The charity was created from a long-standing interest of its founder, Esther McVey, in working with young women for whom access to appropriate role models has historically been too limited. Today, Esther and her fellow trustees feel that the task is still to challenge the effects of the persistent paucity of female role models in powerful positions across almost all walks of life. Their determination is evident in the programmes they promote and the supporters they involve.
Esther McVey is a businesswoman, broadcaster and the current Member of Parliament for Tatton in Cheshire. She was made a Privy Councillor in 2014.Trained as a lawyer, Esther worked as a producer and broadcaster for the BBC and then set up her own business for training and mentoring, the success of which earned her the nomination for Woman of the Year in Cheshire and Merseyside. She went on to establish the largest business women’s network in the North West -“Winning Women” before entering Parliament in 2010.
More recently she was Chair of the British Transport Police Authority and chaired the Recruitment & Employment Federation’s Future of Jobs commission. The author of several books on careers for boys and girls, Esther has been working with the Centre for Social Justice on a review of the key factors which impact on girls’ career paths and choices.
Debbie Moore OBE founded the Pineapple Dance Studios in 1979 and developed the associated clothing brand into a major success with outlets across the country. She was the first woman to float a company on the London Stock Exchange and in 1984 was an early winner of the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year award. Her book – When a Woman Means Business – offered lifestyle advice based on her own experiences and those of other pioneering female entrepreneurs.
Lucinda Ellery founder and CEO of Lucinda Ellery Consulting is a successful businesswoman on both sides of the Atlantic. She has a strong interest in women’s issues around building self-esteem and is the patron of several related charities.
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