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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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Lesley is our MNC Bognor Regis manager.  Lesley runs Seabreeze Counselling Plus, she is an experienced Psychotherapeutic Counsellor and Personal Development Coach; helping her clients move from ‘the negative to the positive and from the can’t do to the can do’ in both their personal and professional lives.  She has a tranquil beachside consulting room in Selsey and a city centre practice in Chichester. Previously Lesley has had a varied business life from being a corporate admin manager, to director of her husband’s sales management consultancy, to adult education tutor/manager to family group conference coordinator for a major Southampton charity to working for a leading counselling agency and the NHS in Chichester. Lesley has been married to Jeff for 30+ years and has two grown up children, Nicola and Simon, who both live and work in the Bournemouth area. Lesley loves living by the sea, playing golf, cycling, dancing and whenever possible travelling to warm, sunny places. Lesley is passionate about bringing MNC to Bognor and inspiring local business owners to get involved in the networking fun!
 
 
 
 

 
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Naomi is our Worthing Manager. Networking has been core to building Naomi's business Nay Nay's Beauty over the last year and she says that MNC has helped develop it no end; with great advice from other members and for picking up new, valued clients. Naomi qualified as an eyelash technician in November 2012, keen to be able to provide her friends with affordable eyelash extensions, in a friendly home environment. She then went on to qualify as a fully fledged beauty therapist in June 2013 and never looked back. Naomi is continually developing her skills and i is always on top of the latest trends. Since 2013, she has gone on to qualify in indian head massage, eyebrow extensions, threading and developed her skills for the latest hot trend, Russian volume lashes!

Naomi likes to operate a family friendly environment and welcomes mums with children into the salon, flexible working is core to Naomi’s values as she is a mum of two herself to Evie and Charlie. Naomi loves spending time with her children, when she is not upstairs working in the salon and particularly enjoys making crafts and planning parties!
 

 
natalie roundNatalie is our Horsham Manager.  She is mum to Olivia and Alfie, they have a mad rescue dog Honey who is a desert dog brought back from Dubai, she loves the mud and rain and is allergic to sand! And hubby to be, about who she says "some how he puts up with all of us!".

When Natalie moved back from sunnier climates she decided to swap the corporate scene to a more suitable work life balance. Combining her passion for shopping and all things beautiful saw the birth of Lovingly Chic. Her daughter Olivia is possibly the biggest ambassador of Lovingly Chic – although she does get to try all the goodies out when the new stock comes in!

Lovingly Chic is a family run business with the belief that exquisite gifts and fabulous accessories should be available to everyone.  They are proud to support local trade and consistently promote new British designers to keep on trend with the most up to date ‘must haves’.

In her spare time when she's not running around the children, tidying the house, feeding the washing machine and well you know the rest and are more than likely far too familiar with the process, Natalie likes drinking wine with friends, going to a spa and going on silly adventures with the family.

Now to her newest chapter Manager of Horsham MNC, she says "I am so excited. There are so many inspiring women in and around Horsham and I can’t wait to meet with you and hear your story".



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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.
 

 

Claire is our Brighton Manager. She is a digital whizz specialising in social media marketing and content solutions with her business, ClaritaCo Media. She met the Mumpreneurs Networking Club team in 2009 at a taster workshop and was inspired to take her first blog www.brightonmums.com to a level where she could turn her social media and digital skills into paid work. She has since landed gigs creating glittering campaigns for household name brands, as well as supporting small business and charities with social media training and mentoring.   She believes it’s essential for businesses to have a digital strategy, no matter how small and is passionate about supporting MNC members on their digital journey. “Social media networking is essential to today’s business but it will never replace the connection and chemistry which comes from face to face interaction. MNC meetings provide a supportive environment where parents can confidently build a network around their business as we all understand each others’ family pressures and logistics,” she enthuses.   Claire and her brilliantly supportive husband are parents to two bright, inquisitive girls who keep them well and truly on their toes. “No matter how tough my week has been my fascinating daughters never fail to keep me grounded and happy.”

 

 


 

Kerry is our Eastbourne Manager. She has been a member of MNC since 2014 when she joined the Brighton group and absolutely loves the connections it has brought her. She was instrumental in helping to get the Eastbourne group set up in her hometown and co hosting the meetings, so when the position came up for Manager she jumped at the opportunity.

Kerry is a qualified beauty therapist working from home in her “Forever B Beautiful” treatment studio with a holistic approach for mind, body and soul. She is Passionate about helping people feel great inside and look amazing outside whilst feeling empowered! 

She also runs a successful network marketing business with “Forever Living” alongside her beauty work.

Kerry says, “MNC has been significant in helping me with my business and I have learnt so much, whilst making great connections. I love the power of people coming together and nothing makes me happier than connecting people up with one another which is why I am thrilled to take on the role as manager”.

In her spare time Kerry loves to be with family and friends so often can be found with her husband Shawn and their 2 children Kiah and Bradley. She loves to socialize and is often out having coffee with friends and is known for having an eye for anything sparkly!

 


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 and author of MiddleClassMother. 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.”

 

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