THE A TEAM
As the demand for our work grows so too does our operational team and we thought it was time you met them!
JANE KENYON – FOUNDER
Jane is our Founder, figurehead, brand attractor, voice and strategic visionary. She takes our message to the corporate and business world; is our key PR spokesperson; she speaks at events all over the UK, develops new products, recruits and motivates the team, leads our team of Ambassadors, heads the development and delivery of our Stardom programme; is our social media queen; leads our brand and marketing activities and delivers some of our day events.
Find out more about Jane here
HELEN COPE – EXECUTIVE PA TO JANE KENYON
Helen started her career in Law when she was 18 and progressed through a Manchester Law Firm to run the Crown Court Criminal department. After 10 years as a Lawyer she made a brief move to assist in her families Sales & Marketing business. Helen joined the Girls Out Loud team in February 2016 to support the Executive team across all areas of the business including marketing, database management, PR and general admin. Helen works her organisational magic to keep us all in order.
Likes – Family time, Traveling & Sightseeing, Eating out, Catch-up’s with friends
Dislikes – Bullies, Bad manners and Ignorance.
SARRA SMITH – LOCAL LEAD BIG SISTER & STARDOM COACH
Sarra is our Local Lead managing Big Sister programmes in Greater Manchester area. She is also our newest Stardom Coach working with disadvantaged vulnerable girls.
Born, raised and living in the North West (with a brief stint in Sydney), Sarra started her career working with young people in education and after many years recruiting in the public sector managing accounts and teams and then working in education publishing sales she is back doing what she loves, informing, advising and nurturing young people. She has a particular passion to guide young girls and help them feel empowered and confident.
Likes – Experiencing the beauty of watching others blossom through being involved with Girls Out Loud , Meditation and Pilates, Stevie Wonder, Cornwall and Flat Whites
Dislikes – Marmite , the fact that my husband refers to Alexa as she, Rude and ignorant people, Techno music and the unnecessary cruelty of trolls on social media
HEATHER GIBBON – LOCAL LEAD BIG SISTER, MANCHESTER
Heather has lived in Manchester her whole life, and although she loves to travel, she always returns to this fantastic city.
She studied Chemical Engineering, specialising in Fire and Explosion Hazards. She was responsible for the safety of many chemical plants Globally and represented the UKs interests on a number of International safety boards. Whilst working in this male dominated sector, Heather became an advocate for Women in STEM and spoke at Universities.
After 22 years it was time to change direction and Heather retrained as a Coach, mostly helping women through a life change. She also started volunteering for an Adoption charity, chairing an Adoption panel and recently became a Magistrate.
Heather is an adoptive parent and knows the importance of providing children with a nurturing, positive and safe environment where they can flourish. That’s why she got involved with Girls out Loud, initially as a Role model and now as a Local Lead.
Loves: being by the sea, my family, my dog Georgie (I said I never wanted a dog!), music, food
Dislikes: queuing, Chinese food, cleaning
TRACEY THOMAS – LOCAL LEAD BIG SISTER MERSEYSIDE
Tracey is the Local Lead facilitating our Big Sister programme in schools in Merseyside. Tracey is also one of our Ambassadors and has supported Girls Out Loud from the start. She runs her own Marketing & Events company and teaches women how to set up home based businesses. She is also a University mentor in 3 universities across the North West.
Likes: Long walks with the dog, lots of holidays, nearly every carry on film, anything foodie and having a great collection of cook books.
Dislikes: People who are late, doing my accounts, Football, smoked fish and package holidays, I prefer to be a independent traveller.
CAROL SAVAGE – STARDOM COACH
Carol describes herself as a small, straight talking northerner with sense of humour and an empathetic ear!
She started out wanting a career in the sports sector which quickly changed after a chanced meeting which gave her an opportunity to work in the voluntary sector, supporting charities and developing their volunteering programme. Seventeen years later and now a qualified Coach and NLP Practitioner Carol coaches young people in schools. She believes that with appropriate support everyone has the ability to aspire and reach their own potential. Her passion is to help young people believe and achieve this.
The most recent and exciting ‘chanced’ meeting Carol had was with Jane Kenyon which led to the opportunity for her to become a Stardom Coach with Girls Out Loud. Carol is really enthused and looking forward to know how many years and the direction this next journey will take her.
Likes: laughter, silliness, learning new things, genuine people, sport, TV
Dislikes: snakes, disingenuous people, unfairness, inequality
EMILY BRINNAND – WORKSHOP FACILITATOR
Emily is a wellbeing coach and a freelance Producer, making documentary style films. She started her career in radio after graduating from Sheffield University with an English degree and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism. After graduating she spent time working between Manchester and London as a music journalist before moving into producing television commercials.
In the last few years Emily’s redefined what she wants out of life and work. Her experience as a Big Sister back in 2016 was frame-breaking, and resulted in her changing direction, training to become a coach and setting up her own wellbeing business. Now after an epic adventure travelling around South East Asia she is back and working with our Founder, Jane Kenyon to develop and deliver our Super 7 workshops, the Girls Code and Role Model Relay events.
Emily says ‘Having gone through my own struggles at school and being bullied for being different, making sure girls are surrounded by strong role models is a passion of mine and I am super dedicated to inspiring woman of all ages to be the best they can be.’
You are in the right place, at the right time we say Emily! Welcome on board.
Likes: yoga, pretentious black coffee, going out for brunch, discovering new music, travelling, documentaries and beautiful flowers.
Dislikes: rudeness, disrespect, impatience, the rain and boring life admin.
EMILY WARE – SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
Emily has worked in Digital Marketing for the past 5 years, working for some of the UK’s most celebrated digital agencies and household names before making the choice to become self-employed. Calling Cheshire her base, she is no country bumpkin and calls Manchester her spiritual home.
With a penchant for stats and content Emily is our social media genius and manages all our feeds with creativity, care and class!
Emily wants to create the safe space for teenage girls she wishes she had in high school, and to raise awareness of the issues teen girls’ face which can often go ignored not only by the media, but also within schools.
Likes: Girls helping girls, smashing the glass ceiling, Ru Paul’s Drag Race, festivals and Lizzo
Dislikes: Bigotry, mansplaining, the lack of mental health services on the NHS and mushrooms