North West, Wales & Ireland Regional Final

13th September

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Yorkshire & North East Regional Final

20th September

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London & the South Regional Final

27th September

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The Midlands Regional Final

4th October

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The Judging Day - Sheffield

1st November

The National Grand Final

29th November

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

EMERGING LEADER 

North West, Wales & Ireland

Emma Ainsworth
Co-op
Emma is a business manager to Co-op Retail CEO supporting executive team to define and deliver food strategy and operational outcomes. Responsible for encouraging diversity agenda for Retail business and driving force behind Grocery Girls network. Young leader who is passionate about developing others and supporting young women to achieve their aspirations.

Yorkshire, North East & Scotland

Kelly Convery
Northern Gas & Power
Kelly is a global HR manager overseeing a small team. Global brief to support the directors deliver strategic growth plans. Her journey includes three promotions.

London & the South 

Lobna El Shafie
Tumblr / VerizonMedia
Lobna is commercially focused, curious and inventive. With a can-do attitude, she works cross borders and organisations to drive launches of large-scale products in international markets, with stellar results. Having been the core driver of the commercial launch of Tumblr in Europe, she now leads Tumblr internationally at Verizon Media. 

The Midlands  

Lynn Wood
Next Retail Ltd
Project manager with a passion for IT and people. Currently working for Next Retail Ltd managing three exciting development teams who work on the UK and international website. Lynn fell into IT 8 years ago by fluke but have grown to love technology and challenges.

CORPORATE LEADER 

North West, Wales & Ireland

Nicola Bottley 
Grant Thornton
Nicola is a mum of three young boys with disabilities and SEN, all while building a career in surveying and tax. She is also a director/trustee and governor of The Royal School Manchester, Seashell Trust, where one of her sons has a part residential placement.

Yorkshire, North East & Scotland

Jacqui Hall
CNG Ltd
Jacqui has been at the helm of CNG for almost two decades. Determined to make the energy industry a fairer place, Jacqui has positioned CNG to lead by example, championing competition, fairness and a duty of care to energy users. 

London & the South 

Caroline Frankum
Kantar
Caroline has 25 years experience in leading commercial organisations. Proven track-record for growing businesses in profitable and purposeful ways, creating more inclusive and diverse workforces by helping create environments where the only barriers to success are personal choice and professional competence, and delivering pioneering, future-proof, tech-driven solutions. 

The Midlands  

Elaine Siew
gbpartnerships 
Diverse leader and experienced board director who has qualified as a doctor and chartered accountant. Corporate finance partner with Robson Rhodes before joining client as finance director in 2004. Now Elaine is a managing director and shareholder of gbpartnerships, a property development, management and consultancy business with 65 employees; 58% of which are women.

STEM LEADER 

North West, Wales & Ireland

Julianne Antrobus
SNC Lavalin Atkins
Julianne is a technology director for SNC Lavalin’s global nuclear business. In this role, Julianne is responsible for maximising the value of nuclear products and technology, including digital solutions. Prior to joining SNC, Julianne held the positions of global strategy director, Atkins and marketing director on the board at Nuvia. 

Yorkshire, North East & Scotland

Jessica Yeung
Mott MacDonald
A member of the Chartered Institution of Building Service Engineers, with 10 years+ postgraduate experience within the building services industry. Jessica grew up intrigued by electricity and developed a love for science and mathematics. Following her bachelor’s degree, Jessica obtained a Master’s degree in building services engineering. 

 

London & the South 

Juliet Kennedy
NATS
As operations director for NATS Juliet is accountable for the air traffic control services over the UK, the Eastern half of the North Atlantic and for thirteen UK airports. Initially a controller she has held a wide variety of management roles in NATS. 

The Midlands  

Elena Rodriguez-Falcon
New Model in Technology and Engineering
President at the New Model in Technology and Engineering. Before that Elena was a professor of engineering at Sheffield University whilst leading various strategic priorities. Elena has received numerous awards for her work on education and diversity and is a principal fellow at the HEA and fellow of the IET and CMI. 

START UP 

North West, Wales & Ireland

Jo Britton
PACE Development Ltd
Jo is a director of PACE Development. She is also a former marketing director of Make UK - the body for UK manufacturing. Jo has led strategic brand, digital marketing transformation, training and development in manufacturing and professional services sectors. She has an MBA, BA (Hons), Diploma in Personal Performance Coaching with Distinction.

 

Yorkshire, North East & Scotland

Lizzy Hodcroft
Myndr
Recently listed on the 35 under 35 Business Talent to Watch List, Lizzy Hodcroft is a tsunami of passion and commitment that typifies entrepreneurs. She manages to balance her strong work ethic and energy with an alluring vulnerability. Founder of The Sweet Beet and Myndr (seen on Dragons Den). 

 

 

London & the South 

Alex Depledge
Resi 
Alex is one of the leading female lights in the UK's tech scene. An innovative, principled and inspiring businesswoman; she co-founded the pioneering Hassle.com, which sold for £27 million in 2015. She has now started Resi, a groundbreaking online architectural service that is revolutionising how Britons renovate. 

The Midlands  

Julie Colan
Secret Whispers
Secret Whispers™ is at the forefront of raising pelvic floor awareness. The idea was born in January 2018 after Julie found that there were no adequate products available to help improve her pelvic floor coupled with a lack of available information. She then developed a 6 step Kegel Exercise Kit. 

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR  

North West, Wales & Ireland

Kelly Bolton
Aggressive Growth Marketing
Kelly runs one of the UK's fastest growing digital marketing and growth hacking agencies. Aggressive Growth Marketing was founded in 2015 as a solo operation and through word of mouth referrals Kelly has managed to build the business up to be a leading North West agency employing a team of nine.

 

Yorkshire, North East & Scotland

Chloë Clover
Wander Films 
Chloe started her business journey in Sydney with her partner. They travelled the world creating social videos for tourism businesses with nothing but a camera and a laptop. They came home to grow the company and are now employing their 3rd staff and working with international companies.

London & the South 

Hannah Uruci
BRS Cleaning Contractors Ltd
Hannah started BRS in 2013, fresh out of university, with no previous business knowledge/experience and with nothing but a few cloths in the back of a Fiat. Through her graft and commitment, BRS has grown significantly and now employs around 50 staff and has an annual turnover of over £1M.

The Midlands  

Roseanna Croft 
Roseanna Croft Jewellery
A jewellery designer and goldsmith by trade, Roseanna founded Roseanna Croft Jewellery in 2012 and opened the first boutique in 2015. She currently designs and creates bespoke pieces of fine jewellery; their latest collection 'Love, Me' is the first ring to make a statement about female empowerment and self-love. 

FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR  

North West, Wales & Ireland

Helen Tonks
Hydraulics Online Ltd
Helen is the vision and drive behind Hydraulics Online’s growth: from a blank sheet of paper to award-winning DIT recognised Export Champion serving customers in 130 countries worldwide. A ‘mum’ of six and school governor she believes in ‘paying it forward’, making things happen and regularly stepping beyond her comfort zone. 

Yorkshire, North East & Scotland

Sophie Milliken
Smart Resourcing Solutions
Sophie is a managing director of Smart Resourcing Solutions, based in Newcastle and operating UK-wide. Specialising in graduate recruitment and employability, we provide assessment design and delivery support for employers such as M&S and AXA. For universities, we are the award-winning market leaders in large scale assessment simulations for students. 

London & the South 

Kirsty Loveday
Love Drinks 
Kirsty is a passionate, highly motivated entrepreneur who is blessed to work with an amazing team and with the world’s most incredible drink brands. With over 20 years experience including 12 running Love Drinks; she was awarded the British Empire Medal for high impact work in the drinks industry in 2016.

The Midlands  

Natalie Taylor Herrick 
Taylor Herrick Recruitment
Natalie is a director of Taylor Herrick Recruitment, a small, bespoke recruitment company for the built environment. She is a management graduate with over 15 years’ experience as a specialist recruiter. Natalie celebrated her 10th successful year as an independent business owner last September. 

CHARITY & SOCIAL ENTERPRISE 

North West, Wales & Ireland

Vicki Roskams 
Enbarr Enterprises limited & Enbarr Foundation CIC 
Enbarr was established with a clear aim, because for Vicki personally, disability is the norm. This puts her in a strong place to help and understand others like herself. By creating opportunities, building confidence and aspirations for many that are often marginalised or misunderstood–she knows because she has been there.

Yorkshire, North East & Scotland

Victoria Dunn
Nouveau Wellbeing 
Victoria  is a managing director of Nouveau Wellbeing and ActivCare Coaching. Former interim CEO of The Key, has over ten year's senior leadership experience providing strategic and operational support to charities to improve the lives of others.

London & the South 

Nicky Affleck
London Youth Games
Nicky is an influential and innovative business woman with a great love for the sports, and physical activity industries. She has developed a broad and successful track record driving strategic partnerships, designing and developing highly-effective grassroots sport programmes as well as leading and developing hugely successful operational programmes and teams.

The Midlands  

Dr Deborah Outhwaite
Derby Teaching Schools Alliance (DTSA)
Dr Deborah Outhwaite has just started running the Derby Teaching Schools Alliance (DTSA - a not for profit) that organises CPD for teachers and leaders in education this year. She spent a decade in Higher Education teaching teachers to Masters Level. 

MENTOR OF THE YEAR 

North West, Wales & Ireland

Carol Ann Whitehead FRSA
The Zebra Partnership 
Carol Ann is the MD of The Zebra Partnership a publishing, events and campaign specialist agency. She is an RSA Fellow, an advocate for equality, diversity and inclusion and part of The People’s Hub team working to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals leading on diversity and women’s rights.

Yorkshire, North East & Scotland

Poonam Kaur
fds Director Services Ltd 
As a managing director, Pooman deals with all aspects of the business. As part of the board, she believes that though operational matters are key, strategy is equally important. Pooman is also a qualified accountant, wife and mother of 4 children. Family has been her drive and support to achieve such a successful career.

London & the South 

Jacqueline O'Donovan 
O'Donovan Waste Disposal Ltd 
Jacqueline is a genuine inspiration and role-model for women. An undisputed leader and ‘disruptor’ in a male-dominated industry, Jacqueline is one of the waste and construction sectors’ most influential trailblazers - passionately advocating for road-safety and best-practice, she has championed improved standards, resulting in a safer and more responsible sector.

The Midlands  

Simona Pillay
Smoke & Fire Curtains Ltd 
Working in the fire industry is not for everyone but Simona relishes it. Having worked for several companies in the sector, including setting up/running her own business, Simona was invited to join Smoke & Fire Curtains in 2015 as standards & compliance manager before being promoted to managing director. 

PUBLIC SECTOR, ACADEMIA & NOT FOR PROFIT 

North West, Wales & Ireland

Jane Crombleholme 
Alliance Manchester Business School 
Jane is the managing director for Executive Education at Alliance Manchester Business School. With global responsibility for the effective and efficient design and delivery of all Alliance Manchester Business School's management development portfolio, she leads a team dedicated to transforming individuals and organisations through the power of education.

Yorkshire, North East & Scotland

Nicola Chance-Thompson 
The Piece Hall Trust 
Nicola is the CEO of The Piece Hall Trust. She has previously had a successful career for over 24 years in the communications, music, retail and consultancy business - supporting Government to deliver important and often controversial regeneration/ infrastructure projects.

Yorkshire, North East & Scotland

Joanna Berry 
Durham University Business School / IoD 
Joanna achieved her Oxford Law degree in 1985, practising in South Africa before undertaking senior international business development roles. Entrepreneurship beckoned, then a move into academia for her MBA and PhD. Joanna has never stopped teaching, or learning; she’s an inspiration to her students, and entrepreneurial women in business everywhere.

London & the South 

Nivene Powell 
EcoWorld London 
As the senior community liaison manager for EcoWorld London Nivene delivers planning obligations based on Social Value and Corporate Social Responsibility. She has worked in Social Housing, held the Directorship of a Voluntary Sector Organisation which fights inequalities and developed social policies for Local Government and built Community Cohesion.

The Midlands  

Sarah Hainsworth
Aston University 
Sarah is a pro-vice-chancellor and executive dean for Engineering and Applied Science at Aston University and a professor of materials and forensic engineering. Her research interests are in forensic engineering related to stabbing and dismemberment and materials characterisation. She was one of the team who investigated the remains of Richard III. 

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