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As we celebrate 100 years of the spirit of suffragism and women’s part in the democratic process, five dynamic, varied, independent and successful women will form a lively panel compered by Jeannie France-Hayhurst at a delicious Summer luncheon at Peckforton Village Rooms. Joining the panel are Katrina Michel, Marketing Cheshire, Sandra Green, Handbags in the Boardroom, Clare Dove, OBE, DL and Antionette Sandbach, MP. This is an in-depth exploration of how far women of 2018 have travelled in politics, business and education.


The Compere:

Jeannie France-Hayhurst. Jeannie France-Hayhurst practised as a family law barrister throughout the northwest and North Wales and serves on a number of Boards, both in the public and private sector, where she continues to pose searching questions on a wide variety of issues. She is involved with several charities, sings with Decibellas, her local community choir, and is a keen art collector. Her passions are literature, history and the Cheshire countryside.


The Panel:

Sandra Green. For the last 12 years Sandra has been an accredited Executive Coach and in 2015 established the WLA, a professional development network for senior women leaders.

Handbags in The Boardroom is not a rage against men, it is a “tongue in cheek” look at how men and women can create amazing teams that produce equally amazing results. It is a small attempt to help women find the fulfilment and happiness that they deserve and to bring more brilliant women into leadership roles where their talents can make our workplaces and our world a better place.

During her time as an Executive Coach she began to observe that men and women navigate their careers very differently and with very different results. It is this coaching experience as well as her own first-hand experiences of corporate life that piqued her interest in understanding why women are held back and what they (as well as their organisation) can do about it.

Claire Dove OBE, DL. Claire has been a key player in the social enterprise movement since the early 1980s and has led the award-winning Blackburne House Group, one of the leading providers of adult and community education in the country, since its inception. Blackburne House is a Beacon status college with a wide training remit for the women of Merseyside and provides services across the Northwest of England. Claire has also worked to form national, regional and local policy that supports the right to education and training and promotes entrepreneurship and social enterprise.

She is a member of the Alder Hey Hospital Trust and, until recently, was a Board Member for the Charity Commission. She has chaired the Liverpool Fairness Commission on behalf of Liverpool City Council, is currently serving on the Liverpool Mayoral Development Board and is chair of the Society Advisory Board for the British Council.

Claire was awarded an MBE for her work in the mid-nineties. She received an OBE in 2013 and was given the Queens Lifetime Achievement Award for Enterprise Promotion. She has an Honorary Fellowship of Liverpool John Moores University, a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts and was voted nationally as an exemplary leader in Regeneration. Claire is Deputy Lieutenant for Merseyside.

Antoinette Sandbach. Antoinette Sandbach is the eldest of four sisters and practised as a criminal barrister in London for 13 years. She was twice elected to the Bar Council in that time. She then ran a farming business in the Elwy Valley of North Wales. In the 2010 General Election, she contested the Labour-held parliamentary constituency of Delyn. She lost but achieved a swing of 6.7% from Labour to Conservative. Following the death of Brynle Williams in 2011, she became a Conservative Regional Assembly Member for North Wales.

In March 2015, she was selected as the Conservative Party candidate for Eddisbury in Cheshire. In 2017 she was elected on to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee and has subsequently been re-elected to the Committee since the 2017 General Election. She has also been an elected executive member of the 1922 Committee of backbench Conservative MPs since 2015. One of her main policy interests is improving services for those who suffer the loss of a baby. Following a debate in the House of Commons in November 2015, she helped set up the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss, of which she was also appointed co-chair.

Antoinette has always been a strong advocate for improving representation of women in the workforce. In some of her first appearances in the House she raised the issue of encouraging more girls to study Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects in order for them to access those highly paid, highly skilled jobs and reduce the gap between men and women in the workplace.

Date:  Friday, 18th May

Venue:  Peckforton and Beeston Village Hall, Peckforton, CW6 9TW

Time:  12.30pm – 3.45pm

Ticket Price:  £25.00