Be inspired – Make it Happen!

shutterstock_144754678At various stages of our lives we reach a crossroads, after leaving college or universtity, after our first job, after having children or reaching a certain age!  This event is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a night out with friends whilst listening to a number of inspirational speakers.  This is an occasion where you get to listen to our guests stories and hopefully take away something that will inspire you to make your dreams happen!

All profits for this event will go to Cancer Research as the event is in October which is the official ‘Breast Cancer Awareness month’.

There will be a showcase ( products for you to view with 10% of any purchases going straight to our charity.

Tickets cost £5 and all profits go to Cancer Research – bring your money on the night!  All to raise important funds for the charity.

Learn more about our speakers:


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Nancy Cruickshank – Founder, Myshowcase

Nancy is a passionate entrepreneur & Beauty junkie, so the launch of MyShowcase in June 2012 was a labour of nothing less than love for Nancy & her co-Founding colleagues, Kate Shapland, Rodrigo Dauster & Olivier Beau de Lomenie. MyShowcase is a brand new concept in Beauty retail – 22 inspiring brands sold via the MyShowcase Stylist network in homes & offices across the UK. The business strives to deliver to its customers a personal service, a fun and social shopping experience…and above anything….it offers its Stylists & Brand partners the opportunity to establish & develop a vibrant, flexible & rewarding independent business.

Nancy spent a year part-time consulting to the UKs three largest Mobile Network Operators in 2012, helping them to establish a Joint Venture in Mobile Advertising, Payments, Incentives & Loyalty services. As launch CEO, Nancy led this highly competitive joint venture through regulatory clearance & forming a shareholders agreement between the three parties, as well as setting out the vision & proposition of the business, Weve. Weve (formerly known as Project Oscar) was cleared for launch by the EC in September 2012.

Nancy previously led Telegraph Media Group’s (Press Holdings), M&A / Investment activities. She joined Telegraph Media Group (TMG) in May 2009 as Executive Director, Digital Futures. Nancy spent 2 years focusing on growing TMG’s digital proposition and revenues organically. This included the award winning which today attracts over 30 million unique users per month globally. Acquisition now forms a key part of TMG’s next phase of development. Nancy holds NED roles at Bartle Bogle Hegarty & Glam Media.

Nancy joined TMG from VideoJug, the market-leading How To website, where she was Global CEO.  Nancy has worked in the digital industry for over 15 years in a range of high profile and senior roles, including Managing Director at Hearst Digital and CEO & Founder of

At Hearst (following their buy-out of The Handbag Group for £22m in late 2006), Nancy oversaw their portfolio of web properties including,, and  Under her leadership, the Handbag audience grew to over 1.3 million women per month and launched three subsidiary titles,, and

Nancy lives in London and Devon with her husband, Jim and two daughters.

 Positions Held

  • Founder, MyShowcase – Feb 2011-present
  • Launch (Consulting) CEO, Weve – 2012
  • Executive Consulting Director M&A / Investments, TMG – Feb ‘11-Jul ‘12
  • Executive Director Digital Development / Strategy, TMG – May ‘09-Jan ‘11
  • Non executive advisory board BBH – Nov 08-present
  • Non executive advisory board eHarmony – Dec 08-Feb ‘11
  • Global CEO, VideoJug – Jan 2008-2009
  • Glam Media Advisory Board – May 2008-present
  • MD, Hearst Digital – 2006 – 2007
  • MD, Handbag Group – 2001 – 2006
  • Founder & CEO, Smove (Asserta Home)2000-2001
  • MD, [.TV] Sky Television – 1998 -2000
  • Commercial Director, Conde Nast Online – 1995-1998
  • Advertising Manager, The World of Interiors – 1995
  • Marketing Manager, Vogue – 1994-1995


CaptivePhoto-003Emma Loughran & Jennifer Walsh – Co-founders of Heaven – Unfortunately, Emma can no longer present at this event but will be presenting at a future event.  Watch this space! 

Guest speaker: Emma

Emma started her working life as a teacher of Business & Economics for a decade, including various responsibilities during that time such as Head of Department, ICT Co-ordinator and Deputy Head of Sixth Form, all before the birth of her twins in December 2003. Emma didn’t return to work until they began Heaven in November 2010 following a year of planning with Jen whilst their smallest kids were at morning Nursery. Heaven opened 2 months after the little ones began in Reception class! Emma actually graduated from Surrey with a Hotel & Catering Management degree and worked throughout her teens and early twenties in hospitality before doing a teacher-training course, so Heaven in many ways returned her to earlier interests. Emma is happily married to her childhood sweetheart (!) and is a very committed member of the Governing Body at their children’s school, Earlswood, taking the role of Vice Chair.


IMG_5761[3]Brigitte Cobb – Author of Make it Fly! Your step by step plan to make ANY idea happen

I love change and making things happen. As a result, I’ve spent the past 15 years working with business clients to transform their organisations as well as lecturing on change management at Birkbeck College (University of London) and Kingston University. I hold qualifications in project, programme and organisational change management.

My passion for change and making things happen doesn’t stop at business. I’ve been seriously interested in personal development since I read my first book on positive thinking 20 years ago and realised I had a choice in what happened to me. This passion has led to qualifications in NLP and coaching, to an extensive book collection, many seminars and some truly interesting experiences.

In recent years, I’ve had a vision of combining my business and personal development experience to design a method to help people who have great ideas but are unclear how to make them happen. In my view, having ideas isn’t the issue, ‘making them happen’ is.

My style is clear and practical. I have a reputation for being able to translate thoughts and theory into action and, for believing that we can all have and be much more than we think.

Nici Jupp

Nici Jupp – Founder of Talent Gateway.  A Specialist recruitment agency focused on Flexible working.

I love a challenge and always have.  Following obtaining a Business Degree from Manchester,  I landed a sales role working for Cable and Wireless/Mercury Communications.  I moved through the business from marketing, product development, corporate acquisitions, sales channel development and a few other areas along the way.  I have a appetite for understanding a business, how it works and how it can be developed to perform at its best.  After having three children I realised I needed a new challenge, so decided I would get fit and joined a local walking group.  Within 16 months I had run 2 marathons from a standing start having not run since school sports days. When I decided to return to work, I realised that I no longer wanted to return to a full time job, but felt I still had a great deal to offer to businesses.  I researched the market to find a recruitment agency that focused on ‘part time professionals’ and I didn’t find any in my local area.  So I decided to set one up and get myself trained! Here I am 15 months on – the business is going from strength to strength and I love it!


Profile pictureSarahHardmanSarah Hardman – Leadership Coach

Sarah is a leadership coach (Co-Active CPCC and ACC accredited)and team facilitator who works with talented professionals who want to embrace change and be bold in their lives.

A natural curiosity about what makes people tick, a passion for people fulfilling their potential, as well as a desire to be able to creatively and proactively respond to the challenges that life threw her way led to Sarah training in NLP and subsequently leadership coaching. A 20 year career in marketing beginning with Coca Cola Schweppes and including roles in publishing and the software industry, as well as audience development at the British Library, has paralleled Sarah’s coaching and training projects.

As her coaching company name, “Boldy-Go” suggests, Sarah has a particular interest in courage and confidence in personal and professional leadership; she works with clients to help them connect with their “best selves” and to navigate the limiting beliefs which prevent them from stepping into their full potential. Although not a big Star Trek fan, Sarah does like Starship Enterprise’s five year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations and of course: to boldly go where no wo/man has gone before!

Sarah is never happier than when she’s trail running (the muddier the better), loves curry, laughter and would like to own an alpaca.

Anne Dickins – Physiotherapist and Team GB para canoeist(current European champion and 200m european record holder.)

Anne Dickins is many things- she a Mum to 2 teenagers, she runs a successful Physiotherapy Practice , she is also a Team GB para canoeist-(current European champion and 200m european record holder. )

She has not always been a canoeist (the first time she stepped into a canoe was September 2012) nor was she a professional athlete, she was a Mum, a Physio and an endurance cyclist who was eternally optimistic about life. She broke her back in her 20’s and then had a second back injury in 2011 leaving her with a weak leg, making it difficult for her to race or even ride her bike anymore.

Life was pretty hard for a while as she tried to readjust to being without the sport she loved. To pull herself out of the hole she found herself in she decided she would give back to sport which had given her so much by volunteering.

She worked at many sporting events including at the 2012 Olympics. It was while working here, that she had a chance meeting with the GB para canoe coach which led to her being invited to try for GB canoe squad selection.

Many people would have had doubts and declined this invitation, but she saw her weak leg as a challenge not an obstacle and so accepted the offer of learning to canoe well enough to achieve GB squad selection time with enthusiasm.

She has had a massive year culminating with representing Great Britain at the world championships in August, exactly a year after she first sat in a boat. Her dream, which seems a long way off is to race at Rio 2016.

She hopes her story has something in it to inspire you. Ordinary people being able to achieve extraordinary things. All you need is to want ‘it’ (a lot), surround yourself by positive and talented people and then anything is possible. Her ethos is perform to your potential and have fun and laughter along the way.


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