'PHENOMENAL WOMEN' - A SERIES OF TALKS AT THE GAINSBOROUGH BATH SPA

Up-to-date and on the pulse: a series of dialogues with some of the country’s most inspiring women

February 2018 to November 2018

In conjunction with the University of the West of England, The Gainsborough Bath Spa is excited to launch a series of talks entitled: Phenomenal Women. Each talk aims to celebrate, support and inspire.

The talks will run bi-monthly until November 2018, and will be delivered by a high profile business woman who has achieved recognition and made a significant impact in her field. Each woman will talk about her experiences and the challenges she has encountered on her route to success.

All are welcome to attend and participate. Tickets include Prosecco and canapes, and cost £15 each.


The next Phenomenal Woman:



Wednesday 21st February 2018 – 6pm: Liv Garfield - CEO Severn Trent Water.

Liv took up the reins as Chief Executive of Severn Trent in April 2014 as one of the youngest ever FTSE 100’s Chief Executives and one of only four female chief executives. Severn Trent is the Midlands based Water and Waste Company responsible for providing clean water and taking away dirty water to around 10m people in the Midlands area of the UK. Severn Trent is one of the three large water utilities in the UK, and is listed on the UK stock exchange. Prior to this Liv worked at British Telecom for 12 years. Her last role was at Chief Executive of Openreach, the engineering division of BT. In her Openreach role, Liv was responsible for the delivery of one of the fastest and most ambitious deployments of fibre broadband in the world. Before joining BT, Liv worked for Accenture, the management consultancy, from where she spent five years in the retail and high-tech practices. Liv, 42, is originally from Harrogate in Yorkshire, and is married, with two boys. She is also a life-long Everton fan. Liv is a British Business Ambassador for The Department for International Trade.


Future Phenomenal Women:



Thursday 26th April 2018 – 6pm: Carole Mundell – Head of Physics Bath University.

Carole is Professor of Extragalactic Astronomy and Head of Astrophysics. She is also Head of the Department of Physics. An observational astrophysicist, Carole began her research career as a radio astronomer at Jodrell Bank Observatory. She then diversified to exploit international ground- and space-based facilities across the electromagnetic spectrum with the goal of understanding cosmic black holes and their environments. Following two years at the University of Maryland, Carole brought a Royal Society University Research Fellowship to Liverpool John Moores University where she built and led an international team specializing in catching the fast-fading light from gamma ray bursts - the most powerful explosions in the Universe. She was appointed to a Professorship in 2007 and has held a number of prestigious fellowships including a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2011-2016) for the study of black hole-driven explosions and the dynamic Universe. In 2016, she was named FDM Everywoman in Technology Woman of the Year. Carole has been involved in national and European research funding allocation and oversight of national and international astronomical facilities. Her experience in strategic science policy advisory work has included technology, basic research and horizon scanning beyond astrophysics. She is a committed communicator of science to the public and advocate for diversity in science.




Thursday 14th June 2018 – 6pm: - Dr Jacqueline Cornish (OBE)

Dr Jacqueline Cornish was appointed to the post of National Clinical Director Children, Young People and Transition to Adulthood in NHS England in April 2013. She is passionate about continuously striving for improved healthcare outcomes in children and young people, giving them and their families the best experience and delivering care safely to the highest possible standard. She believes that the strong synergy between clinicians, dedicated managers and commissioners leads to the best result for patients and is a hallmark of high performing organisations and services.

Dr Cornish has been a practicing clinician, having only recently stepped down as Director of Paediatric Stem Cell Transplant at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, and also had over 20 years’ experience of medical management in the NHS, having been Head of Division of Women’s and Children’s Services at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust for 10 years, before taking up the national post. With this clinical and managerial background, she continues with the help of a small team to contribute towards making a real impact on the improvement of health and wellbeing outcomes in Children and Young People in England. She believes strongly in parity, for CYP overall but importantly bringing mental health on a par with physical health in fully integrated pathways. She hopes to secure robust transition to adult services though multiagency partnership working for all young people with chronic and long term mental and physical health conditions.




Wednesday 12th September 2018 – 6pm: Laura Marshall - MD Icon Films.

Best known internationally as the producers of River Monsters Animal Planet’s highest rated show, Icon Films is one of the top independent production companies in the UK. Over 27 years Icon Films have produced factual and award winning TV and films both in the UK and overseas, working with household names like Carol Vorderman, Joanna Lumley and voice over authorial David Attenborough. With a reputation for ratings, originality and excellence across the breadth of factual content including history, travel, science and wildlife, Icon Films has a track record of co-producing and collaborating with channels, content makers and distributors across the world. As Managing Director, Laura is responsible for its strategic direction, personnel development, and drives marketing. Laura also Executive Produces much of Icon’s output including River Monsters.She is a prominent member of the Bristol production community, sits on PACT Council and is committed to identifying and developing emerging talent from all sectors of society. She is vocal in promoting Bristol as a centre of production innovation and excellence and with her husband Harry Marshall, co-founder of Icon Films, was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Bristol in 2015.




Thursday 1st November 2018 – 6pm: - Katherine Bennett OBE - Senior Vice-President at Airbus.

Katherine is a Senior Vice President of Airbus and has been with the company for 13 years. She is responsible for 10,000 staff at the European Airframer’s sites at Filton Bristol and Broughton North Wales. She leads the company’s external engagement and strategy in the UK and reports directly to the Global CEO, Tom Enders. Katherine has held roles in Communications and spent several years based at Airbus HQ in Toulouse, France running the global public affairs function. Katherine’s previous employment was with General Motors UK where she headed up their government affairs function and prior to that worked for Hill and Knowlton Public Relations in London. Katherine was awarded the Order of the British Empire in June 2004 for services to industry and charity. She has served on various boards of public/private enterprises focused on economic development in UK regions including the West of England LEP and has just become Vice President, Aerospace on the Council of ADS (the UK aerospace trade association) and of ASD (European aero association). A year ago she became Chair of the Engagement Group of the Aerospace Growth Partnership (part of the UK Government’s Industrial Strategy). Based out of London and Bristol, she has specific responsibility for UK Government Relations for all parts of the Airbus company which employs 15,000 people in the UK. In December 2015 she became a Board Member of the International Aviation Womens’ Association and in March 2016 she was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Katherine is active in her local community in Wiltshire, is a church organist, a member of the UK Parliament Choir and founder of the Airbus Filton Choir.



The talks will begin with Prosecco, canapés and networking. Then a ‘Phenomenal Woman’ will take to the stage to talk about the workplaces, the people, the challenges and the graft that lined her route to success. This will be followed by a practical business coaching session from a member of UWE business school.

With its location in the heart of this grand world heritage city, and just a seven minute walk from the train station, The Gainsborough Bath Spa is the perfect hotel in which to enjoy networking, business and social events.

“It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.

Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.”

~ Maya Angelou

The ‘Phenomenal Women’ talks at The Gainsborough cost £15 each. To book, please call 01225 355 329.

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