WiRE Conference 2017 – Seminar Leaders Biographies

Posted: 5th March 2017

BookButtonScroll down to read about all our hand-picked seminar leaders. All WiRE Members, all successful women in business and all here to help you boost and grow your business.


Phillipa DaviesPhilippa Davies

I’m a business psychologist and writer,  on a mission to investigate how best we get our messages through to each other.  Editor of a community web network, I make on and offline training for The Economist, National Union of Journalists and Udemy. In the past , John Lewis, GE, BBC and Universal Pictures have been clients; in the present and alongside business, I love dogs, wildflowers and gin.

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With an IT background and after many years of commuting into London, Emma started her own business in 2010. She specialises in helping small business owners build an effective and profitable business network online and in person. Through the use of social media (especially LinkedIn) and other recommended tools Emma helps her clients win new business, improve company/brand awareness and to become known as an expert in what they do. Emma is an expert networker and runs several local networking groups. She trains people on how to network effectively and is known locally as the “Networking Queen”.

1450355459-julie-dodsworth1Julie Dodsworth

In 2007 Julie and her husband bought a narrow boat; needing a home-from-home as their plant display business had grown to include much more work in the south. Julie taught herself the folk art of canal painting and in 2010 Julie’s daughter suggested the patterns she created would look nice on homeware… the seed was sown! Julie’s driving force was the goal of seeing a British made product on the high street bearing her design. Although there were a thousand hurdles to overcome from dream to reality, she told herself although it was difficult, it wasn’t impossible. Julie’s golden motto is ‘ if you never ask the question the answer will always be no’.

Julie designs now appear on Barbour clothing, Wax lyrical, Churchill China and many other celebrated British brands. 

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In a previous life, Naomi was a Clinical Biochemist in the NHS,  but has always been a self-confessed geek; dabbling in web design and online networking (via forums) since the early days of dial up! Naomi was a social media early adopter and in 2014 launched a new service – creation of whiteboard animation videos. Video marketing is now the main focus of her business, which has unleashed a wealth of creativity she never knew she had.

Naomi previously owned a boarding cattery and her long term hobby is breeding, showing and judging pedigree cats (hence the purrfect name!)

Claire MClaire Meldrum

Mum, taxi service, referee AND photographer. Claire made the decision to turn her hobby into a business in April 2014 and joined WiRE shortly after. Claire photographs family groups, parties & four legged lovelies in and around Staffordshire and Derbyshire. Says Claire “Like any photographer worth their salt, I adore imagery and enjoy photographing pretty much everything I see. I feel lost if I don’t have my camera with me. I enjoy providing tailor made photography packages for business owners and in my free time I enjoy coffee, cake & books. If all three are combined then I am a happy lady”.

See Claire’s Blog about how to be your own photographic expert HERE

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Katy talks like a human about websites, productivity and useful online tools. After working for non-profits and startups for over 6 years, she set up The Wheel Exists in 2013 to help freelancers, small businesses and charities create lovely, professional and mobile friendly websites using a tool called Squarespace.

Having set up a successful network for freelancers in Manchester city centre, she then started running the WiRE High Peak group in February 2017 to bring together female entrepreneurs from her local area. Katy’s work supporting small businesses and straightforward approach was recognised last year when she was a finalist in the IPSE Freelancer of the Year Award.

louise-welsbyLouise Welsby

Louise is a “Shropshire Lass” with extensive experience in Digital Marketing, Social Media Marketing and Training. Her passion is promoting small and micro businesses, creating a platform that enables local businesses to expand onto a global stage. Louise created Buy-From in 2015 driven by a desire to create a business that not only provides an extensive level of support for small independent businesses, but also connecting customers with the incredible number of businesses producing quality products in Britain.

Says Louise “Our primary focus is to celebrate producers and creatives in the county of Shropshire. We offer online marketing, PR and business support as well as events and training to help support and highlight the talents of Shropshire”.

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Victoria Prince

Victoria Prince is an Ambassador for The Dignity Project (One By One) which is the official charity of the WiRE Conference 2017. Victoria has set a goal to raise £5000 in 2017 to fund 2 pairs of pants for 2500 girls… Whilst Victoria is not a speaker at the conference we do ask you to support her by visiting her stand and bringing a pack of ladies size 12 pants to the conference (for example £4 for 4 pairs in any supermarket) also, please donate loose change at the conference, there will be a stand with information and a collection bucket.

Day to day, her business SME Touchpoints provides strategic online marketing for small and medium sized enterprises, she is also co-Network Leader at WiRE Doves in Derbyshire.