RHC Back to Business Conference ‘Realising your Dreams’

An inspirational day for all began with the keynote speech from Dame Helena Morrissey DBE about The Age of Empowerment

We've had tremendous feedback from everyone who came to our recent Back to Business Conference 'Realising your Dreams'. Thank you to all who came along, and to our sponsors and contributors who made the day so informative and uplifting.

It was a fantastic day all about developing your skills, expanding your network and growing your confidence. It was truly inspirational to hear from our speakers, including Dame 
Helena Morrissey DBE who gave our keynote about the Age of Empowerment.  Founders and leaders from across industry sectors shared their experiences of building their careers and businesses, many of them from their kitchen table!

The event was also an amazing opportunity to access the advice and expertise of our roundtable hosts and exhibitors, all leading experts in their fields, who were on hand to help. 

Click HERE to see a video showing the highlights of the day, featuring interviews with some of our speakers, exhibitors, roundtable hosts and delegates.  Our thanks to our videographer Orchid Digital and our photographer Anne Williamson Photography.  Their contact details can be found in the information below.  Click HERE to view more photos from the event. 

You'll find plenty of help to support you in taking your next steps in business, on our website. The Directory and Forum sections are great places to develop your network, find expert suppliers and share knowledge

Please read on to find out more about our Speakers, our Roundtable hosts and our Exhibitors

The Age of Empowerment - Dame Helena Morrissey DBE - Keynote Speaker

Dame Helena was Head of Personal Investing at Legal & General Investment Management until October 2019.  Dame Helena founded the 30% Club, a campaign for more gender-balanced boards, and is Chair of the investment industry’s Diversity Project. Helena has been named one of Fortune magazine’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders and the Financial Times’ 2017 ‘Person of the Year’. She was appointed a Dame in the Queen’s 2017 Birthday Honours list. Helena is married to a Buddhist priest and they have nine children.

Her first book ‘A Good Time to be a Girl, Don’t Lean In, Change the System’ was published in 2018.

How I built my business from my kitchen table - Joy Foster - Founder & Managing Director, TechPixies  

Joy is an award-winning entrepreneur who helps women upskill with modern technology in order to return to work, change careers or start a business. She was named one of the Grant Thornton ‘100 Faces of the Vibrant Economy’.

How I got my mojo back Amanda Redman - Partner, St. James’s Place Wealth Management  

Amanda joined the St. James's Place Academy in May 2013. She is now in her 6th year as a financial adviser and her clients range from first time investors to senior professionals.

From laundry room to boardroom- Lisa Everitt - Associate Partner, St. James’s Place Wealth Management

Lisa joined the St. James’s Place Academy in May 2017.  Now in her 2nd year of trading as a financial adviser, her clients are varied including high profile celebrities & first-time investors.

Who gains the most from volunteering - the giver or receiver? - Councillor Samantha Rayner - Deputy Leader, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead 

Samantha is Cabinet Member for Windsor, Cabinet Member for HR, Legal & ICT, and Armed Forces Champion. She’ll be talking about the great benefits of volunteering.

Sharing stories from the front line of founding and fundingAddie Pinkster, CEO & Founder, Adelpha, Diana Greenhalgh, Co-founder, My Bespoke Room and Elizabeth Tweedale, Founder & CEO, Cypher Coders

Addie Pinkster - CEO & Founder, Adelpha - Adelpha are independent corporate advisors to scale-ups. Addie was formerly Head of Hedge Fund Strategy at Citi. S

Diana Greenhalgh - Co-founder, My Bespoke Room - My Bespoke Room is the UK’s first affordable, online interior design service. Their product, Design Pal Pro is the UK’s first comprehensive interior design tool aimed at women, to support female entrepreneurship.

Elizabeth Tweedale - Founder & CEO, Cypher Coders - Cypher Coders runs entertaining holiday coding camps for 4-14 years. Elizabeth has a Computer Science degree and Masters in Architecture, and was a computational design specialist at several leading architectural firms.

Making your brand digital - Lauren Brener and Frances Para-Mallam

Lauren Brener - Founder, DUO Creative Media - Lauren started her career in the retail industry working brand side, then transitioned into creative planning within a digital performance-marketing. Frances Para-Mallam - Founder, DUO Creative Media - Frances had a background in creative (graphic design) before transitioning into strategic and creative consultancy on agency side. Lauren and Frances formed DUO Creative Media in 2016


Our Headline Sponsor St James's Place Academy

St. James’s Place Wealth Management is a leading UK wealth management organisation and an award-winning FTSE 100 company with a proven track record of success and achievement, underpinned by continued investment in people.

The St. James’s Place Academy provides an unrivalled development programme for outstanding individuals who have no previous experience of giving financial advice.   They offer a brilliant opportunity for anyone who's keen to retrain for a new career as a financial planning and wealth management adviser, helping bright and motivated people to fulfil their career potential.

Once established and running your own business, you take control of both your work and personal life.  We will hear from two graduates from the Academy about their journey and experiences.

DUO Creative Media

DUO Creative Media is a digital marketing business, founded in 2016, specialising in creative media strategy and planning upfront - not as an afterthought.

They work across digital brand development, campaign creation & digital strategy and have worked with an array of industries from Finance, Retail, Travel, Automotive, Tech & FMCG.



Kate Mansfield - Women Returners: Presenting your career break on your CV and at Interview

Lauren Brener and Frances Para-Mallam - DUO Creative Media: Making the most of digital marketing

Amanda Redman & Lisa Everitt - St. James’s Place Academy: Simplifying and building confidence in your financial future

Sylvie Garvey - Computer Fitness: Tech skills for your future

Helen Pritchard - Orchid Digital: Making video work for your business

Dominie Moss - The Return Hub: Relaunching or transitioning your career in financial services

Dina Michele - Career Change Coach: Career change can be successful at any age



St. James’s Place Academy, The Return Hub, Annie Armitage Photography, Legal Services for Business, ViewVo, Bold New World, Queen Bee Styling, Design JD, Direct Colour, 18-07 Careers, TechPixies


Dame Helena Morrissey DBE - linkedin.com/in/helena-morrissey-5835a328, Twitter: @morrisseyhelena 

St. James’s Place Academy - Gee Foottit - sjp.co.uk/academy, gee.foottit@sjp.co.uk07768 553718

DUO Creative Media - Lauren Brener & Frances Para-Mallam - duocreativemedia.comlauren@duocreativemedia.com07890 383977

Direct Colour - Mark Attwater - directcolour.commark@directcolour.com020 8391 0011

18-07 Careers - Milo Skene - 18-07.com, ms@18-07.com, 07748 104273

Adelpha - Addie Pinkster - adelpha-group.com, addie@adelpha-group.com, 020 3687 2929

Anne Williamson Photography - Anne Williamson - annewilliamsonphotography.co.ukanne@annewilliamsonphotography.co.uk,  07770 275433

Annie Armitage Photography - Annie Armitage - anniearmitage.comannie@anniearmitage.com07711 391919

Katherine Landale - Bold New World - boldnewworld.co.ukcontact@boldnewworld.co.uk020 7720 3615

Computer Fitness - Sylvie Garvey - computerfitness.netsylvie@computerfitness.net07768 379747

Councillor Samantha Rayner - samantha.rayner@btconnect.com07500 773285

Cypher Coding - Elizabeth Tweedale - cyphercoders.comelizabeth@cyphercoders.com020 3005 2862

Design JD - Jon Docksey - designjd.co.ukhello@designjd.co.uk020 3137 5513

Dina Michele Career Coach - dinamichele.com/calendar-introinfo@dinamichele.com

Legal Services for Business - Lynda Lawson - legalservicesforbusiness.co.uklynda.lawson@legalservicesforbusiness.co.uk01252 850058

My Bespoke Room Diana Greenhalgh - mybespokeroom.comdiana@mybespokeroom.com07961 366185

Orchid Digital - Helen Pritchard - orchid-digital.com, info@orchid-digital.com, 07906 824759

Queen Bee Styling - Sally Smy - queenbeestyling.comsally@queenbeestyling.com07956 293845

St. James’s Place Wealth Management - Lisa Everitt - lisa.everitt@sjpp.co.uk07950 380537

St. James’s Place Wealth Management - Amanda Redman - amanda.redman@sjpp.co.uk, 07801 045587

TechPixies - Joy Foster - techpixies.com, joy.foster@techpixies.com0800 040 7814 

The Return Hub - Dominie Moss - thereturnhub.com, dominie.moss@thereturnhub.com020 3907 8042

ViewVo - Lucy Standing - viewvo.com, lucy@viewvo.com, 07979 608274

Women Returners - Kate Mansfield - womenreturners.comkate@womenreturners.com