Speakers

Thea Anderson

Thea Anderson

Co-founder of Wildfire Women, Thea Anderson has been a life coach for over a decade with an international client base. Thea had to fight to recover from devastating illness in her 20’s which lead her to this work. Now recovered for many years, Thea supports creative, courageous women get unstuck & powerfully put their work in the world. She has featured in national magazines, taught many courses & is an engaging humorous speaker. Her clients range from authors, to women who work in the media, to teachers, architects to other coaches & many more!More about Thea >>

Suzy Walker

Suzy Walker is the Editor-in-Chief of Psychologies magazine, focused on all aspects of personal potential and wellbeing, offering genuine food for thought and tools for living. She is also the author of Making The Big Leap and The Big Peace, a dog-lover and hardcore Star Wars fan.

Amy Rosenthal

Amy is an acclaimed playwright who has been writing for stage and radio since 1998. Her plays have been performed internationally and she has written a column for a national newspaper. Amy regularly tutors on playwriting courses and is a sessional lecturer on the BA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck College. Current projects include two new musicals in development and a play about the fascinating Mitford sisters.

Mary Fenwick

Mary Fenwick works with women in politics, business and the media. Her high- profile clients include the founders of political parties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Libya. She is director of a not-for-profit organisation that works in countries in transition to democracy. However, you might recognise her from her monthly agony aunt column in PSYCHOLOGIES magazine full of wise wisdom & sage advice. Watch her TED X Talk here.

Sophie Reid

Sophie Reid is a Brighton-born musician, actress, poet & general maverick inspired by pretty much everything! Internationally recognised as one of Screendaily’s 2017 ‘Stars of Tomorrow’,  Sophie is in the process of recording her first album ‘280DAYS’ with the ambition to crowdfund for it to be made into a music feature film in 2019.

With her single ‘Catalyst’ launching September 9th, a lead role in Bafta award-winning screenwriter, Jeff Smyth’s next feature and a 2 month stint as ‘The Snow Queen’ at Dundee Rep to look forward to, Sophie will be talking about what goes in to convincing the human psyche that following your heart is a good if not totally sane idea!

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Karen Hobbs

Karen is the number one fan of her vagina. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer in 2014, at the age of 24 and performs stand-up comedy about the whole debacle. She gave birth to her debut solo show ‘Tumour Has It’ in 2016. She has been interviewed by BBC Radio 1, Radio 4 Woman’s Hour, Radio 5 Live, Sky News, London Live and The Evening Standard, taking every opportunity to talk about signs, symptoms and squash the stigma that surrounds having a disease in between your legs. Karen works for The Eve Appeal, a charity dedicated to raising awareness and funds for research into earlier detection and prevention of the five gynaecological cancers.

 

Nuala O’Sullivan

Screen writer & producer Nuala O’Sullivan was so tired of the lack of representation of women over 50 in front of & behind the camera that she started a film festival. Now in it’s 4th year, WOFF aims to address the double whammy of ageism and sexism many older women face in the film industry. The festival showcases an incredible array of national & international films.

Annik Petrou

Once terrified herself of public speaking, Annik is the founder of Speaker Express. They have helped thousands of entrepreneurs to successfully pitch for investment and funding, gain the confidence to push their business from home office to the stage, speak on TEDx stages or landing big corporate contracts.

Cate Mackenzie

Cate Mackenzie is a Psychosexual Therapist, Couples Counsellor and Love Coach and taught in six countries world wide. She has worked for Benefit, Models 1 and Comedy Central running workshops, has written a two year column on love for Spirit and Destiny Magazine, has been a Dating Coach on Channel 4’s “The Undateables” and her heart paintings have been sold world wide. Her passion is to help people open themselves to a joyful life. Learn more >>

Catie Wilkins

Catie Wilkins is a writer, comic and award- nominated children’s author who has written for BBC, The Independent, and New Humanist. She is the author of the acclaimed MY BEST FRIEND AND OTHER ENEMIES series which have been selected for Bookbuzz, nominated for awards and ranked No. 1 in the Independent’s Top Ten Children’s Books for Christmas. Catie currently has a two book deal with Nosy Crow and is working on the first of her YA titles. She is also the mother of 2 small children with comedian Richard Herring. Learn more >>

Roz Try-Hane

Born in London, UK Roz Try-Hane lived and worked in Paris for 5 years, where her love for cinema was cemented. Roz started writing reviews, eventually moving back to London in December 2014, where she carried on writing reviews etc, featuring in Psychologies magazine, BBC 2 Victoria Derbyshire show, The Film Programme on Radio 4, FOPP.com (part of the HMV group), HMV.com, Battle Royale With Cheese. Currently writing her first book, Roz is trying to get the general people to see all the great films that they miss because the current critics just focus on the big releases.

Phily K

Phily’s music is most often a whiskey soaked mix of blues and soul, diving deep into the world of heartbreak, unrequited love and emotion. She will be gracing the stage with her lyrical stylings and will be accompanied by Stu Day on the piano. In 2013 she was awarded the title of best voice in Oxfordshire by winning ‘The Oxfactor’ and in 2015, released her first single ‘Something for My Trouble’ which made it into the top 40 iTunes singer-songwriter charts.

Rachel Shorer

Rachel Shorer writes and performs as a way to channel her tendency to overshare about her personal life and rant about stuff like feminism and culture. She’s about to go on a tour of women’s living rooms with her spoken word show 10 Mistakes Every Girls Makes in Her Twenties. She’s also working on a first novel, The PeaceWeaver’s Wordhoard, which will be finished any day now. Honest. You can read her poetry here.

Nicola Comber

A stint living in Japan in her twenties lead Nicola Comber to film making.  Ever since she has been plunging herself in different and interesting worlds to share with her viewers. Nicola’s ability to build trust and rapport with contributors has lead to brilliant moments on screen; working in a playful and humorous manner, for her, is the key to her success.

Notable work includes ‘The World According to Kids – A child’s view on life’, ‘The Kids who can’t just stay awake’ and most recently ‘Miriam’s Big American Advenure’; a 3-part series for BBC1 with actress Miriam Margolyes embarking on road trip from Chicago to New Orleans; an ‘Idiot Abroad’/’Louis Theroux’ style mash up as Miriam immerses in communities crucial to Trump’s success. From gang members in Chicago to secretive survivalists and extreme right religious groups in Texas and Tennessee, Nicola helped create 12 stories in 7 states.

 

 

Charlene Allcott

Born and raised in London and now living in Brighton, Charlene Allcott works part-time with young people in a residential care home as well as caring for her three-year-old son who has autism. She is the author of ‘The Re-invention of Martha Ross’, published by Penguin. Charlene also writes a parenting blog which you can find here.

Sally Bunkham

Sally Bunkham is the founder of mumsback.com, a company that provides luxury gift hampers for mums, focussing on the yummy stuff they had to abstain from in pregnancy. Sally’s mission is also to raise as much awareness of perinatal mental health issues as possible and has featured in many places like BBC TV, The Metro, The Independent and The Guardian. £1 from every hamper sold goes to PANDAS Foundation to support their mission helping families going through mental health issues. Mum’s Back is also a partner with NOTHS.

Photo credit: www.anniearmitage.com

Hela Wozniak-Kay and Annie Brooks

Annie Brooks and Hela Wozniak-Kay are both Super Connectors who’ve actively been embracing the WE Economy for well over decade. They’re the heart and soul of Sister Snog, London’s Business Club for remarkable women who all recognise the value of being connected with like-minded female founders on a similar journey. Sister Snog is an engaging ecosystem and dynamic platform where members experience the power-&-potency of being connected as their businesses and brandstransform, one connection at a time.