'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.


Future Phenomenal Women:



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.

6.45pm - Business coaching session with Dr Maria C. Stafylaraki, UWE.

Most of us, be it in our professional or personal lives, focus so intently on the tasks that need to get done, that we rarely stand back to reflect on how we are managing them or ourselves and we rarely assess the impact we’re having on others. This session will draw on frameworks from the leadership literature to examine how we can become more reflective and approach life purposefully, from a creative rather than reactive viewpoint. We will look at concepts such as emotional intelligence and how we can improve our personal effectiveness through greater self-awareness, self-confidence and self-belief. The emphasis is on providing you with a set of tools and ideas to help you think about who you are, how you are perceived and the impact you are having or want to have.

To purchase your ticket for this talk, please click here or call us on: 01225 355 329




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.

To purchase your ticket for this talk, please click here or call us on: 01225 355 329




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.

To purchase your ticket for this talk, please click here or call us on: 01225 355 329


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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