Haleh Afshar

Baroness Afshar OBE
Professor and prominent Muslim feminist

Jane Anderson

Professor Jane Anderson CBE
Doctor and researcher in the field of HIV

Helen Bamber (1925-2014)

Helen Bamber OBE
Therapist and human rights campaigner

Kate Bostock

Executive Director of Retail & Home and CEO of Coast

Rita Britton

Renowned fashion designer, Founder of the famous Barnsley boutique, Pollyanna

Joan Burstein CBE

‘Mrs B’
Founder of Browns, the famed fashion boutique

Carmen Callil

Author, critic, publisher and Founder of Virago Press

Sally Clarke

Sally Clarke MBE
London restauranteur

Mary Contini

High profile cook, partner of the famous Italian delicatessen Valvona & Crolla and cookery writer

Anna Coote

Head of Social Policy for New Economics Foundation, leading analyst, writer and advocate in the field of social policy

Wendy Dagworthy

Professor Wendy Dagworthy OBE
Former Dean of the School of Material and Head of Fashion Royal College of Art

Kay Davies

Professor Dame Kay Davies CBE FRS FMedSci
Scientist: specialty genetics

Athene Donald

Professor Dame Athene Donald DBE FRS
Professor of Experimental Physics

Vivien Duffield

Dame Vivien Duffield DBE
Major Philanthopist

Antonia Fraser

Lady Antonia Fraser DBE
Author of novels, biographies and historical works

Elinor Goodman

Political journalist, former Political Editor of Channel 4 News and member of Leveson Enquiry

Susan Greenfield

Baroness Greenfield, CBE
Scientist: specialty physiology of the brain physiology of the brain

Miriam Gross

Lady Owen
Literary editor, author and journalist

Helen Hamlyn

Lady Hamlyn
Innovative Philanthropist and Chairperson of the Helen Hamlyn Trust

Mary Honeyball

Mary Honeyball MEP
Member of the European Parliament for the Labour Party representing London

Sheila Hollins

Professor Baroness Hollins of Wimbledon and Grenoside
Eminent psychiatrist and advocate for people with learning disabilities

Elin Hurvenes

Founder and Chair of the Professional Boards Forum

Betty Jackson

Betty Jackson CBE
Fashion Designer

Tessa Jowell

Baroness Jowell of Brixton
Labour Party Politician & Former Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media, Sport and the Olympics

Helena Kennedy

Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws QC, FRSA
Barrister, broadcaster, eminent advocate, social reformer and leading QC

Lucinda Lambton

Lady Lucinda Lambton, Lady Worsthorne
Writer, photographer and broadcaster on architectural subjects

Nicola LeFanu


Sonya Leydecker

Joint-CEO of Herbert Smith Freehills and top litigation lawyer

Averil Mansfield

Professor Averil Mansfield CBE
The UK's first female professor of surgery

Deborah Mattinson

Founder and Director of research and strategy agency Britainthinks and Chair of Young Women's Trust

Gwyn Miles

Former Director of Somerset House, London

Blanche Marvin

Blanche Marvin MBE
Theatre critic and founder of the Empty Space and Peter Brook Awards in London

Amanda Nevill

Amanda Nevill CBE
CEO of the British Film Institute

Pauline Neville-Jones

Baroness Neville-Jones DCMG PC
UK Government’s Special Representative to Business on Cyber Security

Frances O'Grady

First female General Secretary of the TUC

Elsie Owusu


Sue Palmer

Former primary headteacher, author and childhood campaigner

Carole Plant

Former Head of Performance Improvement - Global Operations at Barclays

Usha Prashar

Baroness Prashar CBE
Director or Chairman of a variety of public and private sector organisations and only woman on the Iraq Enquiry

Susan Rice

Lady Susan Rice CBE
First woman to head a UK clearing bank, now President Scottish Council for Development & Industry

Claudia Roden

Cookbook writer and cultural anthropologist

Patricia Scotland

Baroness Scotland of Asthal, PC, QC
First female Attorney General

Steve Shirley

Dame Stephanie Shirley OBE B.Sc. CEng FRng CITP
Entrepreneur and major philanthropist

Christine Tacon

Christine Tacon CBE
Portfolio director in the food, farming and environment sectors and first Groceries Code Adjudicator

Gillian Wagner

Dame Gillian Wagner DBE
Chair of Residential Forum and author

Veronica Wadley

Senior Advisor to the Mayor of London and former Editor of the Evening Standard

Harriet Walter

Dame Harriet Walter DBE
Eminent Shakespearean film and television actror

Shirley Williams

Baroness Williams of Crosby PC
Politician and academic

Annette Worsley-Taylor

Annette Worsley-Taylor MBE
Originator of London Fashion Week

Lola Young

Baroness Young of Hornsey OBE
Creative producer, ethical fashion and social justice campaigner and writer

Diana Athill

Diana Athill OBE
Literary editor, novelist and memoirist

Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong FRSL
Author and commentator on comparative religion

Carol Black

Professor Dame Carol Black MD FRCP FMedSci
Prominent physician, adviser to government and Principal of Newnham College Cambridge

Harriet Bridgeman

Viscountess Bridgeman CBE FRSA
Founder of the Bridgeman Art Library, the world’s largest collection of fine art images

Helen Browning

Helen Browning OBE
Organic Farmer and Chief Executive Soil Association

Liz Calder

Founding Director of Bloomsbury Publishing and Full Circle Editions

Sarah Campbell

Textile designer extraordinaire

Pauline Clare

Pauline Clare CBE
Britain’s first female Chief Constable

Linda Colley

Professor Linda Colley, CBE, FBA, FRSL, FRHistS

Sue Coppard

Founder of WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms)

Caroline Cranbrook

Countess Caroline of Cranbrook OBE
Farmer and tireless rural champion

Julia Cumberlege

Baroness Cumberlege CBE DSG DL
Conservative Party politician and businesswoman

Sheila Dillon

Influential food journalist and presenter of The Food Programme on Radio 4

Ann Dowling

Professor Dame Ann Dowling DBE FRS FREng
First female President of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Lynne Franks

Legendary public relations guru and women’s empowerment activist

Helen Garlick

Barrister, anti-corruption campaigner and former Assistant Director of the UK Serious Fraud Office

Germaine Greer

Professor Germaine Greer
Feminist, academic and journalist

Beryl Grey

Dame Beryl Grey DBE DMus DLitt Ed.D FRSA
Eminent ballerina and first Western ballerina to perform at the Bolshoi

Maggi Hambling

Maggi Hambling CBE
Distinguished contemporary Artist

Mandy Haberman

Inventor, entrepreneur and Founder of Haberman Products Ltd

Kim Hillier

Former Head of Private Banking Europe at Butterfield Bank

Margaret Hodge

Margaret Hodge MBE MP
Labour MP and Former Chair of the Public Accounts Committee

Barbara Hulanicki

Barbara Hulanicki OBE
Fashion designer and founder of the iconic clothes store Biba

Virginia Ironside

Agony aunt, columnist, performer and author

Judith Mayhew Jonas

Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE
Chair of London's Economic Development Corp and many cultural institutions

Martha Kearney

Journalist and Presenter of BBC Radio 4's The World at One

Parveen Kumar

Professor Parveen Kumar CBE
Former President of the Royal Society of Medicine and the BMA, and Co-Editor of Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine

Joy Larkcom

Gardener, highly influential horticulturalist and gardening writer

Prue Leith

Prudence Leith CBE
Restaurateur, caterer, TV cook, broadcaster and cookery writer

Liz Lochhead

Playwright, Translator and Broadcaster, Former National Poet of Scotland

Caroline Michel

Chief Executive Officer of literary and talent agency Peters Fraser & Dunlop

Terry Marsh

Former Executive Director of WISE (Women into Science and Engineering)

Deborah Moggach

Author of many novels including The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Caroline Neville

President of Cosmetic Executive Women (UK) and Chairman of Neville McCarthy Associates PR and Marketing Agency

Lucy Neville-Rolfe

Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG
Conservative peer in the House of Lords Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Intellectual Property

Susie Orbach

Eminent psychoanalyst, writer and social activist

Ann Packer

Ann Packer MBE
Athlete, first British track gold medallist

Olga Polizzi

Olga Polizzi CBE

Gail Rebuck

Baroness Rebuck of Bloomsbury DBE
Chair of Penguin Random House UK

Jancis Robinson

Jancis Robinson OBE, MW
World-renowned wine authority and Master of Wine

Nancy Rothwell

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell DBE DL DSc FMedSci FIBiol FRS
Physiologist, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester

Daphne Selfe

Britain's oldest supermodel

Helen Storey

Professor Helen Storey MBE RDI
Artist and designer

Dianne Thompson

Dame Dianne Thompson DBE
CEO of Camelot Group of Companies, now retired

Parminder Vir

Parminder Vir OBE
Independent Non-executive Director, film and television producer and Founder of PVL Media, Emerging Market

Charlotte Johnson Wahl


Kirsty Wark

Journalist and Television Presenter

Patience Wheatcroft

Baroness Wheatcroft
Journalist and former Editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal Europe

Anne Wood

Anne Wood CBE
International award-winning children’s television producer

Lesley Yellowlees

Professor Lesley Yellowlees CBE BSc PhD FRSC FRSE
Professor of Inorganic Electrochemistry and first female president of the Royal Society of Chemistry