Join over 100 business professionals from across Herefordshire & Worcestershire for our annual Women’s Business Conference in association with Harrison Clark Rickerbys in the beautiful settings of Crumplebury Farm. Hear from our inspiring female speakers, benefit from plenty of networking opportunities throughout the day and enjoy a delicious farmer’s buffet spread.
Baroness Martha Lane-Fox CBE
Martha is an entrepreneur and internet activist, she became a crossbench peer in the UK House of Lords in March 2013 and in March 2014, and she was appointed Chancellor of the Open University. Martha is a director of Twitter and chairperson of WeTransfer where she helped them reach B-Corp Status. She is also a non-executive director of Chanel! From 2009 to 2013, Martha was Digital Champion for the UK and helped to create the Government Digital Service – this team launched gov.uk transforming government service delivery and in 2013 Martha was awarded a CBE. In 1998 Martha co-founded Europe’s largest travel and leisure website, lastminute.com and LuckyVoice, revolutionising the karaoke industry. As well as all of this, Martha is a Patron of AbilityNet, Reprieve, Camfed and Just for Kids Law.
Joining the Army after graduating in Classics from Oxford University, Kate was deployed on operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, where her leadership, decision-making, technical skill and adaptability were brutally tested in the fast-paced environment of front-line operations. Kate’s tour of Afghanistan came to an abrupt end when injuries caused by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) resulted in her electing to have her leg amputated below the knee, marking her out as the first British female to lose a limb in combat. Persistent medical issues demanded further surgery and she decided she needed a new goal by which to re-focus her rehab. Therefore, at the end of 2013 Kate trekked to the South Pole as part of an expedition organised by the charity Walking With The Wounded. This earned her the honour of being shortlisted in the Women of the Year awards in 2014. Leaving the Army after 13 years’ service, Kate founded Corran Consulting Ltd and now works as a Coach and Speaker, bringing her love of developing her soldiers into the civilian world.
Carole spent over 30 years in UK Civil Service in a variety of roles and took voluntary early retirement to in 2011 to join local charity Worcestershire Association of Carers as Chief Executive. She stepped down as CEO in March 2023 into ‘semi-retirement’ with the organisation having been successful in securing the contract to run carer’s services in the county for the next 4 years. During her time at Worcestershire Association of Carers, Carole returned to studying gaining an Open University Degree and becoming a Health Foundation ‘Generation Q’ Fellow. Carole has recently taken on a role as an Associate Non-Executive Director of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health & Care NHS Trust, with a particular interest in Mental Health. Outside of work, Carole has played for the Marylebone Cricket Club, has her name on the Middlesex Cricket ‘Wall of Fame’ at Lords Cricket Ground and still plays some veteran’s’ cricket. She is also a qualified lawn bowls coach and is trying to persuade more younger people to give it a try!