The FL National Awards & Summit is pleased to host a programme of inspirational speakers, comprising professional men and women, successful entrepreneurs and business people. 



Arti Halai is a broadcaster, entrepreneur, public speaker, and author. She has more than fifteen years experience working in the media industry as a Television presenter, producer and reporter. She is Co-founder of the Fleet Street Group.
As a consultant she specialises in media training and presentation skills working with clients both in the UK and abroad. A public speaker, Arti's first book 'Positivity' was published by the HotHive in 2009.

THE GRAND FINAL SPEAKERS - 29th November - Leeds 


Lara is the 2018 Overall Winner of the FL National Awards. Law graduate (LL.B Hons) with an LL.M, Comparative Company Law. Senior legal counsel at Barclays, BAE Systems, divisional counsel at RAC plc, legal director at HBOS and Group Head of Legal at LexAutolease. LexisNexis contributing and consulting editorial board member. Non-executive director of Plan International UK and Aspiring Solicitors ambassador.


Anna joined Boeing as Managing Director of Boeing Defence UK in 2019 from GKN Aerospace. She is responsible for Boeing UK’s significant defence programmes, people and sites and the organisation’s growth, alignment and business development. Boeing, across all businesses, operates at 65 sites and employs 2,500 people directly and many more through a significant domestic supply chain.

Anna has two decades of global leadership experience in the aerospace and automotive sectors. Before joining Boeing, she was Senior Vice President Business Transformation, leading GKN’s business improvement plan to drive profit, margin and cash and Senior Vice President Commercial, where she assumed responsibility for all GKN Aerospace’s global commercial governance and ensured an aligned customer strategy across the business.


Griselda began her career as an electrical engineer, she then veered into business having been influenced by the challenges and successes that her parents experienced as entrepreneurs. She trained and qualified as a chartered accountant with one of the BIG 4 professional services firms but now runs her own businesses, Forward Ladies included. Griselda is a mother of two beautiful children. She is extremely passionate about positively impacting the future of women and girls in the workforce. Griselda joined Forward Ladies as a member and was hooked.



Jessica Okoro is an award-winning business consultant. She previously studied Pharmaceutical and Cosmetic Science at University, where she overcame struggles of learning using traditional teaching methods in class, to developing her own learning resources and using informal methods at home to achieving higher than what was expected of her in the final Science and Mathematics exams. Once she managed to get into university to study her degree, she then became very interested in the way STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) was introduced and taught in schools this was her motivation in starting BeScience STEM-an a multi-award winning organisation which gets the whole community engaged in STEM using innovative and creative techniques. Her charity has had over 1000 volunteers and engaged with 10,000+ people in the community. Her work has been endorsed by the likes of the Prime Minister and enabled her to guest talk and share her ideas world-wide. Her most recent project, STEM Social, was held in Sierra Leone, where she had over 3000 young people in a stadium for an educational conference, with the Vice President as the Keynote Speaker.
As well as managing the charity, she consultants for other organisations shares her stories of #DyslexicApologies and encourages young people to be more bold and courageous in their daily doings.


Jacqui is a leading business women with over 35 years experience. She worked in a senior executive/director role firstly alongside her 2 brothers and then in her own business. A trail blazer in the construction, quarrying, mining and associated industries her unique and determined approach secured global success for the business as she led the charge that changed the face of how hydraulic excavators are used around the globe. Miller UK limited is now a world famous brand and continues to be a leader in its field. Jacqui stepped down from her operational role in 2014 after over 30 years but remains a shareholder of the business she helped shape and has since gone on to mentor and inspire many business professionals looking to create, grow or change their own businesses. In 2017 Jacqui founded the first ever Newcastle International Film Festival, which she successfully delivered against all the odds in 2018 to glowing media reports and reviews. She is the founding head of JMC & Co Entertainment with a slate of film and TV projects between UK, India, Australia, Canada and the US, featuring some blue chip names both in front and behind the camera. As well as becoming active Chair of a new football agency combining player representative contracts with commercial contracts aimed at creating brand partnerships that impact, influence and provoke change.


Nicky Pattinson is an unusual woman. Having previously turned over £2,000,000 a year as a market trader, who, let’s say…”made the best of her big demise’’. Losing her eldest son at nursery, then both her parents, her home, her business and then getting a divorce, all in the space of three years. It was something that many would have not come back from. It was as she says…”’The making of her.’’
She took what she learnt on the markets and modified that in a way of expressing it in email and cold calling techniques, delivering £27k short of £1,000,000 in sales for a branding company in year one!
From cold, and not having a clue about design. Using that same ADVANCED CONNECTING formula – she then went on to a global agency and did the same startling £1,000,000 a year from cold – but bringing in brands such as Nike Diageo and Rolls Royce. Again, from scratch.
At 45 – no whippersnapper, she set up her own company teaching people how to do the same, quickly creating a reputation for being hilarious, down to earth – and talking more sense in 2 minutes that most people hear in a lifetime.
These days she speaks to thousands of people every year and takes on in-house projects for the likes of SELFRIDGES, TESCO and HALFORDS, hotel chains, law firms and even contact centres in gas companies and telecoms!
Tripling sales is not unusual – nobody can listen to this lady without picking up something they didn’t think of before.


Julia Gash is the founder and company director of Julia Gash Enterprises ltd: a British eco-lifestyle brand. Julia collaborates with licensees worldwide to create customisable and sustainable, stylish souvenirs and gifts. Julia’s map like illustrations capture the character and culture of a town, celebrate a city and enable people to love up their local.  Julia’s illustrated product ranges are stocked by blue-chip retailers worldwide including Selfridges, John Lewis and Macys, iconic institutions including national gallery of art (UK & USA), arc de Triomphe and key hotels, resorts and tourist attractions such as Malmaison and London eye.



Gina Miller is a prominent businesswoman, a passionate philanthropist and responsible capitalist who has campaigned in the areas of investment and pension reform, political transparency and scrutiny, modern day slavery, social justice and the charity sector.

In 2016, Gina successfully challenged the Government over its authority to implement Brexit, winning in both the High Court and Supreme Court.  In 2018 Gina continues a ‘democracy and legality’ watching brief of the UK Government’s activities, including challenging the legality of the £1 billion payment to Northern Ireland for the 10 DUP votes, and the power grab within the EU Withdrawal Bill.

As an ambassador for the Desmond Tutu foundation, Gina was a featured speaker at the third annual ‘Desmond Tutu International Peace Summit’ in London in April, 2018. The summit explored topics including international peace and security, South Africa in this year of Nelson Mandela’s Centenary, rebuilding Syria and the Oslo Agreement, 25 years on.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Jan Flawn CBE


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 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.”