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15 fabulous female speakers for you on International Women’s Day

Posted on 8/03/2017 by

International Women's Day

With a female CEO and COO here at TPP, we most certainly stand in unity to champion women and are firm believers in arming women with the tools to succeed.  It’s no secret that the vast majority of conferences and events have an all-male line up, and wider calls for diversity have been made vocal, to put an end to the current paucity of female speakers.

How can we make a difference? We have highlighted fifteen female speakers across the not for profit sector, that you should be considering for your next event. We wholeheartedly endorse and highly recommend these fifteen ladies as great examples of using their voices (literally) to educate and guide others with their wealth of knowledge.

  1. Lesley-Anne Alexander - Chair of Red Door Ventures and Trustee of The MicroLoan Foundation, experienced public and voluntary sector leader specialising in collaboration, modernisation and challenging the status quo.

  2. Zoe Amar - Founder and director at Zoe Amar Communications, who help nonprofits develop their digital strategy. We have seen Zoe speak on a number of occasions and she has been consistently engaging!

  3. Lucinda Carney -  CEO & Founder Actus, is an excellent networker and communicator and was a main speaker at our TPP HR seminar last year where we were inundated with complimentary feedback about Lucinda’s presentation.

  4. Laura Croudace - Head of Strategic Partnerships at The Resource Alliance, is one of the most ebullient people you’ll meet and her passion and enthusiasm make her at home on the stage!

  5. Louisa Parkes – Corporate Director income and innovation at Barnardo's, is a great candidate for your panel with her fundraising experience and extensive knowledge.

  6. Ann Furedi ­- Chief Executive of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS). Ann has served in her current role since 2003 after many years as Director of Policy and Press for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the UK’s regulator of embryo research and assisted conception.

  7. Jill Halford - Director at PwC LLP. She has over thirteen years of experience working closely with the charities sector and is a member of PwC's national Charities Group where she leads on marketing and the Charities Centre of Excellence, providing support and advice to over 500 staff UK-wide.

  8. Nicky Hawkins – Communications Director at Equality and Diversity Forum, Nicky is an absolute joy on and off the stage, she is sharp and strategic and is also headlining ECF this year.

  9. Rachel Hunnybun – Director of Client Relationships at Donor Voice, is a professional fundraiser with an incredibly professional and creative outlook.

  10. Athena Lamnisos – CEO at The Eve Appeal, what more could your panel want that this senior third sector leader? Athena spoke at Charity Comms PR conference last year about #GynaeMonth and completely captivated the audience.

  11. Catherine Miles – Director of Fundraising at Breast Cancer Now, is wonderfully open and most recently about how Anthony Nolan fundraising has progressed. A must have for any panel!

  12. Paula Sussex – Chief Executive Officer of the Charity Commission, has extensive leadership experience and makes for a great speaker.

  13. Jean Tomlin OBE – Founder and CEO of Chanzo, a global business leader with extensive experience working alongside CEOs and is a firm favourite public speaker here at TPP.

  14. Debra Allcock Tyler - Chief Executive at Directory of Social Change and an internationally published author of books covering multifarious topics including leadership.

  15. Alix Wooding – Assistant Director of Engagement at Anthony Nolan, definitely one to watch being one of the finest corporate fundraisers and also wrote a chapter for the 4th edition of ‘Corporate Fundraising’.

We have proved there is no shortage of excellent female speakers in NFP, so no more excuses for having an all-male panel at your next event. Please share this list with any event organisers and your own personal networks, to help spread the word. Feel free to email us on with anyone else you would like to add to our list.