International Womens Day 2018

In celebration of International Womens Day, this year we wanted to take the opportunity to tell you a little bit more about some of the tremendous business women that we are lucky enough to have collaborated with recently.

Shabana Mirza
Muslim Lifestyle Expo 

Shabana is one half of the power-couple that came up with the original idea for the Muslim Lifestyle Expo (MLE) way back in 2014. MLE has broken the mould for events aimed at the Muslim market and 4 years later, they are still the leaders in the game. Shabana is mega sales lady and shrewd business woman and it is has been marvellous to work with her right from the beginning of the MLE adventure!


Derri Burdon & Caz Brader 
CEO & Deputy CEO/Director of Cultural Programmes

Derri and Caz  are the captains of the good ship Curious Minds. Curious Minds is an organisation dedicated to improving the lives of children and young people through great art and culture. Working across multiple sectors, they aim to drive equal access, continuous improvement and innovation in the field of creative and cultural education.



It is impossible not to notice the commitment that Derri and Caz have to the arts, cultural and education sectors, and the passion that they have for empowering the lives of the children and young people they work with. An all round top organisation, with two all round top ladies at the helm!



Ruth Evans & Louise Blunt
Managing Director & Operations Director
Patient Experience Network  

Ruth and Louise are the backbone of the Patient Experience Network (PEN). PEN is a not-for-profit membership based network whose aim is to provide a valuable, practical resource for all healthcare organisations wishing to improve the patient experience.



Ruth and Louise’s passion and dedication to sharing best practice and engaging as many people as possible is truly outstanding as proven by the annual PEN National Awards event which is going from strength to strength, run alongside a huge variety of workshops across the country throughout the year. They are also the perfect hosting duo on stage, and have the kind of working relationship that anyone should strive for!


Helen Woodward
Education Consultant, Coach and Facilitator

Helen Woodward is an independent education consultant, coach and facilitator, and previous Head of School Improvement with the Department for Education. Events Northern were lucky enough to work with Helen on the School Led Conferences project over a number of years. Alongside all this, Helen has also co-founded ReBuilding Schools Nepal, an organisation that is rebuilding the structure and sustainable education programme of  Antarastriya Yuba Barsa Ssecondary School, Ramechhap, Nepal and regularly organises fundraising projects for this cause. (She is also a talented musician, singer AND yoga teacher, so just an all round superwoman!)

Rebecca Dunne 
Prestolee Teaching School Alliance

Rebecca is Director of Prestolee Teaching School Alliance, a group made up of many different schools who are at the forefront of a self-improving and sustainable school-led system. Rebecca was a key member of the School Led Conferences team which was highly successful in giving respected names within the education sector a platform to speak to school leaders across Greater Manchester and the wider North West region. These events brought together headteachers, senior leadership teams, governors and policy makers and offered them a chance to debate and discuss the most prevalent issues affecting the region, as well as creating a wider network of support to help implement the necessary changes. If your looking for a strong female role model within leadership, Rebecca is your lady!



Kath Ashton, Gill Barton, & Jennifer Clough,
Economic Development Officers
Preston City Council, Chorley Council & South Ribble Borough Council 

Kath, Gill and Jennifer are key members of the Economic Development teams from Preston, Chorley and South Ribble Councils. Events Northern have worked with Kath, Gill and Jennifer for a number of years on Central Lancashire Business Events, an annual collaboration across the three organisations that provides advice and networking opportunities for local businesses and entrepreneurs across the 3 boroughs. The annual event has seen highlights from keynote speakers such as Dragons Den entrepreneur Kirsty Henshaw and Customer Whisperer, Kate Hardcastle (Another two successful women in business!)

Nicola Darwen 
Freelance Graphic Designer

Nicola is a graphic designer with years of experience, having worked with some of the worlds top brands, including British Airways and Coca Cola. Events Northern enlisted Nicola’s services to update our existing brand and we are delighted with the final results which we are slowly starting to roll out across all platforms. She takes on board the ethos of a business, and works with them to produce something relevant, innovative and stylish. (Also, she is super trendy and just so damn cool!)

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