Alumnae Club

The Alumnae Club

The Women of the Year Alumnae Club was set up to give all our women of the year the opportunity to come together and hear about some of the amazing projects our award winners are involved in, discuss current issues and enjoy networking with old acquaintances and new friends.

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In 2017 the Women of the Year Alumnae Club was launched to enable our Women of the Year guests the opportunity to meet and hear more from some of the amazing winners.  Our speakers that first year were varied and inspiring and included Seema Aziz philanthropist who flew in from Pakistan to talk about her campaign to set up schools for girls in underprivileged areas;  Jayne Senior, the youth worker who blew the whistle on the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal;  Ann Cotton, Founder of CamFed which has educated over 2.6 million children through a network of 5,745 schools in Zimbabwe, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia.   We also heard from Kate Woolveridge who won the Lorraine Inspirational Woman of the Year award about her ‘Forget me not Chorus’ for people suffering from Dementia and their carers.

Seema Aziz
Dame Katherine Grainger

Since the Alumnae’s inception we have also had some of the top women in business, industry and sport ‘in conversation with’ our journalist council members. These have included Jo Fairley, the journalist and entrepreneur who founded Green & Blacks; Deirdre Hutton, Chair of the CAA who shared with us information about the collapse of Monarch Airlines and how the CAA became an ‘airline company’; Tanya Goodin, Founder of Time to Log Off, gave us her views on digital detox and the dangers of social media for young people; Dame Gail Rebuck, Chair of Penguin Random Publishing UK related tales of how she started in the publishing business and her work/life balance and rower and Olympic Gold medallist Dame Katherine Grainger.

During 2019 we saw one of our young winners – Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE – impress the audience so much she was asked if she had considered going into Politics as a lot of people present would immediately vote for her!  We hosted an event in Manchester where Jasvinder Sanghera CBE – founder of the charity Karma Nirvana which campaigns against forced marriage and had just celebrated their 25th anniversary – chillingly revealed the traditions still going on today in the United Kingdom with young girls being forced into marriages against their will. And later that year Rachel Reavley Acting Executive Director of British Vogue, hosted a fascinating conversation with journalist Lucia van der Post;  That year also marked the centenary of ‘Women in the Law’ so it was fitting that we ended the year with Baroness Helena Kennedy QC – our immediate past President – in conversation with our current President, Julie Etchingham, outlining her career in the Law and the struggles she faced back in the early 70s when she first started out.

Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE
Dame Maureen Lipman

As 2020 dawned, little did we know what was ahead of us.  We were thrilled that in January, Lyse Doucet, BBC Chief International Correspondent, found time in between her trips to Afghanistan, Syria and the Yemen, to come and share her views with us on the Middle East.  An evening to remember, before a year we would remember for other less enjoyable reasons.

In 2021 we started our series of Alumnae Zoom Talks and during the year, were ‘in conversation with’ successful restaurateur and past MasterChef winner Thomasina Miers; winning Sunday Times correspondent and author, Christina Lamb and British Paralympic cyclist, paratriathlete, adventurer and author Karen Darke MBE, before ending the year with our long time Women of the Year supporter, Dame Maureen Lipman who entertained us for a wonderful hour of monologues, jokes and commentary.

Previous speakers

Seema Aziz

Seema Aziz

Seema Aziz, Founder and MD of Sefam, a major Pakistan retail brand, talked about the challenges of being a woman running her own business and having to manage meetings with Pakistani government offici...

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Jo Fairley

Jo Fairley

Jo Fairley is one of the UK’s leading female entrepreneurs. She co-founded Green & Black’s chocolate, founded Judges Bakery, an organic and natural food store and bakery and The Wellington Cen...

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Ann Cotton OBE

Ann Cotton OBE

Ann Cotton founded CAMFED in 1993. She is the President of the international non-profit organisation, which tackles the cycle of poverty and inequality by supporting marginalised girls through educati...

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If you have previously attended Women of the Year and would like to join the Alumnae Club, please email us to discuss your membership.

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The Women of the Year Alumnae Club is administered by Mary Krauss

Our registered address is:
Women of the Year Alumnae Club
c/o Diane Coyne
Brewers’ Hall
Aldermanbury Square
London
EC2V 7HR