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

By Anita Jaynes on 7 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 Catharine Brown.

Catharine is the Chief Executive of Bath-based national charity Designability which works to enable disabled people to live with greater independence.

Catharine started her career in marketing for well-known brands including Selfridges, Marks & Spencer and the Economist, eventually leading global teams in marketing, sales and customer service. She then switched to working in the third sector, using her skills to benefit others across a range of areas including fundraising and marketing, strategy and leadership development.

Catharine is also a trustee on the board of ActionAid UK, the international development charity.

Designability is currently working on a new project to make electric vehicle charging more accessible for disabled people. It is also well-known for its Wizzybug, an innovative powered wheelchair designed specifically for young children. Watch this video to see how the charity changes lives.

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