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When & where

  • Date: Wednesday 30/06/2021
  • Time: 10:30am - 12:30pm
  • At: Pittville Pump Room and Park - Pittville Park
    Cheltenham, GL52 3JE

About the event


‘Inspiring Women In Business’

We are launching our 2021 in person/live events with our ‘Inspiring Women in Business’ event celebrating excellence in business, best practice and in recognition of International women’s day in March. This event is open to both male and female business people as we believe life and the work place should be a balanced environment with diversity and inclusion so all are welcome.

On the back of the huge success of our ‘Inspiring Women in Business’ event last year just before lockdown 1, we thought it appropriate to kick off our 2021 online/live event programme with the same theme.

At this event we will hear from inspirational, motivational women in business who will share their journey, COVID- 19  experiences and their future plans, how to lead in crisis, motivate your people and stay focused.

We hope you will join us to be inspired and motivated, enjoy a fantastic light lunch and network in a safe environment. All Government guidelines will adhered to ensure your safety at all times.

Join us and meet some inspirational, motivated women in business who care about their people, the future and making a difference!


Laurie Bell, CEO The Cheltenham Trust

Leading through the worst storm, weathering the crisis and having the resilience to rebuild

On 5 March 2018, Salisbury hit headlines across the world following the unprecedented situation after a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned by Novichok nerve agent in its city centre. Overnight a city reliant on tourists and visitors saw its local economy crash. A city renowned for its cathedral and quintessential streets and shops was abandoned by tourists and visitors avoiding its centre though fear of the nerve agent. This high profile situation hit local, national and international news and became a fast moving, highly sensitive and political situation. Communication was vital to provide facts, reassurance and guidance and to encourage a return to normality and recovery.

Leading through a major crisis is something we never expect in a career lifetime. While we can set out plans and contingencies for managing in a crisis, the reality is very different, and I speak from personal experience. Leading communication following the Novichok incidents provided the learning that can only be gained through working through such an experience and that you hope that you won’t need to rely on again.

Two years on from the Salisbury incidents the country faces the worst pandemic seen in 100 years. The impact of Covid-19 is a world-wide crisis and it has changed and affected everyone’s life and sense of normality.

The Cheltenham Trust is an independent charity that manages Cheltenham’s most iconic venues; Pittville Pump Room, Cheltenham Town Hall, The Wilson Museum and Art Gallery, Leisure at Cheltenham and the Prince of Wales Stadium. With the support of an annual grant from its main partner, Cheltenham Borough Council, it delivers a range of cultural and leisure facilities and services for the local community. The Trust is totally reliant on shows, concerts, hires, events, weddings, leisure memberships and its in-house catering to generate income to ensure its sustainability. Hear from Laurie about the next chapter in her story!

Read more about Laurie’ exciting story, having led a team through 2 global crisis, in our latest magazine:

Lorrin White, CEO Bamboo Technology Group

Lorrin Joined us last year and shared her story to date, much has changed in the last 12 months and she will share with us the changes she has seen and made, her COVID-19 story, challenges over the last 12 months and her personal journey during that time.

Over the last 20 years Lorrin has provided strategic planning, direction and implementation of services across all areas of the business to all types of business. From grass roots to executive level her approach to customer service and operations excellence has been unrelenting. In doing so the business has delivered first to market regulatory change propositions, cultural change program success and national and industry customer service accolades. Now an experienced business leader, Lorrin has a passion for bringing ideas, people and technology together to create and develop business futures that drive positive change to people’s lives and she loves to talk about this as often as she can!

 Outside of Bamboo she is a business mentor, wife, mother of two, artist and self-professed lover of travel which has seen her set down roots outside of the UK. With a positive outlook and future focused mind set she drives constant change, improvement and learning.

Karen Taylor, Managing Director Gloucestershire Airport Ltd

Gloucestershire Airport Ltd recently appointed Karen Taylor as the airport’s new Managing Director, one of only two female airport Managing Directors in the UK.

The Airport plays a key role in supporting the local economy, both as an important travel gateway for many organisations across the region, and as a base for a range of businesses, including engineering, aerospace, plus charter flights, flight training, and pleasure flights.

The strategic location of the airfield is also key to help drive the county’s economic development ambitions and is ideally placed near to the cyber development at Golden Valley and Gloucester’s digital campus, The Forum.

Karen has already established and proven her leadership at the airport in the role of Interim Managing Director and Commercial Finance Director which has seen her play a central role in developing the long-term vision for the airport.

Karen’s appointment comes at a very exciting time for the airport. She has been instrumental in securing funding for runway improvement works and other critical capital improvements that will boost the airport’s status as a ‘gateway for growth’ and will be key to driving the airport’s development.

The Airport has a long-term vision for growth as a sustainable business and is embarking on a programme of activity that will create around 1,520 new jobs and enable airport improvements.  This includes the new CGX Connect business park development, which has been submitted for planning consent to Tewkesbury Borough Council.

Karen will share with us her journey to date, challenges faced, thoughts on sustainability and future plans for this exciting project.


Lunch & Refreshments At Pittville PumpRooms

Refreshments will be served on arrival, along with a light lunch.

Lunch Served

Lux Platter ,a selection of our freshly made artisan bread & wraps, all lavishly filled with our upgraded seasonal selection of meat, fish & vegetarian fillings, served with crisps & fresh cut fruit. This is served with a finger buffet of three light bites & handmade cake bites

Lunch Cost for Members @£20.00 inc vat

Lunch Cost for Non-Members @£30.00 inc vat

Pittville Pump Room and Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire


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Pittville Pump Room and Park

Pittville Park
Cheltenham, GL52 3JE

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