The Forward Ladies’ National Awards are pleased to host a programme of inspirational speakers, comprising professional men and women, successful entrepreneurs and business people.

FIONA DANIEL - HEAD OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION, HSBC UK
The Grand Final 

Fiona is Head of Diversity and Inclusion for HSBC UK responsible for driving the agenda for one of HSBC’s largest key markets, and described as a game changer and credible future thinker in diversity and inclusion. Fiona is passionate about inclusion in business and the development and progression of all individuals. She specialises in mentoring and supporting BAME professionals in the workplace be that in the private, voluntary or public sector. Her passion and advocacy for BAME inclusion led her to establish the HSBC UK Embrace Network in 2012. She is dedicated and vocal in her passion to drive for more inclusive behaviours to be demonstrated to all and works tirelessly for the implementation of a holistic approach to include systems, processes and behaviours and has successfully driven inclusion in HSBC both globally and at a country level. Fiona is described by many as “one to watch” and she has been highlighted as a mover and shaker in Precious, a magazine for women of colour. She has been shortlisted in the 2018 Green Park BAME 100 list, and also the 2018 Inclusive Companies awards in the Head of Diversity category. She has played a fundamental part in raising the visibility of HSBC to win many awards and recognition in this space. She is a highly sought after speaker, panellist and thought leader, who has consistently demonstrated her commitment to drive change. She is open to sharing her passion, creativity, ideas and practical real solutions to make impactful change.

KAVITA OBEROI, OBE - ENTREPRENEUR, ANGEL INVESTOR
The Midlands Regional Final

Kavita is one of the UK’s most highly regarded and successful female entrepreneurs and social philanthropists.
In 2001 she established her first business Oberoi Consulting after spotting a gap in the market for clinical audit services, clients include the NHS and Pharmaceutical Industry.
In 2012 Kavita also established Oberoi Business Hub, based in Derby’s Pride Park.
Kavita has appeared in many TV programmes, including The Secret Millionaire and The Apprentice You’re Fired.

HELEN WALBEY - MANAGING DIRECTOR, RECYCLE SCOOTERS
North West, Wales, Ireland and IoM Regional Final

Helen Walbey, Managing Director of Recycle Scooters in Aberdare has been appointed to head-up the FSB’s committee responsible for diversity policy. Helen’s passion for diversity issues is borne from her own experiences of being a female business owner in a sector which is dominated by men. She strongly believes that no-one should be prevented from succeeding in businesses as a result of their gender, race, sexuality or disability.

GAIL BOOKER - RELATIONSHIP DIRECTOR, LARGE CORPORATE, HSBC UK
Yorkshire, North East & Scotland Regional Final 

Gail has been with HSBC for the last 15 years, joining shortly after graduating from Edinburgh University with a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences.

Gail has spent the majority of her career in Commercial Banking and is currently a Relationship Director in the Large Corporate team in the North.

In her current role, Gail is responsible for supporting Large Corporate businesses throughout the region to achieve their ambitions by providing tailored domestic and cross-border financial solutions. Gail is passionate about the North East and making a positive impact in the community.

Outside of work Gail loves family life and in particular spending time outdoors with her husband Andy and their two daughters Annabelle and Holly.

HELEN BUTTERS - BEST SELLING AUTHOR, PUBLIC & MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER

London and the South Regional Final 

Helen Butters is a successful public and motivational speaker and has presented on a global platform. She is also a best selling author: Four Mums in a Boat is published in the UK as well as Holland, Germany and America. An award-winning documentary of the same name was commissioned by National Geographic and has been broadcasted around the world. In 2017, Helen appeared in New York and Germany to present the documentary and speak about the team’s adventure.

She runs workshops in her chosen field, communications, as well as a variety of other topics including engagement, team building and personal growth. She is also a qualified life coach and NLP practitioner and uses these skills to help her clients turn their goals and beliefs into reality. She has appeared on a number of television programs such as The One Show, BBC Breakfast, This Morning and Good Morning Britain. In November 2017 she was privileged to receive an Honorary Doctorate from the University of York St John.

In her spare time, she loves learning new skills. After learning to row 5 years ago and then rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, she now has her sights on climbing very big mountains.

FRANCES HOWELL - MD & HEAD OF CORPORATE BANKING, MIDLANDS REGION. HSBC UK, COMMERCIAL BANKING

London and the South Regional Final 

Based in Birmingham, Frances Howell is the Head of Corporate Banking for the Midlands region 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 30 years in financial services. During her career, Frances has been based in numerous locations across the UK and overseas including Hong Kong and Sydney and has worked in a variety of roles including Digital Banking, Trade Services, Commercial Banking and Global Liquidity and Cash Management.

In her current role, Frances is responsible for supporting Mid-Market Corporate businesses throughout the region to achieve their ambitions by providing tailored domestic and cross-border growth solutions.

Personally, Frances is a mum to Joshua (16) who was born in Hong Kong and her personal time is devoted to supporting her son in his chosen sport, rugby and enjoying travelling with her partner, Martin.

Frances is a keen supporter of agile working, shared parental leave and supporting mental wellbeing in the workplace. She sits on HSBC UK’s Inclusion and Diversity Committee and is the business sponsor for disability.

RICHARD BEARMAN - HEAD OF SMALL BUSINESS, HSBC UK
The Midlands Regional Final 

Richard has worked for HSBC in the UK for 17 years in a variety of roles. Currently, he leads a team of colleagues who are responsible for 650,000 small trading businesses - and a further 200,000 entities including charities, clubs and societies. Richard has a particular interest in combining the ongoing digital transformation of the business with ensuring people are at the heart of their business communities.

Prior to HSBC, Richard worked in education, mining, and retail sectors. At HSBC, Richard has spent the majority of his time working in business banking – otherwise known as SME banking – and Middle Market Enterprises, working with larger businesses. This has allowed Richard to develop his passion for meeting with business owners, entrepreneurs and fast-growing businesses and finding out how to best help them reach their potential.

Richard also has retail banking experience and expertise in business telephone banking, digital banking, social media and direct relationship management.

Richard is married with young boys, and other than his family, his loves include the countryside, his ’75 VW Camper…and Arsenal Football Club.

GAYLE LACEY - COO, UK CMB
North West, Wales, Ireland and IoM Regional Final

Gayle Lacey has been with the HSBC Group for the last 14 years; working in the Middle East, the United Kingdom, Mexico, Latin America, Vietnam and Hong Kong.

Based in Birmingham, Gayle is currently the UK Chief Operating Officer for Commercial Banking. HSBC Commercial Banking supports businesses of all sizes across the UK; with over a million customers.

Gayle graduated from Bath University in the UK with a B.Sc. in International Management.

Gayle describes herself as a Francophile and has a home in the South West of France, where she goes to relax and escape the city life.

PROFESSOR JANE TURNER, OBE - PRO VICE-CHANCELLOR AT TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY

Yorkshire, North East & Scotland Regional Final 

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.

MEET PAST SPEAKERS

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Jan Flawn CBE

JAN FLAWN CBE - FOUNDER OF PJ CARE 

PJ Care Ltd is a leading and award-winning provider of specialist neurological care and neuro-rehabilitation for people with progressive or acquired neurological conditions. Leaving school with no qualifications Jan became a registered nurse, rising to be a senior manager in the Department of Health. In 2000 Jan started PJ Care after seeing young people with neurological conditions living inappropriately in care homes for the elderly.

Fiona

FIONA RAYMENT OBE - EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NIRO

Fiona Rayment is the Executive Director of NIRO, a division of the UK National Nuclear Laboratory charged with providing strategic nuclear advice to the government.

She has worked in the nuclear industry for more than 25 years, managing operations and strategic planning across the UK and around the world. Fiona is a leading women in an industry strongly dominated by men and her work was recognised earlier this year when she was made OBE for her services to nuclear innovation and research in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

While the debate rages about how to get more women working in STEM careers, Fiona has been blazing a trail for more women to follow her into the nuclear industry. She is a chartered chemist and engineer with a PhD in Chemistry and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the UK Nuclear Institute.

When asked why she wanted to be involved in the Future Women Awards, Fiona said: “Women are underrepresented in my industry and so many others in the scientific or technical arena, but the work we’re doing throughout British industry is invaluable. Events like this, which celebrate the successes of women in business are so important to shine a light on the tremendous work women are doing now and to inspire the generations of girls and young women coming into the workplace behind us.”