Meet the team

We have all run our own successful rural business at some point in our career, we are extremely passionate about helping women succeed in their business venture.

Polly Gibb OBE – Director

Polly is a champion of tiny businesses and of the fantastic contribution they make to their families, communities and the rural economy. After graduating, she spent several years overseas working in rural development. Since returning to England Polly worked for an environmental charity and ran her own tiny rural business before the inception of WiRE. In 2013 Polly was awarded an OBE for service to the rural economy.  You can contact Polly here


Judy Illing (MIOEE) – Director

Judy started her connection with WiRE as a network leader, starting the York & District Group.  After stepping down as network leader she became an Ambassador for WiRE in Yorkshire.

She helps microbusiness owners to set up their business and social media platforms and is member of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE).

Judy has taken up the challenge of helping Polly to recreate WiRE following the many changes that the Covid pandemic brought to business. She is based in York. You can contact Judy here.