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Creating Ripples


Welcome to Creating Ripples, the programme that showcases inspirational women from across the globe. You don't have to be Mother Teresa to make an impact on the world, sometimes the small acts and achievement can create the biggest ripples.

We are here to share some amazing stories, they will make you laugh, sometimes they may make you cry, and they will always inspire you.

The interviews ...


Below is a list of direct links to the interviews or you can browse them by scrolling down this page:
  • Charlotte Sweeney

Charlotte is the founder of the 'Creating Inclusive Cultures' Programme which is a collaboration of companies to drive sustainable change on Inclusion in cities across the UK. It is heralded as 'the first serious programme that gets companies to work together on diversity and inclusion issues in the UK regions' ...

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  • Michaele Wynn-Jones

In just four short months Michaele lost her home, her health, her job and almost her two daughters. Four days after leaving her husband with six carrier bags and a child by each hand, she found she couldn't walk as she was - in terms of metaphysics - left literally without a leg to stand on and no means of support. One day she was Deputy Head of a thriving primary school and the next she was having radical knee surgery and being made redundant from her job on the grounds of ill health. So what did she do? She went to prison - a men's remand, where she spent the next nine years teaching inmates to read and researching suicide ...

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  • Catherine Schalk

Catherine is a 20-year veteran of the software industry and has been involved in sales for most of that time. In that time she has been involved in over 3000 sales enablement initiatives. She is a certified coach, speaker and trainer for The John Maxwell company; is an executive in numerous organisations; and currently runs her own sales enablement business - Inkwazi Communications ...

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  • Jo Murray

Jo has worked on a ranch in Colorado, been a PA, run a construction site control room from a Portacabin on the M4, worked for Sol Kerzner, set up as freelance editor / proof reader / writer to fund university as a mature student, been a landlady of her own pub and worked in creative communications and business development. Now in her 50th year and mother of 3, Jo is proud to have opened Cappuchini - a Station Platform Café ...

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  • Victoria Jones

Victoria is a 42 year old mother of one who has recently given up her corporate career in communications to take up a franchise in the UK's longest-running baby signing company, Sing and Sign. Baby signing is becoming more and more popular among parents and experts alike, with many agreeing that it provides a fantastic way for babies to learn to communicate long before speech is possible ...

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  • Kady Doumbia

Kady is a French Ivorian Business woman. Following her Masters in Human Resources, she started her career in France in re-cruitment and then moved to London to start her own business in 2007. She founded King Stage, a recruitment company in London and serves as the Managing Director. She also helps people from the EU to find their first job in UK, France and Spain and her keen interest in building business relations between the UK and Africa led her to open the Cote d'Ivoire Chamber of Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain in October 2015 ...

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  • Noreen Makosewe

Noreen is a business growth coach and strategist to entrepreneurs who want to be more, earn more and make a difference doing what they love. She is the Founder of The Radical Leap Company; a consultancy that helps business owners and leaders address key growth issues within their organisations and offers solutions to help increase performance, productivity and profits. She also offers private strategy consulting to small-business owners and is currently a Business Advisor to the Cote d'Ivoire Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain ...

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  • Elaine Sullivan

Elaine firmly believes that we all have the ability to be great; to be leaders in our fields. She has been driven not only to deliver that for herself, but also to motivate others to find such inspiration. Her enthusiasm is infectious, she is engaging, she connects with her audiences and reaches out to enable and inspire others to the best they can be ...

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  • Horia Musadiq

Horia's life started with war. She was born in 1973, just a few years before the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan which triggered the decades of conflict that have gripped her home country ever since. She is now an Afghanistan Researcher with Amnesty International and in 2015 was awarded the Afghanistan Simurgh Human Rights Award by the Arman Shahr Foundation ...

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  • Alison Mathias

Alison is a photographer and digital artist based near Battle in East Sussex, South East England. She considers that she has been a photographer since she was 11 when an Aunt bought her a basic little Kodak camera for Christmas. With her background and degree in Fine Art and English, Literature Alison developed a passion for stories and visual art and she feels photography marries these two together beautifully, particularly with the endless possibilities these days with Digital editing ...

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  • Hasina Zaman

Hasina is the CEO of Compassionate Funerals which was founded in 2012. She believes that the way we live is the way we die. "When we decide to live well, we decide to die well, allowing us to leave the world a better place." She accepts those we leave behind will be saddened by our loss. Our heart's job is to love one another. With death, the heart feels sadness. It is our responsibility to care for people who are bereaved and to return them back to their life's purpose ...

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  • Lama Zangmo

Lama Gelongma Zangmo first became a practising Buddhist in 1977. Having received teachings from many highly-respected Lamas who visited Kagyu Samye Ling, she was inspired to enter the four-year closed retreat in 1984, during which time she became ordained as a Buddhist Nun. Since, in recognition of her long experience, selfless qualities and commitment, she became the first person in the UK to be honoured with the title of Lama in June 2001 ...

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  • Maxine Harrison

Maxine was born and brought up in Africa. At the age of 17, she spent 6 months in Paris studying and teaching English then moved to the UK at 18. She landed a job in the film business as PA to a producer and her first marriage was to a very wealthy entrepreneur, much older than herself which lasted only a year - but what a year! After many other adventures, the idea for a Holistic Centre came to her in a flash and, 18 months later, after a major building project, The Elysian Centre was launched. After all her years of travelling around the world Maxine has finally found somewhere she really belongs ...

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  • Sarah Hallworth

Sarah met her life partner and now her business partner of their jointly-owned fight camp - the Siam Boxing Camp. Siam was launched in 2015 as a Community Interest Company and it was the best leap of faith she ever took. Everything starts with a vision. Sarah lives by the thought, 'Believe in yourself and what you are capable of' ...

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  • Terri Broughton

Terri has 20 years' experience of working in education - finding and developing children's individual gifts. She has also worked with adults with profound and multiple learning difficulties. Terri's Masters work on adolescent development (The Identity Project) was written into the National Curriculum in 1999 and is used by schools all around the country ...

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  • Pamela Neiman

Pamela graduated from University of California, Davis with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design and now runs her own studio committed to high-quality projects. Time with her family and friends is precious - while connecting the dots between career, family life, community and volunteer activities that make a difference in the lives of at-risk children ...

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  • Melody Cheal

Melody has a degree in Psychology, an MSc in Applied Positive Psychology, a Diploma in Psychotherapy and is an NLP Master Trainer. Her Psychological Approaches to Coaching course is accredited by the Association for Coaching. She has taught Positive Psychology as a visiting lecturer at the University of East London ...

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  • Erica Smith

Erica is a graphic designer based in Hastings, England. She has been self-employed for over 20 years, primarily working for community organisations, festivals and small businesses. She has always been active within her community, being involved with community groups, organising parties and events, helping set up an online newspaper and campaigning about things she thinks are important ...

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  • Anna Atkinson

Anna has been working as a Transpersonal Arts Counsellor for six years, having trained at the alternative Tobias School of Art and Therapy whose training program places an emphasis on healing through a more holistic and gentle approach to creativity. She regularly practices poetry, drama, art and dance as a form of meditation and prayer. Her hope is that people learn to honour their creative landscapes and give nourishment to their artistic appetites in order to blossom more fully than they ever anticipated ...

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  • Marion Eaton

When newly married, cash-strapped and pregnant, Marion Eaton set up her solicitor's practice in a small market town in the 1970s, when women Solicitors were very few. Little did she think that 25 years later, through mergers and acquisitions, her firm would become part of one of the largest and most prestigious legal firms in South East England ...

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  • Elaine Copeland

Elaine grew up with the belief and understanding that we can take responsibility for our own health and wellbeing. Having been a sufferer of eczema from an early age, it was logical that this would become Elaine's specialisation when she became a full-time health and wellbeing consultant in 1998. She practices Kinesiology, Counselling and Liberating Touch to assist clients in identifying sub-conscious blocks, manage fear and move through vulnerability to achieve change and progression ...

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  • Baroness Uddin

Baroness Uddin is a British Life Peer (member of the Upper House of Parliament) and community activist of Bangladeshi descent. She is the first Muslim and second Asian woman to sit in the UK Parliament. In 2009 she was included on The Guardian's Muslim Women Power list for Britain. In 2005 she was selected by Tony Blair to be part of a delegation to tackle extremism. In 2008 she was made the chairwoman of the ethnic minority women's taskforce. In 2009 she was nominated for the shortlist of female Peer of the Year at the Women in Public Life Awards ...

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  • Vandana Shah

Vandana is an award-winning Lawyer, author, columnist and social entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India with the most amazing story. The BBC documentary, Invisible Women of India is based on her story. She is the author of the bestseller Ex Files which is now a part of the Judicial College syllabus in India ...

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  • Colleen Guy

Colleen worked in business for most of her working life, starting in banking before she moved to Consultancy and then ran her own HR, training and coaching company. Alongside her corporate work, she developed her shamanic practice and her journey started many years ago, first by exploring NLP, then to Sedona where she experienced the native American traditions and then to Hawaii with the Kahunas. She is a wife, mother and grandmother and has now left corporate life, concentrating on her shamanic work ...

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  • Lydia Mutare

Lydia was born in Zimbabwe and has lived in the UK for 25 years. She is passionate about developing potential in young women, especially in communities where opportunities for women are limited. She sees young women as the makers and shapers of communities and therefore believes in their power to bring about and sustain change ...

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  • Rabia Nusrat

Rabia is British / Pakistani and works for International Alert as Emerging Projects Manager. She is an expert in working with the business sector to help with peace building initiatives.

Rabia leads on the consolidation and growth of Alert's new country programmes, particularly in Afghanistan, and provides day-to-day managerial support to the implementation of peace-building projects in Sri Lanka. In a previous role, she spearheaded the introduction and implementation of an international mental health programme in Pakistan and designed and managed the Pakistan Flood Recovery Fund, an initiative convened by The Prince of Wales ...

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  • Susie Heath

Susie encourages women to explore and embrace the true potency and intrinsic strength and presence of their feminine energy and how to apply this in their personal and professional lives. She also teaches Conscious Feminine Leadership, creating and establishing a new way of working which is more balanced and in harmony with the environment and the future of the planet. While bringing up her children, she established a name for herself as owner of a conservatory interior design and horticulture company, was a frequent TV and radio guest, a TV presenter and well-known speaker for the Royal Horticultural Society ...

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  • Petra Lander

Petra was born in Germany. She has studied, lived and worked in Switzerland, Germany, Iran, Spain and Belgium from where she came to the UK in 1982. After a varied corporate career in the luxury hotel and business travel industries, and following a redundancy, Petra chose to follow her passion for all things property and founded Room for Style – Inspired Interiors in 2002, specialising in renovating properties and interior design ...

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  • Emily McMorran

Emily is an Intuitive Alchemist! What does this mean? Well, she use her intuitive senses to create healing foods, as well as having created 18 sets (known as 'constellations') of high-vibration healing products. She is also passionate about food and is nearing completion of her recipe book The Alchemist's Cookbook - Balance & Wellness Foods ...

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  • Sue Bannister

Sue is the founder of Cracking-Events, which she has been running for 17 years. During London 2012 Olympics she looked after the Austrian Olympic and Paralympic National House which was one of the highlights of her career. Recently, she organised a conference including an array of host and keynote speakers that included Royals, Lords, Members of Parliament, explorers, celebrities, sporting personalities and global entrepreneurs. Hher three passions of cycling, skiing and sailing which leads her to compete at international level ...

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  • Jessica McGregor Johnson

is an international life guide, mentor and coach. She is also the author of two books; The Right T-Shirt, Write Your Own Rules and Live the Life You Want and Remembering Perfection – Everyday Inspiration for Living Your Spiritually. Jessica helps people who are experiencing the 'Wake Up Call', just as she did over 25 years ago ...

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  • Sharne van der Burgh

Sharne blends her passion for developing people with practical coaching, learning facilitation and fitness programmes. She introduced the concept of physical fitness and nutrition advice into her coaching work to meet the needs of highly-stressed business people to enhance their wellbeing and improve their ability to sustain high levels of workplace stress ...

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  • Stephanie Goj

Steph was born in the UK and moved to New Zealand at the age of 7. She has been back in the UK since 1989. Steph had a private Shiatsu practice in London for 20 years and now runs Graze on the Grand, a perfect venue for hanging art, a perfect space for sharing with people food / wine / and a gallery concept overlooking the sea in St Leonards on Sea on the south coast of England ...

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  • Beverley Bramwell

Beverley is the founder of #EmbraceYourAmbition. This is a global community for women to confidently embrace their ambitions and dreams. She is a success coach and believes that an ambitious woman should be supported and encouraged and she provides plenty of that along with challenge when her clients are hiding out and limiting their beliefs.

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  • Patricia Hewitt

Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt is the Chair of the UK India Business Council that works with the British Government to promote bilateral trade between the UK and India ...

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  • Moira Dickson

Moira is a Global HR Executive, for Fortune 100 companies in UK, Europe, Asia, US and India. For the last five years Moira has lived in Mumbai (although commutes to Singapore, London, Dubai and New York).

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  • Francesca Inskipp

Francesca, aged 95, appeared in a fabulous film two years ago entitled Extraordinary Times which featured six amazing women, all over 90 ...

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  • Jane Best

Jane took up a volunteer position with RIJ as Funding Director and in 2006 she was appointed President and CEO of RIJ following a re-structuring that included recruiting someone for the first time ...

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  • Jill Pay

Jill was appointed as the first female Serjeant at Arms in the UK Houses of Parliament in 2008, a formal job with a very formal uniform. Her responsibilities as Serjeant were security, access and ceremonial and she loved every moment of it until she retired in the spring of 2012 ...

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  • Lynne Bateson

Lynne was from a poor Northern British family. She was a sickly child who missed much schooling and yet she became an award-winning journalist and national newspaper executive in London ...

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  • Jan and Rebecca

Jan and Rebecca launced Who's Wearing What Boutique Experience in 2009 with the idea of selling womenswear through venues and pop-up shops in East Sussex and the Kent borders ...

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  • Su Warren

Su is a woman fast approaching her 70th year. She was born in London to working class parents. She married young & had three children, ended up with a failed relationship and bought her three children up on her own ...

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  • Frances Horne

At the age of 19, Frances married a Kuwaiti and moved to Kuwait the day after her wedding. She spent 27 years living in Kuwait, learnt Arabic and opened her own Salon. Nine years ago she divorced and returned to the UK ...

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  • Jillian Haslam

If ever there were anything in the adage that truth is stranger than fiction, it would apply in the case of Jillian Haslam. Born in Calcutta to British parents in post-colonial India, Jillian faced a bruising childhood of extreme poverty, malnutrition and disease. She lived through the deaths of four siblings and some appalling instances of racist abuse. Her rise from the depths of despair and misery to wealth and international celebrity status is an inspirational story of vindication and coming home ...

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  • Patricia Knightley

Patricia Knightley works within the Chrysalis Programme which aims to reduce the levels of offending, reoffending and other anti-social behaviour through the provision of a holistic development and rehabilitation programme for offenders, those at risk of offending and people with anti-social behavioural problems ...

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  • Lady Val Corbett

Lady Val Corbett organises a fantastic women in business networking lunch, the proceeds of which go to support the Prison Reform Trust for Prisoner Rehabilitation which awards money to small charities that do most to enable ex-offenders to rejoin society and get jobs: 'a hand up, not a handout' ...

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  • Rosie Harness

Rosie Harness completely changed direction in life in her early 70s and now has her own artisan perfume business with a range of Gloriously Global fragrances, as well as running Perfume Parties ...

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  • Linda Perry

Linda Perry is Director of Children’s Services at Chestnut Tree House, the children’s hospice for Sussex, South East England. She worked with children with complex epilepsy for many years, eventually managing a large team of professors, consultants, doctors, nurses and therapists ...

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  • Maryon Stewart

Maryon Stewart is well known in both the UK and Australia as a pioneer in the field of non-drug medicine and in May 2009, following the death of her 21 year old daughter Hester, she established the Angelus Foundation which has successfully campaigned to raise awareness about the dangers of legal highs and implement changes in the law to outlaw retail sales in the UK ...

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  • Baroness Cox

Baroness (Caroline) Cox was created a Life Peer in 1982 and was a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords from 1985 to 2005. She is Chief Executive of HART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust) ...

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  • Gina Miller

Gina is a passionate vocal philanthropist and launched three online life-style brands ...

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  • Carol Akiwumi

Carol has a background in financial services and the third sector, she is the Chair of Black Fundraisers UK and the Founder of Money4Youth, a Financial Literacy Programme for Children and Young People ...

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  • Jenni Hallam

Jenni is a Personal Development Coach and Trainer, a catalyst for change, growth and development. She is passionate about empowerment, helping women to recognise and increase their power and influence and work together to achieve their goals ...

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  • Diana Chrouch

Diana is a founder member of the Black Parent Network which was set up to provide support to black parents and their children across a range of issues from education, health and parenting to social and welfare issues ...

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  • Mimi Anderson

Mimi started running in 1999 at the age of 36 and has raced all over the world. She’s run in deserts and mountains, the amazing Peruvian Jungle, she’s conquered freezing temperatures in the Arctic and set a record in one of the hottest places on earth ...

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