• 6 Mar 2024
  • In-person

International Women's Day Celebration - Count Her In Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress.

Panel discussion and audience Q&A.
This event has been cancelled.

We are delighted to invite you to a special event commemorating International Women's Day 2024, organised by the UK Government’s Scotland Office in partnership with the Institute of Directors (IoD) and Women in Public Affairs (WiPA) Scotland.

Join us for what is sure to be an enlightening evening featuring distinguished speakers Nathalie Agnew, Managing Director of Muckle Media; Lesley Brydon, Founder and Managing Director, Clark Communications and Zahra Hedges, Chief Executive Officer of Winning Scotland. The event will be expertly moderated by Julie Ashworth, Chair of IoD Scotland and Ellie Wagstaff, co-chair of WiPA Scotland.

This year's IWD theme, "Count Her In: Invest in Women. Accelerate Progress," underscores the significance of supporting and investing in women to drive societal progress. By empowering women with opportunities to thrive economically, we contribute to the advancement of communities as a whole. We will hear from our panel about their journeys through entrepreneurship and influencing the policy landscape to eliminate barriers for women in this field.

We invite you to be a part of this celebration, contributing to the dialogue surrounding the theme and honouring the achievements of women in entrepreneurship and influence across Scotland.

Refreshments will be provided.

In partnership with the Scotland office 


Ellie Wagstaff

Ellie is Co-Chair of WiPA Scotland and passionate about equitable access to opportunities for women at all stages of their policy and public affairs careers. In her role at Marie Curie, Ellie leads the charity’s Scottish health inequalities and inequities portfolio recently completing research on gender experiences at end of life, which has been accepted to the 2024 European Association of Palliative Care World Research Congress.

Julie Ashworth

Julie is Chair of the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Scotland, and Chair of the University of Aberdeen as well as being an Advisory Board member for the Scottish Business Network and Founders4Schools. She has previously held non-executive roles with George Watson's College, the Royal Company of Merchants of the City of Edinburgh among others and spent 3 years as Chair of an award winning retail tech start-up and is a member of SVc2UK. Julie is the Scotland lead for Women on Boards UK

Julie is both founder and CEO of Broadreach, providing specialist leadership consulting services to global blue-chip companies. Julie works extensively as a Board Advisor with FTSE 100 companies in the UK . She has held Retail Director roles with Liberty of London and Punch Taverns and was Executive Partner at IBM with responsibility for retail across EMEA and the US. She began her corporate career with Tesco, leaving her role as a senior executive to compete in the Round the World Yacht race.

Lesley Brydon

Lesley Brydon is the founder and managing director of Clark, a company specialising in PR, graphic design, and social media, with clients in the B2B, technology, public sector and food and drink sectors.

Lesley founded Clark in 2012, and until early 2013 chaired the Edinburgh branch of the Institute of Directors. She now sits on the Institute of Directors advisory committee for Scotland.

In her earlier career, Lesley worked for FMS Public Relations and Citigate SMARTS before becoming the international vice-president for Weber Shandwick, a role she held between 2000 and 2012. During this time, she also chaired the PRCA in Scotland for four years.

In October 2020, Lesley appeared on a Leaders Council of Great Britain & Northern Ireland podcast, discussing the importance of leadership and the impact it has had on her career to date.

Nathalie Agnew

Managing Director, Muckle Media

A reputation and communications specialist, Nathalie Agnew launched Muckle Media in 2012 following a long career supporting some of the world’s biggest brands for London agencies. A former Fleishman-Hillard and Porter Novelli senior international PR advisor, Nathalie has significant experience across many sectors and has led her team at Muckle Media Group to win numerous awards in recent years, the most notable being the CIPR Scotland PRide Outstanding PR Consultancy award in 2023 and the PRCA DARE Large Agency of the Year in 2021. Nathalie also led the agency to become the first B-Corp PR agency in Scotland. Nathalie is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and a member of the PRCA and the Marketing Society. Nathalie chairs the Institute of Directors Edinburgh and Lothians branch.

Zahra Hedges

Zahra is CEO of Winning Scotland, a charity which works with partners to build confidence and resilience in children and young people. She is a Board Member at community justice organisation Sacro and volunteers with Changing the Chemistry, a charity which seeks to improve diversity on boards. Prior to joining Winning Scotland, she built and sold her own retail business, before moving to the statutory and third sectors working in social enterprise, with Scottish Government, and at Samtaler a social value creation agency.

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