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Dawn Gracie

Dawn, our Chichester Area Manager, is an experienced entertainer and has spent eight years developing her various stage personas, from rock to retro. In 2011 following her winning the prestigious title of Best Dressed at Goodwood Revival, an invitation to show off  her outfit at a local nursing home gave her the idea and encouragement to put together a retro repertoire and launch her new act Dawn's Vintage Do.

Having been obsessed with all things vintage (mainly 50's and 60's) for most of her life and with friends and family frequently telling her 'you were born in the wrong era!', this was the perfect opportunity for her to work with a nostalgic musical genre and allow her to showcase her extensive collection of vintage outfits.

Together with Dawn's infectious enthusiasm and stage presence, the whole package includes audience participation as well as some good old skirt swinging tunes to boot! As an extension to her entertainment package, Dawn is now a qualified Burlesque instructor and uses this to teach women self confidence and how to have feminine fun with  fire in their eyes.

Dawn also writes a weekly 'Woman in Business' column and in April 2013 Dawn won the Observer & Gazette 'Business Personality of the Year' award at a glittering ceremony, on account of her work with Mumpreneurs and as a vintage entertainer.

 


 

 

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Emma is the Emsworth and Havant manager.  She has been a member since 2012 and jumped at the chance to join the team when the mangers role became vacant.  She runs a number of businesses, as she does not believe in putting all your eggs in one basket and is happiest stepping out her comfort zone embarking on new challenges.  She set up Live Well Coaching in 2008 and since then has been helping others make positive changes to their life, business and health with a totally holistic approach. Her health and wellbeing coaching can be combined with Herbalife Nutrition which helps her clients not only improve their health but look and feel fantastic. She also runs a successful property portfolio including a 4 star holiday cottage in Westbourne near Emsworth.  Prior to being self-employed she was a sales manager, coach & mentor for a large blue chip pharmaceutical company. 

 

 

 

Her passions are health and wellbeing, helping others and her local community. She enjoys keeping fit in the great outdoors; cycling, running with her dogs and spending as much time as possible in and around Chichester harbour either on the beaches, in a boat or her kayak (quality ‘me time’).  She is mum to her son Sam and wife to Charles and enjoys a busy family and social life striking the balance between work and play. 



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Liz is our Enfield Manager.  She is a life coach for teenagers/young adults and a workshop facilitator working with organisations who work with parents or young people. Liz has also worked in secondary schools as a mentor and coach working with those who are angry, unfocussed, easily influenced or needing to plan for their future career.
 
Liz loves living in North London with her partner Richard and daughter Eve. Liz is originally from Dorset and has been in London since her 20’s working in advertising and design until she realised that she was in the wrong profession and retrained as a life coach specialising in young people in 2002.

Her daughter Eve has accompanied Liz over the last 3 years and has literally grown up with Mumpreneurs Networking Club. Liz at one point earnt the honour of the “most travelled MNC member” by attending the three London groups regularly and visiting Portsmouth, Brighton and Horsham too. She has enjoyed (most of the time) bringing Eve to the meetings, and if it hasn’t gone to plan, it’s not a judgmental meeting to say “I think I am going to take her home”……

Liz is well connected in North London having been networking since she started her coaching business. Liz is passionate about supporting parents who are in business and that is the main reason for setting up her own MNC in Enfield. When not working you can find Liz roller-skating round local parks whilst Eve scooters or at a child friendly rave in fancy dress (with funky green ear defenders for Eve) or pottering around in her garden.
 

Lesley is our Hove Manager, she is a solution focused therapist with a background in nursing, social work and medical sales.

A keen supporter and member of MNC she became manager of the Hove group in April 2016. Her aim is to ensure that members benefit both professionally and personally from the group.

Lesley lives in mid Sussex with her twin teenage daughters and various 4 legged friends.

 

 

 

 

 


 


Marian is our Fareham manager and brand new to MNC. Having attended the Emsworth branch in the spring, she was inspired by the camaraderie but unable to attend further due to work commitments.

She is new to the area, having relocated from West London in February 2016, so is keen to make new connections and is looking forward to becoming involved in the community. She lives in Widley with her partner Lee and cat Esme. She is a devoted mum to three children in their twenties, Natalie, Chloe and Rory.

Marian is a qualified reflexologist specialising in babies, pregnancy and women's health problems and offers a mobile service within a 20 mile radius, also currently working out of a salon in Wickham. In addition to reflexology she also offers Hopi ear candling and Natural face lift massage. Marian is also building and looking to expand her MLM business with "Neal's Yard Remedies Organic" and strives to educate people about natural organic alternatives.

Her passions are her family and dancing and Saturday night is her 'me time' watching Strictly. She also enjoys gardening, reading about natural health and eating. 

In the past she has been a secretary to a PTA, served 10 years as a treasurer to a scout group, ran the mess tent at family camp for 40 plus people, helped run a mum and toddler group and more recently, been a "Taxi dancer" at Ceroc where she welcomed and helped new dancers practice their steps and overcome their nerves. Marian says "I am so excited about this new chapter of my life and cannot wait to welcome you to our amazing new venue".

 

 

 


 

Jacintha, our Petersfield manager is also an Intuitive Health Coach. Jacintha uses her intuition to connect with you to discover exactly what your body wants in order to heal. With a background in Psychology, Kinesiology and Health coaching, Jacintha ignores the latest health fads and restrictive diets, instead focusing on "Adding In" to your diet and lifestyle to crowd out the more unhealthy practices. Using muscle testing she connects with your body to determine exactly what it wants and the order in which it wants it, for healing to begin. Working with everything from adding in foods to removing blocked emotions, she creates shifts in health and happiness.

Writing MiddleClassMother allows Jacintha an outlet for her passion to help mothers put the focus back on themselves. Noticing in her clients that many Mothers were putting their children's health and wellbeing way above their own she realised they were unwittingly sabotaging their family's overall health in their role as a parent.

Leaving a career in London to have children, Jacintha is coming to the end of her Stay At Home Mum period as her third child prepares for school. She has spent the past 7 years studying Health, Nutrition and Kinesiology whilst bringing up 3 girls and knows only too well the importance of Networking. Jacintha tries daily to live an EPIC life - Engaging meaningfully with her children; being Passionate and Purposeful beyond her family; Investing in herself and finally Connecting to a strong support network. Finding Mumpreneurs invaluable in providing a life outside of the school gates, Jacintha discovered fellow members to be wonderfully supportive in their advice and their friendship. Not always demonstrating an EPIC life though, Jacintha can sometimes be found at the school gates in her pyjama bottoms hoping no-one will notice but congratulating herself she got the children to school.

 

 


 

 

Sandra is our Portsmouth Manager.  She is a Photographer and likes photographing people most of all, capturing a moment and freezing memories. She says "A good photo shows the real you and it is a photographer’s task to bring it out". 

Most of her life Sandra has worked as a tutor/trainer which she finds very rewarding and enjoys helping people develop their potential. She has a vast portfolio of topics but her favourites are around business psychology, training the staff in customer service, selling techniques, problem solving etc. She holds a masters degree in management and is obsessed with quality and efficiency whether your business is big or small. She has also written a book about HR management based on her experiences.

In her free time, she practices Argentine Tango and Flamenco, to keep fit and help her to deal with stress in the most pleasurable way.  

Sandra is a proud mum to her 14 year-old son and says "I didn’t take long time off work when he was born because I love my job and always believe you can combine professional life and family time, it’s all about quality not quantity!". 

 

 


 

Jess is the manager of the Shoreham branch.  She has been a Health Kinesiology practitioner for 12 years and works from the beautiful Tree of Life clinic in Hove.

Previously she enjoyed a career in legal advice working in a housing charity for over 10 years. Now, having three young children Jess fully appreciates the flexibility of being self employed whilst being able to work one to one with people of all ages, using Kinesiology to improve their health and wellbeing. Combining techniques from traditional Chinese medicine and the modern world each session is unique, and gentle muscle testing allows direct communication with the body and mind.

Jess feels truly blessed doing this alongside her world outside work - with the joys, craziness and noise her three children bring each day. Having gained so much in her time as a MNC member Jess is keen to fully embrace the role of Shoreham Manager, bringing people together to support and learn from each other, forming true friendships and enjoying the buzz and energy of the monthly meetings. 

 

 


 

Suzie is our Lewes Manager.  Much of Suzie’s working life has been in recruitment.  She started her career working for Government Job Agencies, before moving to the private sector. Here she worked her way up to Manager for a large Regional Recruitment company working in various locations across the South East. Suzie for the last 10 years of her career was a Regional Manager for this company responsible for 9 Recruitment offices across South East England, with some 25 members of staff reporting directly to her.  In this role she leant how small and medium sized companies run from a business end and what is required for companies to succeed from a management view point.

Some 10 years ago Suzie met her husband Justin and soon after, moved from Surrey to Lewes where she now lives. Quickly following this move came the birth of her twins Justie and Darcey who are now 9 years old.

With these changes in Suzie’s life she gave up her career in recruitment to concentrate of the twins. Some 4 years ago looking for a way back into the job market, yet maintaining a balanced home life, Suzie was introduced to Utility Warehouse which not only offered the challenge she looked for but also provided the flexible working hours to fit a happy home life. Suzie continues to develop a successful business with Utility Warehouse, helping many people make more personal, better and more affordable long term decisions on home utilities.

Suzie said… “What I liked most about recruitment was the high level of people content, networking and communication skills which were required to be successful. Understanding people’s needs and matching these to life opportunities motivated and still motivates me today. This is why I wanted to take on and develop the Lewes Branch of Mumprenuers. To share my life experiences and learn from others theirs. After attending and looking at a number of other networking groups I found Mumprenuers the most friendly, helpful, supportive and idea provoking.”

 


 

Heather is our Brighton Manager.  Having been an MNC member for over a year, she loved our supportive and friendly way of networking where new entrepreneurs would feel at ease and established business owners could grow and develop together. She loves to see others achieve and is happy to help them avoid some of the pitfalls that she herself has encountered through her 15 years in business.

Her primary business is Robins Nursery School, a well-established nursery on the Hove-Brighton border. Here she provides a highly-regarded service to local mums who are looking to build confident, resilient children who are eager to learn and celebratory of our differences. She also owns a payroll bureau, sells Aloe Vera based products and is qualified to share mindfulness and stress management techniques.

She feels that as a single Mum with 2 teenagers, she is well-placed to understand the challenges faced by many MNC members who also juggle family and work commitments. With the right support from like-minded people in an energetic and vibrant group, it is possible to build a successful business whilst enjoying a fulfilling personal life.

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