Women in Business International Women's Day IWD 2022


Lunch, Networking, Speakers
Price: From £36 or 4 Colony Credits
£49.00 (or 4 Colony Credits)


March 8, 2022 - 11:00 am


March 8, 2022 - 3:00 pm


Statham Lodge Hotel, Warrington Road, Lymm, Warrington, Cheshire, WA13 9BP   View map

International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022 #BreakTheBias
Sue, Tricia and Kirsty are once again collaborating as KTS to unite Women in Business in the region

Following the success of their collaborative KTS Women in Business events run since March 2020, Sue, Tricia and Kirsty will once again unite to deliver an event for Women in Business in the Cheshire and surrounding region.

The campaign theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2022 is #BreakTheBias aimed at showing solidarity in calling out gender bias, discrimination and stereotyping. So, get ready to strike the pose when you join us as the theme will be incorporated into the plans. You can read more about the theme at: https://www.internationalwomensday.com/2022Theme

Women in business will be offered an event that is fun and supportive and which promises connections and learning.

PROGRAMME AGENDA (subject to adjustment):

09.15 – Doors open for stall holders, organisers and speakers only

10.15 – Doors open to attendees to browse stalls & for open networking

11.15 – Welcome and Introductions from the event hosts & partners


11.30 – Jackie Weaver

11.55 – MP Gillian Keegan

12.10 – Emma Preston


12.30-13.30 – Lunch and hosted table networking


13.30 – Maggie Oliver

13.55 – Sharon Amesu

14.20 – Susie Mathis

14.40 – Raffle

14.55 – Thanks and close of structured programme

15.00-15.30 – Stalls and open networking

15.30 – Event close


Jackie Weaver

Involved in the Local Council Sector for over 25 years, Jackie served as a councillor, a clerk and (until the present day) as Chief Officer for the Cheshire Association of Local Councils. Since a video of a Local Council Meeting that she facilitated went viral, she has enjoyed many public engagements both in the media and on TV, has a well received podcast (@jackieweaverpod) and has written a little book of common sense – (You do have the authority here). Through the media, Jackie encourages greater awareness and participation in Local Democracy and in particular promoting greater diversity in the sector.

MP Gillian Keegan

Gillian was born in Lancashire, went to primary school in Yorkshire and completed her secondary education at a comprehensive school in Merseyside. She started work as an apprentice at Delco Electronics, a subsidiary of General Motors in Kirkby aged 16. Whilst learning about the manufacturing industry she was sponsored to study a degree in Business Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. For almost 30 years that followed she worked and lived abroad, working in the manufacturing, banking and IT industries. In 2014 she switched her focus to politics.

Gillian is currently serving as the Minister of State at the Department for Health and Social Care – Minister for Care. Full bio at: https://www.gilliankeegan.com/about-gillian

Emma Preston

Emma is no stranger to the #breakthebias IWD 2022 theme. Having stood either side of the gender divide – male until the age of 48 and then transitioning to her new life as a transgender woman – her choice to transition from Andrew to Emma took her to many challenging and dark places. She openly shares stories of financial ruin leading to prostitution, suicide attempts, family break up and estrangement from her children. Now, rediscovered and emerging from pain, she is focused on new goals (which include winning a BAFTA) and blooming in her pursuit of her true self. A transgender woman on a truly emotional journey with a story of struggle, success, depression, joy, learning and earning, and breaking the bias to become revered as a writer, author, producer, director, speaker and mature student.

Maggie Oliver

Maggie is best known as the Detective-turned- whistleblower who resigned from Greater Manchester Police in late 2012 in order to expose the now infamous Rochdale Grooming Scandal. Her ability to connect with people and encourage them to speak out against injustice is paired with her grit and determination to expose the truth. This eventually led to the multi award-winning dramatisation of the case entitled Three Girls (BBC One) which brought some of the issues to public attention for the first time. Maggie was also a key contributor for The Betrayed Girls documentary (BBC One).

In September 2019, Maggie established The Maggie Oliver Foundation which supports adult survivors of sexual abuse to turn their Pain into Power.

Sharon Amesu

Sharon is a multi award winning motivational speaker, executive coach and leadership enthusiast. She takes 16 years from the courtroom as a Criminal Barrister to help you as a business leader to lead inclusively with courage and make a positive impact in every interaction. She’s a founding member of the society of leadership fellows of St George’s house – Windsor castle, a branch chair for the Institute of Directors and has several Non Executive Director roles. She believes that every meeting, presentation or conversation is an opportunity for you to lead and have a positive impact.

Susie Mathis

Susie is a former singer, radio presenter, Warrington Business Awards event coordinator and charity fundraiser. She has enjoyed a successful career ranging from West End theatre and the world of music to radio broadcasting, event management and charity work. From fronting the first ever girl pop group – the Paper Dolls – in the 1960s to being the first woman to host a daytime radio show in the late seventies, Susie’s early career was a series of firsts for women. A pioneer for women in the music industry, forcing open the door for other women to follow and co-hosting Top of the Pops alongside Bruno Brookes in 1989.

Susie has over thirty-five years experience in leading, supporting and promoting charities which has raised millions for worthy causes. She is well known for her work with the Kirsty Appeal and Francis House Children’s Hospice. Susie’s Radio career started in 1979 on Piccadilly Radio. She became the first female host to present a daytime radio programme and was lucky enough to win two Sony Radio awards, she presented Granada’s Weekend TV show and she worked for BBC2 GMR and Light AM.

* Our speaker program is subject to potential alteration due to Covid or other late availability issues beyond our control that may require us to replace a speaker or allow them to join by video link. We confirm that a minimum of 3 speakers will be at the event in person.


There are opportunities available for those wishing to sponsor the event and receive additional promotional content. If you are interested, please email tricia.cheshirebe@gmail.com to book.


Earlybird – £36 (till 31/12/21)

Standard – £45 (from 1/1/22 to 28/2/22)

Last minute – £50 (from 1/3/22 to 7/3/22)

Table of 8 – £340 (please book table ticket type or email tricia.cheshirebe@gmail.com to be invoiced)

Tables of 10 – £400 (please book table ticket type or email tricia.cheshirebe@gmail.com to be invoiced)


There are opportunities available for those wishing to host a table and have marketing materials in the room for £60 including your ticket. If you are interested, please email tricia.cheshirebe@gmail.com to book.


A limited number of stall places are available at £25. If you are interested, please email tricia.cheshirebe@gmail.com to book.


If you have any food allergies, please ensure that you have added these during the booking process.


Our chosen charity for this event will be The Maggie Oliver Foundation (see: https://www.themaggieoliverfoundation.com/). Please have cash or a payment card to hand if you’d like to buy a ticket. Tickets are £5.

If you are in a position to donate a raffle prize of products or services, please bring with you and let us know on arrival.


Refunds will not be possible within 7 days of the event once orders have been placed with the venue.

Should you need to cancel your place, we will issue a refund if we are able to find a find a replacement attendee to take your place.

This event will run live and in-person. In the event of having to cancel or postpone the in-person event due to Covid or other logistical changes, we would endeavour to run an alternative online event. Attendees would be contacted and given the option to cancel for a full refund, to carry forward their ticket to the rescheduled event or to attend online with a credit for the reduced event content and applicable price difference.

Pre-booking only

Ladies only please. No sector or geographical restrictions. No limit per company


KTS Women in Business is a collaborative project between three of the most renowned networking event organisers in the North West, who have been referred to in the regional press and by attendees as the ‘Queens of Networking’, the ‘Three Amigo’s’ and the ‘Backbone of Networking’ in Cheshire and Manchester.

Kirsty James, Tricia Peters and Sue France (KTS) each run their own networking groups comprising over 30 years of experience organising business and networking events. Between them, they have helped hundreds of people to connect and grow their businesses and they are responsible for thousands of pounds worth of business in the region. They do this by facilitating the right introductions and also by providing events, workshops and seminars to increase the knowledge of their attendees.

Although each of the ladies has their own unique brand and their individual style of bringing people together, their core message is the same. They know that, although social media is a fantastic tool for business development, nothing beats direct communication via events and building up a business relationship gradually.

Colony Networking (Kirsty James)

Tricia Peters Networking (Tricia Peters)

Creative Connecting in Cheshire (Sue France)

Cheshire Business Events (Tricia Peters)

Creative Connecting in Cheshire (Sue France)