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Local business founder to join key female leaders to champion women in business

Novacroft’s Debra Charles, CEO & Founder, will join the Institute of Directors (IoD) East Midlands – Women as Leaders Convention 2018 as a panel speaker at the Crowne Plaza Nottingham on Friday 18 May 2018.

At the event, Debra, who is active in promoting the value every person has to make a difference, will reflect on her leadership journey and her own personal battles in overcoming dyslexia, alongside the other challenges she has faced as a woman in a technology business.

The IoD event, celebrating successful female leaders in the East Midlands, will focus on the importance of what leadership is and how to be an effective leader, resulting in better directors, better business, better services and better economy.

As a panel guest, Debra will join other female leaders including Carolyn Radford, CEO of Mansfield Town Football Club, Sarah Walker-Smith, Chief Operating Officer at Browne Jacobson, Lisa Wainwright, CEO of British Basketball, and Sue Smith, former Chief Executive of Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire Council.

Debra is passionate to support and encourage men and women alike to embrace the positive impact they can make on society by realising their own potential. As a technology business leader herself, Debra feels a strong responsibility to inspire the next generation to get involved in careers based on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. She speaks in local schools, has spoken at Northamptonshire Community Foundation events on women in business, and in 2018 was nominated for Northampton Borough Council’s Inspirational Woman Award, to celebrate International Women’s Day.    

The IoD is committed to increasing the diversity of boards in the private, public and third sectors; and to supporting those aspiring to senior leadership positions. Debra is delighted to support this aim as part of the IoD East Midlands – Women as Leaders Convention 2018.

Tickets for this convention are available to book online. For further information on the IoD East Midlands, visit the website.