International Women's Day 2016

Published - Friday, 05 February, 2016


Tuesday 8 March 2016, 2pm- 4.30pm 

Highgate House, Grooms Lane, Northamptonshire NN6 8NN


Join us to celebrate International Women's Day



International Women's Day means different things to different people. For some it's a celebration, for others it's a call to action to accelerate gender parity. Worldwide, women continue to contribute to social, economic, cultural and political achievement.


Northamptonshire Community Foundation (NCF) has been awarding grants to grassroots community groups, individuals and local charities for the past 15 years and continues to put its head above the parapet to make the county aware of the real issues of need within Northamptonshire, including women’s issues.


Generously sponsored by Avon UK and supported by Highgate House, our guest speakers for the day include:      


Natalie Deacon: Natalie is the Executive Director Brand and Corporate Communications EMEA of Avon Cosmetics. Natalie joined Avon in 2005 to head up UK PR.  In this role Natalie created strategies to drive awareness of Avon's products, earnings opportunity and support for women’s causes, and doubled the reach of Avon UK's media coverage.

Prior to joining Avon, Natalie managed communications programmes for corporate and consumer brands across multiple sectors and countries, which was a sound grounding for her current role in which she leads internal and external communications for the EMEA region.


Pauline Black: Pauline is a British singer, actress and author. She is mainly known for her role as the lead singer of the ska group The Selecter. Adopted when she was a baby she was born to an Anglo-Jewish teenage mother and Nigerian father. In her book, Black by Design: A 2-Tone Memoir, Pauline likens adoption to a full blood transfusion "It may save your life in the short term, but if it's not the perfect match, rejection issues my appear."


Suzy Van Rooyen: Suzy is CEO of The Good Loaf, a social business that aims to provide real employment opportunities to vulnerable local women to break the cycle of poverty, unemployment and offending. By working through structured work placements female offenders have an opportunity to gain practical skills and experience in a real work environment. For Good Loaf - Good Bread Doing Good is more than a strapline.


Sarah Franklin: Having started racing in 2004, Sarah is one of the few females racing to have taken on the extremely competitive Texaco Havoline Ginetta Championship. As a lawyer by day, Sarah knows that hard work is necessary to achieve your goals in life. Currently racing in the Michelin Clio Cup Sarah is on the Committee of the British Women Racing Drivers Club and is keen to promote women in motor sport. It is, after all, one of the only sports in which both men and women can compete on a level playing field.


To reserve a place please RSVP by to Rachel Cooke.

Please confirm any dietary or access needs.  


We are suggesting a donation of £10 per person with the proceeds going towards women’s projects within Northamptonshire. Please donate at or send a cheque to ‘Northamptonshire Community Foundation’.



With thanks to our generous sponsor Avon UK and to Highgate House for hosting this event.





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