Empowering Women

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So who are the fantastic women who’ll be talking at the Empowering Women event on January 28th?

The Empowering Women event is being held at Kitley House Hotel.

The event sold out in just 40 minutes, but we are hoping to run a second event in June 2020. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for this, please email us on [email protected]

Helen Tite
Helen Tite

Founder, the Wellness Anarchist

Topic: Standing in your own power

The Wellness Anarchist

Founder of Core Health Consultancy and iCareiMove, The Wellness Anarchist, Helen Tite is one of the most respected wellbeing pioneers in the UK. When you talk to her, you feel the passions and vibrancy ooze from her. She is a storyteller and is not afraid to speak out about her cause. She works within specialist health populations and reaches into communities who historically were overlooked. Helen takes her vision of holistic health into corporates, businesses and charities. She is a business mentor, her passion drives her and that is why she stands out. Her teaching is fun and liberating, especially for women and women’s confidence. Helen is determined to make a difference. “Everyone deserves to move” is her mantra. She also lives each day by working hard, playing hard and giving something back.

Kellie Simpson
Kellie Simpson

Owner, Kellie Simpson Virtual Assistant

Topic: How to work with a Virtual Assistant and get the best out of them.


Kellie is a freelance Virtual Assistant specialising in business administration and event management. With a 17 year legal PA background she focuses on helping legal professionals achieve more time and freedom by outsourcing their time consuming and tedious tasks. Kellie provides first class support always going above and beyond to make sure her clients are happy and their lives are made easier. She prides herself in providing a personalised and professional service, working alongside her clients to help them accomplish everyday tasks and goals so they have time to focus on fee earning work and growing their business.

Growing up in North Devon, Kellie has strong connection to the county and is looking forward to meeting and connecting with business ladies who have questions about hiring and working with a Virtual Assistant.

Rachel Collins
Rachel Collins

Associate Solicitor, Nash & Co Solicitors

Topic: Eradicating bullying in the workplace

Nash & Co Solicitors

Rachel is a Solicitor in the Employment Team. Rachel joined Nash & Co in July 2015, having worked at a large regional law firm for several years specialising in employment law.

She acts for employers, ranging from SMEs to PLCs in a variety of sectors, providing ad-hoc employment and HR advice. This can include advising on disciplinaries (conduct and performance issues), grievances, maternity and parental rights and data protection issues.

Rachel also has extensive experience defending Employment Tribunal claims on behalf of businesses, such as unfair dismissal claims (including automatically unfair and constructive), discrimination, whistleblowing claims and TUPE. Rachel assists employers at all stages of the Employment Tribunal process, from the initial defence, through to witness statements, costs applications and the final hearing. Rachel also supports businesses at the pre-claim Early Conciliation stage.

Rachel is conscious that employment is an ever-changing and extensive area of law and prides herself on her ability to provide swift, personable, pragmatic and cost-effective advice to clients.

Shona Godefroy
Shona Godefroy

Managing Partner, Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants

Topic: How to develop and retain the right people in your business.

Ambitious PR

Shona is Managing Partner and Head of Audit at Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants. Thomas Westcott has a team of 275 working across 17 offices in Devon & Somerset.

Shona has been Managing Partner of Thomas Westcott Chartered Accountants since 1 July 2019 and held the position of Deputy Managing Partner for a two-year period prior to that. She has been with the practice for 12 years and a member of the management board, which runs the practice, for a period of 5 years. Shona is also a qualified certified accountant and has had a number of years’ experience in the strategic management of both the main chartered accountancy practice and also the financial management business as well.

With over 25 years of audit experience, Shona has headed up audits of regional, national and international companies. She has considerable experience of corporate and charitable organisations and a cross section of different industries and extensive experience of assisting clients with reviews of their financial budgets and strategies, and implementation of financial systems and controls.

In her spare time, Shona is kept busy by her young family, likes to travel, running, and the theatre especially the Theatre Royal Plymouth where she is a trustee. She is also chair of governors at a local primary school, Holbeton Primary School.

Shona has a keen interest in the progression of people in the various businesses she is involved in, specifically Thomas Westcott.

Nicola Ash
Nicola Ash

Head of PR,
The Donkey Sanctuary

Topic: How to run a successful PR campaign

The Donkey Sanctuary

Nicola is an experienced PR Manager with a proud history of working within the non-profit sector for the world’s largest equine welfare charity, The Donkey Sanctuary and within the media/broadcasting sector for the BBC. She is skilled in crisis communications, pro-active and reactive media relations, corporate communications, communications campaigns and event management.