To mark International Women’s Day 2020 (Sunday 8th March), we’re putting the spotlight on 10 inspirational Bath business women.
1. Loraine Morgan Brinkhurst MBE – In 2002 Loraine became the 775th Mayor of Bath. At 43 years old she was one of Bath’s youngest mayors and only one of a handful of women to take up the role. Her business Morgan Brinkhurst Consultancy works with businesses and charities managing events and promotional activities. Loraine has supported The Business Exchange South West Charity Conference since its inception in 2018.
2. Madeline Blackburn – Madeline is the founder of Bath’s innovative new spa concept, Soul Spa. Soul Spa offers a dedicated space for meditation and mind-body therapies. Established towards the end of 2019, the Soul Spa has already gained a strong membership.
3. Naomi Summers – Naomi setup Go Get Organised in 2012 and will celebrate eight years in business this year. The company provides flexible business support to small businesses to help them grow and flourish. Services include, virtual PA and admin support, accountancy, recruitment, marketing and social media. Naomi also runs Go Get Networking, a bi-annual networking event to get local businesses connect.
4. Carole Banwell, General Manager, Bath City FC – With a professional background in accounting, commerce and law, Carole volunteered at Bath City FC for eighteen months running the Club shop, before coming through an extensive recruitment process to take the role of General Manager.
Carole works closely with the Board, Society, fans and investors new and old and plays a key role in helping the Club to plan for its future, including its current Planning Application which will secure Bath City FC’s financial future, invest in Twerton High Street and bring new facilities and new homes to the local community.
5. Allison Herbert, Chief Executive, Bath BID – Allison joined the Bath BID team in June 2017 bringing extensive private and public sector experience, more recently as part of the B&NES Bath Quays team.
Allison has set up a number of organisations and businesses, most notably the hugely successful independent Artisan Market in Frome. A keen organiser and enthusiastic collaborator she has project managed a wide variety of events and her experience helps to support Bath BID levy payers achieve the results they need for their businesses and the city as a whole.
6. Sarah Warby, CEO, Lovehoney – Following the acquisition of a majority stake in the business a year ago by Swiss-based private equity firm Telemos Capital, former Sainsbury’s and Heineken Marketing Director Sarah Warby was appointed CEO of Lovehoney in 2019.
Four years ago she was named one of the 25 most influential individuals in UK advertising, PR and marketing by Debretts and is set to lead Lovehoney through its next phase of growth.
Sarah Warby spent four years as marketing director at Heineken before joining Sainsbury’s in the same role. In her five years at the supermarket giant she directly led a team of 200-plus marketers.
7. Claire Smith, Office Director (Bath), Buro Happold – Claire studied at the University of Bath before meeting Ted Happold (founder of BuroHappold) in 1988. He was then head of department in the engineering faculty. Ted inspired Claire in her career which has included work on Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre on the Thames, the Olympic Stadium and the London Cable Car Project. In the west, she has helped to design the extension to St George’s in Bristol and the Hayesfield School expansion in Bath alongside a host of other projects locally, nationally and internationally.
Her current projects include the Museum of the Future in Dubai, a torus-shaped structure with a façade made from Arabic poetry as well as the restoration and repurposing of Detroit train station and its surrounds.
8. Lisa Chambers, HGEM – Lisa Chambers is the Human Resources and Operations Director for Bath’s HGEM (previously known as the Mystery Dining Company). Lisa is one of the original founders of the company. Since the firm was established in 2003, it’s been on a mission to empower the hospitality industry being known as ‘the authority; in guest experience management. Today, HGEM (Hospitality Guest Experience Management) works internationally from its Bath base with over 6,000 restaurants, pubs, hotels and caterers including many well-known brands such as Carluccios, Wagamama and Brownsword Hotels.
9. Poppy Powell, Cake Cafe – Poppy is the founder of Cake Cafe which has two premises in Bath, one on George Street and the other on Quiet Street. Cake Cafe has recently grown its offering with further branches in Stroud and Weston Super Mare with big ambitions for the future.
10. Rachel Blake, Circus Journal – Rachel is the Style Editor for independent lifestyle magazine, Circus Journal. Circus is a free quarterly magazine focusing on style, creativity and the local community. There are two dedicated magazines, one for Bath and the other for Bristol. After graduating in fashion design, Rachel worked for a London-based high-end label; first as a production manager and then designer, showing at London Fashion Week. Since relocating back to Bath, where she grew up, Rachel has worked in PR and comms, and as a freelance researcher and copywriter.