'PHENOMENAL WOMEN'
A SERIES OF TALKS AT THE GAINSBOROUGH BATH SPA

February – November 2019

Throughout 2018, The Gainsborough Bath Spa hosted a series of sold-out talks entitled Phenomenal Women. Due to the success of the events last year, we will once again be hosting five inspirational speakers throughout 2019 in conjunction with the University of the West of England and Business West.

The talks will take place between February and November 2019, and will be delivered by a high profile businesswoman who has innovated in her field and achieved widespread recognition. Each woman will talk about the obstacles and lessons she has experienced on her route to success.

Tickets to each of the talks cost £15. Attendees will be welcomed with Prosecco and canapés, giving them the chance to network with one another before hearing from one of our ‘Phenomenal Women’ on the lessons, individuals and experiences that have played a part on her journey to success. The talk will be followed by a guided discussion from a member of the University West of England’s Bristol Business School.

The next Phenomenal Woman:



10th April 2019, 6pm
Dame Fiona Reynolds – Master of Emmanuel College Cambridge

Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE became Master of Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 2012. She came to the college after a long career in the voluntary sector, latterly as Director-General of the National Trust from 2001-2012. During her time as DG, she made the Trust warmer and more welcoming, bringing the houses to life and raising the profile of the Trust’s work in the countryside.

Before the Trust, she was Director of the Women’s Unit in the Cabinet Office (1998-2000), Director of the Council for the Protection of Rural England (now Campaign to Protect Rural England) from 1987-98 and Secretary to the Council for National Parks (now Campaign to Protect National Parks) from 1980-87.

Fiona also holds a number of non-executive roles. She is a trustee of the Grosvenor Estate, a Non-Executive Director of Wessex Water, Chair of the Green Alliance, the International National Trusts Organisation and the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England and Cambridge University’s Botanic Garden.

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Future Phenomenal Women:



12th June 2019, 6pm
Jaya Chakrabarti MBE – Social & Business Entrepreneur

Jaya is a passionate advocate for engaging business with community through technology to improve people's lives, and was honoured with an MBE from the Queen in 2014's honours list 'For services to the Creative Digital Industries and the community in Bristol'.

Jaya co-founded digital agency Nameless in 1999, which became one of the leading creative digital agencies in Bristol. Following her MBE Jaya set her sights on tackling modern slavery using open data, bootstrapping her social enterprise TISCreport.org (Transparency In Supply Chains Report) to Nameless. TISCreport.org launched in 2016 and is now the world’s largest anti-slavery register.

Outside work Jaya has led projects on democratic engagement, net neutrality, education, privacy, protecting children, women's rights, human rights. Jaya presently serves as Vice President of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and Initiative and is also a Business Fellow at the University of the West of England.

Jaya chaired the cross-party “A Mayor for Bristol” campaign that achieved the only Yes vote in the country in the May 2012 Democratically Elected Mayor (DEM) Referendum.

Outside local activities, as a member of both the DCMS Digital Economy Advisory Group member and the Home Office Transparency in Supply Chains Modern Slavery Strategy and Implementation Group her reach extends nationwide. In the media, being the “other” Chakrabarti has enabled Jaya to feature regularly locally and nationally (radio and TV) on numerous occasions commenting on technology, business and human rights. She regularly speaks on technology as a force for good, most recently for DEFRA, the Environment Agency and HSBC.

Jaya was recognised as one of the top 100 Corporate Influencers in Modern Slavery 2018, and also top 100 Asian Stars in Tech 2018.

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14th November 2019, 6pm
Kalpna Woolf – Head of Production at HungryGap TV Productions and author of Spice Yourself Slim.

Kalpna is a major influencer for change in our region – both at senior board and grassroots level.

Following an award-winning career in the BBC, as Head of Production overseeing £100m global business including the BBC’s jewel-in-the-crown, the Natural History Unit, Kalpna now works extensively with the creative sector in both an advisory and consultancy capacity and is currently Head of Production at HungryGap TV Productions.

Alongside this, she held positions on business and charity boards including Chair of Trustees for Frank Water, trustee for Knowle West Media Centre and business advisor and Chair of the Skills Group to the West of England LEP Board. She is now a member of the Bristol and Bath Regional Capital Board attracting significant fund into the region for social enterprise projects.

After devising a Masters programme in Production Management in the Media for UWE, she was awarded Visiting professorship for the Faculty of Business and Law and is now on the governing board for UWE.

Intent on redressing the gender and BAME balance on business boards, Kalpna has set up BeOnBoard. It is an indisputable fact that diversity is correlated with both profitability and value creation and that inclusion and diversity delivers competitive advantage and is specified as a key enabler of growth.

She has written a best –selling food book, Spice Yourself Slim and in 2015, she founded 91 Ways to Build A Global City – an initiative which reaches out to all the 91 language communities in Bristol to bring greater understanding, break down barriers and build a more cohesive city. Three years on, the charity has connected over 10,000 people, run 102 events and won 4 national awards (including BBC’s Food and Farming award, Guild of Food Writers Inspiration award and MTM Woman of the Year award).

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“It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.”

~ Maya Angelou


About UWE Business School
UWE Bristol is home to Bristol Business School, one of the UK’s leading new university business schools. Its mission is to advance knowledge, inspire people and transform futures; its vision is to be renowned for enterprising and practice-led teaching and research for the benefit of students and society.

About Business West
A not-for-profit company with 200 staff and a turnover of £12 million, Business West aims to make this area the best place to live, learn and work. 21,000 businesses trust us to help them start, grow, innovate and export - as well as lobby government on their behalf. All profits made are reinvested back into the business in order to achieve our mission. Business West is delighted to be one of the partners of the Phenomenal Women series. About The Gainsborough Bath Spa

The 99-room, five star hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city close to the historical attractions, shopping and restaurant districts, and directly opposite Thermae Bath Spa. The UK’s only hotel to have exclusive access to the natural thermal waters, this historic property is located just a five-minute walk from the Bath Spa train station. In 2018 The Gainsborough Bath Spa was ranked as the top hotel in the UK by the AA. Dan Moon at The Gainsborough Restaurant has achieved three AA rosettes, and features in Tatler’s Restaurant Guide’s top 100 restaurants in the UK.

For more information on our Phenomenal Women events, contact marketing@thegainsboroughbathspa.com

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