22 for ’22: Celebrating Bath & Somerset’s Most Inspiring Women

By Anita Jaynes on 4 March, 2022

We’re celebrating Bath and North East Somerset’s most inspiring women to mark International Women’s Day 2022 which this year takes place on Tuesday 8th March.

Through our social media channels, we asked our readers which women in our community inspire them and created a list of 22 for ’22. The list is printed in our spring Bath magazine and from Tuesday 1st March, each weekday throughout the month we will be profiling and championing each of these fantastic women online and via our social feeds.

This feature is sponsored by Milsted Langdon accountants. Milsted Langdon decided to support this activity as they are passionate about supporting women in business and helping local communities thrive through their work with business owners, charities and not-for-profits. 

Gill Freeman, Partner and Head of Charity and Not-For-Profit at Milsted Langdon, said, “The business world is full of hugely talented and successful women who not only run businesses or work in demanding roles, but they often also juggle caring responsibilities at the same time. It’s important to highlight the contribution that women make to the wider community, and to support each other whilst encouraging and empowering the younger generations.”

Today we put the spotlight on Helen Bedser, Chief Executive of Bath-based homeless charity Julian House.

Helen has worked for Julian House for over seven years starting at the charity as Business Development Manager. She began her tenure as Chief Executive in December 2019, just before the start of the pandemic.

Through Helen’s leadership the charity was able to maintain almost all its services during Covid-19 and in many cases expanded them.

To expect people sleeping rough to socially isolate was almost an impossible task. Through partnership working and support from Bath & North East Somerset Council, Julian House opened an additional three operation sites offering 40 extra bed spaces to keep people safe.

In the video below, Helen gives an insight into the work of the charity and how it relies on the support of both businesses and individuals and their fundraising efforts.

Tonight, Friday 4th March Julian House is hosting its Big Bath Sleep-Out in the city’s Alice Park sponsored by Unividual.

To find out more about Julian House visit: www.julianhouse.org.uk

For more information about International Women’s Day visit: www.internationalwomensday.com This year’s theme is Break the Bias. Follow the conversation on social using the hashtag #BreakTheBias