Eileen Willett is an entrepreneur and fashion industry expert. 

Born in Vancouver to Japanese parents, she trained in Paris and started her working life as a fashion illustrator in San Francisco. With a career that took Eileen via Japan, where she met her husband, to finally settling where she resides now in London, Eileen went on to join the then fledgling Nicole Farhi Menswear brand and helped it grow to be one of the premium men's brands of the 1990's.

After a career break to have her three children, Eileen started her own successful womenswear accessory brand. Then in 2017 she launched Cucumber Clothing with her co-founder Nancy Zeffman. The company set out 'to make luxury comfortable', using ultra-soft technical fabrics that are ethically, locally and sustainably sourced. Cucumber Clothing has been featured everywhere from Dragon’s Den to the Sunday Times Style and Vogue Italia.

Shortlisted for the 2020 Asian Woman of Achievement Awards, part of the Women of the Future Programme, Eileen is also a speaker on female entrepreneurship and sustainability in fashion.

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For more information on the Women of the Future Programme and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk

You can find out more about Cucumber Clothing here.

Stephanie Hill is an emotional wellbeing practitioner and learning and development specialist with 20 years’ experience. She works internationally with United Nations agencies and international Non-Governmental Organisations, as well as charities, NHS organisations and local government in the UK.

In 2004 she was working in Southeast Asia when the Boxing Day tsunami hit; tragically killing her partner and leaving her and her family with life-threatening injuries.

 

On returning to the UK to heal from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, she was offered the choice of anti-depressants and a waiting-time of “at least” 18-months for counselling. Frustrated by the powerlessness she felt in not having the support she needed, Steph decided to play a proactive role in her own healing journey through studying different therapeutic approaches including: mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, neurolinguistic programming and hypnotherapy. She was eventually able to overcome her debilitating symptoms and emotionally thrive.

 

Now Director, trainer and therapist with Happy Headwork, in this special New Year’s edition of the Women of the Future podcast, I had the pleasure of finding out more about this remarkable woman.

 

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For more information on the Women of the Future Programme and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk

You can find out more about Happy Headwork and their work here.

Neev Spencer is a TV and radio broadcaster best known for her award-winning shows on KISS FM.

She’s one of the UK’s most loved broadcast personalities and the first British Asian to cross over into mainstream radio.

 

Alongside her broadcasting and presenting work, Neev is a proud ambassador for five charities, including The Prince’s Trust and Global Citizen.

In 2017, Neev made a film about her experience of post-natal depression for the charity Heads Together, going on to speak to MPs in the House of Commons in 2018, to promote discussion around mental health. In the same year, Neev spearheaded the radio industry’s hugely effective 'Mental Health Minute' event, which saw 300 stations coming together to raise awareness.

 

Neev has previously been shortlisted for both an Asian Women of Achievement Award and a Women of the Future Award in their Media categories.

 

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For more information on the Women of the Future Programme and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk

Natasha Burroughs specialises in advising global investors and companies to drive a sustainable and fair future.

She is passionate about building partnerships between the private and public sectors, with experience across the FTSE100, the heart of government, and start ups.

She was one of the first senior appointments to the Office for Investment, a joint 10 Downing Street and Department for International Trade unit that seeks to secure strategic net zero investments into the UK across net zero, green technology and R&D. She has also led the government's relationship with the world's largest family-owned businesses to drive inward investment and philanthropy.

Natasha started her career at Tesco plc, holding various roles in Corporate Affairs. More recently she was Director of Partnerships and PR at The Conduit, a 3,500-strong membership organisation dedicated to driving social change, where she led corporate partnerships to shape companies' ESG strategies.

She was nominated for the Asian Women of Achievement Award for Public Service in 2018 and sits on the Advisory Board of the Women of the Future Southeast Asia Awards, founded by Pinky Lilani CBE DL.

Natasha has Italian, Indian and English heritage, and is fluent in Italian.

 

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For more information on the Women of the Future Programme and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk

Dr. Rohini Anand is Founder and CEO of Rohini Anand LLC, providing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) advisory services to clients in the public and private sectors.

She is a strategic business leader and trusted board member who has successfully transformed cultures and built an iconic brand with an enduring reputation, resulting in accelerating new business creation.

With expertise that spans executive leadership, human capital, global corporate responsibility, wellness and diversity, equity and inclusion, Rohini brings a unique perspective on the critical alignment of the business culture and the triple bottom line to drive exceptional performance.

Recognised as a pioneer in her field, Rohini is a much-lauded and sought-after global expert. Her experience, cultural dexterity, extensive network and ability to influence leaders has resulted in a reputation for judgment, integrity, and accountability. 

Rohini’s upcoming book, Leading Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: A Guide for Systemic Change in Multinational Organizations, will be available from 30th November, and is available for pre-order right now!

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For more information on the Women of the Future Programme and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk

 

Self-titled ‘Polar Preet Chandi’ is nothing short of extraordinary.

 

A passion and expertise for tennis at an early age saw Preet move to the Czech Republic to attend Novak’s Tennis Academy when she was just 16. 

A career in the Army Reserves and a degree in physiotherapy followed; but as her appetite for pushing and challenging herself grew, Preet went on to complete her first half marathon at 20 years old.

 

From there she progressed on to compete in ultra-marathons, and eventually joined the Regular Army in her late twenties, completing large scale exercises and deployments in places such as Nepal, Kenya and most recently a 6 month UN peacekeeping tour to South Sudan.

 

Currently based at a Medical Regiment in the North West of England, with a primary role as a Clinical Training Officer, Preet recently completed her MSc in Sports and Exercise Medicine at Queen Mary’s University, but might have to wait to attend her graduation ceremony…

Forever interested in ways in which to push the human body to its limits, Preet will very shortly be arriving in Chile to undertake her biggest challenge to date – being the first woman of colour to complete a solo, unsupported trek to the South Pole, travelling over 700 miles, facing wind speeds of 60mph and temperatures as low as -50c, before returning home with the intention of launching her own adventure grant for women.

 

Captain Preet Chandi was shortlisted for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in the Sport category in 2020. You can follow Preet’s adventures on her website: www.polarpreet.com

 

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For more information on the Women of the Future Programme and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk

 

With previous roles at FitFlop, Puma, Levi Strauss and Timberland; Suzie de Rohan Willner is a hugely experienced global CEO specialising in values-based leadership and meaningful business transformation.

Suzie is currently CEO at TOAST, a purpose driven global lifestyle brand, creating and curating simple, functional, beautiful clothing, homeware and content. She believes that if you focus on your team and your customer, success will follow.

Committed to sharing her experience to equip others to craft and contribute to a more meaningful future, Suzie is an ambassador and judge for the Women of the Future Programme and initiatives, and was named on their ’Kindness and Leadership 50 Leading Lights List’.

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For more information on the Women of the Future Programme and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk

Surviving a difficult and challenging childhood in East London, Jack Parson’s mission in life is to make sure no one is left behind by society. 

Jack’s work is primarily focussed on the often overlooked 18-30 demographic who, for some, have not had the opportunities that many of their peers from different socio-economic backgrounds have had. Jack, and the Youth Group, are changing this, one young person at a time. 

With the core values of: be bold, be honest, be kind, Jack’s Youth Group enables young people in the UK to thrive, develop and build a successful future; and with a connected community of 1.7 million they’re really starting to make a huge difference.  

Jacks’ own accolades include being named as the UK’s Chief Youth Officer, listed on the UK’s 100 Business Power List, and as Young Digital Leader of the Year, with Jack also recognised as one of the 50 people on the ‘Kindness and Leadership: Leading Lights’ list, part of the Women of the Future Programme.

 

*Please be aware that this episode discusses severe mental health issues and has references to suicide*

 

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For more information on the Women of the Future Programme and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk

For more information on The Youth Group, please visit: www.theyouthgroup.com

Rozella Mahjhrin is a Malaysian singer, songwriter, voice-over artist and the founder of True Complexion, an online social platform that raises awareness of health conditions, disabilities, and body image issues.

Born with a birthmark on her face, Rozella grew up with low self-esteem that initially prevented her from pursuing her love of music and performing.

Eventually finding the strength to embrace her passion, her voice can now be heard on countless radio, television, online commercials, and corporate videos. Rozella also became the face of IT Cosmetics, with her image featured in Sephora stores in both Singapore and Malaysia.

A TEDx speaker and twice nominated for Asia’s independent music awards - the VIMAs; Rozella is also the first Bornean to be accepted for the Eisenhower Fellowships Global Program. She has also been part of the Obama Leaders: Asia-Pacific Program and received the Women of the Future South East Asia Award in the Arts and Culture category in 2019.

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For more information on the Women of the Future Programme and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk

 

Noreen Mirza is an award-winning British jewellery designer whose creations have adorned celebrities and international royalty; frequently featuring in global press.

Founder of one of the world’s most innovative and empowering fine jewellery brands - the eponymous ‘Noreen London’ - she now acts as the brand’s Creative Director, utilising her expertise and wealth of experience in creating bespoke pieces, high jewellery, and fine jewellery collections.

 

Driven by a need to shape the world into a more beautiful place, Noreen is committed to working with 'Mosaic', a Prince of Wales charity aimed at mentoring young people to fulfil their potential.

 

With a Business degree from Kingston University London, Noreen is also a diamond expert and gemologist certified by the Gemological Institute of America, the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, coloured stones, and pearls. 

 

Noreen was shortlisted in the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, part of the Women of the Future Programme, as a ‘Young Achiever’ in 2007.

 

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For more information on the Women of the Future Programme and initiatives, please visit: www.womenofthefuture.co.uk

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