Master of Ceremonies Simon Smith (centre) joined by our fantastic speakers (l to r) Michele Deeks, Pippa Isbell, Sonia Brown MBE and Dr Sue Marchant

Simon Smith, Master of Ceremonies

Simon is an Accountant at Wellers, on Horsefair in Banbury.  On being asked about the Conference, Simon commented “I am a keen supporter of women in the business community and delighted to be asked to take part in this event for the fifth year now. It remains an honour for me to be considered worthy of such an event. I know how much hard work goes into the day and know it will be a huge success.”


Wellers Accountants

Michele Deeks, CPsychol, AFBPsS, MABP, MSc, Work Positive

A Director of Work Positive and a Chartered Psychologist, Michele has over 15 years’ experience working with organisations to help individuals and teams be at their best.  With a keen interest in positive psychology and personal development Michele’s passion is for making a real difference to people’s day to day experience of work.

Work Positive works with a wide range of organisations across the public and private sector on projects relating to personal effectiveness, management and soft skills development and employee engagement.  Clients include Barclays, Ernst & Young, BBC and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.


Work Positive

Pippa Isbell, Vivepoint

Pippa Isbell is a business consultant with a wealth of experience, which she now shares through training, coaching and non-executive directorships.  Until recently Pippa was Chief Executive of PRCo Ltd, the integrated public relations and digital consultancy, with offices in London, Paris, Milan, Munich, Dubai, Moscow and New York.

A qualified trainer, she also has a Practitioner Diploma in Executive Coaching awarded by the Academy of Executive Coaching. She is certified to implement the leadership development and coaching tools EQ-i 2.0 and EQ 360. In 2012 she was named Mentor of the Year in the Women 1st Shine awards.


Sonia Brown MBE, Business Communicator and Founder of Black Women's Network

Sonia Brown is the founder and Director of the National Black Women’s Network (NBWN); Let’s Talk Business and Sistatalk.  Sonia has broad experience in business communication and project management as well as developing the business case of more innovative and forward thinking programmes for organisational transformation in diversity issues.  She is an authority on many areas of business, leadership and branding/marketing, as well as supporting individuals to achieve success in all areas of life.

Sonia holds a MA in Marketing Communications; BA in Business Communications and is a certified NLP Practitioner.  She writes the business page for the Voice Newspaper and contributes to a number of radio shows, magazines and newspapers on women, diversity and enterprise issues.


Dr Sue Marchant, Web to Success

Web to Success, an online business development and internet marketing service, was born in 2009 after I caught the online business bug two years before. I believe that a successful online business runs on passion, which gives women business owners a huge advantage! I’m helping business owners turn their websites from just a marketing tool into a means to help them reach a wider audience and grow their business.


Web to Success