I first met Julie Lilley when I was invited to speak at a Women in Business Conference organised by FSB Devon & Cornwall.


I immediately knew that I wanted Julie to speak at this year’s awards.


I was absolutely delighted when Julie agreed and I’m really looking forward to her keynote.”


Sandra Garlick MBE, Founder of Woman Who

Julie will be joining Julie Colan, Founder of Secret Whispers as keynote speakers at this year’s interactive online awards event.

Plus, throughout the afternoon, as well as networking, we will be announcing the Award Winners with lots of interviews and interaction along the way.

Tickets are available for anyone who would like to attend an afternoon of positivity, inspiration and celebration.

When the Finalists were announced on International Women’s Day earlier this year no-one could have foreseen that this would be the last Woman Who face to face event of 2020.

The Finalists have all been waiting patiently since the event was postponed in May and, although we had planned to have a socially distanced face to face event in October, sadly this wasn’t to be.

With everyone’s safety being paramount, the awards event will go ahead online on Friday 2nd October.

Julie Lilley, CEO of the Federation of Small Businesses


Julie Lilley has worked for the FSB for over 22 years, having been head of various departments prior to her appointment as Chief Operations Officer in 2010 and then Chief Executive in 2018.  She works with and advises the Board on operational matters whilst ensuring the Directors strategic vision is delivered via her team of ten Senior Managers.

On leaving school, Julie was self-employed owning and running her own business.  A few years later she moved to the Middle East for 14 years, primarily working for the Royal Oman Police, where she was responsible for the management of several retail outlets supporting the oil installations in the dessert and key cities.  Latterly, having studied classical Arabic, she led a department in Special Branch.  She returned to the UK to further her education and completed her MBA in 2004.

Julie lives with her husband and together they enjoy walking with their Welsh Terrier, gardening and watching motor racing.


“When I learned that I was a finalist of the Woman Who Achieves Awards every cell in my body was dancing in joy!

What a wonderful sensation when you feel the nervousness but lean in anyway – because you would literally astound yourself…

Thank you for this amazing recognition – I will continue to unleash the strength within myself and others, because together, we could create so much brightness on this world.

Catherine Sin

Senior Marketing Strategy Manager, HSBC (FINALIST)

Finding out that I have been selected as a finalist for the second year running in the Outstanding and Inspiring Leader Award gave me such a boost in confidence. 

Having attended the awards last year, I know that the opportunity to network with likeminded business women is a great way to promote yourself and your business and I’ve since worked with a number of ladies that I met last year.

Jo Williams

Owner & Director, Joco Interiors Ltd (FINALIST)

What a wonderful surprise to find that I had been shortlisted as a finalist for the Phoenix Award, in the 2020 Woman Who Achieves Awards.

I speak very openly about the experiences that I have had, in the hope that maybe just one person will be helped or inspired by my story.

It is a real privilege to be standing alongside the amazing women who are also finalists in this category! I can’t wait for the awards ceremony!

Claire Russell

Director, Mental Health in Business (FINALIST)


Delivered in partnership with the Federation of Small Businesses