Dynamic Business Magazine - issue 36

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Dee Mathieson

MD, Elekta Ltd



Female fund managers


The Permit Room

Championing diversity


Fabulous new hotels for 2024



Finances for life

Alison Jones, Partner at Kreston Reeves highlights the need for good financial control and planning ahead in life and in business


Dynamic Awards 2024

Exclusive images of the winners, highlights and celebrations from this most prestigious of women’s awards nights 16 FEATURE

There are two things people want more than sex and money: recognition and praise Mary Kay Ash,


Female investment fund managers

More female fund managers are wanted in the industry. Here, the industry itself encourages new recruits

The number of imaging tests –various forms of radiography –reported in England in the year to March 2023


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6 Upfront: The top international news stories involving women in business

30 In The Right Direction:

Good news stories from around the world


32 Highlighting two professional businesswomen whose work deserves greater attention than it currently receives Health & Wellbeing

36 Are salon hair straightening treatments safe? Tess de Klerk looks at the evidence

Further Reading

36 Reviews of books by Dr Anastasia Dedyukhina and others on the subject of pivoting Art Scene

40 Kellie Miller discusses the works of Dawn Stacey Travel

44 Fabulous new hotels for 2024 Fine Dining

46 Dishoom Permit Room in the Lanes, Brighton What’s On

48 A brief snapshot of art and culture cross Sussex and Surrey


22 DMH Stallard

A local solicitor that prides itself on championing diversity in the workplace

24 Lewis Brownlee

An introduction to the West Sussex-based chartered accountants

25 Tisshaws

The legal firm representing clients with a broad range of assets

26 ISON Travel

The corporate travel company where efficiency meets the challenges of global growth

28 How to self-promote

It’s easy to feel you’ve lost some self-respect when you tell others about yourself. Helen Tuddenham helps you tackle that issue


12 Dee Mathieson

Dynamic charts the career of a technological pioneer, and recipient of the Dynamic Lifetime Achievement Award

❛ People work for money but go the extra mile for recognition, praise and rewards Dale Carnegie, Leadership Training Guru


42 Wyld Experiences

A company that stands out by integrating the ancient wisdom of nature with the strength of female leadership


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We’re still buzzing from a fantastic evening at the Dynamic Awards! A great time was had by all while celebrating the achievements of so many incredible women. You’ll find great photos on pages 16-19.

Th is month, we get to know Dee Mathieson in our Big Story, Dee was the recipient of the Dynamic Lifetime Achievement Award. Our heartiest congratulations go out to you and wonderfully deserved.

A huge congratulations also to all the finalists and winners, as well as a shout-out to all who entered.

Of course, we are all for championing women here at Dynamic, and we try and do that in many ways. We also know that it can often feel so much more natural to champion others than ourselves. To sell ourselves can feel daunting. Therefore, we asked Helen Tuddenham for advice this month on how to self-promote without losing self-respect.

Alison Jones from Kreston Reeves shares savvy financial advice for our readers, while we hear from several top-achieving women in the funding industry on why they think women are still under-represented today.

Our regular features bring you more reading, including Spotlight, Wellbeing and our eye-candy Art section.

We hope that you enjoy what we created for you this month.

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The UK Government has rejected the recommendations of the Misogyny in Music report to increase protections for women working in the music industry. The Misogyny in Music report, published by the Women and Equalities Committee in January 2024, was widely welcomed across the creative industries. Its findings confirmed the level of sexual harassment and abuse – including sexual assault of female performers while on stage – in the music sector.

In its official response to the report, despite stating that ‘everyone should be able to work in the music industry without being subject to misogyny and discrimination’, the DCMS has refused to take any of the actions recommended by the report. Instead, the Government has put responsibility for legal protections back on the music industry, without offering support.




After weeks of tasks, firings and cringe-inducing moments, for the fifth year in a row, a businesswoman has won BBC’s ‘The Apprentice’. Gym owner Rachel Woolford beat Bognor Regis pie-maker Phil Turner in the final reckoning to Lord Alan Sugar’s £250,000 largesse in the programme broadcast in April.

It is also the second-year running that Lord Sugar has announced a gym owner as the winner. Woolford’s next plan is deciding the location for her third gym, which she says is likely to be in Newcastle or Yorkshire.

❛ ❛Chance is the fi rst step you take, luck is what comes afterward
Amy Tan


The gender pay gap at 15 of the 20 best-funded UK tech companies is wider than the national average — in some cases considerably. Across the country, companies with over 250 employees pay women 9.1p less for every £1 earned by their male counterparts (see ‘In The Right Direction’). But in the UK tech scene, the situation is worse. With 75% of tech companies paying women, indulging in a greater gender pay differential. UK tech darlings like neobanks Revolut and Starling, alongside many others, all had a wider gap than the national average. Only Octopus Energy, within this sector, pays women, on average, more than men.

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The venues for the tenth Women’s Rugby World Cup have been announced. The tournament will kick off on August 22nd 2025 and conclude with the World Cup final on September 27th 2025. For the first time ever, the elite women’s rugby tournament will be hosted across eight venues around the country with 16 teams competing to be crowned world champions.

• Brighton & Hove – Brighton & Hove Albion Stadium (pictured)

• Bristol – Ashton Gate

• Exeter – Sandy Park

• London – Twickenham Stadium

• Manchester – Salford Community Stadium*

• Northampton – Franklin’s Gardens

• Sunderland – Stadium of Light

• York – York Community Stadium

*subject to final confirmation

My daily challenge to myself is to be part of the solution, to be a joyful warrior in the battle to come
Kamala Harris
Addy Loudiadis
Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception
Ruth Bader Ginsburg


A survey by social enterprise Code First Girls has found that 40% of female entrepreneurs have faced gender-based discrimination whilst in a leadership role. 61% also agreed that, in terms of the challenges faced by women when breaking into senior roles, stereotypes still exist – with leadership continuing to favour men. When asked about barriers to business leadership, more than half (51%) of Code First Girls’ community also stated that confidence is the main challenge facing female entrepreneurs today. And, with the Government’s annual Small Business Survey showing that there are just 18% of SMEs led by females, it is clear that the industry needs to address the leadership gender gap by encouraging and supporting women into such roles.


Company data specialist, Beauhurst has compiled its list of ’50 Female Entrepreneurs to Watch’ in 2024. Here are the top ten of the most high-potential and successful entrepreneurs in the UK today – ranked by the total amount of investment they’ve secured for their companies over the past year.

1. Addy Loudiadis CEO and Co-Founder, Rothesay Life

2. Anne Boden Founder and CEO, Starling Bank

3. Chenesai Darcy Co-Founder and Company Secretary, Africa Mobile Networks

4 / 5 Eccie and Gini Newton Co-Founders, Karma Kitchen

6. Guan Dian – Co-Founder and Asia Pacific Senior Vice President, Patsnap

7. Kit Kemp Co-Founder, Owner & Creative Director, Firmdale Hotels

8 / 9 Professor Giovanna Lombardi / Emma Morris Co-Founders, Quell Therapeutics

10. Fiona Canning Co-Founder and Chief Product & Marketing Officer, Pollinate

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I really enjoyed being involved with the judging for the Dynamic Awards again this year. It was a good opportunity to meet other likeminded business women, and to listen to their stories. I am always fascinated to hear how they got to where they are in their business and any lessons they learnt on the journey.

I also asked them what three words their friends would use to describe them, and there was a common theme of being passionate, determined and being kind and considerate with a good sense of humour. All of which I believe that my friends would also say about me.

and prioritise what they will need at different stages throughout their lives – regardless of whether they have a life partner or not.

We all agreed that there should be more emphasis placed on fi nancial planning for women

Another common theme during some of the conversations was whilst many women understand the need for tight financial controls in their business, they were aware that many of their friends or business colleagues did not give their own personal finances the same attention.

We all agreed that there should be more emphasis placed on financial planning for women to help them to understand

In an ideal world we would have all started being financially savvy once we started working or if we were lucky enough to be gifted wealth from a young age, but life isn’t like that. I met a successful 60 year-old recently who doesn’t have any private pension provision because no one had explained their value (compound interest is your friend) and the tax benefits of having one.

We need to be savvy financially so we protect ourselves in our later years as who knows what life will bring. I think many women are surprised by how menopause makes them feel and, of course, for some women, it can be very debilitating, and they may not want to work as hard during this time.

Here are my top tips for women at different ages to start thinking about building, managing and enjoying wealth:

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In an ideal world we would have all started being fi nancially savvy once we started working


In your 20s, you will reach milestones such as finishing education, getting your fi rst job, renting/buying a home and enjoying life. It is important to think about your short, medium and the longer-term goals and start putting in place structures that will help you to reach them, such as buying a house, setting up a business etc.

Starting to invest for your longer-term goals gives savings, investments and pensions more time to grow.


At this age, many business owners use pension contributions to also reduce both personal and corporate tax liabilities, so make sure you maximise the tax reliefs available to you.

If you can buy a commercial property to run your business from then there are considerable benefits to it being owned by a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) so that the rent paid by the business is paid into the SIPP, building an asset for the future.

You may, by now, have a family so planning for childcare costs, school fees and university fees needs to be factored in.

I would also encourage women to have a savings pot of their own – rather than pooling everything into the family finances, as easy access to money gives you flexibility and freedom should you decide you want to move life in a different direction.


Have a budget which looks at how much you need to live on each year and then if you have surplus cash, make sure you are using your personal savings allowances. At the time of writing, we are still awaiting further details on the new British ISA mentioned in the recent budget but there are useful tax benefits to these savings schemes.

Whilst I would hope all women start paying into a pension in their 20s when they begin their career, it’s important to remember that workplace enrolment only began in 2012. It isn’t too late to start a personal pension or to increase your payments into an existing one but think about how long you would like to work for and what your longer-term goals will be.


Fifty is a great age to begin a ten-year plan. By now you are likely to have more surplus cash, children may have left home (and will hopefully be financially independent), so think about what changes you want to make and work towards them, whether you want to start up a business, succession planning if you want to sell a business, retrain for a new career, downsize your home etc.

A lot of women in their 50s want to carry on working but also want to have greater flexibility to allow them to enjoy travel or time with family, so part time and more flexible working could be considered.

If you receive an inheritance from family members, take independent advice regarding investments and your exposure to Inheritance Tax.

Th ink about your own future security and make sure you have an up-to-date Will and consider a Lasting Power of Attorney so you know your wishes (health and financial) will be carried out if you no longer have the capacity to do so.


Before you reach your 60s, you need to think about your needs after leaving the workplace. We are all living longer, so having an active and rewarding retirement is a goal for many of us.

Don’t just rely on there being a state pension, but if it is going to play an important role in funding your retirement, make sure you have enough qualifying years. You need 35 qualifying years receive a full state pension.

Ultimately, we are all different, all have different incomes, financial responsibilities and goals we would like to achieve, so starting thinking about them as soon as you can and remember it’s never too late to start.

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Oncology is a branch of medicine that deals with the study, treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of cancer. The etymological origin is the Greek word (ónkos), meaning ‘tumour,’ ‘volume’ or ‘mass.’ It is also something most of us would not wish to spend too much spare time thinking about, given its somewhat unnerving and distressing nature.

It makes the work undertaken by Dee Mathieson – someone with the opposite view to this attitude – all the more impressive. She has had a long career in the advancement of cancer care, starting in the clinic, and moving to industry.

Dynamic tells the story of an award-winning pioneer…


Dee was educated at Sutton High School from 1970-77. In 1979, she enrolled to study Radiation Therapy at Guy’s Hospital, London, earning a DCR(T) degree in 1981. She completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Physics from London South Bank University from 1984 to 1987.

Soon after she graduated with her BSc, Dee joined –well, was headhunted by – Dutch international giant Philips Electronics as a Technical Training Specialist, to educate engineers about the clinical aspects of radiotherapy and the physics and technology behind the cancer treatment systems they produced – linear accelerators or linacs.

During her training and work experience, she realised the technology could be significantly improved to increase the accuracy of radiation targeting, while also improving patient comfort. Together with the Medical Physics team she was working with, she produced some transformative ideas.

One example she cites is a vacuum moulding system which could replace the sticky tape and foam used to position and stabilise patients’ heads for treatment with a simple plastic mask.

By her own admission, her career with Philips was varied, holding global roles in oncology and neuroscience, including service engineering, product management, marketing, commercial operations, and service operations.

In late 1996, Philips gathered its staff together to inform them that Swedish company Elekta had signed a letter of intent to buy the Radiotherapy Division from Philips.

Dee herself remembers the meeting. “When we heard Elekta was planning to buy the radiotherapy division from Philips, there were quite a few of us who looked at each other and said ‘who?’ – and I was one of them. At the time, I was not aware of the benefits of Gamma Knife radiosurgery nor the rich history of the Leksell family,” she says.


Therapeutic radiographers are responsible for the planning and delivery of accurate radiotherapy treatments using a wide range of technical equipment. Radiotherapy is used in the treatment of cancer.

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During her training and work experience, Dee realised that the technology could be significantly improved to increase the accuracy of radiation targeting

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Prof. Lars Leksell was a pioneering Swedish neurosurgeon who invented Gamma Knife and whose family founded Elekta in 1972. The company was started at the suggestion of his then 20-year-old son Laurent (Larry) who – when Prof. Leksell believed only five Gamma Knife systems would be enough for the world’s needs – realised his father had seriously under-estimated his own invention.

The name Elekta – from the Greek word ‘elektos,’ meaning chosen or elected – was kept from a previous company Prof. Leksell set up. It was into this company that the Radiotherapy Division of Eindhoven-based Philips Electronics was acquired in 1997 by Elekta, and Dee with it. She flourished at the Swedish company.

Dee’s achievements and projects within the company are far too long for this magazine to list; her story is a book in its own right. Suffice to say, 30-odd years of research, development and innovation in the radiotherapy field have seen enormous leaps forward in patient care. During this time, Dee has been directly or indirectly involved in setting product strategy for groundbreaking innovations which not only improved the accuracy of radiation treatment, but the experience for patients and clinicians.

As Elekta made massive leaps forward in cancer care and treatment, you could find Dee at the very heart of those innovations. She is now Senior Vice President, and the fi rst female Managing Director of Elekta Ltd in the UK.

Prior to that, her long tenure at Elekta has included Senior VP, Business Line Linac Solutions; Managing Director, Senior Vice President of Product Quality & Service; Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management; Senior Vice President of Global Commercial Operations; Senior Vice President of Business Line Management; and Vice President of Global Product Management.

Dee’s achievements and projects within the company are far too long for this magazine to list


After receiving his doctoral degree in 1945, the University Hospital in Lund recruited Leksell to set up the first neurosurgical clinic in Sweden outside of Stockholm. In 1949 Prof. Leksell created the Leksell MicroStereotactic System, which permitted the mechanical placement of a needle, cannula or electrode at precise locations within the brain without direct visual guidance.

Prof. Leksell recognised the need for a tool to allow for treatment of deepseated intracranial structures without opening the skull and the hazards of open surgery. In 1951, externally applied X-rays were substituted for the instruments in the open stereotactic procedures.

By coupling a source of radiation with a stereotactic guiding device, the first radiosurgical procedure was thus performed. Leksell found that by administering a single dose of radiation, it was possible to successfully destroy deep brain structures. He called this technique “stereotactic radiosurgery.”

During the 1950s and 1960s, Prof. Leksell conducted intensive research to identify the ideal radiation source and equipment for stereotactic radiosurgery. Linear accelerators (photons) and synchrocyclotrons (protons) were tried and evaluated.

In 1994, Elekta started experimenting at Karolinska Hospital in Stockholm with a stereotactic frame

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Dee is, in her own words, “a highly motivated healthcare professional with over 40 years’ experience, with an in-depth knowledge of clinical techniques, physics and applied technology supporting her employer to grow their business and reputation in the eld of radiation therapy. She is a sought after and regular media commentator and motivational speaker for a range of audiences including businesses, Key Opinion Leaders and the nancial and business analyst community.”

Almost four decades, and several di erent roles later –each one with more responsibility than the previous one, and with scienti c breakthroughs not even thought of at the outset, Dee has been a central part of it all. If there has been a pioneering procedure in the world of cancer care and treatment, Dee has almost certainly been pivotal in that process.

In 2022, Dee became a Member of the Board of Trustees for e Mary How Trust for Cancer Prevention, and the following year, she accepted the role of Chairwoman of Gatwick Diamond Business.

In February this year, Nescot (North East Surrey College of Technology) celebrated student success at the annual Higher Education (HE) Awards graduation ceremony at Epsom Downs Racecourse. e college awarded her an Honorary Fellowship. Sharing her journey, she said, “I am very grateful to Nescot for helping me on my way to what has been a fantastic and varied career in cancer care.”

But her story does not nish there. Into the future, she intends to continue striving for ever-better care, treatments and, ultimately, outcomes. “At Elekta, our Access 2025 strategy is built on four pillars: innovation; partner integration; customer focus and driving adoption of radiation therapy across the globe, re ecting Elekta’s vision to create a world where everyone has access to the best cancer care,” states Dee. “We can and must do better to improve access to radiotherapy for those who will truly bene t from the therapy.”


On April 30th, 2024, Dee was the proud recipient of the Dynamic Lifetime Achievement Award. With a career like that, it is both unsurprising, and very well deserved. Our heartiest congratulations to Dee on this award, on behalf of Dynamic Magazine, and her peers on the judging panel who worked hard to keep the award quiet before the day!

for the whole body (and not just for the head), using a linear accelerator as the radiation source. The trials were a success and Elekta decided to acquire its own linear accelerator technology. It was time to embrace broad-based radiation therapy and fully become a cancer treatment provider in the field of radiation oncology.

The radiotherapy business was churning out products. Eventually, all the Philips legacy linac products were replaced by innovative designs developed by Elekta in Crawley. The sales and support network had been revamped and quality across the full product and sales process had improved significantly.

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The winners of the Dynamic Awards 2024 have been announced at a sensational gala event, held at The Grand Brighton on April 30th.

The annual event is the region’s premier businesswomen award scheme, celebrating the remarkable achievements of female business leaders throughout the South East.

Over 400 guests, from across the business community, attended the sell-out event which was organised by Platinum Media Group, and hosted by comedian, Suzi Ruffell.

The ceremony was made up of 16 categories and recognised accomplishments made across all aspects of business, from personal successes to outstanding contributions.

Maarten Hoffmann, Managing Director of Platinum Media Group, said: “The high standard of entries, the extraordinary businesswomen and accomplishments that have been presented to us this year are truly inspirational.

“I’d like to congratulate all the winners and shortlisted finalists.”

The event charity partner was the Rockinghorse Children’s Charity, the charity that has been supporting children across Sussex for over 50 years, and who raised over £10,000 on the night.

To view the 2024 winners, visit: www.platinummediagroup.co.uk/events/ the-dynamic-awards/winners-2024

❛❛ A wonderful evening spent celebrating amazing female leaders in business ❜❜ Paul Rolfe Chichester College Group

❛❛ What a spectacular event – really it was just incredible. It was well-run, beautifully staged and fun! ❜❜

Donna Holland, Rockinghorse Children’s Charity ❛❛ As always, we had a brilliant time at The Dynamic Awards! Many thanks to Platinum for organising this fantastic event celebrating the outstanding achievements of female business leaders across the South East ❜❜ Samantha Kaye, Wellesley



Businesswoman of the Year

Sponsored by DMH Stallard


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Large Business of the Year

Sponsored by Loch Associates Group


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These awards are not only an opportunity to celebrate some incredible female leaders in the South East but they also provide a platform that really elevates the pioneering businesses that surround us. All the judges were so impressed with the calibre of talent who entered each category ❜❜

Pam Loch, Loch Associates Group

❛❛ We were proud to support such an important and fun celebratory event.

Being involved in the judging meant we knew the amazing stories of the shortlisted businesses, and how much they all deserved the recognition ❜❜

Melanie Dumelow, University of Brighton Help to Grow

Medium Business of the Year

Sponsored by University of Brighton Help To Grow


Green Mop

Sustainability Champion Award

Sponsored by Legal & General CHRISSIE BECK

Worlds Better

Professional Services Award

Sponsored by Tiny Box Company


Ridgeview Wine Estate

❛❛ What an amazing event and experience, to be surrounded by all those amazing women, something I will never forget ❜❜

Katharine Archer

❛❛ The Dynamic Awards blew all other awards ceremonies out of the water!

Emma Cleary, Flexibility Matters


Future Talent of the Year

CEO of the Year

Sponsored by FRP Corporate Finance

Education Cubed


❛❛ Winning an award for your achievements at work is special. It feels like a reward for the days of hard graft and worry – a recognition that you have done a decent job and that it has worked. It was an honour to have shared the stage and the room with other professional women who have worked hard, been bold and delivered. Thank you so much to Platinum Media Group for creating and delivering this event. It was a blast! ❜❜

Jo Redfern Evans

❛❛ It was an honour to recognise others who share our values as outstanding employers.

As a judge, I’m inspired by employers who prioritise the well-being of their teams, recognising that such dedication not only drives business success but also nurtures personal and professional growth.

A heartfelt congratulations to all the finalists and winners ❜❜

Helen Cannon, ISON Travel

Sponsored by Surrey Research Park



❛❛ This prestigious award makes the hard work, passion, and dedication worth it! We are currently overwhelmed with investment opportunities, and I can’t wait to see where DEWEY will be in another year’s time.

Thank you Dynamic Awards for providing such an empowering space for women in business ❜❜

Chamiah Dewey


of the Year

Sponsored by ISON Travel



❛❛ Thank you to all those who joined us, and to Platinum Media Group Ltd for hosting a wonderful event.

I am proud to be part of a woman-led team at Surrey Research Park with great female and male allies who all want to support an equitable future ❜❜

Kat Mack, Surrey Research Park



❛❛ I am passionate about supporting women in business, and I am always truly inspired and humbled by the women that I meet through our Inspirational award.

It is crucial that we honour and showcase such talented women in order that they are recognised and so that we can provide inspiration and role models to the next generations ❜❜

Alison Jones, Kreston Reeves

Company of the Year

Sponsored by Wellesley


Lewis Brownlee

Chartered Accountants

❛❛ As a female-led accountancy

firm (a traditionally male dominated profession!), we are immensely proud to have been chosen to receive this award.

Thank you once again to everyone involved in The Dynamic Awards, it is an incredible event ❜❜

Sarah Alexander

❛❛ The quality of female entrepreneurship in Sussex is exceptional and it was such a challenge to pick our winner! Massive well done to all the finalists and winners.

A truly inspiring event ❜❜

Matt Turner, Creative Pod

Business Growth Award

Sponsored by Creative Pod


Dazzle & Fizz

Inspirational Award

Sponsored by Kreston Reeves


The English Soap Company

❛❛ To win a Dynamic Award has been exciting and humbling. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners, it is a privilege to celebrate women in business across the South East ❜❜

Susannah Atherton

Property Professional of the Year

Sponsored by Lewis Brownlee

Chartered Accountants


Arena Offi ces


Best New Business Award Winner 2024

Sponsored by Tisshaws Family Law Solicitors


Myla Health

❛❛ We are honoured to be chosen from such an incredible group of candidates. What a fantastic, inspiring evening! ❜❜

Dr Olivia Hum and Dr Zoe Schaedel

Innovator of the Year

Sponsored by Spabreaks.com DR

Community Hero Award

Sponsored by Plus X Innovation



❛❛ An evening of glitz, glamour and entertainment –celebrating all that’s been achieved by a variety of inspirational businesswomen in our region. What a great cause, a fantastic evening filled with great company and inspirational stories ❜❜

Priavo Security

❛❛ What a night! I have never met so many incredible female business leaders spread over so many industries across the whole of the South East ❜❜

Mary Cullen

Mary Gold Property & Investment Solutions

Lifetime Achievement Award

Sponsored by University of Sussex Business School



❛❛ To be presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award is an incredible experience and one that I am so grateful to have had. I look back on my long and varied career in cancer care and feel very fortunate to have always enjoyed it. The recognition of my achievements at the Dynamic Awards 2024 was one of the proudest moments of my life ❜❜

Dee Mathieson


At DMH Stallard, we pride ourselves as being a great place to work – a supportive firm with a modern culture. This includes championing the diversity of our workforce at all levels of our structure, and notably the recruitment and promotion of women into senior leadership roles within the firm.

DMH Stallard championing diversity in its workforce

Most law students, according to UCAS, are women. In fact, female applicants outstrip their male counterparts by two-to-one. However, tables are turned at the top of the ladder. Latest figures suggest that only about 35% of partners in law fi rms are women. And yet diversity in leadership and management leads to better balance, provides a wider outlook, and results in more balanced decisions.

DMH Stallard aims to be an employer of choice with a forward thinking and diverse culture. Th is plays a big role in the fi rm being a great place to work.

To achieve our aims, we, like many other law fi rms, are looking to increase our numbers of female partners, and women in leadership roles. We have always supported women in our business to achieve their full potential and, indeed, encourage all our employees to balance their careers alongside their family lives and personal commitments. Our track record is good, but we can improve.

careers with us. Our aim is that over the next three to five years, we see an even greater balance of women as partners and leaders in our business.

We are encouraging the recruitment and promotion of both men and women at all levels, from trainees to partners, and in our support teams. We are championing the elimination of any gender pay gap. We are reviewing our career development framework to ensure it is fit for a truly diverse workforce.

DMH Stallard aims to be an employer of choice with a forward thinking and diverse culture

Alongside this, the power of mentoring cannot be underestimated. We want everyone who works at DMH Stallard to have support and guidance from the right people around them, particularly for our female colleagues returning from maternity leave.

We are providing even more focused support for our fantastic female employees and partners throughout their

The pandemic has had one good outcome – it has made flexible working more the norm. More women than men choose part-time working or flexible hours. Their contribution to the legal sector is invaluable. We recognise that and accommodate flexibility wherever we can.

We have also set up our DMH Stallard Women in Law Group, a forum to share views, exchange ideas, and make plans to achieve equality at all stages, levels and roles within our award-winning fi rm.

A big thank you to all our hard working and dedicated female and male colleagues across DMH Stallard. The fi rm is great because of you.


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At Lewis Brownlee Chartered Accountants, we understand that to excel in a dynamic economy, your business requires a partner, not just an accountant – a partner deeply invested in your aspirations and equipped to elevate your enterprise to new heights.

Our philosophy is simple yet profound: to provide a comprehensive suite of services that transcends the traditional scope of accountancy. As Xero Platinum Partners, we are at the forefront of Cloud Accounting, a paradigm shift that marks a revolution in engaging with financial data. Imagine having the power to harness real-time insights, employ intuitive interfaces, and integrate operations seamlessly. These are the tools we bestow upon businesses to fortify decision-making processes, streamline operations, and stimulate growth.

Our expertise also extends far beyond the realms of accounting into the strategic territories of Business Advisory services. Our dedication to tailored, progressive advice underpins our reputation. We dive deep into the unique intricacies of your business to emerge with strategies that are as cutting-edge as they are effective. Whether it’s growth planning or financial forecasting, our advisory is the engine that propels your business into the future – one that’s resilient and adaptable to the ebb and flow of the market.

We don’t just tally numbers, we make the most of what really counts

At Lewis Brownlee, our dedication to excellence extends out into enriching the communities that sustain us. So, we are proud advocates of Mental Health Awareness, Women in Business, and Sustainability! Our endeavours in these areas stem from our core belief that our partnership with clients is also a partnership with the community.

As such, our Chichester, Midhurst, and Whiteley offices are not just business hubs but beacons of community spirit and environmental stewardship. By choosing us, you’re not just gaining an accountant; you’re aligning with a fi rm that matches its financial acumen with a heart for societal and ecological betterment!

So, join us at Lewis Brownlee, where we don’t just tally numbers, we make the most of what really counts. We’re not just partners in your financial journey; we’re co-navigators in crafting a legacy of success, community well-being, and environmental care – true ‘partners in our clients’ success!’

Lewis Brownlee Chartered Accountants, Appledram Barns, Birdham Road, Chichester PO20 7EQ

Chichester: 01243 782 423

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Whiteley: 01489 287 782

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TISSHAWS increasing diversity in the legal profession

Tisshaws Family Law Solicitors is an enthusiastic supporter of the Dynamic Business Awards and, having won Lawyer of the Year at last year’s awards, Gilva Tisshaw was keen to sponsor this year’s New Business Award.

“Starting a new business involves a lot of hard work, as well as a degree of risk taking,” she explains. “Given this, I feel it’s important to recognise those women prepared to put their talent, ambition and vision on the line in establishing a new venture.”

Having successfully built specialist family law fi rm, Tisshaws Family Law Solicitors, which she founded in 2012, Gilva understands the pressures of setting up a new business. Built on an ethos of legal expertise within a culture of care, Gilva has grown her business through providing exceptional levels of client service and compassion. Since then, the fi rm has gone from strength to strength, and Gilva is proud to have built a team who all share her dedication to client care.

“People are at their most vulnerable during family breakdown, and it’s important they feel that they are represented by someone who genuinely cares and can help them to navigate the divorce process in the most positive way possible.”

The depth and breadth of Tisshaws’ experience means the fi rm can represent clients with a broad range of assets

To achieve this, Tisshaws is committed to non-court resolution approaches, offering mediation, collaborative law, and arbitration – all approaches which save clients the cost, time, and stress of resolving their issues in court.

What’s more, the depth and breadth of Tisshaws’ experience means the fi rm can represent clients with a broad range of assets, from those with small budgets, to those with significant financial assets and properties abroad.

These services put Tisshaws on equal footing with larger London law fi rms, but with far more competitive fees.

Recognised and ranked as a leading UK family law fi rm by both Chambers and The Legal 500, Tisshaws was also delighted to win two British Chamber of Commerce Awards for Trailblazing Equality. Committed to helping a diverse range of clients, Gilva is also a champion of increasing diversity within the legal profession and has supported those from underrepresented minority backgrounds taking non-traditional routes in forging a legal career.


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In the bustling world of corporate travel management, where efficiency meets the challenges of global growth, ISON Travel stands out for our unwavering commitment to our employees. By Alan

ISON Travel celebrates the next Employer of the Year

As the proud sponsor of the Employer of the Year category at the prestigious Dynamic Awards 2024 hosted by the Platinum Media Group, ISON Travel brings more than just a business ethos to the table - we bring a philosophy centred on the well-being and empowerment of our team.

In 2020, during the challenges of the pandemic, ISON Travel remained steadfast in our dedication to our workforce. Despite the turbulent business landscape, marked by losses and uncertainties, we continued to hire new employees, prioritise their needs, ensure their security and foster a supportive environment. ISON Travel exemplifies the mantra of an employee-fi rst approach, which is what motivated us to sponsor this year’s Employer of the Year Award.

Our CEO, Helen Cannon, a remarkable leader and a mother of five, has been recognised for championing gender diversity and supporting women in business wholeheartedly. She has been instrumental in empowering working mums with entrepreneurial dreams by establishing an incubator structure within her company. She also spearheads initiatives to elevate women into leadership roles, reflecting her commitment to inclusivity and empowerment.

Helen Cannon
As we reflect on this year’s entries, it is heartening to see so many outstanding submissions

As we reflect on this year’s entries, it is heartening to see so many outstanding submissions. The standard of entries has set new benchmarks, motivating others to bring their best foot forward. As one of the judges, Helen feels inspired by the employers who think about their employees’ needs fi rst and prioritises their growth and well-being. Helen believes that organisational success is not just measured in profits, but also in the ethical and sustainable workplace.

Helen knows very well, when employees feel valued and empowered, they can unlock their full potential, and significantly contribute business growth.

As we approach the award ceremony, we look forward to celebrating a new era of workplace culture – one where individuals are valued, supported, and empowered to thrive both personally and professionally. We congratulate this year’s winner for its commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment.

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Have you ever felt that you don’t get the credit you deserve? That job opportunities are given to others, even though you would be ideally suited? By Learning & Development Consultant, Helen Tuddenham

How to self-promote without losing self-respect

According to Tara Mohr, in her book “Playing Big”, girls in particular learn at school to keep their heads down, do a good job, and assume their work will speak for itself. When success involves getting good marks in homework and exams, that works. But in your career, not everyone sees the good work you do. And with so many distractions in the modern age, you need to work smarter to make an impact.

But self-promotion can feel a little, well, ‘icky’. Many of us are taught that boasting about our achievements is a

Instead of thinking of it as selling yourself, think of it as sharing information to help others solve their problems

cardinal sin. When we see others do it, it can jar. So, how do you make sure that everyone knows about your great work in a way that’s authentic to you and without feeling that you’ve lost your self-respect?

Well, before you do anything else, if the term “self-promotion” sends shivers up your spine, you need to reframe how you see it. Instead of thinking of it as selling yourself, think of it as sharing information to help others solve their problems.

How can you do this effectively? Here are five suggestions:

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How do you want this to come across? What is your reason for telling the person, and what do you need to say? For example, if your aim is to show that you are improving your leadership skills, then make sure the story demonstrates this. If it is a team success, point out the role you played.


This will depend on your career and business goals, but generally, think about where you want to be visible and who is influential in that space. Harvard Business Review research found that employees who put in the groundwork to build solid relationships with their seniors were 82% more likely to get promoted than colleagues who hadn’t stayed in touch*.



What is at the forefront of their mind right now? Is it keeping up team morale? Then share something you’ve done to make your team feel happier and more connected. Is it about bringing a fresh perspective to help them solve a problem? Share how you have solved that problem for another client and the benefits it brought.


Telling someone about your achievements or skills has a multiplier effect, so make it easy for the person you speak to. To promote yourself to others. Be succinct and include only what they need to know. Plan the conversation and use the STAR mnemonic to help you with this. Situation and Task - briefly outline the context and your role. Action - mention one or two key things about what you did, giving enough information to clarify that you are behind the success. Spend most of your time talking about the Result - what was the successful outcome, and why is it helpful for this person to know?


Advocate for your team and business partners by sharing their successes in an appropriate way. This has three benefits: firstly, by advocating for others, you’ll feel more confident advocating for yourself; secondly, those you advocate to will see you as a positive person who is looking out for their colleagues and associates; and finally, it may encourage the person you are talking about to reciprocate by sharing positive stories about you. so

Finding the right time and place to implement these strategies is essential. However, remember that it’s not about having one conversation but a series of them. Therefore, plan. To start with, you could practice sharing positive stories in forums such as team meetings, where people are specifically asked to share successes, making it feel more natural.

Then go for the targeted conversations. Make the most of that awkward moment by the coffee machine or at a networking event. Asking an influential person how work is going for them will probably elicit the same question in return - that’s your opportunity.

And the result? By speaking with a few key people and sharing your successes, you will create a positive story around you. Th is will improve your visibility and your chances of being tapped on the shoulder next time that promotion or sales opportunity comes up.

Frame it as if you are sharing information to help people solve their problems - and then step forward in confidence!

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❛ ❛Everyone starts as a Leftie – then wakes up after either starting to make money, working, trying to run a business or trying to buy a house
Holly Valance, Pop star and wife of billionaire Nick Candy


A recent study revealed a significant increase in global life expectancy – by 6.2 years –following declines in fatalities caused by stroke, diarrhoea, and respiratory infections. These reductions in mortality rates, particularly notable in regions such as Oceania, East Asia, and Eastern sub-Saharan Africa between 1990 and 2019, have been attributed to improved healthcare and enhanced disease prevention measures.

Specifically, there has been a marked decrease in deaths from enteric diseases like diarrhoea and typhoid, as well as a notable reduction in mortality rates related to respiratory infections. However, the positive trajectory was disrupted during the pandemic years due to government-mandated lockdowns and business closures, which disrupted global supply chains and led to a temporary reversal of this trend.



Hospital patients are less likely to die if a female doctor treats them, a UCLA study has found. The research also found that female patients were less likely to be readmitted to hospital in the 30 days after discharge if they had had a female physician. The new research is part of a growing field of study examining why women and minorities tend to receive worse medical care than men and white patients. For example, women and minority patients are up to 30% more likely to be misdiagnosed than white men. Dr Yusuke Tsugawa, the senior author of the study said: “What our finding indicate is that female and male physicians practice medicine differently, and these differences have a meaningful impact on patient’s health outcomes.”


Rosemary Coogan, who grew up in East Sussex, and completed her doctorate at the University of Sussex, has become Britain’s first qualified astronaut in ten years. This former Royal Navy reservist who graduated from the European Space Agency after gruelling training, will fly into space before the end of the decade.

“From dreaming about space to being one step closer to reaching it, I’m filled with gratitude and determination to make the most of this opportunity” Rosemary said.

Rosemary’s appointment sends out a huge message, not just to our students, but to every girl in primary school who will think, ‘that could be me!’

Kathy Romer, Professor of Astrophysics, School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences

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Researchers from Sweden propose that combining a basic blood test with artificial intelligence (AI) screening could aid in identifying sepsis patients at highest risk of severe complications. Sepsis claims roughly 11 million lives globally each year, with 50,000 deaths in the UK alone. Typically triggered by infection, sepsis can quickly escalate into septic shock, causing organ damage. Lund University scientists analysed plasma samples from over a thousand suspected sepsis patients, identifying immune response patterns. They trained an AI model with these results to predict septic shock likelihood. Lead researcher Dr. Lisa Mellhammar hailed the tool as “the future of early sepsis detection,” potentially predicting individuals at greater risk of poor outcomes.

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Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
Mary Oliver


Adejoké is the UK’s first black female chef, and only the second black female chef in the world, to receive this accolade. Her London restaurant, Chishuru, specialises in modern west African cuisine and culinary styles typical of Nigeria’s Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo ethnic groups. “I’ve always cooked from my heart, and I suppose you could say I have a mission: to present and honour the food of my heritage,” Bakare said. She hopes that her achievement will inspire a new generation of chefs from minority ethnic backgrounds.


Nearly 500 river barriers were removed across 15 European countries in 2023, according to Dam Removal Europe (DRE). The coalition aims to restore freeflowing waterways and biodiversity. France led with 156 barriers dismantled, while the UK ranked fifth with 36. The efforts reconnected 4,300 kilometres of watercourses, improving safety and habitats. DRE’s report also highlighted the dangers dams pose to recreational river users, with 129 fatalities linked to them in recent years. Herman Wanningen, director of the World Fish Migration Foundation, praised the investment in removing outdated barriers to enhance river health for communities and nature across Europe.


The gender pay gap in the UK has shrunk to its lowest level in seven years. Big employers have been compelled by law to publish pay gap statistics since 2017. The April 2024 figures reveal the gap is the smallest since reporting began, but despite the progress, women still earn 91p in the £1 compared to men. The situation is worse in the public sector, where there’s still a 14.4% pay gap. Men earn more than women in nearly nine in 10 public sector organisations, compared to just over three-quarters of private companies.

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In our exclusive Spotlight feature, we highlight women who are doing good things in their community. They’re not always seen but we think they should be


Kate Griggs

Kate Griggs is the Founder and CEO of the global charity Made By Dyslexia, host of the Lessons in Dyslexic Thinking podcast and the author of This is Dyslexia

One in five people are dyslexic – that’s 20% of the global population. And despite knowing exactly how to spot it, 80% of dyslexics still leave school unidentified.

Despite being a ‘classic dyslexic’, my first school didn’t spot my dyslexia. Instead, I was a ‘must try harder’, ‘quiet girl’ who HATED school because I felt like a failure. It was only after I was sent to a new school that my life was transformed by dyslexia trained teachers who finally helped me understand and value my dyslexic strengths.

The same thing happened years later with my son Ted. I was genuinely shocked that after all that time his teachers still didn’t know how to spot and support his obvious dyslexic struggles or his amazing Dyslexic Thinking skills.

I’ve made it my mission to change this. My first campaign led to the UK Government’s Review of Dyslexia in 2008. In 2017, I founded the global charity Made By Dyslexia, which we launched with Sir Richard Branson to teach the world the brilliance of Dyslexic Thinking and to empower it in every home, school and workplace.

In 2022, we successfully campaigned for LinkedIn to add ‘Dyslexic Thinking’ as a workplace skill on its social platform. Within one week, 10,000 people had already added it to their profi les! In the same year, Dyslexic Thinking was added to the dictionary too.

Despite being a ‘classic dyslexic’, my fi rst school didn’t spot my dyslexia. Instead, I was a ‘must try harder

My work with Made By Dyslexia, my books, This Is Dyslexia (a practical guide for adults) and Xtraordinary People (which helps kids understand dyslexic superpowers), and now the podcast, are creating global momentum behind our dyslexia movement, which has only continued to grow. Last year we launched our Lessons in Dyslexic Thinking podcast – interviews with some of the world’s most inspiring dyslexics – which returned for season two in March 2024.

Dyslexic minds are naturally curious, highly creative, and have an ability to unconventionally connect the dots and think laterally. So, it’s no wonder some of the world’s most successful people are dyslexic, including Sir Richard Branson, space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock, and titanic explorer Bob Ballard, (who are all guests on my podcast).

Workplaces of the future will depend on Dyslexic Thinking skills. That’s what all the research is telling us – because AI can’t replace the soft skills or power skills that every organisation needs like innovation, lateral thinking, complex problem solving and interpersonal skills. And these are all Dyslexic Thinking skills.

That’s why our mission to empower Dyslexic Thinking in every school, every home and every workplace is so vital. Dyslexia is a superpower – not something to hide!


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Sophie Davenport

Introducing Sophie Davenport, Co-Founder and Managing Director at SFE Services. She excels in the male-dominated heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) industry

What have been the greatest challenges in your career so far, and how have you overcome them?

The greatest challenge in my career is being female in a heavily male-dominated industry. In some ways, you do have to prove yourself and show you know what you’re doing. When we started SFE Services, I was only 30 years old. Very early on, I found age was a big barrier to overcome. So, I ended up working twice as hard to show my worth. For example, I am an avid networker and when I first started going to networking events, there was an assumption from other attendees that I worked in sales or marketing. When I introduced myself as the Co-Founder and Managing Director, there was always a big shock on their faces!

What have been your proudest moments in your career, and why?

Like many industries, HVAC is facing a labour shortage. There is a significant challenge in developing new talent due to a limited number of educational providers offering relevant courses. With fewer than 20 HVAC apprenticeship providers nationwide, there’s a glaring disparity in opportunities for aspiring professionals, exacerbating regional inequalities and hindering industry growth. So, for me, it’s crucial we support young talent. One of my proudest moments was taking on our first apprentice, Ben. This was the moment our team started to grow. I was, and still am, proud to be supporting the next generation of HVAC engineers.

Another career highlight was taking on, Lauren. Being a mum myself I appreciate the challenges working parents face, so taking on our first part-time employee felt like I was paying it forward. I wholeheartedly believe in flexible work. When someone is doing well in life, they do well in work, which is why it is vital to support both aspects. I wish more businesses adopted a similar approach with flexible working for parents.

It’s crucial we support young talent. One of my proudest moments was taking on our fi rst apprentice, Ben. This was the moment our team started to grow…

What is it like working in a male-dominated industry? It’s challenging and there are two extremes. You get people who just assume you’re not as good at your job as your male counterparts. But then, on the other end of the spectrum, you get those who are extremely supportive. There isn’t much of a middle ground.

Do you have any advice for young women wanting to go into HVAC?

The biggest problem for young people is they do not know the opportunities are out there. As an industry, it’s our duty to make young people aware. Whilst I think government and education providers have a responsibility to encourage girls into engineering roles, ultimately, if we as an industry don’t do something about it, it will be us that comes up short and misses out in the future.

If a young girl does decide she wants to go into HVAC, my advice would be, you must work harder. Prove that you know what you’re doing, and you’ll be taken seriously.

I’d be over the moon if my two daughters chose to go into the industry. Of course, our industry can be physically demanding but do not buy into the ‘you’re not as physically strong’ mentality. There is lots of specialist equipment which helps overcome this, so there’s no reason a young woman can’t physically do the job. It’s a huge misconception.


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One in six men want the ability to invest in funds managed by female fund managers, according to a poll by DIY investment platform, TILLIT

People want female investment fund managers

“We need

more women in the industry”

The poll found that 17% of men said they would like the option to invest in funds managed by women, compared to 16% of women. Ethnic minorities are almost twice as likely to invest in funds managed by women (27%), compared to 15% of white people.

But only 12% of investment trust managers are female, according to research from the Association of Investment Companies (AIC). Th is figure remains unchanged since 2022 and is in line with the global average for the funds

We need more women in this industry, and research demonstrates that women are superior investors

industry, according to Citywire data. However, the good news, is that 41% of investment trust directorships are held by women, up from 36% in March 2022.

Clearly progress has been made when it comes to gender diversity of investment trust directors but much more work needs to be done to increase the number of female fund managers. Annabel Brodie-Smith, Communications Director of the AIC says, “We need to break down the barriers that stop women progressing – whether that’s welcoming flexible working and parental career breaks for both genders, or doing more to tackle unconscious bias.”

The AIC spoke to leading female investment trust managers, asking their opinions.

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Georgina Brittain Tamara Gillan Helen Steers

What would you say to women considering a career as a fund manager?

“Don’t buy into the stereotypes that portray our industry as male-dominated. Instead, proactively connect with females who work in investment roles and seek their insights based on their own experiences.”

ABBY GLENNIE Co-Manager of abrdn UK Smaller Companies Growth

“Embrace it! Have the confidence to be authentic: your perspective on the world, your approach to analysis and your risk appetite will be of great value. It’s about being you, not trying to conform to a financial stereotype.”

KATE FOX Co-Manager of Keystone Positive Change

“To any women considering a career in fund management, I say – go for it! We need more women in this industry, and research demonstrates that women are superior investors.”

GEORGINA BRITTAIN Portfolio Manager of JPMorgan UK Small Cap Growth & Income

Why aren’t there more female fund managers?

“I think it’s a combination of two things. When I started as a graduate in fund management 20 years ago, there was still a lack of appreciation of the benefits of diversity, and the industry is not good at articulating what the role involves.Therefore, amongst young people, there’s often misunderstanding about what a fund manager does. That’s why at Baillie Gifford, rather than describing the role as financial, we describe it as being about deep qualitative and quantitative research, with a requirement for curiosity and creativity.”

KATE FOX Co-Manager of Keystone Positive Change

“The picture is getting better, but traditionally there have not been enough women entering the fund management business, and even when they do get into the profession, the industry has not been good at retaining and promoting women. Speaking particularly about private equity, the pipeline of female candidates is now better than ever, but in the past, recruitment has focused too much on people coming from investment banking or accountancy, and the wider talent pool of capable women has not been sufficiently tapped. That is changing, and at the more junior levels, many private equity firms now have almost equal intakes of men and women.”

Why is fund management a good career for women and what is the best part of your job?

“I always try to get across the buzz and the excitement of this career. The purpose of this job is to help people have a happy retirement, buy their kids a car, help them with their first house and support many other milestones in life.”

“Fund management is a great career for anyone. It is a privilege to be entrusted with client and shareholder capital to grow it on their behalf, so they can save for a better future. The work is fascinating and full of variety. There are endless opportunities to learn about the world, emerging industries, evolving technologies – and to meet inspiring people. Furthermore, through channelling capital towards innovative companies, you can help support societal progress.

That’s incredibly exciting. For me, the best parts are the variety and ability to drive progress – this is why I am still so passionate about it, two decades in.”

KATE FOX Co-Manager

Positive Change

“Our research has consistently shown that women invest more consciously. Women are more than just a diversity tick box exercise, they can add a different way of looking at investments.”

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Are salon hair straightening treatments safe?

Initially, the known problem was only formaldehyde used in products for hair straightening and relaxing, but it is now clear that commonly used glyoxylic acid can cause acute kidney injury.

The UK has long since banned the use of formaldehyde in cosmetic products after it was linked to an increased risk of uterine, ovarian and breast cancer but there is ambiguity around chemicals such as oxomethane and paraform which turn into formaldehyde-like fumes during hair smoothing treatments. Disturbingly, formulas containing these chemicals can be labelled ‘formaldehyde free’. But today, we are looking at a different chemical altogether.

When it became undeniable that formaldehyde was toxic and lawsuits started piling up, manufacturers of some hair straightening and smoothing products turned to the thought-to-be-safe glyoxylic acid to do a similar job as formaldehyde. But now glyoxylic acid has been reported as a causal factor in a series of cases of acute kidney injury (AKI). Israel has already banned a host of products and France is poised to follow suit.

Israel was the fi rst country to document numerous cases of straightening-induced illness. According to the study’s lead researcher, Professor Linda Shavit, 26 cases of acute kidney injury were recorded over three years, eventually rising to 38 cases. She reiterated to The Times of Israel, “we suspect this is just the tip of the iceberg for Israel, and believe there are many cases elsewhere.”

The patients in the study experienced abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and scalp rash after using the hair straightening products. The average age was 28, most had no previous medical problems, and one of the women –all patients were female — was pregnant. None of the cases were fatal but three women had to have several weeks of dialysis treatment, some spent time in intensive care and many needed kidney biopsies.

“What we saw was that glyoxylic acid can absorb into the skin, and once in the bloodstream it can metabolise to oxalate, then go to our kidneys and cause damage,” Shavit explained, adding that this conclusion is based on detailed research on multiple patients, including via biopsies. Oxalate is a naturally occurring molecule, which in excessive quantities can cause kidney failure.

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What we saw was that glyoxylic acid can absorb into the skin, and once in the bloodstream it can metabolise to oxalate, then go to our kidneys and cause damage
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She said that since dozens of patients who used the products had to undergo medical treatment in hospital, it is likely that the chemicals have already damaged the kidneys of many other people who are unaware.

“What we documented may only be some of the cases,” Shavit suggested. “There were probably a lot of mild cases that didn’t get to a hospital. There may be many women who are asymptomatic but who have kidney damage as a result of these products”.

French researchers conducted their own animal-tested research after the report of a young woman, with no prior health history, suffered three episodes of acute renal damage over the span of a year. Each episode occurred shortly after a salon hair straightening treatment that contained glyoxylic acid.

Their study on mice concluded that the use of hairstraightening and smoothing products containing glyoxylic acid is associated with a risk of acute kidney failure.

“The results on mice are striking,” study author Emmanuel Letavernier, MD, a nephrologist at Tenon Hospital in Paris, said. “They develop extremely severe acute kidney failure within 24 hours of applying the straightening cream. Samples show the presence of calcium oxalate crystals in all renal tubules.”

Given the potential nephrotoxicity of glyoxylic acid through topical application, products containing this compound should be avoided and ideally withdrawn from the market, the researchers suggested in a letter published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

If it smells like poison, it probably is


Who knows? At fi rst, we were happily having the formaldehyde-laced Brazilian blow-outs. After that, I’d simply ask my hairdresser if a formula was formaldehyde free, only to later discover that numerous permitted ingredients today turn into formaldehyde vapour. And now this.

Naturally, I went on to search for a formula without glyoxylic acid only to find that manufacturers were anything but forthcoming with their ingredient lists. A good example is where the seller states only the ‘leading ingredients’ online.

It is a pity as I believe that there must be some formulas safer than others. Unfortunately my go-to Kerasilk treatment does contain glyoxylic acid. The popular Keratin Complex Smoothing Treatment doesn’t, but I for one have decided that if it smells like poison, it probably is.

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HOW I BUILT A CAREER IN TECH FROM OUTSIDE THE INDUSTRY Tips on how to thrive after job pivoting

Dr Anastasia Dedyukhina is a digital wellbeing expert, keynote speaker, author of Homo Distractus, and the founder of Consciously Digital

If anyone had told me ten years ago that, by 2024, I would be running a global network of 130+ digital wellbeing coaches and speaking at international conferences, I would never have believed them. My job pivot wasn’t planned, but I’ve learnt so much from moving into a new industry and building my career in something I’m passionate about. Here are my three tops tips for anyone looking to enter and thrive in a new career path on how to do it.


Harvard Business Review Press (2023)

In this update of the classic, bestselling author Herminia Ibarra presents a model for career reinvention that flies in the face of everything we’ve learned from ‘career experts’ – and is tailor-made for changing careers in today’s uncertain world. Career transition is not a linear path toward some predetermined identity, according to Ibarra, but a crooked journey along which we try on a host of ‘possible selves’ we might become. Successful reinvention comes not from deciphering and analysing our past, but from inventing and testing our possible futures.

Firstly, forget the rules and don’t be afraid to reinvent yourself. I’ve done it several times – having first trained as a pianist then moved into business journalism and digital marketing before arriving at where I am today. Don’t trap yourself into thinking that you’re stuck in one direction. Look for small ways to gain experiences and show your mastery – like with internships, online courses or freelance work. The exciting thing about sectors like digital wellbeing is that this is still an emerging field, so you can easily create your own role within it by finding what interests you most about this new line of work and applying the transferable skills gained in your previous experiences to thrive in these positions.


Helen Tupper, Sarah Ellis Portfolio Penguin (2020)

Career ladders and jobs for life are a thing of the past. Today, we’re living in a world of squiggly careers, where moving frequently and fluidly between roles, industries, locations, and even careers, is becoming the new normal. Squiggly careers can feel stressful and overwhelming, but if you know how to make the most of them, they can be full of opportunity, freedom and purpose. Packed with insights about the changing shape of work and inspiration from highly successful people, this book will fuel your growth and help you be happier, and ultimately more successful in your career.

This book was a No.1 Sunday Times Business Bestseller in 2020.

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My second tip is to stop planning. Everything is changing so quickly at the moment because of the rate of innovation and technological development that staying curious and being receptive to new opportunities can help you find new ways into an industry which may once not have existed. Keep your eyes wide open. Go to industry events in your area and outside of it, and talk to different people and allow yourself to


By Will Page Simon & Schuster (2023)

A new insight into how the most crucial lesson you can learn in today’s challenging business environment is how to change the fundamentals of what you do, rather than carry on fighting a battle that is already lost. The near destruction of the music industry at the hands of online piracy and its subsequent recovery on the backs of digital streaming platforms is more than just the biggest story of disruption and reinvention of the digital age. It is also a trove of insights. Will Page, Spotify’s first chief economist, extrapolates music’s journey into eight guiding principles for pivoting through the ubiquitous disruption in nearly all industries.

grow with the opportunity. You never know where or when you are going to have the next synergy which could lead you to an exciting new path or way of thinking.

Finally, I’d recommend developing your USP and raising your profi le in the sector you’re hoping to move into. When I started my pivot, I attended small meet-ups to network and share my story about going smartphone-free for over a year, which then grew into paid speaking opportunities and my first of two TED talks. Having this organic growth gave me contacts and experiences to leverage and learn from. Forging these relationships when you’re starting out can put the path to success much quicker than if you go it alone.


By Scott Anthony Barlow Happen Publishing (2022)

Career coach, podcast host, and CEO Scott Anthony Barlow shows you that it is possible to find your way to a career that feeds you and fulfils you. Drawing from his years of studying Happy High Achievers—high performers who are fulfilled in their careers—Barlow delivers a series of real-life case studies and insights to help you join their ranks. You’ll learn how a lawyer who’d spent a decade trying to remove himself from law successfully transitioned to content strategy. How an engineer made a career change upwards instead of laterally while moving cities, jobs and industries. And many more.

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Dawn Stacey’s paintings are an amalgamation of everything she loves and has studied. With degrees and diplomas in textile design, horticulture, and sequential illustration, her studies have permitted her to make sense of the world through her paintings.

Her layering techniques hark back to her textile background, whereas the influence of her illustration course tells of the journeying narrative in her paintings.

Reading her works, with their multiple layers, one can sense time and memories. One can almost hear the chorus of bird song echoing from her canvases.

Her paintings evolve from walks in gardens, her allotment, woodlands and lakes, absorbing the sounds of wildlife, noticing how cherry blossom scatters on the ground, detail in flowers or reflections in the water, resulting in rich landscapes featuring nature, wildlife, children, and people.

She says, “I constantly observe people interacting with each other, noticing intimate moments and how perhaps a couple or friends may walk together in companionable silence or chat. The work often portrays a peaceful and tranquil landscape; it’s an opportunity to become lost in the atmosphere of a place with an element of mystery.

Reading her works, with their multiple layers, one can sense time and memories

“You can see children playing; the mother-child bond is often depicted in her works. Many of her pieces show a mother and child walking together. The mother figure is visibly significant to Dawn; she is questioning her motherhood or reflecting on her relationship with her own.

The menagerie of animals and the encounters of people portrayed in her paintings say that if you embrace nature and its offerings, you are never alone.

Dawn’s artworks can be seen and enjoyed at Kellie Miller Arts Brighton.

Kellie Miller is an artist, curator, critic and gallery owner. www.kelliemillerarts.com

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In the Moment Acrylic on Canvas

The menagerie of animals and the encounters of people portrayed in her paintings say that if you embrace nature and its offerings, you are never alone

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Fading Lake Dream Acrylic on Canvas We Walked a Dream Acrylic on Canvas Glowing Flower Garden Acrylic on Canvas

In today’s rapidly evolving corporate landscape, where diversity and empowerment are more than just buzzwords, Wyld Experiences stands out by integrating the ancient wisdom of nature with the strength of female leadership

Wyld Experiences fosters female leadership in nature’s classroom

Over the past five years, Wyld Experiences has evolved from local community groups dedicated to supporting mothers on their new journey into parenthood by hosting weekly groups and events outdoors for families. With our roots fi rmly planted in community support, we’re now ready to extend our nature connection concept further afield. After all, who doesn’t want to learn how to make fi re using fl int and steel? Th is new venture offers transformative outdoor experiences that transcends traditional corporate retreats, with a particular focus on enhancing female leadership skills.

Unlike conventional team-building exercises, our programmes are about much more than survival – they’re about ‘thrival’


At its core, Wyld Experiences is about the connection between humanity and the natural world. Unlike conventional team-building exercises, our programmes are about much more than survival – they’re about ‘thrival’; working in cohesion with nature to build long lasting knowledge of our natural world and how we can work with it, not against it.

Led by women, these retreats delve deep into the heart of teamwork and personal growth, set against the serene backdrops of the forest. The programmes are designed to challenge both the physical and emotional resilience of participants, blending adventure with introspection through a variety of activities such as fi re lighting workshops, nature crafting, and mindfulness sessions.


Imagine a day that begins with the tranquillity of a morning nature walk, the air fresh with the promise of growth. Th is is followed by engaging, hands-on activities like crafting your own basket from foraged materials or mastering the ancient art of fi re-making. Lunch is prepared by a Campfi re Chef, with meals prepared over an open fl ame. The afternoon might unfold with a group coaching session or a storytelling workshop, where the focus is on personal development and weaving the individual successes into a collective narrative of achievement.

Each activity is thoughtfully curated to reinforce team bonds, improve resilience, and emphasise the development of leadership skills within a supportive environment. These experiences do more than foster professional relationships; they boost personal wellbeing, which is a critical factor in managing today’s high stress business environments.

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The female-led team at Wyld Experiences brings a unique blend of empathy, intuition, and a nurturing approach to leadership training. Th is leadership style creates a space where all participants – women and men alike – feel equally valued.


A portion of the proceeds from each retreat supports community groups in Sussex, like Wyld Mothers Fire, which offers mental health and wellbeing support groups for new mothers, outside in nature.


We are committed to sustainability, not just environmentally but in our business practices and community contributions. By participating in our retreats, companies invest in sustainable practices that enrich their teams while also benefiting broader societal goals. Th is dual impact fosters a deeper sense of purpose and commitment among participants, enhancing team morale and unity.


For businesses looking to invest in meaningful teambuilding that offers lasting benefits, Wyld Experiences provides an exceptional opportunity. It’s more than just a day away from the office; it’s a profound journey into selfdiscovery, a testament to the power of nature and female leadership in crafting a successful corporate culture. Whether you aim to inspire your team, boost morale, or seamlessly integrate new members, consider Wyld Experiences for your next corporate retreat. Let nature be your classroom, and females be your guide, to not just meet but exceed your business goals.


With three different packages to choose from, we can tailor your experience to suit you. Whether it’s just for a day, two days or multi day.

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Contact us on connect@wyldexperiences.com to discuss and book your experience today.


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This year is a real treat on the travel front with exciting new luxury hotels opening across the world. Whether you’re looking for something new in London or something far flung, we have fantastic options for any discerning traveller. BY TESS

Fabulous new hotels for 2024


Not yet open but taking bookings, this sleek sister property to Mandarin Hyde Park is expected to become a buzzing space filled with art and luxury. Expect fantastic service, a gorgeous spa, rooftop bar and exceptional cuisine from the Michelin-starred chef Akira Back. mandarinoriental.com/en/london/mayfair


The Emory opened its doors only in April but is already the talk of the town. Ten years in the making, it’s the fourth London hotel of the Maybourne Group who certainly know luxury, with Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley on their books. Set in a quiet enclave of Knightsbridge, with its own discreet entrance, it was conceived by the architects Richard Rogers and Ivan Harbour of RSHP to deliver the same sense of intimacy as a residential address. Each room is a suite, adding to the residential feel while every stay includes generous extras such as the use of the Emory house car and the services of an Emory Assistant. the-emory.co.uk

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If your 2024 wishlist includes indulging in ultra-luxurious getaways or embarking on thrilling off-grid adventures, the masterminds behind Singita Lodges – recipients of the 2023 Flor de Caña Eco Hotel Award – have got you covered. Nestled deep within the wilderness of Tanzania’s Grumeti Reserve, this distinctive private sanctuary is opening its doors this month, in time for guests to witness the wondrous Great Migration up close. Taking a plum spot on a hilltop overlooking the evocative expanse of the savannah, it’s an immersive ode to Africa championing a level of exclusivity that sits outside the usual remits. Leaning in on local craftsmanship, creative high design that breaks down the barriers between guests and nature leads over five inviting, uniquely styled rooms.

Rest assured, this isn’t a case of style over substance. Shining a spotlight on high-level personalised service, a butler, private field guides, a private chef, a host of activities and full use of game vehicles at guests’ leisure are a given. singita.com


Taking a plum spot on a hilltop overlooking the evocative expanse of the savannah, it’s an immersive ode to Africa


Auberge’s latest European escape takes inspiration from the artistry of the Renaissance greats with a curated art gallery and five level terraced Baroque gardens all tucked away down a cypress-lined entrance north of Florence’s cobblestoned centro storico. The hotel sprawls across a trio of 16th-century, UNESCO buildings – a former boarding school, chapel and theatre, with 81 guest rooms, a restored chapel, Tuscan restaurant and dedicated wine tasting room. Views are splendid, either towards the iconic Duomo or on the other side, miles of lush Chianti winelands. Collegio alla Querce may well be the most refined hotel opening this summer. aubergeresorts.com/collegioallaquerce

When visionary hoteliers Sonu Shivdasani and Eva Malmström Shivdasani start a new project, we know we’re in for a treat. Soneva Secret won’t disappoint. Promising soulful sanctuary and setting the benchmark for modern, private-island escapism, it’s a boutique affair of just 14 ultra-luxe, oversized villas – each with their own private gym, private spa and second bedrooms for children and guests. Set amidst tropical flora on the Maldives’ furthest flung atoll, Haa Dhaalu. The Soneva group has been leading the way in sustainability practices in the region for a number of years while also partnering with various marine conservation organisations to protect the precious habitats around their resorts. As an equal opportunities employer, the group works to provide safe and respectful living and working conditions for women while offering career progress. soneva.com


You know no expense was spared when J.Lo and Mark Ronson perform at an event. The star-studded February opening of One&Only One Za’abeel, in the heart of Dubai, was an introduction into what to expect from the gleaming duo of skyscrapers, where the traditional horizontal resort was reimagined vertically. Sitting at a lofty 100m, The Link is the world’s longest cantilever where you’ll walk along a futuristic boulevard, dine till your heart is content, lounge in a chic rooftop pool or dance the night away – all with breathtaking views. oneandonlyresorts.com/one-zaabeel

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Good food, good drinks, and good company.

Dishoom, renowned for its Bombay-inspired cuisine, opened its fi rst standalone bar in Brighton towards the end of last year. The Permit Room is situated in the heart of Brighton’s vibrant Lanes district; this spot is all about laidback vibes and delicious food.

Don’t expect your typical korma or tikka masala just because the concept is Indian. The food here is far more creative and tastier

Slightly labyrinth-like, the premises has the feel of both bar and café, with a buzzy yet laid back atmosphere, as if people are hanging around pre- or post-party, helped by the playlist spanning funk, hip hop, disco and soul, setting the perfect mood for a casual night out with friends. Or, indeed, the place to be for a bacon butty the morning after.

The concept of a “permit room” traces back to the post1949 Bombay prohibition era when clandestine front-room establishments could obtain permits to serve alcohol. Th is homely aesthetic and café-style seating are expanded upon in this bustling Permit Room, exuding a speakeasy charm. Walls are adorned with artwork by local talents and it feels like a much-loved passion project.

The food menu is designed to complement its wide selection of drinks that takes pride in supporting local producers and breweries. Collaborations with nearby breweries ensure that guests can enjoy unique and locally crafted beers such as the exclusive Pineapple & Black Pepper Crumble sour beer from UnBarred Brewery, while many cocktails feature spirits from regional distilleries as well.

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The food menu is designed to complement its wide selection of drinks that takes pride in supporting local producers and breweries

I wholeheartedly suggest trying the Aunty’s Anjeer Manhattan, a nod to the clandestine ‘aunty bars’ which existed in private homes before permits became available, or a Feni Martini made with an Indian spirit distilled from fermented cashew apples that was bootlegged during the era of the aunty bars – a martini like no other.

The menu focuses on shareable snacks and small plates, with over half of all dishes dedicated to vegan or vegetarian. No red meat here, but you will fi nd everything from dhal to patties to sweet treats bursting with creativity. Whether you’re craving something spicy and fl avourful or something light and refreshing, you’ll fi nd it here.

Don’t expect your typical korma or tikka masala just because the concept is Indian. The food here is far more creative and tastier. Signature dishes like the crispy-fried spinach chaat with its punchy, yogurt dressing is to die for and the kali mirch chicken salad is sure to tantalise your taste buds and keep you coming back for more.

Truth is, as we were settling our bill I regretted not having ordered just about the entire menu. Especially


Dishooms Permit Room operates on a MEAL FOR A MEAL basis meaning that for each meal they serve they donate a meal to a child, working with Magic Breakfast in the UK and The Akshaya Patra Foundation in India.

“We’ve been going to Bombay for decades now, and have had many a merry time in permit rooms whilst on our travels – hours have been spent with friends huddled over chakli and chilli chips (food is always at the centre of the table in permit rooms!), all washed down with ice cold beers or Old Monk and Thums Up (a brand of Cola). It was clearly about time we put those late nights to good use.”

Shamil Thakrar, co-founder of Dishoom

when the total came to a reasonable £75 – for two of us –a welcome surprise, particularly in the Lanes.

If you’re looking for a casual spot to enjoy delicious food and drinks with friends, look no further than The Permit Room. With its focus on locally sourced ingredients and laid-back atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to unwind and savour the fl avours of Bombay right here in Brighton’s bustling Lanes. And the casual, welcoming atmosphere extends to booking too – no need – just show up, just the way you are.


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The biggest Seafront Carnival in the South East will return this year. More than 1,500 walkers are expected to take part with some 25,000 fans and supporters. The Carnival will be from the Western Lawns to Princes Park on the Eastern end of the seafront. Live music and entertainment throughout the day.

Eastbourne seafront May 25th www.eastbournecarnival.com


A brief snapshot of art and culture in Sussex and Surrey


A sponsored walk to transform deaf people’s lives. Take part in this sponsored dog walk, and raise funds to train more hearing dogs who alert to life-saving and important sounds and break down social barriers for deaf people. The venue itself is stunning, and walkers will have the opportunity to walk within the castle’s beautiful surroundings.

Bodian Castle, Nr Robertsbridge May 19th www.hearingdogs.org.uk/ support/events/gbdw-2024-bodiam-castle


Experience the mouth-watering combination of cheese and chilli at the Chichester Cheese and Chilli Festival. In addition to the culinary delights, visitors can enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, and other entertainment. There are also activities for children, making it a fun day out for the whole family.

Oaklands Park, Chichester June 22nd-23rd www.cheeseandchillifestival.com


The Music Festival with Good BeerThe Beer Festival with Good Music. Glastonwick returns to. Church Farm for its 27th year. Bands, poetry, music, including the legendary John Otway, and national poets Henry Normal and Brian Bilston – and more female performers than ever before.

Church Farm, Coombes May 31st - June 2nd www.glastonwick.uk

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Established in 1967, Brighton Festival is the largest and most established annual curated multi-arts festival in England. Taking place over three weeks in May, the Festival is a celebration of music, theatre, dance, art, film, literature, debate, outdoor and community events in venues and locations across Brighton, Hove and East Sussex. Since 2009, Brighton Festival has attracted inspiring and internationally significant Guest Directors who bring cohesion to the artistic programme.

The inaugural Guest Director was Anish Kapoor (2009) and has subsequently included prominent cultural figures such as Brian Eno (2010), Laurie Anderson (2016), Kae Tempest (2017), David Shrigley (2018), Rokia Traoré (2019) Lemn Sissay OBE (2020/21) and Marwa Al-Sabouni & Tristan Sharps (2022). With critically acclaimed screenwriter Frank Cottrell-Boyce as Guest Director for 2024, the Festival promises a three week celebration of “Hope, Wonder, Magic and Fun.”

Across the city May 4th-26th www.brightonfestival.org

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