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Women in Business Advisory Board

Karen Burge

Owner, Karen J Burge Ltd

Karen has owned diverse businesses for over 30 years. She became a certified business coach and has been a mentor at Sussex University. Karen runs online courses for entrepreneurs and continues to advise business owners on their business growth and marketing strategies.

Laura Chandler

Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP

Laura Chandler is a Partner in the Corporate Team at Mishcon de Reya LLP. She has over 15 years' experience as a corporate transactional lawyer advising a broad range of clients, including entrepreneurs, family businesses and corporations, on both UK and cross border matters.

Erin Corrigan

Event Sales Executive, Crystal Palace Football Club

Erin works for Crystal Palace Football Club as the non-matchday events lead. By organising and delivering the venue hire of Selhurst Park stadium, her team hosts a range of events from business meetings, corporate away days to film productions. Erin also hosts the 'Her Business...
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Kala Desai

Head of the Funds (London), FSE Group

With 25+ years of Banking experience, Kala is Head of the Funds, London at the FSE Group. Focussed on supporting high growth innovative businesses with debt solutions. Previously an MD in Leveraged Finance, and a Credit Committee member making lending decisions.

Amanda Fergusson

CEO, Greeting Card Association

Amanda Fergusson is CEO of the Greeting Card Association, a not for profit trade association. Amanda has held several senior sales and marketing roles, and also had her own business both as a distributor and latterly as a business consultant and mentor.

Corinna Field

Co-Founder, Red Lion PR

Corinna Field is co-founder of Red Lion PR. Along with co-founder Ellen, they launched in March 2020 with two months-old babies in tow, and then the world then went into lockdown. Now they’re twelve people strong with clients spanning Tech, Retail, Home, Drinks, Wellness and...
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Abby Ghafoor

Founder & CEO, Arc Management Consulting

Abby Ghafoor has collated over 25 years of experience within Marketing and Management Consulting. She is the founder and CEO of arc Management Consulting Limited (based in London and Paris), which specialises in Marketing and Business consultancy services across various industries and platforms.

Anil Gupta

General Manager (UK), Ophthalmic Experts Ltd

Anil Gupta was a Dispensing Optician for 47 years. He has become General Manager (UK) with the multinational Ophthalmic Experts Ltd. He’s been a Rotary member since 1989 and worked for decades providing free eye care in Africa and Asia.

Priya Kainth

Mortgage & Protection Advisor, Abode Mortgages Bureau

Priya is an experienced financial advisor with a focus on lending. She assists individuals/businesses achieve their financial goals. Areas of expertise includes mortgages residential, buy-to-let, commercial properties and bridging/development loans. Priya is dedicated to helping people understand the importance of their finances.

Aylin Kilic

Director, Prudens Consultancy Ltd

Aylin has 35 years of experience in various sectors like energy, construction equipment, printing, beverages as acumen in both sides performing at executive level and later acting as an consulting advisor in business strategy and development, market research, market entry.

Marc Ortmans

Co-Founder & Chair, GEN UK

Leads the development of several programmes - Global Entrepreneurship Week UK, Restart Ukraine, assisting Ukrainian women entrepreneurs rebuild their businesses, Startup Planet, net-zero innovation conference at COP28, LeZero, the inaugural Paris to Venice zero-carbon rally, export accelerator Xporter, and GEN UK HUB community.

Sarah Loveday

HR Consultant, peopleknd

Sarah Jo is a senior HR specialist, entrepreneur, and founder with a passion for helping organisations achieve their vision by strengthening their ability to drive transformative change in their leadership, culture, and employee experience. She is an accredited mediator, and a lecturer.

Nadia Minors

Global Payments Solutions Senior Manager, HSBC

Nadia works at HSBC in Global Payments Solutions, providing compliance advisory on cash/liquidity management and payments products. She is a Non-Executive Director of Progress Together, a membership body aimed to improve socio-economic diversity, progression, and retention within the UK financial services.

Julie Nel

Managing Director, B4Secure

Founder and Managing Director of b4Secure Ltd providing threat intelligence and investigation support. A senior leader with extensive experience in delivering threat and risk analysis within law enforcement, military and commercial sectors. Actively engaged within numerous forums promoting gender equality.

Natalia Nicholson

CEO & Founder, Women in Digital Business

In 2019, Natalia founded Women in Digital Business, a social enterprise that provides training and mentorship for female entrepreneurs. The organization was set up out of Natalia's desire to help underrepresented women succeed in business. As a woman, she understood that being a woman already...
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Annie Pang

Founder Director, Adrian Salt and Pang Limited

An urban planning and land economist of 38 years, Annie is highly experienced in tuning in to Clients' corporate objectives and anticipating the steps needed to realise them. Away from work, Annie has performed in major UK and international concert platforms and some unusual events....
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Alka Patel

CEO & Owner, Lifestyle First

Dr Alka Patel, also known as the Health Hacktivation Doctor, reverses ageing. Through her longevity concierge, she helps ambitious business owners and entrepreneurs to live longer and feel younger. She does this using her unique and bespoke Health Hacking Code which is 3 steps to...
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Anna Purchas

London Office Senior Partner & Regional Chair, KPMG LLP

Anna is KPMG’s London Office Senior Partner. She chairs the London Region, focusing on the Private Enterprise market, and leads KPMG’s work with the UK Professional Services sector. A qualified accountant, she has worked in Audit and Transaction Services and held CPO and COO roles...
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Waheeda Shah

CEO, Cosmos Financial Solutions & Ephesus Luxury Properties

Waheeda Shah is the CEO of Cosmos Financial Solutions and Ephesus Luxury Properties. She is an experienced international finance professional, (FCMA). She is Chairman for CFOP City and Westminster and National Conservative Policy Forum Lead on Health.

Fayha Sultan

UK Director, The Corporate Group

Fayha, based in London, specialises in the UAE commercial market. Fayha is currently contracted with the The Corporate Group, an Emirati owned corporate based in Dubai, as the UK Director - Business Development. Fayha assists companies in the UK with their market entry into the...
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Jacqui Thornton

Head Of Facilities, Active Facilities Management

Highly experienced Executive Coach of 20 years. Commitment to deliver excellent customer service built on a clear professional reputation within the Facilities Management industry. The key drives are achieving results facilitating change for organisations and individuals to fulfil their true potential.

Arif Zaman

Enterprise Outreach Manager & Senior Lecturer, Bloomsbury Institute London

Arif Zaman is Senior Lecturer, Bloomsbury Institute London and Director, Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network. Author, Reputational Risk (Financial Times, 2004), he was Adviser, Corporate Governance and South Asia, Commonwealth Business Council and Global Market and Industry Analyst, British Airways.

LCCI Staff Participation

The Women in Business Advisory Board campaigns for greater representation of women in business and provides businesswomen with support services to aid their success in the workplace. The following LCCI staff members are involved in supporting this activity:

  • Liz Henderson, Director of Membership and Events
  • Nick Charles, Head of Membership and Community Relationships
  • Nickie Dalton, Head of Trade Documentation and Services
  • Marta Kozlowska, Head of International
  • Elizabeth Skewes Castañeda, Trade Services and Business Development Executive

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