• About Us

frances-dayThe businesses was started in 2014 by Frances Day – who also heads Marketing Doctor Ltd. Her original idea stemmed from needing a support network of other like-minded women business owners. She said, “Although friends and family mean well, they don’t have the experience and knowledge that other business owners have. Women not only have their own unique challenges with family and home life, and they’re also naturally nurturing and supportive. It was important for me to create an environment where they felt safe in the knowledge that they could share anything that they needed to.”

That’s how Bird Board was born.

Some think that the name Bird Board is somehow derogatory to women. It reflects exactly what we are; women at Board level and we don’t take ourselves too seriously.

Is Bird Board for you?

It’s not for everyone, and we do have an application process. It’s important to us that we have the right balance of members in each Board.

As of course we’re all busy business women, each meeting lasts for 2 hours with a defined structure. If you’d like to come along half an hour beforehand to get to know the other members, please feel free to do so.

The only way you can truly get a sense of how it benefits you is to come along. We have strong guidelines to help you make the most of every meeting.

 
  • Here are some of our members

 

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Frances Day - Bird Board

Chief Bird

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South Leeds Friday

Stephanie Roper – The Wardrobe Angel

It is my passion to re-connect women with their innate sense of style by digging deep in their wardrobes, clearing out what no longer represents them and introducing brands and outfits which show who they are, what they do and where they are going. I call it my ‘joy’ not my ‘job’. I’m also a TV & Radio Presenter, Magazine Columnist and Creative Consultant.

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South Leeds Friday

Sarah Siddle – Robrook Press

Partner in a second generation print company. Revolutionised print in the face of adversity.

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South Leeds Friday

Keeley Edge - Key Appointments

Exceptional Recruitment Specialist helping companies to both hire the best talent and reduce recruitment costs.

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North Leeds Monday

Margaret Middlemass - Sagars Accountants

Senior Manager at Sagars with many years' experience of dealing with owner - managed businesses and their needs through ever changing regulatory and business environments. Looking at the people as well as the numbers.

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South Leeds Friday

Claire Howarth - Novis & Co

Managing Director, Novis & Co Chartered Accountants. Claire believes that all clients should enjoy a solid reliable service and strives to ensure client satisfaction and clarity in her dealings. Fellow of the ICAEW and ACCA. She is also a Chartered Tax Advisor.

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Harrogate Tuesday

Cathy Burns - Your Story

Partner in social media and web design business with board level experience in media and marketing

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North Leeds Monday

Catherine Casey -Rockwood Financial Solutions

Catherine heads the company and her aspiration is to grow her reputable, people focused, financial advisory firm into a nationally recognised brand.

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Manchester

Tanya Haigh - The Luxury Travel Lounge c/o TLTL Ltd

A group of travel businesses, offering a wide range of travel products at the best prices to clients, and supplying industry training to independent agents. Member companies include JNT Destinations (award winning agent) & World Class Escapes (specialists in accommodation with VIP service). All staff working at TLTL are well travelled business ladies, which means they “sell from experience, not a brochure” and can assist clients with cost savings.

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South Leeds Friday

Olga Wormald - Now Consultancy

An experienced Change Director that specialises in working with companies to bring their strategic plans to life.

Wakefield

Anna McManus - AM Business Support

Business Consultant working with women on operational and strategic areas of their business. Passionate about ensuring impartial and objective support.

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South Leeds Wednesday

Jenny Oakenfull - Active Eat

A Nutritional Therapist and Dru Yoga teacher, speciaising in helping people to improve their energy levels and health through nutrition and yoga based on my experience of living with ME.

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North Leeds Monday

Sue Hanson - Your Lamplighter

Helping people who struggle with procrastination and fear of failure to achieve a BIG THING in their lives.

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Wakefield

Tina Brown - Alternative Partnerships

Alternative Partnership offers support for both individuals and companies with a journey of experiential training that will change the way you think, act and work in your personal and business life. You’ll also gain qualifications as you learn.

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Leeds City Centre

Lindsay Dixon

Consultant Solicitor helping individuals and businesses to resolve their business disputes.

York

Nikky Hall - Polka Doodles

Renowned Craft Product Designer/Artist, UK Craft TV Celebrity.

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Wakefield

Ali Carruthers-Illingworth - Purple Pebble People

Passionate about unlocking your potential. An expert in personal and organisational development and change.

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South Leeds Friday

Linda Knowles - LK Therapy

Linda is a qualified Hypnotherapist, NLP Master practitioner, Life Coach and Reiki level 3 master. Her therapy provides you with a confidential, supportive and professional service and can cater for individual one to one sessions and house parties.

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Harrogate Tuesday

Sarah Bowman - Harrogate Ladies' College

We are a girls only school where we aim to give our pupils the freedom and the confidence to be themselves; to know who they are and to take on the world in their own terms.

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Barnsley

Debbie Mactaggart - Gunnercooke

Business Lawyer and Virtual Legal Counsel – acting as a trusted adviser at a fixed fee resolving employment and business disputes for SMEs.

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Wakefield

Mary Duggan - Duggan Project Management Ltd

Mary is passionate about the difference creativity can make to your life and your work. She coaches individuals and teams who want to tap into their creativity to make real change. As ContraryMary Designs, she also creates unique sterling silver jewellery.

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North Leeds Monday

Deborah Whitaker - Not Just Numbers Ltd

Looking after SME's and owner managed businesses in and around Yorkshire. Driving growth and performance through close working partnerships and excellent systems.

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South Leeds Wednesday

Paula Atherill - Creative Analysis

Always looking for ways to improve, streamline, optimise and get smarter. Working together she’ll help to put the right technology and processes in place. Whether that's being location independent and travelling, working around your family or growing a local or remote team. It's all possible!

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Wetherby

Amanda Coutanche-Hall

MD of a HR Consultancy offering affordable, personable on-hand support and services for SME's in Yorkshire and beyond. Offering as much support as you need.

South Leeds Wednesday

Kate Richardson - Martin & Co Estate Agents

Franchise owner of Martin & Co Leeds City and Roundhay - Residential lettings and sales

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South Leeds Friday

Amanda Oswald - Pain Care Clinic

Pain Care Clinic offers effective treatment of chronic pain conditions through clinical massage and myofascial release. Clinics located in Leeds and London

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Huddersfield Halifax

Helen Thewlis -Partner at Ramsdens Solicitors

Helen is respected member of the family law community and for more than 15 years she has specialised in all aspects of family law. She is also a member of the Law Society's Advanced Family Law Panel.

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North Leeds Monday

Claire Buck - Business Coach

Holistic entrepreneurial lifestyle and business coach

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North Leeds Monday

Kati Tyler -Tropic

Having escaped from the corporate world, now a full-time Tropic Executive for this unique fast growing social sales company, backed by Lord Sugar, selling 100% naturally-derived skin care and working with my team members to build the businesses they want to have.

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Harrogate Tuesday

Ruth Brady - Facial Aesthetics Harewood

Dental surgeon for 35 years. After extensive training, now specialises in advanced facial aesthetics at an award winning practice at Harewood, Leeds.

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Harrogate Tuesday

Fiona MacPherson - Support4Success

Award winning Virtual Assistant providing a range of cost effective business support services.

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York

Denise Jennings - Athena HR

HR Consultancy specialising in all people matters.

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Harrogate Tuesday

Heather Johnson - HJ Home Interiors

Providing friendly professional, independent help & advice to clients all around Yorkshire, on all their Interior Kitchen, Bedrooms & Home Office requirements- from initial Design concept to supply & project management completion.

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Sheffield

Linda Spencer - Professional Energy Purchasing Ltd

Providing professional brokerage services for gas /electricity and water in the commercial market. I am passionate about delivering the best personal service to our customers.

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Wakefield

Delia Crofts-Turnbull

A well-established successful family solicitor, a specialist in collaborative law and an invaluable member of dovetail who strives to help people beyond the usual expectations.

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Huddersfield Halifax

Georgie Oldfield - SIRPA

A leading physiotherapist and UK Specialist in a pioneering approach to chronic pain recovery. Georgie published her book, ‘Chronic Pain: your key to recovery’ in 2014 and through her company, SIRPA, she trains health professionals in SIRPA’s exciting approach and is also a clinician and a speaker.

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Barnsley

Angela Proud - Proud Bookkeeping

Providing friendly and bespoke bookkeeping services to sole traders and micro businesses in the Yorkshire region and beyond. We take care of your bookkeeping so that you can focus on growing your business. The kettle is always on, why not call in for a friendly chat.

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Huddersfield Halifax

Sarah Chatterley - CRH Consulting

An innovative and highly experienced executive recruiter, specialising solely in the HR and L&D sectors.

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Sheffield

Jenny Whitehouse - Tilney

Financial Planner and Wealth Manager, working with individuals and businesses to achieve their financial and personal goals. From retirement planning and succession planning to keyperson cover and long term care planning.

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Skipton

Lyn Creasey - LyncHR

Lyn's HR experience has led to a deep understanding of practical common sense approaches. Finding solutions to assist Human Resource Practitioners and Business Leaders

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Leeds City Centre

Joanne Coen -Ramsdens Solicitors

Joanne specialises in child law and in particular representing children, parents and other relatives in public law proceedings involving social services - known as care proceedings and adoption and special guardianship cases.

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York

Faye Elizabeth Alexander - Alexander Events and Production Management

International Events Manager who has worked in the industry for many years organising national and international events; offering every relative service from sourcing meeting rooms and venue finding, right through to large conferences and events, gala dinners, meetings, exhibitions, corporate away-days, birthday parties and company incentive programmes.

South Leeds Wednesday

Clancy Walker - Story

Copywriter, communications and PR consultant. Creative writer, performer and presenter.

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Harrogate Tuesday

Liz Wild - McInroy & Wood Ltd

Liz launched the Harrogate office for McInroy & Wood in 2016 to serve clients in the North of England. McInroy & Wood is an independent investment management firm focused on private clients who are looking for personal attention and a relatively conservative approach that preserves and grows their wealth over time.

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North Leeds Monday

Annabel Mantel - A2A Finance

Partner in a business offering flexible finance services to SME's within the Yorkshire region who are looking to grow and develop their business and need senior finance support to help them realise their ambitions.

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Barnsley

Catherine Yaffe - Herding Cats Publishing

Online entrepreneur helping businesses gain exposure in the media.

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Barnsley

Dr Emma Kirke - Medicinal Kitchen

Award winning Doctor of Osteomyology and clinical nutritionist. Public speaker and radio presenter. Freelance wellness, heath and nutrition journalist

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Wakefield

Kelly Denning - OJ Health & Safety Solutions Ltd

Director of a Health and Safety Company. Bringing an uncomplicated solution to companies requiring a practical and honest safety partner.

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York

Clare Mcleod - Beechwood Close Hotel

Owner/Manager of Beechwood Close Hotel

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York

Gill Mallon - Electrifying Promotions

Owner of music agents, supplying live music for events. Offering a unique personal service ensuring the music is appropriate for the occasion.

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York

Catrina Merrigan - Northwood York Estate Agents

Catrina is the Local Director and currently holds the All Agents Silver People Award 2016 for Best Estate Agent in York. Catrina has extensive knowledge and qualifications in property management, estate agency and rent arrears procedures.

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South Leeds Wednesday

Kaye Willis - Partner at Williams & Co Solicitors

Partner in a solicitors. Focusing on providing high quality legal services for individuals and businesses.

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Sheffield

Lisa Betsworth - Tiro Talent Recruitment

Lisa Betsworth, Managing Director of Tiro Talent Services, had previously worked in the recruitment industry for a number of the country’s leading national suppliers and set up Tiro Talent Services as a result of clients wanting a more flexible, innovative, honest and tailor made service.

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Sheffield

Gemma Daniels - Hydra Creative Ltd

Director of multi award-winning digital agency – specialising in bespoke CRM systems, targeted web design and build, video and in-house SEO.

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Barnsley

Rachel Waddington - Whet Wellbeing

A specialist in blended coaching and psychotherapy, I work with individuals and organisations across Yorkshire to develop authenticity and immense flourishing.

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Manchester

Gina Battye - Spiritual Teacher

Author & Creator of Soul Quest™ - Gina leads successful women who feel unfulfilled on life-changing humanitarian and environmental projects. Three countries, 6 months. Guiding you through Soul Quest, to identify and engage in world issues that fire you up AND The Soul Work: powerful strategies to break down your old conditioning & beliefs. A journey of a life-time.

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Manchester

Kay McIntyre - Helms Briscoe

Specialising in venue search, selection and contracting for group accommodation and event space. Groups 10 to 1001+

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Manchester

Andrea Mogg - Global Business Coach

My business is about helping people who are looking for positive change. I work alongside ‘Forever Living Products’ to provide 1-1 and group coaching under a proven business model to create more time, personal growth, income and flexibility in their lives.

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Manchester

Sally Ann Turner - Body Line Clinic

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South Leeds Friday

Lynda Fenton - Empact

Translates legal to layman language. Foremost adviser on handling redundancy.

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South Leeds Wednesday

Claire Wilkinson - Your Story

Social media management, recruitment, SEO, web design and build.

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York

Hannah Young - Revive Your Space

Professional Organiser specialising in working with clients in their home to declutter, streamline and organise their possessions and daily schedule, from wardrobe, to home office and photo collections. Proud member of the Association of Professional Organisers and Declutterers.

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Harrogate Tuesday

Rachel Spencer-Robb - LCF Law

Nationally recognised lawyer in the field of family law (Chambers & Partners 2017) - "articulate and persuasive in meetings, she is a good listener." Skilled and unwavering support for clients going through separation or divorce or looking to preserve assets at the outset of new relationships.

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Wetherby

Zoe Ziegler - Financial Planner

Zoe provides friendly face to face advice and thorough Financial Planning. Taking the stress out of Pensions, Investments, Protection & Mortgages.

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Wetherby

Sharon Dawson - Technical Stage Services

Co-owner of Technical Stage Services, helping people with the technical side of their events to create 'wow' moments

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Wetherby

Elaine Wilson - The Rebalance Foundation

Therapist, author, founder of The Rebalance Foundation: the nutrition and lifestyle charity on a mission to help people enjoy their lives unhindered by diet-related chronic disease.

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Wetherby

Rachel Proctor - Opportunity Marketing

A marketing expert who helps businesses grow and reach their potential by developing a marketing strategy and implementing it. I want businesses to avoid jumping into marketing activity without understanding why they are doing it and what they are trying to achieve. I have a range of fixed priced packages for all budgets!

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South Leeds Friday

Melody Reed - Live Band Entertainment

Professional singer, owner of LiveBand Entertainment and Cheries Melody - inspiring voices. (Vocal coaching school aka Turn up the Talent, based in Guiseley)

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North Leeds Monday

Alison Haw - Funk It Up Clothing

Inspired by designers such as Vivienne Westwood and All Saints. Its uniqueness is that it allows you to enjoy retail therapy in the comfort of your own home or workplace

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Huddersfield Halifax

Michelle Crowther - Crowthers Accountants

My role is to develop and promote our accountancy practice. My passion is people. Crowther concentrates on effectively communicating, building and developing relationships. We work hard to continuously aid our client’s and the growth of their business.

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Huddersfield Halifax

Jacqui Laycock - Headingley Experience

An experienced Senior Sales & Marketing Manager at Headingley Experience, the Conference and Events department at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

Sheffield

Sara Ellison - Taylor Bracewell

Head of the Employment and HR Team. Resolving workplace conflict and helping you to use the law to achieve the most favourable outcomes for you and your business.

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Harrogate Tuesday

Vanessa Johnson - Urban Metal Works

Designer & manufacturer of bespoke industrial & contemporary furniture. Handcrafting each individual piece in our West Yorkshire workshop to our impeccable award winning customer service.

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South Leeds Wednesday

Beverley Halligan - Beverley's Bouquets

Talented florist creating beautiful, stunning arrangements to make any occasion extra special.

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Sheffield

Clare Shepherd - YourNewLifePlan

Nutritional Therapist, Health Coach & Author. Founder & Director of YourNewLifePlan Ltd helping busy ladies naturally transition through the menopause years feeling in control, confident and free to live the life they choose.

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Wakefield

Helen Lockwood

Helen has a proven track record in an FMCG environment, with a strong background in leading, developing, growing, and sustaining a customer focused service approach. Her career has taken her now to providing interim services to companies that have a requirement for people management support.

Huddersfield Halifax

Debbie Palmer - Confidence Culture

Debbie is a Personal & Executive Coach supporting people with challenge, chance and choices. If you’re a Bird Board member you know everyone can benefit from objective support at some time. Take your Bird Board Aha! moments into a one to one session and explore them further.

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Leeds City Centre

Ann Page - Yorkshire Courses for Lawyers

Motivational Trainer & Coach (Top 100 lawyer) has trained nearly 7000 lawyers since 2003 on leadership and management. Currently enabling Yorkshire lawyers to hone their business skills to serve more clients profitably.

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Sheffield

Wendy Ward - Let's Save Limited

Wendy's business Let's Save Limited helps organisations who need help controlling their costs. She can undertake an audit of costs, producing a report of suppliers used, what is being charged, the contract end/renewal information and gives recommendations of alternative suppliers.

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Harrogate Tuesday

Liz Dean

An experienced board director with a specialism in HR. She has a wealth of experience in organizational and behavioural change, developing strategy and coaching and mentoring. She has held non-executive positions and is currently a Governor at the NHS Foundation Trust in Harrogate.

Beverley

Louise Battison

St James’s Place Wealth Management

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Beverley

Claire Booth - Neil's Yard Remedies

A former Accountant, Claire opened her own Health and Wellbeing business in 2014. She has a skincare and aromatherapy store selling Neal's Yard Remedies products along with 2 treatment rooms & a studio in Beverley, East Yorkshire.

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Huddersfield Halifax

Pavani Ishaya - The Bright Path

As a successful business woman, Pavani knows what stress is and what it can do to us if we choose to let it. She found the Ishayas’ Ascension, a simple and effective meditation technique which literally saved her life. Living with more balance, joy, peace and happiness from a quiet mind.

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Skipton

Nicole Ballantyne - Jumpstart

Nicole is the Business Development Manager for Jumpstart, in the Yorkshire & Humber region. Jumpstart is a Science & Technology company. Our scientists and engineers enable a wide variety of software, engineering and manufacturing companies to claim R&D tax relief.

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Manchester

Hazel Potts - Jobline Recruitment

Jobline is a family run business and we pride ourselves on giving a personal service to all our clients taking no shortcuts on Quality of Service. Working closely with our clients and candidates to focus on their individual needs is what we do best.

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Barnsley

Collette Evans - Picture Perfect Photography

I'm an experienced photographer with over 15 years’ experience. I love producing creative and exciting images every day. I specialise in fitness, weddings & commercial. Get in touch if you’re looking for creative photography for business or extraordinary wedding photos.

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Barnsley

Tracey Lally - TSL Recruitment

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Wetherby

Sheralee Feldman - IDentilid Scancode Lifesavers

Sheralee Feldman Director of IDentilid Scancode Lifesavers, where my aim is to aid first responders to help save your life or your loved ones in an emergency. Stay safe!

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Barnsley

Wendy Bailey - Best Solicitors

Head of Family Law at a leading Sheffield firm. With over 25 years' experience advising in all aspects of Family Law.

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Doncaster

Diane Parker - Atherton Godfrey Solicitors

I am the Head of Personal Injury at Atherton Godfrey Solicitors in Doncaster. As well as being nationally recognised for our work on behalf of injured people, we are able to offer advice in all areas of law including employment, company and commercial.

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Doncaster

Fiona Hoggarth - Enterprise Accountancy

Senior Accountant in an innovative accountancy firm that supports its clients in achieving their dreams.

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North Leeds Monday

Paula Chellingworth - Equinox

Business Developer for Equinox, an intellectual property case management system - Passionate about helping IP professionals time and costs around the world.

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Skipton

Elaine Davies - Elaine Davies Wealth

Banking & Wealth Specialist to business owners and private clients. My clients describe me as the 'go to' person for all their financial requirements. With over 25 years’ experience in banking and financial services I focus on saving them both time and money.

Skipton

Christine Carlton - Techie Fairy

Expert, sympathetic IT support and repairs service.

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Skipton

Suzanne Clayton - One Vision Photography

Creative and reliable photographer, providing a friendly and highly professional service.

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Skipton

Jane Ellison-Bates - Manifest Marketing

Jane Ellison-Bates has worked in media since 1984. Developing integrated marketing strategies and effective PR campaigns, her enthusiasm is infectious and forms the bedrock for long-lasting client relationships. She was shortlisted for the 2015 national Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards.

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Skipton

Judith Marples - JMH Aspirations

As a specialist in change management and stress awareness I help people and businesses to identify and achieve their goals, enabling their ultimate success, believing that no one size fits all, if we can dream it we can achieve it.

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Harrogate Monday

Sally Bendtson - Limelight HR

HR expert and owner of Limelight HR. Passionate about HR in the creative industries and working with small businesses to save them time and money, help them keep their teams happy and ultimately give them peace of mind.

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Beverley

Tamara Hall - Molescroft Farm

Managing Director of an award winning arable farm with numerous diversifications, including let offices, community allotments and a children’s nursery opening in September 2017. 10% of the farm is managed primarily for wildlife and we use a wide range of precision farming methods.

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York

Camilla Parsonage - Moles Farm Childrens Nursery

Director of exciting new 60-place children’s nursery based on the family farm, opening September 2017. Camilla also helps her sister run the diverse farm business, and runs a successful equestrian enterprise with her husband, Parsonage Equestrian.

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Leeds City Centre

Julie Gelder - Jewel Safety Solutions Ltd

Health and Safety consultant with a smile. Only solutions, never problems.

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North Leeds Monday

Michelle Clarke - Hifu Clinics UK

I pride myself in offering non-surgical treatments at affordable prices with a friendly service.

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Barnsley

Kathryn Birch - Fusion Business Solutions

Managing Director of HR services for schools and businesses.

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North Leeds Monday

Philippa Goldstone - Equals One Ltd

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North Leeds Monday

Rachelle Atkin - The Yorkshire Marketing Company

My passion in life is to help businesses look and sound amazing, by using the right images, words and tools. Shop local, source local is my mantra, so you know that everything we do is lovingly created in Yorkshire, just for you!

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Selby

Claire Cox - Bailey Hunter Ltd

A qualified Solicitor with extensive legal recruitment experience. Claire set up Bailey Hunter Ltd in 2008 and works with law firms across Yorkshire and the North East, assisting them with their recruitment needs at all levels; Solicitors, Paralegals, Legal Secretaries, Receptionists etc.

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Harrogate Monday

Caroline Davison - Berwins Solicitors

Operations Director in 'pushing the boundaries' law firm Berwins of Harrogate.

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YOUR FIRST VISIT

You’re welcome to come and try out a Board Meeting for the first time to understand exactly how it works.

If you’re interested, please email admin@birdboard.co.uk or phone 07765 060043

We charge £20 for your first visit. You’ll be asked to sign a Confidentially Agreement before you attend.

 

INTERESTED, WHY NOT VISIT?

The only way you can truly get a sense of how it benefits you is to come along.

We have strong guidelines to help you make the most of every meeting.