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21 July 2016

Women in Enterprise Taskforce

Helen Walbey

Helen Walbey, FSB Diversity Chair, Recycle Scooters
Helen has run her own business since 2004, when she started trading bike parts online as a way to make ends meet after her husband had been seriously injured in an accident at work. Today her company trades parts internationally, and has a number of major contracts for motorcycle dismantling. 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.

Lina Bourdon

Lina Bourdon, City & Country Financial Services Ltd
Based in London, Lina Bourdon founded her financial services company in 2006. Since joining the FSB two and a half years ago, Lina has quickly become well-known for her advocacy of women in enterprise issues. With a desire to see more women starting and growing businesses, Lina organised a series of FSB networking events in the North London area for women small business owners. The events were so successful they have since been extended right across the city.

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper

Nathalie Christmann-Cooper,
Nathalie’s health was hit with suspected ME at the age of 40. Diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome four years later she regained control. A trained graphic designer, she’d learnt to code from the kitchen table whilst her two boys were small and relaunched her career as a freelance web designer ‘She Codes’. Living with a chronic condition hasn’t stopped Nathalie and in September 2015 she launched food tech start up TreatOut. Nathalie has become a passionate advocate of Women in Tech and has been featured in Forbes and the Guardian.

Rafael Dos Santos


Rafael Dos Santos,
Rafael moved to London from Brazil at the age of 21. A serial entrepreneur, Rafael now helps other UK migrants to start and grow their businesses. He is the founder of, a co-working space to support migrant entrepreneurs. Rafael is passionate about helping women entrepreneurs’ gain the knowledge and confidence needed to propel their business forward. Rafael is also guest lecturer at Regent’s University London. He was recently named on the 2016 Maserati 100 list of ‘Top 100 Most Inspiring Entrepreneurs in the UK.’

Carolyn Frank

Carolyn Frank, Libby Butler Jewellers
Carolyn became a small business owner with her partner Andy in 2009, after a career working as a business development manager for large multinationals in Europe. A strong advocate for her local community, Carolyn founded Helmsley in Business - an independent business group, made up of 60% women business owners who work to promote the town and its businesses. A former Small Business Saturday SmallBiz100 member, Carolyn is now a Champion for the national campaign. She also works with young people at local schools and colleges, as an Enterprise Advisor for the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Sandra Garlick

Sandra Garlick, SG Business Consulting
Sandra is a former Solicitor and now works as a Business Growth Consultant, Trainer and Adviser. She regularly speaks throughout the UK and presents on a number of business growth topics. Sandra started her own law firm and grew the business to be one of the leading Legal 500 firms in Coventry & Warwickshire for Employment Law until she merged the business in 2014. In early 2016, Sandra founded the Woman Who… Awards, created to inspire women in business to celebrate their achievements, gain confidence and recognise their own abilities.

Kelly Gilmour-Grassam

Kelly Gilmour-Grassam, Making You Content
Based in Manchester, Kelly supports business owners who lack the time, inspiration or in-house expertise to write their own content. Having started her own business at 21 years of age, Kelly's own journey has inspired her to support other self-employed individuals. She passionately believes that everyone should be given opportunities in business, regardless of age, gender, race or sexual orientation.

Sangeeta Haindl

Sangeeta Haindl, Serendipity PR and Media
Sangeeta is an award winning Public Relations, media professional and journalist who runs her own successful London based PR consultancy. Sangeeta started out her career writing speeches for previous UK Prime Ministers and Ministers and has worked at the top level with big global brands such as the Economist Group and Mayor of London, as well as charities such as Breast Cancer Campaign and the Women’s Institute. She is passionate about creating change so other women entrepreneurs can succeed on their business journeys.

Pamela Hargreaves

Pamela Hargreaves, Xivvi Ltd
Pamela has been a passionate advocate for women in business since starting her own PR and Communications business, Xivvi Ltd, in the North East in October 2010. Having established two successful women’s business networks in Stockton and her native Hartlepool, Pamela joined forces with other female entrepreneurs from Tees Valley to set up the North East Foundation for Women in Enterprise in 2015. The Foundation aims to promote women in business and hosts an annual, sponsored event which raises money to give out as grants for women who are relatively new to, or are starting, a business. To date, the Foundation has given out just over 100 grants.

Lesley Long

Lesley Long, Wild Women Enterprise Co. Ltd
Lesley is the founder of Wild Women Enterprise Co., providing business support, mentoring and training to women entrepreneurs. She formerly ran an outdoor development company specifically to enable women to learn leadership, team building and confidence skills. Lesley recently won the Chwarae Teg 2016 Womenspire Award for a Woman in a Rural Community. Sponsored by the Welsh Government, the award is for tackling the barriers women who live and work in rural areas face in achieving their goals and reaching their potential.

Bini Ludlow

Bini Ludlow, Sweet Cumin
Bini has turned her passion for traditional Indian cuisine into a career. She learned Gujarati cooking from her mother at an early age and was inspired to set up her own cookery school after visiting India between 2005 and 2008. Since launching Sweet Cumin in 2012, Bini has won several local and national awards. She is a regular contributor to the local food scene, speaking and attending events, penning guest columns and appearing on a number of regional food programmes.

Angela McAusland

Angela McAusland, AM PM PA Ltd
Angela is the owner and operator of AM PM PA, a Virtual PA service for SMEs in and around the Bath area. She is also Chair of the Bath Branch of FSB, a position she has held for the past two years. The mother of two says her aim is to be one of a team of people who can speak up for the many women who are growing their businesses from the kitchen table - and to shout loudly enough so they are all given the same respect as their male counterparts.

Janet Torley

Janet Torley, Practical Marketing
Janet is a marketing expert, dealing mostly with small professional companies. Prior to this, she was an event consultant through her company Events for Business. Janet has been Chair of the Fife Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses since 2009, and Chair of the East of Scotland region since November 2012. She passionately believe that no small business should struggle or fail. Janet has worked to bring women business owners together to give them confidence to network and build their business.

Deborah Turner

Deborah Turner, You Image Consultancy
Deborah started out as a Chartered Surveyor, but in 2006 she decided to turn her hand to something entirely different, training to become an Image Consultant. Deborah works with clients to develop their personal branding through her Kent-based company, You Image Consultancy. Deborah says she is motivated by helping others to feel great, and firmly believes that promoting women in business role models will encourage other women to take the leap of faith.

Annabel Webster

Annabelle Webster, South East Timber & Damp Ltd
Over the past 12 years, Annabelle and her husband Dean have grown their damp proofing business in mid-Kent from a small start-up to now employing 10 staff members. With a background in project management and customer service, Annabelle runs the Sales & Marketing side of the business. She is passionate about supporting youth in business and helping them gain employment, so whilst growing their business, Annabelle also lectured in travel subjects, customer services and airline programmes at local colleges. A mother of three, Annabelle is also currently studying for a Level 3 in Business Management.