I have spent most of my career working with women and promoting women’s products and concepts. I came up with the whole idea of Funny Women after years of working with entertainment brands, as well as many fashion, beauty and health products aimed at women.
I originally trained as a journalist and spent the first years of my career working in women’s magazines for publishing groups Nat Mags and IPC writing about fashion and beauty topics.
After editing a fashion trade magazine for intimate apparel and swimwear I went on to set up a lingerie boutique where I gained even further insight into the psyche of women.
When I sold the shop three years later, I began a new phase of my career in public relations and marketing along with stints as a cable TV presenter. I eventually set up my own PR consultancy and managed many promotional campaigns for well known brands.
Funny Women grew out of a creative idea for a comedy client who told me that ‘women weren’t funny’ but I’ve had 10 years of revenge proving otherwise! I’m now the proud owner of one of the UK’s leading comedy brands.
The first Funny Women event took place in 2002 and since then the company has produced 11 Funny Women Awards, numerous charity events, nine runs of Funny Women at the world famous Edinburgh Fringe, and toured Funny Women shows around the UK. Funny Women has also raised thousands of pounds and lots of awareness for female related charities.
I now use my experience in comedy to train and coach women in business and public life based on stand up techniques to improve self confidence and presentation skills both professionally and personally. I am passionate about giving women their voice and I’ve seen how learning to use humour helps women to become more assertive and confident.
I was presented with two prestigious Awards at the NatWest Ladies at E11even Business Awards in November 2011: the ‘Inspirational Woman Award’, and the ‘NatWest Award’ for outstanding business success. I was also nominated as one of ‘One Hundred Unseen Powerful Women who change the world’ in recognition of my work in the area of arts and media, created by the charity, One World Action, to celebrate its work promoting women’s leadership around the world. In November 2012 I was awarded the title of ‘Women’s Champion’ from the Achievers Academy for Women.