#BalanceForBetter Inspiring Women on International Women's Day

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Scarborough Art Gallery & Woodend

The Crescent


YO11 2PW

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Welcome to the first International Women’s Day event in Scarborough brought to you by ‘Inspiring Women’ in partnership with ‘Scarborough Museums Trust’.

International Women’s Day is a global annual event, established over one hundred years ago and is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action. For more information visit

The Global Theme for 2019 is #BalanceforBetter and our event will reflect this theme in the terms of gender balance and also through helping bring some balance into your work, business and family lives. We believe that all of us can benefit, grow and develop when we collaborate, support and encourage each other and have some fun whilst we’re doing it.

This event is a fabulous opportunity, in an amazing space, to hear some incredible speakers; to network; to take part in a variety of fun and informative workshops and for some of our local successful, inspiring women to showcase their business.

'Inspiring Women’ includes local, successful and inspiring individuals in their chosen field, whatever that may be. They collaborate and encourage other women to succeed and are an inspiration, too.

If you would like more information about ‘Inspiring Women’ and our future events, please email: or contact us via:-


Twitter: @InspWomenOTYC

LinkedIn: Inspiring Women OTYC

Our hashtag is #InspiringWomenOTYC and the global hashtags are #BalanceForBetter and #IWD2019 please use these on all your Social Media on the day


Open at 9.30am for registration and coffee, with first speaker, workshops and business showcase stands open from 10am.



09:30 - Registration in the Art Gallery Foyer, listening to Robyn’s Songbird Choir from the Mezzanine

10:00 - Welcome in the Long Gallery

10:30 - 12:15 - Speakers

14:00 - 15:45 - Speakers and YE Question Time panel

15:45 - Close in the Long Gallery

Networking opportunities are available throughout the day in the Laughton Gallery & Café

Parental supervised, children activities in Gallery A


10:15 - 15:00 - Workshops in The Sitwell Library

10:00 - 15:30 - Showcase Business stands in The Conference Room

Yay! is open throughout the day for coffee, tea, soft drinks, sandwiches, cakes and snacks

19:30 - Spoken Word event with Cocktail & Canapes in the Woodend Conservatory and Sitwell Library £15pp


10:30 - 11:15 Kerry Hope from Castle Employment Group. Kerry has over 20 years of recruitment experience. With a history of opening new offices successfully, throughout her career, Kerry enables Castle to identify new areas and opportunities, whilst growing on the existing businesses already established over the 50 years of trading. Kerry thrives on delivering a quality service to all her customers that is distinct from her competition. Kerry has an outstanding reputation for service delivery and has built an exceptionally strong professional network.

An inspirational leader of people, Kerry has managed large teams of circa 50 consultants and managers and really drives energy and motivation through leading by example. Outside of work, Kerry is a pillar of the community volunteering her time as a Trustee for a local Secondary school; on the management of Scarborough Sea Cadets; and a wife and mum of 2 children aged 8 & 13.

11:30 - 12:15 Caroline Turner from Creased Puddle. Caroline spent 21 years as a Police Officer qualifying to Inspector level. She has always had a desire to challenge the status quo and seek alternative ways of identifying talent in under represented groups. Whilst the youngest female Sergeant in North Yorkshire Police she foundered and Chaired the NYP Women's Network supporting and championing women in the Police service. Her focus changed in 2012 when her son was diagnosed with Autism. She then foundered All Things Autism and subsequently Neurodiversity which received the support of Chief Officers.

After retiring in 2017 she continued as the Lead for Neurodiversity for the Police and sits on City of York's Employment Sub group for Autism and All Age Autism Strategy Group. She is an Advisory Friend on Neurodiversity for the Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals and is now the owner and founder of Creased Puddle. Caroline speaks nationally on Neurodiversity and along with her team, supports businesses who are inspired to create inclusive workplaces to recruit, retain, progress and engage with those who think differently. Her clients include NHS, National Crime Agency, British Transport Police and RWE (Npower). She is married with 2 children and lives in York.

14:00 - 14:45 Laura Cotter from BStreamlined. Laura Cotter, has more than 15 years' experience in manufacturing engineering, lean manufacturing, cost saving, waste identification, change management, and project management. She has a First Class Honours Degree in Manufacturing Engineering and Management from Loughborough University and attained Chartered Engineer status in 2008 through the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET).

Laura gained a wealth of experience in lean processes with 10 years on the multi-million pound production lines of JCB, the world leader in construction machinery. By implementing lean processes and training, Laura saved JCB hundreds of thousands of pounds through production line improvements. She then turned her focus to purchasing, and as Group Buyer again saved the company hundreds of thousands of pounds by improving its sourcing and purchasing of materials. Laura is now working on a one of a kind project in York Minster, which is opening up incredible opportunities and experiences for her and she is working with women who are in centuries old, male dominated roles of glaziers and stonemasons.

Between Speakers view ‘videographies’ of ‘real life’, local women and hear about the ‘Inspiring Women’ in their lives, in the Long Gallery

Young Entrepreneurs Question Time Panel

15:00 - 15:45 Hosted by Duncan Lewis from Eaglei

With over 30 years experience, Duncan has enjoyed a wide-ranging and successful career history working in the private, public and charitable sectors as well as the performing arts. Duncan spent two decades as an accredited Business Adviser and Trainer, as well as running a successful personal development training business. He is passionate about coaching individuals and teams to improve performance and maximise their potential. A Masters Degree in Leadership and Management helps Duncan to understand what it takes to communicate, lead and inspire at every level. With his astute insight and expertise – combined with enthusiasm and infectious motivational style – Duncan inspires others.

A number of Associates, with a wide range of specialist expertise, often work alongside and support Duncan to reinforce the training. These skill areas include:

  • Voice and Body Language
  • Video Production
  • Human Resources

Married with one son, Duncan’s other passions include theatre, swimming, yoga, walking in the Yorkshire Dales, listening to his eclectic taste in music and continuing his lifelong love affair with football.

Young Entrepreneurs Panel

Aimee Evans from The Brow Project. Winner of ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2018’ Aimée Evans is the owner of The Brow Project. An exclusive Brow Bar based in Scarborough, dedicated to bespoke eyebrow transformations as well as hosting training days for fellow brow artists up & down the country.

Chloe and Abigail Baldwin from Buttercrumble. Buttercrumble’s purpose is to introduce fun and happiness into everyday life through the power of design. The creative studio is formed by Scarborough-born, twin-team, Chloe and Abigail Baldwin. Since starting their business journey, they’ve had the pleasure of working with household names such as John Lewis, First Buses, Chester Zoo, Royal Armouries Museum and Anthropologie. The 24 year olds are excited to grow their team in 2019 and are FSB finalists for Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

James Young & Matty Cornhill from Active Reward. Active Reward is a Local business created by two incredibly passionate personal trainers James & Matty, who believe residents of Scarborough need to take full advantage of Scarborough's fabulous local health and well being businesses. They have a designed an online membership card that is partnered with Scarborough's best local businesses that allows members of the site to receive some great discounts. So where does the "Active" part come from? Well, as well as receiving discounts, our members gain free access to a number of fitness classes based at different gyms around town. Our goal is simple, to make living a healthy & active lifestyle, achievable, affordable, and accessible.

Lottie Holmes from Lottie's Vegan Cakes. Lottie’s Vegan Cakes began as a hobby that Lottie just loved. She enjoyed baking cakes and realised there weren’t many options available in Scarborough for vegans. With a lot of support and encouragement, after nearly a year of planning and building the business, Lottie left her job as a barista/waitress and made baking her full time job. She puts all her passion into her business, she loves each cake that she makes and new recipes that she tries, the details in decoration even down to the handwritten cards that accompany her Hampers. Lottie says that she feels very lucky to be surrounded by so many wonderful, supportive people and loves each step her business takes as it grows.

Network with other delegates in the Laughton Gallery and tell us about the ‘Inspiring Women’ in your lives with our ‘Post-it’ note activity.


10:15 - 10:45 How to Reduce Stress in Your Life & Work hosted by The Mind-Body Coach

Kirsty is a stress coach, meditation teacher (Ishaya Monk) and the founder of the Rudra Devi Technique. A technique which addresses the cause of emotional and physical pain and illness. She has over 15 years of experience in this field. She specialises in human behaviour, the mind, metaphysical anatomy, chronic pain, human potential, stress, meditation, coaching for excellence, mindset and brain coherence....her mission is to create awareness in humanity so that people regain choice in health and happiness. Humans are master creators but sadly most live in survival mode due to the levels of daily physical, emotional and chemical stress hormones being pumped around the body.

11:00 - 11:30 Robyn’s Songbirds hosted by Robyn Keech from RK Music Workshops

After graduating from Leeds college of music in 2017, Robyn began creating bespoke music workshop in and around her local area of Scarborough. Being a performer herself she wanted to give back to her community in the best way possible. Robyn’s professional work over the last two years includes; winning BBC Ones Pitch Battle with Leeds Contemporary Singers, a backing vocalist for Mica Paris at Children in Need rocks the 80s in Wembley arena and also a backing vocalist for BBC Ones ‘this is my song’. Currently Robyn runs two choirs (Robyn’s songbirds), numerous nursery and care home workshops, singing for health and well-being for PLP at the Street, vocal lessons at the YMCA and weekly private lessons including singing and songwriting and leads the Converge Singers in Leeds through Mind, all through RK Music Workshops.

Why not join Robyn for a 30 minute ‘songbird session! Where you will explore new vocal sounds, singing in harmony and just have a lot of fun!

11:45 - 12:30 Careers Advice Surgery

Advice and Information from Yorkshire in Business, KD Recruitment, Harrowells Solicitors, Glued Together,

12:45 - 13:15 Positive Body Image hosted by Nicole Vogwill from Nicole Jane Photograpy

N icole Vogwill is a boudoir photographer with a studio in Buttercrambe, who specialises in body neutrality, empowerment and helping all feel incredible through her work.

For international women's day, Nicole is holding a workshop all around this message, "go love yourself".

In this workshop you will hear Nicole's story and be provided with a tool to help you begin your journey to body neutrality (and find out what body neutrality is!).

13:30 - 14:00 Tai Chi ‘Setting Too Soon’ , including a demonstration of the Lee Style Open Hand Form hosted by Angie Woods from Tai Chi Workshops

Angie Wood is an Instructor of T'ai Chi Chuan of which she has studied since 2002, qualifying as a Black Jacket Teacher in the Lee Family style which includes the art of K'ai Men Taoist Yoga, Dao Yin Taoist Breathing, open hand, flying hands dance, sword, staff and silk forms. Angie teaches weekly classes at the Tai Chi Workshops in Scarborough.

14:30 - 15:00 Mixed Media Affirmation Art hosted by Katie Gill - The Curious Caboodle

An opportunity to get creative and make your own gloriously colourful piece of uplifting art. Taking inspiration from Katie's own artwork, we will be using collage papers, book pages and printed images combined with positive, affirming words and quotes.

Katie Gill has worked as a mixed media artist for over 15 years since graduating in Fine Art from The University of Hull. This was a wonderfully varied path which involved solo and group exhibitions, curating, artist residencies, running workshops and private commissions. In 2018 Katie took the leap to turn her passion into it a full time career, and established herself as The Curious Caboodle. Katie is incredibly diverse, making unique and quirky one of a kind creations including artwork, paintings, sculpture, assemblage, jewellery and textile items. Working from her home studio in Scarborough, Katie employs an exciting range of materials such as found objects, collage papers, paint, ink, wax and fabrics. Combined with vintage images and inspiring words, pieces are created that bring to mind nostalgia and memories. Katie describes her work as tactile and whimsical, sometimes peculiar with a little bit of oddity and a lot of curiousness.

10:00 - 15:00 The Conference Room Showcase Business Stands

On International Women’s Day 2019 we are proud to showcase a selection of our local successful business women and join us in celebrating the diversity and variety that these and many other talented female business owners and managers bring to our local area.

Please visit our balanced selection of showcase businesses who are ready and waiting to interact with you throughout the day.


There is also an additional paid for evening event at 19:30 in the Woodend conservatory/Sitwell Library

A Spoken Word Event with Cocktails and Canapés. Speakers Emma Sutcliffe and Karen Stowe are both authors, mums and business women with very difficult pasts. Throughout the evening they will be sharing their stories of the power of female solidarity when life deals its harshest blows. Starting with the hard hitting stuff they will end the evening on a light hearted, comedic note. There will also be a singer/songwriter performing throughout the evening in between talks.

Price: £15 per person (includes 1 free cocktail + free canapes). Further wine/soft drinks are available to purchase.

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