60 Registered to attend the launch of the Woman Who…Network on Monday

60 women in business (and a couple of men too) are registered to attend the launch of the the Coventry, Warwickshire & Solihull Woman Who…Network on Monday 17th October at Coombe Abbey Hotel, Coventry.

This quarterly network, is being run in partnership with the FSB (Federation of Small Business) @FSBWarksCov, and will take place quarterly at venues throughout the FSB’s Coventry, Warwickshire & Solihull Region.

Our inspiration speakers will each share their story about their journey into business.  There will then be an opportunity to ask our speakers questions, and to share business challenges.  There will also be an update about the Woman Who…Awards 2017.

You can book tickets here but hurry as we are almost sold out!

Meet Our Speakers:


Rachel Wade, Founder & Managing Director of Opt HR   (Finalist of the Woman Who…Start Up Award 2016) @OptHR

Rachel Wade is not like other HR personnel – just ask some of the people she’s worked with.

It’s more than just experience, of which she has almost 20 years in a wide range of different industries, including energy, professional services, construction and property, water technology and vehicle exchange.

And it’s more than mere expertise – Rachel is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, has skills ranging from technical know-how to strategic programme leadership and was also nominated for a Women Who… Start Up award, for her work with Opt HR.

And obviously, it goes without saying that the energy and enthusiasm she has for her work make Rachel an extremely effective partner for business owners and management teams. Not to mention the advantage her incisive thinking and people-oriented creativity give her when it comes to designing practical and flexible HR strategies that are tailor-made for each individual client.

Whether you’re a start-up, an SME or a blue-chip FTSE-listed corporation, Rachel will bring her passion and her personality to bear and deliver strategic and operational HR solutions that will drive your business forward.

160415-WW-02-Posed-13-XJune Picken, Director of Sales, Coombe Abbey Hotel 
(Winner of Woman Who…Excels in Business Award 2016) @CoombeAbbey

June Picken began her role as Director of Sales at Coombe Abbey in April 2012 but in the short time since has been a major orchestrator in establishing the period Warwickshire hotel as a venue of quality and distinction.

The importance June places on building and enhancing positive relationships with clients, local groups and the public is among the largest contributing factors to Coombe’s success since 2012.

But growing Coombe’s business isn’t June’s only priority – she has also invested in growing and supporting the Coventry and Warwickshire region as a whole.

And her hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. Whilst Coombe Abbey’s turnover has increased by 50 per cent since she took on the role, it is the last year which has really seen her efforts come into fruition.

Coombe Abbey Hotel is located in the heart of Warwickshire.  Founded in 1150 AD as the Abbey of Cumbe, the 4-star hotel enjoys a rich and fascinating history, with ties to Royalty and the Gunpowder Plot. At Coombe Abbey, you can look forward to a stay like no other.


Jane Cross, CEO, Personal Touch Financial Services @ptfs

Jane Cross joined Personal Touch in January 2012 as Personal Touch Financial Services’s Finance and IT director before being appointed to CEO in November 2014.

Prior to this, Jane spent one of her three years at Jelf Insurance Brokers Ltd as Finance Director; responsible for client money under CASS5 across the group and circa 40 staff in 7 locations across the UK, ensuring client money was dealt with in a compliant manner. She also worked as Finance Director for 2 years at Clarke Roxburgh Insurance Group, part of Jelf,

Jane was also at Calor Gas for 6 years as Financial Planning and Decision Support Manager.  Jane is a Fellow of the institute of Chartered Accountants and completed her training with Ernst and Young.

Personal Touch Financial Services was established in 1994, and is the consumer led adviser network focused on quality and committed to ensuring our members deliver great consumer outcomes. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), Personal Touch Financial Services provides business, technical and regulatory support to our community of members including our own client management software, Toolbox and a range of development events for members

Distributing a carefully selected range of products from a comprehensive panel of providers, the company has four core areas of business:

  • Mortgages
  • Protection
  • Investments and pensions
  • General Insurance

Book your place here and join over 50 Women in Business to hear their inspiring stories. STOP PRESS….Only 7 places remaining.

Future dates for the Woman Who…Network:

  • Monday 17th October 2016, Coombe Abbey Hotel   Book Here
  • Friday 27th January 2017
  • Wednesday 8th March 2017 (International Women’s Day and Award Finalists Announced)
  • Friday 30th June 2017

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