• 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

Chief Bird

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South Leeds Friday

Stephanie Roper – The Wardrobe Angel

The personal brand consultant that the national press approach and is due to launch her own TV show.

South Leeds Friday

Sarah Siddle – Robrook Press

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

North Leeds Wednesday

Debbie Shaw - Broadgate Wellness and Chiropractic Centre

Changing the way the wellness industry is perceived in the UK.

South Leeds Friday

Keeley Edge - Key Appointments

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

North Leeds Wednesday

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

Owner

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North Leeds Wednesday

Clare Howard-Duckworth -Wellness Professional

Network marketing professional, affiliated to an international health and well being business. 15 year background in HR Consultancy. Passionate about coaching and professional development

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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

North Leeds Monday

Catherine Casey -Rockwood Financial Solutions

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Manchester

Tanya Haigh - JNT Destinations

Heads JNT Destinations, selling from experience not from a brochure. Visited 7 continents, 70 countries and 204 destinations. Travel is my passion and I want to share that with my customers.

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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

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 Wednesday

Sue Hanson - Your Lamplighter

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

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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York

Nikky Hall - Polka Doodles

Reknowned Craft Product Designer/Artist, UK Craft TV Celebrity

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Skipton

Clare Walters - Absolute Specialists

Creator of Focussed Mindfulness©, founder and director of a national training company, author of ‘From Pain to Peace’. Person-centred supervisor for people in the caring professions, relationship coach working alongside some of the most sought after family lawyers in West Yorkshire. Now co-director of a new company ‘Focussed Mindfulness in Business’. Focussed Mindfulness is an efficient and powerful tool that deals directly with the root of personal and work-related issues and makes teams more resilient, focussed and engaged.

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Wakefield

Maria Salkeld - Quirky Bird Consultancy

Leadership Talent Coach & Consultant – love to create a thinking environment, being curious and playing to strengths

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 confidnece 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

Independent business lawyer and experienced adviser

Wakefield

Mary Duggan - Duggan Project Management Ltd

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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

Creator of systems and processes that enable lifestyles

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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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North Leeds Wednesday

Katy Pollard - Listening Pig

Pig owner, former journalist and founder of Listening Pig: providing quality, no-nonsense PR for people who care about people.

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 - HR

HR Consultant specialising in all people matters

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

Nicola Smith - Simply NKS

Published legal professional with 20 years industry experience in her field. Now concentrating on helping other business professionals achieve their goals via her consultancy firm SimplyNKS

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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

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

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

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

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Sheffield

Jenny Whitehouse

Financial Planner and Wealth Manager, working with individuals to achieve their financial goals.

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North Leeds Monday

Lyn Creasey

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 Conference and Event Manager

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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Barnsley

Kelly Pardoe

Diploma qualified, experienced financial planner. Specialising in wealth management.

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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North Leeds Wednesday

Anna Mewes - Image by Anna Elizabeth

Personal stylist and blogger who is passionate about helping women look and feel amazing every single day, what ever their age, budget or dress size.

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North Leeds Monday

Juliet Shenderey - Shenderey Events

Founder of an events company designing and producing incredible, unique and innovative events for all occasions.

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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

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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

An alternative approach to recruitment

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Sheffield

Gemma Daniels - Hydra Creative Ltd

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Barnsley

Rachel Waddington - Whet Wellbeing

Coach-Therapist, Counsellor, Psychoeducator and Social entrepreneur. Director of Whet Wellbeing which offers therapy room hire and supports practitioners in their endeavours to engender psychological health and emotional wellbeing. Particular experience of working with Disabled people, people with learning disabilities, and people with long-term health conditions.

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Manchester

Gina Battye - Spiritual teacher

Spiritual teacher author and creator or Soul Quest

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Manchester

Andrea Mogg - Global business coach

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Manchester

Sally Ann Turner

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South Leeds Friday

Lynda Fenton

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

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York

Elizabeth Grant

South Leeds Wednesday

Claire Wilkinson

Social media management, 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

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Wetherby

Sharon Dawson

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

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 Wednesday

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

Sheffield

Sara Ellison

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Wetherby

Sharon Leonard

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Harrogate Tuesday

Vanessa Johnson

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

South Leeds Wednesday

Beverley Halligan

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

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Sheffield

Clare Shepherd

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

South Leeds Friday

Lesley O'Brien

Award winning business professional, transport consultant and haulier. Founder member of She's RHA- promoting diversity and women in transport

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Huddersfield Halifax

Debbie Palmer

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Leeds City Centre

Ann Page

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Sheffield

Wendy Ward

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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Wetherby

Rachel Roche

Owner of Roche Legal, a fully authorised and regulated solicitors’ firm supporting clients with wills, probate, inheritance disputes, Powers of Attorney and Court of Protection applications.

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Harrogate Tuesday

Elaine Gill

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Harrogate Tuesday

Liz Dean

Beverley

Louise Battison

Beverley

Claire Booth

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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.