Charlene Hutsebaut | Positively Slim

Charlene Hutsebaut B.P.E., B.Ed., CSCS is a personal trainer, corporate speaker, writer and brand ambassador with over 15,000 client hours and 26 years of experience in the health and fitness industry.

Charlene is a sought after speaker and personal trainer in both the private and fitness sectors because of her wealth of knowledge, experience and genuine personality. Each week finds her coaching one to one clients and creating and delivering corporate wellness and fitness initiatives and talks for larger groups.

She has degrees in Physical Education and Education and is certified with the NSCA, FAI and Stott Pilates. Her strengths and passions lie in rehabilitation, biomechanics and anatomy. She has worked at the prestigious and award winning Medical Fitness, Kinsmen Rehfit Centre in Canada.
She runs her own Personal Training Consultancy in London at the exclusive St. Pancras Hotel Spa. She has been Brand Ambassador and consultant for Huggies Diapers, Simply Great Drinks, online food company, the books The De-Stress Diet & The De-Stress Effect, Long Tall Sally and Siemens. She is featured in Covet London, A Guide to Female Entrepreneurs and How to Hygge.

Charlene is a regular columnist for The Huffington Post UK, Psychologies Magazine Life Labs & Passport – Monarch Airlines in-flight magazine.
She has also written for UK FitPro, Can FitPro, Fitness Life New Zealand, Total Sports Nutrition, Functional Sports Nutrition, Bodyfit and has been featured in London, Fabric, Grove, Woman, Natural Health magazines, as well as The Daily Mail and Express.

Lauren Dobson | Hexham Racecourse

I was born in Northumberland and I am passionate about both my county and jump racing so joining Hexham Racecourse in the Marketing department was a dream come true. I have worked tirelessly to put the racecourse on a national platform and to increase the number of racegoers through innovative marketing on a limited budget, competing with major courses such as Cheltenham and Ascot. Northumberland is the lowest populated county in England and relies heavily on tourism for economic growth. Hexham is the only surviving racecourse in Northumberland. Racing most months of the year, the weather can often be very cold which challenges even the hardiest of racegoers. Getting people to attend on a wet and windy evening requires serious skill. In the 7 years I have worked at Hexham I believe I have consistently delivered outstanding customer service and exceeded business targets year on year, being promoted to Marketing manager in 2015. I won the “Tynedale Young Employee of the Year Award” in 2013 and Hexham Racecourse was voted “The Racegoers Club Best Small Racecourse in Scotland and the North Award” in 2010 and 2015. I was part of the key marketing team who supported Independent Racecourses Limited with their work to ensure a positive negotiation for media and television rights which is a vital part of racecourse funding.

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Rhia O'Reilly | Professional Wrestler

I am the current champion and face of London based female professional wrestling organisation Pro Wrestling Eve. Originally from Northern Ireland, I completed training in both England and Canada and then I found a home in London and have been living there since. I have wrestled for promotions across the UK as well as in Europe and the US and Canada. I have helped to build a wrestling scene which accepts women as part of their roster and have helped inspire more women to take up wrestling and go above and beyond what they have ever expected. I currently continue to promote equality for women and all humans both through wrestling for companies such as Pro Wrestling Eve as well as using that platform to fundraise and support charities here in the UK and abroad.

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Kare Adenegan | British Paralympic Association

I am a GB Elite Paralympian athlete (age 16 yrs). I was the youngest member of the GB wheelchair racing team and represented Team GB in the 100, 400 and 800 metres. I am grateful to whoever nominated me for this award. I feel really privileged and blessed for being nominated for what I consider to be a minor achievement in comparison to what most people do.

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Marina Parry | CRUK Manchester Institute, University of Manchester

For the past two and a half years, I have been a postdoctoral research fellow, part of the Molecular Oncology group at the Cancer Research UK Manchester Institute, where I have been working to understand how prostate cancer develops so we can give patients the most appropriate clinical care.

Prior to that, I spent two years at the University of Southampton Cancer Sciences Institute studying the causes of a very rare form of blood cancer, Splenic Marginal Zone Lymphoma, and uncovered a new genetic change seen in very many patients. This has helped understand why people develop this cancer, as well as hopefully finding better treatments for it.

I completed my PhD at the University of Sheffield in 2011, where I was investigating the genetic events responsible for inherited susceptibility to breast and prostate cancer. Our aim was to improve breast and prostate cancer screening to target it to the people who would benefit most.

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Niri Arambepola | WSP

I went to school in north London where I excelled at maths and physics but really enjoyed art classes. I wanted a profession that would combine drawing with science. Aged 15 I did a week of work experience in an architecture practice where I learnt the most important thing of my entire career: what structural engineering was.

I went on to study General Engineering at Newnham College, Cambridge University. I studied the basics of different types of engineering before specialising in structures. Newnham is a women’s college so I experienced an all-female living environment and a male dominated studying environment. In the engineering department I quickly came to believe that a woman could succeed in a “man’s industry”.

After graduating, I started working at WSP where I still work now, 5 years later. I have been fortunate to work on some amazing projects in central London and Heathrow airport. These include the Shell Centre- a challenging project in central London consisting of seven new towers, built over several tube lines. On this project I have designed the structure for two of the towers as well as a large section of the shared basement. I have worked on this from concept design through to construction and it is fantastic to see buildings I have designed in real life.

In 2012 I co-founded the Structurally Found competition- a photo treasure hunt designed to tell the general public about the amazing engineering surrounding them. After a lot of planning and persuading, Structurally Found became a part of Open House Weekend in 2014 and attracted 3000 entries from around the world. We ran the event again in 2015 and 2016, adapting and expanding it each time.

I continue to work on a variety of projects at WSP, and am currently preparing for my chartership.

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Justine Smithies | Woodsons of Aberdeen Ltd

Justine Melanie Smithies 44 is trans and proud, A wife and mother to 3 children. She lives in the North East of Scotland in the small coastal village of Cruden Bay just 10 miles south of the white fish port of Peterhead. Where she is employed as a marine electronics engineer for a local company Woodsons of Aberdeen Ltd. She is responsible for the installation / repair of all types of electronic equipment such as satellite internet / TV, Radars, Autopilots etc to fishing vessels all the way up to oil related vessels all over the UK.
She has completed a sponsored skydive for Stonewall Scotland and raised £2300 mostly from the fishing community of the North East of Scotland. After this event Stonewall Scotland invited her to be a keynote speaker for their workplace conference in December 2015 and has since spoken at various businesses / educational establishments. In her spare time she has also written for various publications YWCA Scotland, The Glass Closet, KaleidoScot , GTenMedia and also setup & runs a support group for the LGBT+ people of Aberdeenshire called Just Be Yourself. Recently she also starred in the BBC Scotland documentary “Transgender Love”.To contact Justine:Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @JustineSmithies