• 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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Leeds South 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my passion to re-connect women with their innate sense of style by digging deep in their wardrobes, clearing out what no longer represents them and introducing brands and outfits which show who they are, what they do and where they are going.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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Leeds South Friday

Sarah Siddle – Robrook Press

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

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Leeds South Friday

Keeley Edge - Key Appointments

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

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Leeds South 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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Leeds North

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 Centre

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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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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Leeds South 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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Pontefract

Lindsay Dixon

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

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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Leeds South 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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Wakefield

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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Doncaster

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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Leeds South 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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Leeds South Wednesday

Kate Richardson - Martin & Co Estate Agents

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

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Leeds South 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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Leeds North

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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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 Easton - 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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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.

Leeds South Wednesday

Clancy Walker - Story

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

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Harrogate Friday

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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Leeds South 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

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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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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Leeds South 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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Huddersfield Halifax

Jacqui Laycock - Headingley Experience

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

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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Doncaster

Fiona Hoggarth - Enterprise Accountancy

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

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Skipton

Elaine Davies - Key Commercial Finance

Elaine is a Commercial Finance Consultant providing independent and unbiased advice which is sourced from the whole of the market. My clients describe me as the 'go too 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

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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Leeds South Friday

Julie Gelder - Jewel Safety Solutions Ltd

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

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Leeds North

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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Pontefract

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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Pontefract

Susan D Thomas MBE CIPD

Friendly, hands on people person offering a range of support services with a HR specialism also including internal communications, community and customers. A proven track record with corporate and family businesses, Susan now offers her broad experience to support SMEs with one off needs, ongoing operational HR or larger projects. A keen focus on keeping things simple and in line with the business culture and values.

Manchester Centre

Christine MacDonald - The Hub Events

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Doncaster

Lisa Johnson - Jarvis Johnson Ltd

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Pontefract

Tracey Train - R Collins & Co

Tracey is a highly professional Insurance Broker who has worked in the industry for 30 years and owned her own business for 2 years. She specialises in all commercial insurance including Home and Travel Insurance.

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Doncaster

Sue Bach - Sue Bach Associates Ltd

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Louise Lowe - Denby Professionals

Owner of a flexible and professional recruitment company for permanent vacancies.

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Pontefract

Louise Clayton - Visible Thoughts

Helping businesses obtain growth through purposeful graphic design, web design and branding.

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Wakefield

Karen Patten - The Meeting & Event Team

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Pontefract

Therese Hunter - Castle Counselling

A counsellor specialising in helping adults, and young people towards their first steps to success.

Leeds South Wednesday

Verity English - Verity English Illustrative Design

Graphic designer with an illustrative touch. With a big passion for working with local and national non profits, I’ve also got the knowledge to work with SME’s who need to refresh and revitalise their branding. From lovely logo’s, branded brochures, clever websites that even Google will notice, I create design which always stand out, grabs attention and makes a difference!

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Skipton

Sally Criddle - Headway Recruitment

Headway Recruitment is a West Yorkshire based recruitment agency with offices in Leeds City Centre and Saltaire, Bradford. Established in 1980 with an excellent reputation for recruiting office, engineering and management staff for temporary, permanent and contract roles throughout West Yorkshire. We offer a quality recruitment service tailored to meet the needs of our clients and candidates. We have a dedicated, experienced and long serving team of consultants with a friendly, honest approach making us stand out from the crowd. We offer a confidential and reliable service.

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Huddersfield Halifax

Clare Douglas Johnson - Adoofa Ltd

Managing Director & Digital Consultant. Working in the Internet & IT industry for over 25 years. I love working with you to create and develop your brand and digital presence, and then continue to provide ongoing support to see your business flourish. I see myself as part of your team and as such you become part of the Adoofa family too. Together we can make a difference! I can help with your brand, website, e-commerce, digital marketing, social media, SEO, POS systems and business IT systems.

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Wakefield

Emma Hollis - Pyramid8

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Skipton

Julie Ann Dodgson - Crossgates Bioenergetics Ltd

Founder of Crossgates Bioenergetics Ltd. Proud in being able to offer natural health solutions incorporated with a hair and beauty salon all under one roof. Julie specialises in Homeopathy and Bioresonance, working with people and animals to help reach optimum health using non-invasive, pain-free and up-to date methods.

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York

Kirsten Sheppard - Harrowells Solicitors

Kirsten is a highly experienced and very pragmatic commercial property solicitor who is passionate about helping businesses succeed. She also believes very strongly in the idea of professionals and business people giving something back to the local communities they serve through charitable and other voluntary work.

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Leeds South Friday

Marianne McWilliams - JLT Group

An experienced insurance broker specialising in risk management and risk transfer solutions for professional services firms. By getting to know and understand my clients and their businesses I am able to provide tailored insurance solutions.

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Harrogate Tuesday

Michelle Le-Roche - Le-Roche Optometry

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Skipton

Lisa Hardy - Jowett Stone

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Skipton

Yasmien Bagh Ali - Amaali

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Leeds South Friday

Aimee Littlefield - We Are Coaching

Personal & Professional NLP Coach.

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York

Sarah Buckley - Get Healthy, Stay Healthy

Sarah is an award winning nurse who is passionate about doing all she can to help herself & others extend their healthy lifespans - so we can all live to delight in seeing our grandchildren grow up…

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Manchester Centre

Faith Staniforth - Dovestone Property Ltd

Huddersfield Halifax

Maureen Connor - Snug Aromatics

I am a qualified aromatherapist and perfumer and make high quality natural candles and body and bath products, my business name is Snug Aromatics.

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Harrogate Friday

Lynne Webster - LCF Law

Partner in one of the largest Yorkshire Law firms.

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Harrogate Friday

Rhiannon Bates - The Risk Factor

MD of ethical insurance brokerage, specialising in public sector risks.

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Manchester Centre

Brigit Egan - The Oakridge Centre

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Wakefield

Julie Ramsey - Well Leathered

Owner and Founder of Well Leathered, established 2017. Trademarked August 2017. I create and handcraft handbags, purses, card wallets and dog collars, to name a few.

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Manchester Centre

Morwenna Angove - Chill Factore

Chief Executive of the UK’s largest and most successful indoor snow leisure attraction, Chill Factore.

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Manchester Centre

Christine Spencer - Graduate Dawn

Christine is an experienced individual who develops individuals and graduates to their full potential. Experienced and passionate about leadership development and customer service, she strives to make you the best leader you can be along with the key skills to achieve this.

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Leeds North

Diane Burke - White Rose Wills & Conveyancing

A kind and caring solicitor. Helping people one will at a time!

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Harrogate Friday

Kimberley Wilson - The Camberley and The Lodge Guest Accommodation Harrogate

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Harrogate Friday

Ros Collins - Hallmark

Senior Sales and Category professional. Specialising in long term strategic growth and relationship management, unlocking new markets and talent development.

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Harrogate Friday

Ali Williams - The Strength Unit

Gym owner, health and wellness coach, fitness coach.

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Doncaster

Laura Cowan - Taylor Bracewell

Experienced Private Client Lawyer

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Wakefield

Emma Cornell - Taylor Bracewell

Head of Dispute Resolution, having qualified as a solicitor in 2004. Extensive and varied experience in the field of litigation.

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Leeds South Wednesday

Abigail Barker - A Creative Space

Practising artist and art facilitator delivering art and crafts sessions within care and residential homes and retirement accommodation. I also offer a range of pre-designed and bespoke “Art For Wellbeing” packages for corporate clients.

Leeds South Wednesday

Harjit Rait - LCF Law

Dynamic and passionate divorce and family lawyer - driven to achieve the best for her clients and further raise the profile of LCF Law.

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Harrogate Friday

Nicole Brook - Nicole Brook Counselling and Psychotherapy

Experienced, approachable counsellor and psychotherapist practising in Harrogate.

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Leeds North

Raji Kaur Garawal - ActionCOACH

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Leeds North

Sue O'Donnell - M.R. Financial Services

Experienced Independent Financial Adviser, also accredited to advise on matters related to later life.

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Wakefield

Linda Ladley - Junior Bambinos

An award winner retailer – supporting you to develop your Baby Bambinos into Junior Bambinos with a range of children’s wooden furniture, toys and personalised gifts. With over 20 years in a corporate environment Linda now brings the reality of the corporate world into developing and running a retail business built on solid commercial foundations where customer experience is at the heart of everything she does.

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Huddersfield Halifax

Kelly Plahay - Selbie Opticians

Local independant opticians - providing first class professional eyecare!

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Huddersfield Halifax

Helen Thornton - Charlesworth Group

Expereinced entrepreneur focused on providing business support services and investment for growing businesses in the Kirklees area.

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Manchester Centre

Cathy Hilton - Thrive Minds

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Harrogate Tuesday

Lisa Swaine - Tractor Creative / Betty Hula

Partner in a graphic design/photography company, plus a Skincare brand to throw into the mix 

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York

Jill Anfield - Hare and Co

Hare & Co is a firm of Chartered Certified Accountants. We provide a tailored accountancy and taxation service that fulfils our client’s requirements and enables them to achieve their goals.

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Doncaster

Babs Lynds - Rejus Ltd

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Harrogate Tuesday

Sonia Saxton - Saxton Partners Ltd

Guarantee Executive Coaching Results or Your Money Back

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Leeds South Wednesday

Frances Dawson - Luceat Training

Manchester Centre

Helen Cuddy - Yellow Dog Consultancy

Doncaster

Victoria Wilson - Crane

Leeds South Wednesday

Tracey Denison - AVAJ

Owner of ava-j men’s underwear and award winning skincare brand. Our aim is to bring beautifully gift wrapped underwear to men so that they can enjoy the luxury of receiving quality underwear beautifully wrapped the same way woman have been enjoying for years, our underwear and nightwear is designed in house by my son and manufactured in Leicester, to complement this range we created selection of men’s skincare, one of our products won the beauty shortlist award for best men’s face wash 2018, All our skincare products are made in Bradford West Yorkshire.

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York

Melissa Talago - Campfire Communications

Founder of a global online community of women who walk

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York

Sophie Metcalfe - The Soapy Group

Creative Director – Making businesses look fabulous through creative marketing and design!

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Wakefield

Claire Ham - SPX Flow

A Senior Leader within a large Engineering organisation, passionate about people achieving their full potential and about more women succeeding in STEM careers

Huddersfield Halifax

Jennifer Davies - Revell Ward Limited

Huddersfield accountant helping small businesses to tame the numbers and be more efficient

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York

Caroline Turner - Creased Puddle

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Harrogate Tuesday

Dineo Ledwaba-Chapman - DLC Financial Management

Financial Planner, helping business owners and professionals align their finances with what's most important to them.

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Leeds North

Jackie McGee

Management training and coaching company for SMEs with HR support too!

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Leeds South Friday

Debbie Binnersley

Virtual Assistant helping small businesses take back control by helping their admin and social media.

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 £26 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.