International Women’s Day – 8 March 2024


Sue, Tricia and Kirsty are once again collaborating as KTS to unite Women in Business in the region


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

Event Timing

Friday 8th March 2024, 10:00am - 3.00pm

Event Details:

Cheshire International Women’s Day IWD 2024 run by KTS Women in Business

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 global campaign theme for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2024 is #Inspireinclusion.

By inspiring others to understand and value women’s inclusion, we forge a better world. And when women themselves are inspired to be included, there’s a sense of belonging, relevance, and empowerment.

For our Cheshire IWD event, we will be focusing on Digital Inclusion.

This topic has been chosen to build on the IWD theme that was adopted by UNWomen in 2023 of #DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality. Their theme considered how technology and digital education can empower women and girls.

PROGRAMME (subject to adjustment):

Our 2024 programme will see an altered format to ensure increased networking opportunities as well as presentations from our speakers.

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

Our key note speakers will be interpreting Digital Inclusion in the framework of opportunity as well as in terms of protecting the safety and rights of women..

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

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

11.00 – Welcome and Introductions from the event hosts & partners

11.20 – Naomi Timperley: ‘Empowering Women in the Digital Age’

11.40 – Polly Caldwell: ‘The Robots are coming! Or are they already here…?’

12.00 – Lunch

13.30 – Una Kelly, Assistant Chief Constable, Cheshire Constabulary

13.50 – Kate Jenkinson:’ Thoughts for the day: AI, Creativity & Bias’

14.00 – Structured networking activity

14.45 – Raffle and thanks

15.00 – Event close


We have 3 keynote speakers plus an entertaining but thought-provoking final address prior to the facilitated networking activity.

Speaker 1: Naomi Timperley, Co Founder of Tech North Advocates and We Are GSI Ltd

Naomi is proud to be in the top 50 Computer Weekly Most Influential Women in UK IT 2018, 2019, 2020, 3rd most influential woman in 2021, 4th in 2022 and 2023. Naomi is an experienced growth and innovation consultant and has extensive experience working with start-ups & growth businesses particularly in the tech, digital & creative sectors. Naomi has been a mentor for over 12 years and has mentored hundreds of businesses. She is an Honorary Industry Fellow at the University of Salford Business School and on the board of the Industry Advisory Board. Naomi also sits on the board of charity Digital Inc and Social Enterprise PIE. She is the Innovation Director of Merseyway Innovation Centre in Stockport.

Trailblazer in tech and digital innovation, Naomi will unravel the power of technology in forging gender equality. Her talk, ‘Empowering Women in the Digital Age: A Journey Towards Gender Equality,’ is not just a discourse but a call to action, inspiring us to harness digital education and innovation for creating an inclusive future. This International Women’s Day, let’s commit to transforming the digital landscape into a realm of endless possibilities for women and girls.

Speaker 2: Polly Caldwell, Senior Product Lead, Auto Trader

Graduating with a Masters in Mathematics, Polly joined Auto Trader as a Graduate Software Developer in 2012. Progressing through various roles in tech, Polly became a Technical lead in 2016; leading a team of developers and various initiatives across the business. Polly took an opportunity in 2021 to shift her focus and become a Product Lead. Today Polly works within the Advertising Marketplace team, leading the product development on various advertising products, Auto Trader’s Search Algorithm, and a number of Machine Learning models.

Polly remains passionate about her community of Women in Tech, and advocating for youngsters to consider the many fantastic opportunities available within the digital sector. In her talk ‘The robots are coming! Or are they already here…?’, Polly will be focusing on AI. ChatGPT thrust AI into the spotlight last year, but we have all been using it for some time…and it is not all bad! In this talk she’ll touch on some of the perhaps surprising ways in which AI is used today at Auto Trader, and some of the ways they’re hoping to deploy it in the future.

Speaker 3: Una Kelly, Assistant Chief Constable, Cheshire Constabulary

Una joined Cheshire Constabulary in September 2021 as Temporary Assistant Chief Constable, and her role includes overseeing crime investigations for the force. In December 2022 she was appointed as Assistant Chief Constable.

She began her career in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) 19 years ago, before moving to England in 2017. While at PSNI she rose to the rank of Detective Superintendent, working in intelligence.

Una was a detective for a total of 17 years, most recently as a Head of Crime Detective Chief Superintendent in South Yorkshire. Prior to that she was a District Commander in Rotherham and then Sheffield.

Una brings a wide range of skills and experience to the team, in both Detective and local command roles. In her spare time she enjoys running.

Speaker 4: Kate Jenkinson, Executive Coach and Spoken Word Performance Poet, Next Step HR

Kate is a research Biologist turned award winning HR leader and now Executive Coach at Next Step HR. With over 25 years’ experience in Corporates in Engineering, Education and Life Sciences across Europe and India, Kate is a trusted, credible partner to a leader’s development. She helps her global clients shift limiting beliefs, refocus coping strategies, shape development goals and take purposeful action. Kate creates safe spaces needed for self-exploration, enabling deep transformational insight and empowering personal and professional progression.

Kate is also a sought-after Spoken Word Artist and Speaker incorporating her love of words into her business as well as using Creativity in her coaching.

Kate will present some thoughts from the day and deliver a short interactive illustration to compare and contrast personalised creativity versus AI generated content. She will also reveal how AI is actually carrying forward bias because of how it is sourced. Reflections will be shared of this from talks she was involved in summarising at TEDxWomen Amsterdam. She’ll close by leading us into our networking activity to explore the topic further.

* Our speaker program is subject to potential alteration if we are affected by illness 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.


A huge thank you to our event sponsors for supporting this event.

Quilter Cheviot Investment Management/Private Client Advisers

One of the largest discretionary investment management firms across the UK, Ireland and Channel Islands. They manage bespoke investment portfolios for individuals and families and are focused on helping to invest for a lifetime of opportunities and challenges.

Aqueous Digital

Aqueous Digital is an award-winning, family-run digital marketing agency based in Cheshire.  We specialise in organic and paid internet search, website content strategy and reputation management for high and ultra-high-net-worth individuals.

Copying and printing supported by ASL Group, formerly Sharples Group

Further sponsors yet to be listed

For opportunities to sponsor the event and receive additional promotional content, please email tricia.cheshirebe@gmail.com.


Earlybird – £45 + booking fee (till 15/1/24)

Standard – £52 + booking fee (from 16/1/24 to 3/3/24)

Last minute – £60 (from 4/3/23 to 7/3/23) subject to remaining availability

Tables of 8 or 10 – £45 earlybird rate guaranteed and no fees (please email tricia.cheshirebe@gmail.com to be invoiced)

Charities – £45 earlybird rate guaranteed and no fees (please 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 £80 including your ticket. If you are interested, please email tricia.cheshirebe@gmail.com to book.


A limited number of stall places are available at £30. 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 charities for this event will be Halton Haven Hospice and Teenage Cancer Trust. 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 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 unless pre-agreed with organisers. 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.

Kirsty James Consulting / Colony Networking (Kirsty James)

Tricia Peters Networking (Tricia Peters)

Creative Connecting in Cheshire (Sue France)

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