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First Women of Business Services: The shortlist

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Supported by Centrica, the First Women of Business Services shortlist features women breaking new ground in specialist care, the law, market research, social media and vehicle leasing. That’s what we call a kaleidoscope of talent!

Jan Flawn, chair, PJ Care…

  • Qualified as a registered nurse, before creating specialist neurological care centre for adults aged 18 to 65 years;
  • One of the first users of multi-disciplinary approach to care;
  • Strategy of slow organic growth ensures high standards of care; and
  • Vision to to provide highest quality of specialised neurological care to the thousands of people who need it.

Emily Kettle, managing director, Facts International…

  • Became managing director at just 35; only 16 per cent CEOs in market research sector;
  • Overseen 52 per cent revenue growth and new client wins;
  • Spearheaded opening of Sydney office in 2013; aims to open offices globally; and
  • Personally championing women in the organisation.

Heather Laffin, CEO, The Keys Group…

  • Trained nurse, progressing to operations director within BetterCare;
  • Fundamental in £116m sale of BetterCare nursing homes to Four Seasons;
  • Taken Keys Group from new entrant to the UK’s largest provider of residential childcare in the UK; and
  • Ambition to achieve AIM listing for Keys Group.

Tamara Littleton, CEO, eModeration…

  • Founded eModeration pre-Facebook and grown it to £8m turnover adviser on social media management;
  • Pioneer of new, flexible, virtual working – eModeration has a 450-strong team across the world, offering 24-hour service and 50 different languages; and
  • Passionate about child safety online; member of the UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS), advising the British government on moderation of communities to help safeguard children.

Samantha Roff, managing director, Venson Automotive Solutions…

  • The only female MD in fleet management;
  • Not lost a single client due to non-performance since appointment as MD;
  • Maintained 95 per cent staff retention for more than five years; and
  • With the necessary funding, Samantha would like to continue to change industry culture away from “old boys’ network”

Ingrid Simler QC, head of chambers, Devereux…

  • One of a few women to head a barristers’ set at the UK Bar;
  • Chaired the Bar Council’s equality & diversity committee for six years from 2005 to 2011;
  • Established the first ever annual course for maternity returners and an exit survey of those leaving the Bar prematurely; and
  • Key member of the team that created equality and diversity awareness training for barristers.

Why not join us at the 2013 First Women Awards ceremony, in association with Lloyds Banking Group? This special night takes place at the London Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square on Wednesday June 12, 2013, and is hosted by the incomparable broadcaster and sports presenter, Clare Balding.

First Women Awards supporters include: the CBI, Accenture, Alexander Charles, benenden health, Centrica, COINS, IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers),  ICAEW, Land Rover, Real Business, CfEL (Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School), and the Huffington Post.

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