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IoD Wales International Women's Day Lunch

22 Feb 2019
Hilton Cardiff, Cardiff

Join us for a special question time event to celebrate International Women's Day at the Hilton Hotel, Cardiff on Friday 22nd February.

In the Chairs seat will be ITV’s Business and Brexit Correspondent Carole Green and our panel will comprise of Everest conqueror Tori James, Maria Leijerstam who was the first person in the world to cycle to the South Pole and IoD Wales, Chair Jean Church and a leading national political Welsh figure.

Key details

Date & time: 22 Feb 2019 12:00 - 15:00
Location: Hilton Cardiff, Cardiff
CPD Hours:

Prices from

35.00 GBP + VAT - Members & Guests
40.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Members
325.00 GBP + VAT - Table of 10

Event manager:
Ms Kerri-Anne Mruk
Contact phone:
029 2038 9990
Contact email:

Carole Green, is a champion for the Brick School charity who are a Wales-based registered charity working in partnership in Nepal. They run a community education project for migrant children working in the brick fields of the Kathmandu Valley. Since 2000, with their Nepalese partners Kopila Nepa, they’ve been providing education and health care for child labourers, one of the most marginalised and hard-to-reach communities in the world.



Tori James - Explorer/Adventurer

Tori James, at the age of 25, became the first Welsh woman to climb Mount Everest in 2007. Tori stars in the BBC documentary ‘On Top of the World’ and she is also the author of ‘Peak Performance’. In 2005 she was a member of the Pink Lady PoleCats , the first allfemale team to complete a grueling 360 mile race to the Magnetic North Pole. In June 2014 Tori was part of the Beeline Britain team who became the first to travel in a straight line from Land’s End to John O’Groats. This 1,100km journey involved a record- breaking sea kayak, road cycling, mountain biking and hiking and is documented in the award-winning film “As The Crow Flies”. Tori lives in Cardiff. She is a motivational speaker and consultant delivering leadership training, team and youth development projects. Tori is the President of Girlguiding Cymru, a Fellow of British Exploring and an ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in Wales. - @torijtweets

Maria Leijerstam Polar Adventurer/Entrepreneur

On the 27th December 2013, Maria became the first person in the world to cycle to the South Pole. She also set the new World Record for the fastest human powered coast to pole traverse, completing her journey in 10 days, 14 hours and 56 minutes.  In 2012 Maria was the first woman to complete the Siberian Black Ice Race (a 650km cycle across Lake Baikal) and in 2007 she was the first Welsh woman to complete the Marathon Des Sables (running six marathons in seven days across the Sahara Desert). She has also raced on the World Series Adventure Racing circuit, representing Great Britain. Maria has worked for a variety of multi-national organisations including BAE Systems, Ford of Europe and Siemens. She began her career in Rocket Science later moving on to a project management role.  Maria has a wealth of knowledge in expedition planning, event management and physical training and in 2010, Maria set up her own business, where she combined her love of sport with her business acumen. Today Maria runs the Burn Series Adventure Races in South Wales as well as travelling around the world to share the lessons from her adventures.  In particular she focuses on goal setting, aiming high and creating an environment for success. Maria has recently published her book ‘Cycling to the South Pole’, available on amazon, which accompanies her documentary ‘The White Ice Cycle’.

Jean Church Dip.IoD, FIoD
National Chair, Institute of Directors Wales
Institute of Directors Council Member
Ambassador for the Teenage Cancer Trust in Wales

Jean has held executive operational roles as Regional/Managing Director/Head of Off-shore Services in blue chip organisations on a national and international level and has worked across manufacturing, distribution, property law, franchising, new-start-ups, local authorities, housing associations and retailing.  She has a track record spanning the design and delivery of major change programmes that embraced cultural, organisational and operational change as well as policy development, customer service propositions and delivery, and has managed a portfolio in excess of £138m. She has extensive experience of leading and developing teams in continuous improvement across multi-site retail, manufacturing, distribution and legal professional units, whilst managing multi-union ER and union engagement. Business re-organisation and restructuring has featured strongly in her career as has performance management and continuous improvement. 



Prices from

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40.00 GBP + VAT - Non-Members
325.00 GBP + VAT - Table of 10

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