.
TRCIA CUSDEN - FOUNDER OF LOOK FABULOUS FOREVER
Tricia has long shown entrepreneurial flair, successfully running her own businesses for a number of decades, as well as managing a career as a management training consultant with the MaST Organisation.
But at the age of 65, Tricia spotted a gap in the market for a new approach to cosmetics for older women. In October 2013, Look Fabulous Forever was launched. Makeup tutorial videos, uploaded to YouTube, are credited as the starting point for the fast growth of the business. There are now over 70 tutorials on YouTube with nearly 3m views between them.
In November 2015, she was awarded CEW’s Digital Achiever of the Year Award and last year LFF was shortlisted for Amazon Digital Business of the Year. Tricia also recently won Nectar Small Business Awards Entrepreneur of the Year and SME Emerging Businesswoman 2016 awarded by Forward Ladies National Women in Business Awards.
DEBORAH MILLS - CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER AT SAATCHI & SAATCHI
DEBORAH MILLS is Chief Strategy Officer at Saatchi & Saatchi, responsible for the P&G business globally.
Educated at Girton College, Cambridge, she is based in London where she has been helping brands, across many different markets, geographies and categories, for more years than she’d care to admit.
She specialises in creative problem solving, helping brands and services reach the right consumers in the right way, with the right messaging. Over the years she has worked for advertising agencies, market research companies and brand consultancies.
She is a charity trustee, a youth career mentor and a professional coach to teams and individuals. In her spare time she has a fashion blog: www.cabformrsmutton.com
AMANDA MURPHY - HEAD OF COMMERCIAL BANKING FOR HSBC UK
Amanda Murphy is Head of Commercial Banking, UK and with more than 1.1 million customers and a team of 5,000 people, she is responsible for the management of one of the world’s leading commercial banks.
Amanda has more than 20 years of experience at HSBC and most recently served as HSBC’s Head of Corporate Banking in the UK. During her career she has worked for HSBC in Europe, the Middle East, North America and Asia-Pacific, where she was Head of Commercial Banking in Indonesia. Amanda initially joined the bank in 1995 on the Midland Bank’s graduate training scheme.
Amanda has a law degree from The Queen’s University, Belfast and an MBA from Warwick University. She is also ACIB qualified.
FRANCES HOWELL - MD & HEAD OF GLOBAL LIQUIDITY & CASH MANAGEMENT, COMMERCIAL BANKING AT HSBC UK
Frances was raised on the Island of Bute, Scotland, before attending Aberdeen University and graduating with a MA Hons in Economics with Accountancy.
She joined Midland Montagu / HSBC Group from University in 1988 and has spent nearly 30 years in financial services. During her career Frances has been based in numerous locations in the UK and overseas including Hong Kong and Sydney and has worked in a variety of roles including Digital Baking, Trade Services and Corporate banking.
In her current role, Frances is responsible for developing new propositions and solutions to support clients who are operating both domestically and globally. Her client base ranges from sole traders to FTSE 100 corporates.
Frances has been chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee for HSBC UK Commercial Bank for the last 5 years where her focus has been driving a more inclusive environment for all through a “Know Your People” policy. She is a keen supporter of flexible working, shared parental leave and supporting mental well-being in the workplace.
IAN STUART - CEO AT HSBC UK
Ian has over 35 years’ experience in the banking industry across a number of financial institutions and holding a number of senior leadership roles, most recently HSBC.
In his current role, Ian leads HSBC in the UK with over 38,000 people, covering Corporate and Business Banking, Retail Banking & Private Bank including all associated product lines. Ian is also a member of the Europe Executive Committee.
Ian is also a Business Ambassador for Meningitis Now and supports Speakers 4 Schools. He is a Board member of UK Finance.
GAYLE LACEY - GLOBAL HEAD OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT, COMMERCIAL BANKING AT HSBC UK
Gayle Lacey has been with the HSBC Group for the last 13 years; working in The Middle East, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Latin America, Vietnam and Hong Kong. Based in London, Gayle is currently the Global Head of Business Management for Commercial Banking, and is driving the change agenda for the business globally.
Prior to this, Gayle ran the UK Business Banking business, which supports over a million start-ups and companies with a turnover of up to GBP500k develop and grow.
Gayle graduated from Bath University in the UK with a B.Sc. in International Management. Gayle describes herself as a Francophile and has recently bought a home in the South West of France, where she goes to relax and escape the city life.
ALISON PARKER - MANAGING DIRECTOR, CLIENT NETWORK BANKING WITHIN GLOBAL COMMERCIAL BANKING AT HSBC
Alison Parker is Managing Director, Client Network Banking within Global Commercial Banking at HSBC. She joined the Client Network Banking team in June 2016 when the team was recently established, as HSBC believe networked relationships are a key factor in unlocking value for its clients and connecting our customers with opportunities.
Prior to this Alison was Chief Procurement Officer for HSBC, a role she held since 2010, with responsibility for managing all third-party spending globally, working with our suppliers to maximise value for HSBC and customers. As part of her role, Alison was a member of the Global GCOO Executive Committee and the lead for Diversity and Inclusion.
Prior to joining HSBC, she worked as a Special Metals Buyer at Avesta Sheffield in the steel industry where she was responsible for sourcing raw materials for all Corus and Outokumpu steel plants globally. She joined Avesta Sheffield through their graduate training scheme. Alison holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree and also completed a three-year qualification with the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supplies, achieving special recognition. She is now a Fellow of CIPS and as of October 2016 a Trustee of the Board.