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06 November 2017

Leading digital entrepreneurs joins forces with FSB to host Women in Enterprise Twitter chat

To celebrate the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week, FSB is holding a twitter chat on women in enterprise in the digital age.

The chat will take place on Monday 13 November from 12-1pm. You can follow the conversation on the day with #FSBChat, and get your questions in beforehand by tweeting @fsb_policy.

We’ll be looking at the barriers and opportunities faced by women in business, with insights from a panel of inspirational and successful women in business.

marthaBaroness Lane Fox of Soho, entrepreneur and philanthropist
Martha Lane Fox has been named one of the most powerful women in the UK. She was a dotcom pioneer, co-founding in 1998. Since then, Martha has held various roles, including championing women’s rights and entrepreneurship. In 2013, Martha joined the House of Lords as a crossbencher, becoming its youngest female member. She believes strongly in growing UK digital skills and is the founder and executive chair of, a charity fighting for a fairer internet. Martha is also the Chancellor of the Open University and a non-executive director of Twitter.

Sherry Coutu CBE, entrepreneur, angel investor and Executive Chair of Founders4Schools
As an entrepreneur, Sherry has founded a number of businesses and charities and was awarded a CBE for “services to entrepreneurship” in 2013. Sherry has been voted one of the most inspiring women in Europe and named one of the UK’s most philanthropic entrepreneurs. With decades of experience in the technology and education sectors, Sherry is currently the executive chair and founder of Founders4Schools. She is the author of ‘The Scale Up Report’ on UK economic growth and has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs as an angel investor.

Helen Walbey, FSB Diversity Chair and Managing Director of Recycle Scooters
@RecycleScootersHelen Walbey - Portrait1

Helen has been running 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.

Julianne Ponan is an FSB member and CEO of Creative Nature
At 22 years old, Julianne became owner and CEO of Creative Nature, a superfood brand. Suffering from anaphylaxis from childhood prompted Julianne’s focus on launching a range of ‘free from’ foods with good nutrition. Within 24 months and with just two staff members, she managed to turn around the struggling business and make it profitable. Julianne has won various awards and was named Leader of the year by The Guardian. She is a mentor for Virgin Startup and is passionate about helping young entrepreneurs to achieve their goals.

Doniya Soni, Policy Manager for Skills, Talent and Diversity at techUK
@doniyasoniDoniya Soni

Doniya leads techUK’s Women in Tech programme which works with industry and Government to address the gender gap in the tech sector. As part of her role, she launched techUK’s Returners Hub and also sits on the steering committee for the Tech Talent Charter. Doniya is passionate about championing women in the workplace and addressing gender inequality globally.