FM Women Speakers Announced

March 16, 2016

We are pleased to announce two excellent speakers for the next Forever Manchester Women, taking place on Wednesday 20th April at Slater and Gordon’s offices in Manchester.

As ever, we have two inspirational women from Greater Manchester speaking; one from the business world, and another from a community project supported by Forever Manchester.

Our first speaker will be AJ Read. AJ Read is Publicity and Engagement Manager for ITV in the North, working with the Northern Leadership Team to look after the profile of the company from Liverpool to Newcastle and everywhere between.

Prior to this AJ’s most recent role was ownership of all internal and external communications, press and events around the build and move of ITV and the new Coronation Street to MediaCityUK.

Originally from Bury, AJ moved to London at 18 to join the BBC as a secretary – very swiftly finding her natural home was News and Current Affairs where she spent nine years working on stories such as Lockerbie and the Gulf War whilst moving through roles including PA, technical manager,researcher and finally producer.

Eventually taking the decision to leave the world of Newsgathering behind AJ moved to Sydney and learnt the ‘dark arts’ of Marketing and PR whilst working for MMI (now Allianz). Returning to the UK to specialise in media/entertainment PR she spent a year with Blackpool Pleasure Beach/Stageworks Productions before moving back to her natural home of broadcast media.

Taking up the role as Head of PR and Marketing at Cosgrove Hall Films, home of DangerMouse, AJ became one of the UK’s leading experts in children’s television and animation PR. After a year out running a wine shop in Cornwall, whilst helping Aardman Animation launch Shaun the Sheep, AJ returned to the NW and joined ITV to run the publicity for Coronation Street’s 50th Anniversary.

Our second speaker is Anna Chopping from Two By Two.  Two By Two, based in Sale was set up by two mothers, Anna and Zoe.

Two by Two was set up to provide more exciting and creative opportunities within the town where Anna and Zoe’s children are growing up. They were inspired to build on the success of Sale Arts Trail and set about developing family and community focused creative events for Sale. What began as a conversation at the school gates has evolved, from their roles as full-time mums to running a thriving organisation in less than a year. That is not without its challenges – but Anna and Zoe believe there is something immensely positive and really motivating about working within your own community, where they really see the direct benefits of the time and effort they are putting in. Anna and Zoe are both really inspired and thoroughly supported by the people they see and are in contact with every day, making them feel that what what they’re striving to achieve each day by juggling childcare and late nights, is made entirely worthwhile through knowing that those people going to their events, who approach them in the playground, asking what they’re planning next, who volunteer to help out with projects and are keen to be involved, and who like and share stuff from their social media accounts, are all people who also believe in making things happen, and who want to participate in making the community of Sale an active, engaging and vibrant place for their children and them to live.

If you’d like to see these incredible speakers, who both have inspirational stories to share with women across Greater Manchester, join us at Forever Manchester Women at Slater and Gordon’s offices on Mosley Street in Manchester City Centre on Wednesday 20th April 5-7pm.

Tickets are just £20, which includes welcome drinks and canapes. The event is kindly sponsored by Slater and Gordon and tickets are available to be purchased using the ticketing form below:

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