CAROLINE WOOD – Head of HR, Warburtons
For the past ten years Caroline has been the Head of HR at Warburtons HQ in Bolton supporting circa 350 employees. Previous to this role she held senior management positions with Thomas Cook Retail and off shore as HR business partner for RBSI International in Jersey. During her time in Jersey she also stepped off the corporate ladder for a few years to run her own Gift & Interior Design business before returning to the UK.
She has a passion for developing others and leads the talent programme for middle managers across Warburtons so her interest in our Big Sister programme which inspires middle girls was a given and resulted in her becoming a Big Sister herself in 2016/17 and she loved it!
Caroline is a qualified HR professional, experienced coach and trainer and after her Big Sister experience naturally became the Girls Out Loud evangelist with Warburtons encouraging more and more women to get involved in our work.
Caroline says ‘Girls Out Loud play a vital role in helping impressionable young girls build confidence and ultimately realise their potential. They really do make a difference and I am delighted to join the Ambassador team and help spread the word about their amazing work within my network. I will wear my Ambassador badge with purpose and pride.’
JACKIE HYDE – Managing Director, Stanmore Insurance Brokers
Jackie has worked her way up through the ranks at Stanmore Insurance Brokers after joining in 1988 (in fact, she applied for a job at Stanmore three times before finally landing a role). In 1999 when the opportunity came up to have a real say in how the business was run, Jackie grabbed it with both hands joining the board of directors.
In 2003, alongside the commercial insurance offering of Stanmore, Jackie launched dot2dot, a specialist insurance product just for nursery schools. Fourteen years later this is now the UK’s leading nursery insurance product, in fact, it is award-winning – in December Stanmore Insurance Brokers was named Schemes Broker of the Year at the Insurance Times Awards. In 2015 Jackie went on to become the managing director and majority shareholder of Stanmore Insurance Brokers.
Key to Jackie’s success has been her focus on understanding what her customers need and providing the services to help them thrive. She had grown a network of like-minded business contacts whose products and services complement and enhance the Stanmore products resulting in a service that customers would struggle to get anywhere else.
As an ambassador of Girls Out Loud Jackie’s goal is to encourage her clients from all sectors to become more involved in empowering young women through the work of GOL, raising the profile of the RHINO girl, making sure they know anything is achievable.
When she is not working, Jackie, loves walking her dog Baxter, enjoys her downtime with country walks and seaside breaks with her husband and two grown-up children.
GINA ARMSTRONG – SPORTS LECTURER, First Winner of our Rock Star Award 2017
Gina is a young woman on a mission to change the world one girl at a time!
In September 2017 she was the proud winner of the Rock Star Award at our first ever Shining Stars Ball.
Her story from a troubled teenager to a confident and aspirational young women moved the room. Gina is testament to the power of self-belief and how it is possible to turn your life around when you have someone who believes in you unconditionally and who gives you a new set of tools.
As one of the first girls to participate in a Girls Out Loud programme back in 2009 she has certainly turned her life around and we are delighted she is now one of our Ambassadors flying the flag for our cause.
In 2018 she qualified as a PE Teacher and was snapped up immediately by Southport College. We know this role will allow her to share her story and inspire girls and boys to believe in the power of their dreams and potential!
You rock Gina!
TAYLUER AMOS – Dancer, Model & Actress
At only 17 Tayluer is our youngest ever Ambassador but boy what a powerhouse she is!
Already the UK’s most decorated dancer ever, three times world champion, reached the finals of Got To Dance UK, appeared on TV show Dance Moms and just landed her first movie role – to say she is a rising star is an understatement!
Guests at our first ever Shining stars Ball in September 2017 will have been wowed by her opening performance and many of our Little Sisters will get the opportunity to participate in her dance masterclasses throughout the coming year.
Currently studying at Rare Studios in Liverpool we are delighted she has taken our cause to heart.
Check her out on Instagram and take a peek at her own brand of dance wear Tayluer Made. This is a young women who knows who she is and where she is going. We love her!
HANNAH WITTON – Vlogger & Online Creator
Hannah Witton is an award-winning vlogger & online creator with her vlogs attracting more than 36 million unique views on her official YouTube channel.
Hannah is regarded as one of the UK’s leading young voices and she uses her unique blend of positivity, optimism and knowledge to talk about a range of topics including sex, relationships, feminism, body image, gender and sexuality.
Hannah’s book ‘Doing It’ debuted this year which candidly explores topics such as masturbation and puberty, slut shaming and consent as well as how to maintain healthy relationships in a digital age.
Hannah was named ‘Best Sex and Relationships Influencer’ at the Cosmopolitan Influencer Awards 2016.
She also works as an ambassador for Brook, the UK’s leading sexual health and wellbeing charity for young people.
PENNI PENNINGTON – Director & Co-Owner of ConnectIn
Penni is the Director and Co-Owner of ConnectIn Events in Manchester. ConnectIn are the ‘go to’ team for dynamic, value-added and brand led events with a passion for supporting good causes and the leading provider of high profile conferences and award programmes in the UK Housing sector.
Penni’s great strength is building & maintaining effective relationships. Her repeat business rate is high and together with her Co-Founder David Ward she has over 20 years’ experience in communications, selling and event management. Her warmth, ‘I can’ attitude and attention to brand values and financial planning ensures her reputation for delivering awesome events that wow and we are delighted to have her on board to lead our charity event – The Shining Stars Ball on 29 September 2017.
Penni says ‘ I am so glad I grew up when I did, the statistics Jane shared with us at the recent Women In Housing Awards night relating to teenage girls and their mental health, self-harming, suicides, eating disorders, bullying and lack of aspiration was truly mind blowing. I am pleased to be supporting Jane and her team and the amazing work they are doing to empower girls and help them navigate such a challenging landscape.’
SONIA BATE – Managing Director of EDIT Development
Sonia Bate is the Managing Director of EDIT Development. EDIT Development is a global people development business with three main practices: Leadership Development, Coaching and Diversity & Inclusion.
She is a business leader with over fourteen years’ experience in leadership. Sonia has also has held senior leadership positions in both retail and the financial services sector so brings broad commercial and operational experience to the companies she works with. Her expertise spans selection and assessment, talent management, leadership development, executive coaching and working with organisations to deliver a diverse business and an inclusive environment.
Sonia is passionate about building talented pipelines of diverse talent and enabling young women to fulfil their potential. She is a big believer in lift and climb and is excited to be an Ambassador of the great work Girls Out Loud are leading as this is aligned to the work her company does with businesses and education around the world.
NATASCHA COX – Fashion, Beauty, Travel & Yahoo Style Blogger
Mother to three children, including two girls, Natascha was born an Army baby and has lived in Germany, Sweden and the UK. After getting pregnant at a young age, it took Natascha a while to be able to find the right path for herself whilst trying to work around the constraints of being a mother and a single one at that.
Natascha decided to go back to school at the age of 21 and studied BA Hons in Video Production & Media Studies. After graduating Natascha pursued a career as a child model agent and went on to run her own successful agency.
Three years in and two children later, Natascha realised that she had always wanted to work around fashion and media so decided to start a blog. The fashion, beauty and travel blog, nataschacox.com quickly gained popularity and currently attracts over 48000 visitors each month. Natascha tries to promote positive body image and has appeared in Now magazine, and various publications as a body image champion. You will also find Natascha’s articles over on Yahoo, as she regularly contributes to their Style section.
Trying to change the way the media perceive bloggers and beauty in general, Natascha wants to help young girls to see themselves as beautiful too and make positive life choices along the way.
Natascha says “I really want girls to have somewhere or someone to turn to that they feel comfortable talking to and can be honest with. Sometimes there is a lot going on and as a teenage girl it’s very difficult to talk to your parents about the kinds of things going on around you.
Girls Out Loud help girls to appreciate themselves and their worth and encourage them to take part in positive activities which is great as there is just so much out there for them. I especially want to see girls in the UK being taught that teenage pregnancy is not the way to go and to really show them what life is like when you have children so young and the struggles young single mothers face. Girls Out Loud programmes and Big Sister mentors are so important for girls as they help to navigate the challenges of their teen years and can really make a difference.”
KAREN TURTON – UK Operations Director, Turtle Bay
Karen Turton has built a career within the hospitality industry that has so far spanned over 25 years. She started at a grass roots level running nightclubs and pubs before moving into the Learning and Development arena where she became the Group Training Manager for Choice Hotels Europe. During this role she was awarded one of the Caterer and Hotelkeeper prestigious 30 under 30 awards that then led her to move back into pubs into a more operational position.
The next decade saw her gain credibility as an operations manager and she further enhanced her skill set with a move into marketing where she headed up the value food brands as the Concept Manager. In 2005 Karen was named as one of the 6 finalists for business woman of the year at the Publican awards.
Following a successful career in pubs that saw her named as a finalist in the ALMR operations manager of the year awards she was headhunted by Nandos to be their first ever appointed female Regional Director where she remained for over 2 years before becoming UK Operations Director at Turtle Bay.
Karen, known as KT by her colleagues, has a passion for leadership that she combines with learning. In 2013 she successfully gained her Masters in Multi Unit leadership after spending time researching the millennial generation and leadership impacts. This year she will continue her personal development journey by starting a PHd where she will set about to undertake some unique research specifically focussed around diversity and females. Karen is really clear that her purpose is to help the females she comes into contact with be the best they can be and help them step forward. This is what has brought her to Girls Out Loud.
Karen was introduced to Jane’s work through a colleague and the superb work immediately resonated with her own purpose and as such she is keen to support and help Jane grow the Girls Out Loud brand to ensure that as many impressionable girls are reached as soon as possible in their formative years to help them step forward into being whatever they choose to be.
JO WHITFIELD – CEO Co-op Food Group
We are delighted to welcome Jo Whitfield to our team of Ambassadors. Jo has been a fan and advocate of our cause for the past few years ensuring we have been talked about in all the right places and being an amazing Big Sister for 3 years running at Oldham Oasis Academy.
Jo moved to the Co-op as FD/CFO of Retail in April 2016 and within a year was promoted to CEO of Food. The first female CEO of a UK food retailer. Prior to this move Jo was with the Asda business for 8 years having been FD for George, VP for George Operations, International and Strategy and finally VP for Asda General Merchandise, Money and Mobile.
Jo’s experience and Industry sector background is varied. She is a qualified Chartered Accountant having trained with Ernst & Young and subsequently moved into Industry. Throughout her career she has held Finance, Strategy and Commercial leadership roles with businesses such as Northern Foods, GE Capital and Matalan.
Jo is a member of the Critical Eye Network and Women in Retail group. She was also recently featured in the “Inspiring Women Leaders “ book by Lee Travers.
Jo enjoys spending her personal time at the beach with her husband and two young sons and is passionate about inspiring young girls to harness their confidence in order to capitalise on the wealth of opportunities they are now presented with in the workplace.
Her Ambassador role will be to continue to promote our work within the Co-op and open more doors within the retail sector utilising her connections and profile.
HATTIE PEARSON – Presenter on Key 103, DJ, Artist Manager & Voiceover Artist
Hattie is a presenter, DJ, artist manager and voiceover artist.
Since moving to Manchester almost a decade ago Hattie has been involved in the music scene in various forms. Whether it’s promoting live gigs whilst at Uni, interviewing bands for her YouTube channel Matter of Sound or DJing her weekly club night, GIRLS ON FILM at The Deaf Institute.
She started out in the media as a freelancer for BBC Breakfast, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio Manchester. In 2013 she landed the night shift presenting on Radio X (formerly XFM) before moving to Key 103 in February this year.
Most recently Hattie has started presenting for the online music platform, Vevo. She is also proud to play second bassoon (albeit not very well) in Manchester Wind Orchestra.
Hattie first got involved with Girls Out Loud in 2013, taking part in the Discovery days and the Role Model Relay events and after stepping up to be a Big Sister she knew for sure, Girls Out Loud would hold a very special place in her heart for a very long time!
Hattie says ‘I am fortunate enough to have had a privileged upbringing with a supportive and loving family and growing up it’s not always easy to appreciate that. Upon moving to Manchester for Uni when I was 19 I became aware of a whole new world that was miles away from home in so many senses. I’m proud to have just bought my first home in Salford, I love the city and I care for the local community. Girls Out Loud opened my eyes to the difficulties teenage girls face and I want to be a part of helping make that change. I don’t often see my 16 year old sister and although I don’t want to replace her I do love being around young women, their ability to tell it how it is can be refreshing and the personal development I’ve achieved from the my involvement has been so rewarding.’
As an Ambassador for Girls Out Loud, Hattie will bring her knowledge, passion and contacts from the media industry to the table. Her aim is to help young women realise their dreams whether they may be aspiring journalists, camera operators, presenters, technicians or producers by connecting them with creative, professional women.
Hattie is high energy and much loved addition to our growing team of Ambassadors and amongst her many talents she helps to keep us all on trend so we are very pleased to welcome her on board!
Find out more about Hattie at www.hattiepearson.co.uk and follow her on twitter @hattiepearson
VANESSA VALLELY – Founder of www.wearethecity.comand well respected female champion
Vanessa Vallely is a recognized expert in person-to-person business networking, online branding and a sought after motivational speaker. She is regarded as one of the most well networked women in and out of the City of London and is passionate about sharing her know-how and experiences with others.
In 2008, Vanessa started the networking site: www.wearethecity.com (WATC) as a vehicle to help other Women connect and grow both personally and professionally. Today, WeAreTheCity experiences over 5 million hits per month and an average of 260,000 unique visitors.
Vanessa works tirelessly to furthering the Diversity Agenda. To this end, Women in Banking & Finance (WiBF), recognized her achievements with the ‘2011 Women’s Champion Award’. In 2009, Vanessa co-founded the citywide diversity forum, The Networks of Networks (TNON). The TNON includes the Diversity heads and heads of women’s networks from 48 firms.
As testimony to the success of the knowledge she shares with others, Vanessa is on every watch list following top women in the City, and her latest achievement is being cited as 1 of 50 Women of Influence by UK’s leading magazine, Good Housekeeping (Nov 2013).
Vanessa has recently released her first book, “Heels of Steel” which tracks her amazing career climb to the C-suite. As well as being an autobiography, the book also imparts 13 chapters of tips and advice aimed at helping the next generation to achieve career success.
Vanessa is committed to community work, and alongside her role as an Ambassador for Girls Out Loud she also serves as a Non Executive for Prostate Cancer UK and is the Pearly Queen of the City of London, which represents a fundamental aspect of London’s heritage.
She says ‘I am proud to support Girls Out Loud as I truly believe we all need to give back to future generations of girls who need our support to ensure they have the best possible start in life.’
Here, here Vanessa, welcome on board!
NINA LOCKWOOD – Founder & Director, Intuitive Interim & Executive Search
With a successful career spanning the Corporate world, independent management consultancy and SME business growth, Nina launched her own Executive Search company in January 2013.
As an Ambassador for Girls Out Loud, Nina’s main objective is to ensure that her clients in the Transport Sector are aware of the amazing work being done with young girls, and are given the opportunity to support us in whatever way they can. The Rail Sector in particular needs to attract more females in to the industry, and so Girls Out Loud is a great fit with the diversity aims of the sector.
Nina is passionate about working with, developing and support people to be the very best they can be, whatever their starting point … She firmly believes that every one has the capacity to achieve amazing things, and that everyone deserves the support to help them reach for their dreams.
Nina is an eternal optimist, lover of beach walks, books and inspirational people – and her favourite place in the world is in the company of her family and friends.
To find out more about Nina visit www.intuitiverecruitment.com or follow her on twitter @ninalockwood