International Women’s Day Conference

08 Mar
  8th March 2021
  2:00pm to 4:00pm
  Virtual World

Join us for an afternoon of online networking and hearing from a fantastic line up of inspirational speakers for this year’s Shropshire Chamber International Women’s Day 2021.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

IWD 2021 campaign theme: #ChoosetoChallenge

Join Shropshire Chambers International Women’s Day event to celebrate amazing business women from across Shropshire.

Hear from our fantastic line-up of speakers who will be sharing their stories and top tips from their areas of expertise.

Introducing our speakers:

  • Deborah Mitchell, Heaven
  • Kelda Wood MBE, Climbing Out
  • The High Sheriff of Shropshire, Dean Harris
  • Suzanne Shorrock, Girls Get Lean
  • Elaine Colley, Telford College
  • Hayley Owen, Shropshire Council
  • Stephanie Henson – techtimeout
  • Lucy Allan MP
  • Marjorie McPherson, RTFQ-ATFQ
  • Mandy Thorn MBE DL, Shropshire Chamber President

We look forward to seeing you there! All are welcome.


This event is free to members who have a Standard, Standard Plus, Corporate, Premium or Patron membership with us.
Essentials and Non members £10.00

A selection of  ‘About our Speakers’:

Dean Harris

Dean Harris is The High Sheriff of Shropshire.
Dean will talk about this very traditional role (which dates back 1100+ years) and how 2020 provided an opportunity to reset and redefine what it is to be High Sheriff by pairing the role back to what is really important in the absence of ceremonial elements. The necessity to be creative and agile and still achieve the brief which is to make a positive contribution to the county and to support and encourage the judiciary, emergency services, voluntary sector, crown, faith groups, everything. Dean will also talk about some of the achievements and successes during her shrieval year.

Kelda Wood

From a very young age, sport was all that mattered to Kelda. It was who she was and it defined the person she wanted to be.
It was following a professional sporting career when in 2002, when Kelda was 26yrs old, she had an accident resulting in a serious leg injury that left her unable to run. She felt like she had lost everything…..her future, her identity.
Kelda struggled with the mental impact of her injury, she couldn’t accept that she couldn’t do the things she used to do, so she kept trying to do them, and failing….but only in her eyes she became a failure and that had a huge impact on her confidence and self esteem.

To hear more about Kelda and the amazing charity she went on to set up, make sure you book your place!

Lucy Allan

Lucy Allan is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Telford, having first been elected in May 2015 as the first female Shropshire MP in almost 100 years and most recently re-elected for the third time in December 2019.
From fighting for CSE victims to holding NHS senior management to account over the avoidable maternity deaths scandal, Lucy is proud to stand up for Telford both in Parliament and in the community. In addition to local campaigns, such as preventing the proposed closure of Telford’s A&E and Women and Children’s services, Lucy takes particular interest in social mobility and justice for victims of serious crime. She campaigns heavily on issues around improving infrastructure and connectivity for New Towns, Child Sexual Exploitation, tougher sentencing for serious or violent sexual offenders and justice for victims, like the Post Office Horizon Scandal and the avoidable maternity deaths scandal.

Elaine Colley

Elaine will share with us:

The impact that returning to nursing practice has had on herself, her team and her family.
How her reason for ‘being there’ was to be re-educated on the new practices, policies and procedures within nursing, however she became the educator with the redeployed nurses and HCA’s.
What she saw-  The impact this virus has on people and their families and friends and most importantly the nurses and doctors.
What she has bought back into the classroom- supporting those students who are embarking on their degree journey into health care professions.

Stephanie Henson

Tech has been and always will be a key part of our lives. Steph has personally spent the majority of her working life connected to a phone or laptop building a technology business. But, after years of working long days at a computer, moving from computer to the TV, and watching Netflix whilst mindlessly checking her phone, she realised it was time for a conscious uncoupling with tech.

It was at this point that she started to look closely at the nation’s relationship with technology and Steph will be sharing her journey so far on this mission to rebalance the nation’s relationship with technology and the refreshing results and feedback that has been received thus far.

Suzanne Shorrock

Suzanne Shorrock is 51 years old and has been a nutritionist and Personal Trainer/Fitness coach for over 22 years. She is the founder of ‘Girls Get Lean’ a brand new online diet and fitness platform which was designed to help women all over the world feel and look their best through the very best fitness and nutrition advice and programs to fit everyone’s lifestyle and goals.

Suzanne will be talking about her journey to becoming a World Champion Fitness Model and how this helped her develop the Girls Get Lean brand and transform her own confidence, health and lifestyle.

Marjorie McPherson







RTFQ is a talented team of bid writers’ editors and illustrators who provide bid and funding application services to businesses of all sizes. Marjorie is accredited to Practitioner level by the Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) a worldwide industry body that champions best practice in business development and work winning.

Marjorie is a specialist in writing project CVs, producing project specific illustrations and managing complex bid projects to meet demanding deadlines.
The RTFQ team have over 35 years combined experience in the industry and have written, edited and produced bids, tenders, grant and funding applications for UK and European projects. The sectors include Aviation, Construction, Consultancy, Digital, Education, Facilities Management, Fit-Out (Residential and Commercial), Grants/Funding, Health, IT, MoD, MoJ, Roads/Rails, Utilities and Waste.

Marjorie will be talking about how the RTFQ team used their bid writing, editorial and illustration skills to help smaller organisations win business through the Pandemic.

Mandy Thorn MBE DL – President of Shropshire Chamber, Chair of the Marches LEP









Closing comments from Shropshire Chamber President.