Conference Hosts, Keynote Speakers and Workshop Hosts

Jane Midwinter

Hot Women at Menopause is the brainchild of Jane Midwinter, Executive Coach and Menopause Advocate, a re-directed headteacher and leader in education. “My mission is campaigning for open and positive conversations about menopause, brokering relevant and helpful information for women, their colleagues, employers, employees, and their families, in the firm belief that this will lead to a reduction in work absenteeism, improved confidence, raised performance and self-fulfillment.”

In November 2016, Jane gave up her career in Education to care for her husband, Peter, who had been diagnosed with throat cancer.  She then set up Midwinter Consultancy and is the founder of ‘Hot Women At Menopause’.

“For several years I had been perimenopausal with just a few hot flushes and mood swings.  During Peter’s illness, menopause hit me like a tidal wave!  I suffered with many symptoms, including fatigue, emotional outbursts, an increase in headaches and migraines and severe hot flushes which occurred many times during the day and throughout the night, leading to acute insomnia.  I began to research my menopause symptoms and was faced with confusing information.  The more I researched and spoke to people, the more I became aware that menopause was a taboo subject!  I found a massive lack of understanding and support for women; nothing in place to educate and prepare younger women, and few policies and guidelines to support working women and their employers.  In the spring of 2018, I met Debbie Isepp, proprietor of The Beach Kitchen, over a delicious breakfast and a massive hot flush!  This is where the idea to host an event for women at midlife and menopause was born.

“I am now joining forces with other women nationally to change the menopause conversation, through events, conferences and coaching; bust the taboo that it is and ensure greater recognition of the wisdom and potential of women at all stages of their lives.  It’s time to wave our fans of menopause awareness!”


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Kate Arnold

Kate Arnold Nutrition is a nutrition consultancy, specializing in gastrointestinal health and fatigue disorders.

Kate is passionate about an evidence-based patient centred form of healthcare.  She has a special interest in how alterations in the gut microbiome can lead to weight gain and other medical conditions.  Kate is a vocal opponent of nutrition pseudoscience and works closely with GP’s and consultants where possible.  With over twenty years experience, Kate has worked with a vast range of clients including charities, The Princes Trust, schools, local government as well as music and media personalities.  Kate is the spokesperson for an award-winning yearly campaign for Dulcolax, Resident Nutrition Consultant for Wellbeing Magazine and has a regular column in Gastro magazine.  Kate is a SIBO certified practitioner.

As well as co-hosting the conference, Kate will be running a drop-in clinic at scheduled times throughout the day.  Delegates will be asked to sign up to a 15 minute 1:1 slot with Kate on purchasing their ticket.


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Maggie K de Monde

Singer, Songwriter and Performer, Maggie enjoyed chart success in the ’80s with her bands Swans way (Soul Train) and Scarlet Fantastic (No Memory) and has recently had several songs and compositions featured in movies and high profile TV ad campaigns.

Maggie has released numerous albums and has collaborated with some of pop’s most interesting characters, she is currently working on a collection of Tango inspired songs with John L Walters, editor of Eye magazine & former band Landscape (Einstein A Go Go.) Liverpool label Sonic Yootha is about to release her new disco track “To Hell”  produced by Hifi Sean (ex Soup Dragons).

As well as co-hosting the conference, Maggie is co-hosting the Singing for the Soul Workshop with Amanda Shaw.

Conference Keynote Speakers

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Kathy Abernethy

Kathy has extensive clinical expertise as a Menopause Specialist, regularly seeing and advising women on all issues relating to menopausal health.  An Independent Prescriber with a Masters degree in Community Gynaecology and Reproductive Healthcare, Kathy is Chair of the  British Menopause Society, the professional society for healthcare practitioners. Director of ‘the menopause course’ an educational initiative for nurses, designing and running study days, courses and events relating to menopause. Published author in nursing and lay press.

For women, Kathy offers private consultations at a South West London clinic and workplace sessions by invitation to improve understanding of the effects of menopause on home and work. 

Kathy is a regular speaker to medics, nurses and other health professionals as well as at women’s events and is a contributor to books and magazines. She is the author of ‘Menopause: The One Stop Guide’, a book for women, which aims to help women to make informed decisions about all aspects of menopausal health. 

Deborah Garlick

Deborah is passionate about raising awareness and understanding of the menopause, changing perceptions and getting everyone talking about it.

She is the Director of and Menopause in the Workplace.  Since its launch, has grown to be one of the UK’s largest, fastest growing communities for women over 40.

Henpecked’s bookMenopause: The Change for the Better’ was published by Bloomsbury in May 2018.

Deborah is a member of The British Menopause Society and Menopause Research Network.  She works with UK-wide and international organizations to make it easy for them to introduce the right training, policies, and practices to raise awareness and education of this critical area, supporting colleagues, leaders, and teams.

With decades of colleague engagement and communication experience and as a board-level adviser, she’s led the development of the T4W Henpicked menopause toolkit.

She frequently talks about menopause in the workplace on TV and Radio.

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Jo Fairley

Leaving school at 16 with six ‘O’ Levels, through hard work and determination Jo Fairley went on to become the UK’s youngest-ever magazine editor, setting out on her entrepreneurial journey in 1991 when she co-founded Green & Black’s Chocolate, now approaching a £100 million a year brand.

The success of Green & Black’s has enabled Jo to become a serial entrepreneur, via an award-winning organic and natural food store/bakery (Judges Bakery), The Wellington Centre (a boutique nine-room wellbeing centre) – both in her home town of Hastings – and most recently The Perfume Society, which sets out to help individuals develop their sense of smell via exploration of fragrance and the scented world.

In recognition of her work, Jo has received many awards for her own enterprise, including WorldAware Award and many Soil Association Awards (both for Green & Black’s and Judges Bakery). She has also received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Studies from Kingston University, and The Shackleton Medal for leadership and citizenship, from The Scottish Royal Geographical Society.

Jo has been involved in the judging of many different awards, bringing her wide experience to the judging process, including the RSPCA Good Business Awards, YOU/Clarins Dynamisante Woman of the Year Awards and the HSBC Business Thinking Awards.


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Katie Day

Katie started her training and motivational speaking career in 1989. She worked for The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development running programmes for female staff from all 51 countries of operation and headed up the Task Force to look at gender diversity.  From there she worked for Business in the Community working with FTSE companies on their CSR and gender diversity agendas, often being asked to speak and present to the Board and at conferences.

Since 2004 she has been running a speaking, training, coaching and consultancy company, RDP International Ltd, with her business partner.  Amongst their many international clients are: Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse, Atkins Global, Citibank, Northern Trust, Kent Police, AXA, Kimberley Clark, Willis, AIG, Taj Group, The UN, and the MOD. She has been a guest lecturer at Warwick Business School on their MBA programme and is currently a visiting professor at The Shadomal Shahani Centre for Management in Mumbai, India. She regularly writes for a number of online business publications and has been interviewed many times on the radio in the UK, USA, Australia, and India, and has appeared on television in Canada and Dubai speaking on women in the boardroom.

Her signature programme Women in business has been running for over two decades and Katie has delivered this in the UK, USA, India and the Middle East. Her first book, The High-heeled Leader, led to book signing trips to the East and West coast of the USA along with appearances all over the world, including WEConnect International in Bangalore.

She is a leading voice on menopause in the workplace and has many private and public sector clients where she delivers her suite of programmes under the banner of ‘Midlife Matters’. She is a member of the British Menopause Society and works in close collaboration with leading clinical partners in Harley Street and UCLH.

She is one of the Directors at the Foundation for International Collaboration and on the board of trustees of the charity Wayfinder in Eastbourne. Katie is a sought-after global speaker, often appearing as the Keynote at conferences in the UK, US, Europe, India, and the Middle East.

Her new book, No-one to fall back on, behind every successful woman is herself is coming out at the end of October 2018.


Workshop Hosts

Lis Grimsey

Workshop: Breast Health During and After the Menopause

Lis will be giving a brief overview of breast cancer and other breast issues and a question and answer open discussion.

BIOGRAPHY: Lis Grimsey is a Macmillan Consultant Nurse in breast disease.  She has been working as a practitioner in benign and malignant breast disease for 26 years, with the last 16 years spent at East Sussex Healthcare NHS trust.  She has a special interest in breast cancer genetics and runs the family history service at the Trust. She has given lectures nationally and internationally and has published 2 chapters in medical text books.

She has been a Trustee for the Association of Breast Surgery (ABS) and is currently a member of the ABS International Committee providing education to countries of low and middle income.

Alison Brown

Workshop: Love YOUR Personal Style, Menopause and Beyond

Tips and advice on finding your best colour and style combinations that fit your personality and lifestyle.  Helping you to look and feel fabulous every day.  Workshop duration: approximately 35 minutes.

BIOGRAPHY: For nearly 20 years Alison has been helping women look and feel better.  Firstly through complimentary health and Pilates when she created the Natural Fitness Centre and more recently through her Personal Image Consultancy, Aeracura Image.

Alison believes that how we look on the outside can have a profound effect on how we feel on the inside. “Science has proven that the colours we wear affect our health and I believe that being super confident in how we look has a huge impact on our performance at work and at home.”  Being post-menopausal herself, Alison totally understands the issues around self-image at this time of our lives.  “I love seeing women embrace their own uniqueness and start to feel really good in their own skin.  Whatever their age.”

Amanda Shaw

Workshop: Singing for the Soul

Informal, warm and relaxed, this will be a fun workshop suitable for everyone.  No previous singing experience required!  Maggie and Amanda will start the session performing a song and then introduce some warm-up exercises to loosen everyone up.  The workshop will conclude with some group singing.

BIOGRAPHY: Amanda Shaw is a pop-folk singer-songwriter.  Throughout her childhood and teens, Amanda performed in many shows and musicals.  Having written songs since the age of 13, her vocal and songwriting style has been shaped from her earliest to present day musical influences, some of her main influences include Tori Amos, Lucie Silvas, Delta Goodrem, Celine Dion, Trisha Yearwood, Faith Hill, Mariah Carey, and all styles of music from across a broad range of genres.

Amanda met Maggie K De Monde (co-workshop host), who she writes with through her degree in Music. Maggie, – who had a hit in the 80’s with ‘No Memory’ for the band Scarlet Fantastic, and Swan’s Way, was invited by the college to speak about her career in music as part of the course.  They formed a co-writing partnership which resulted in Amanda’s tracks ‘Free Falling’, ‘Live For Now’ and more recently ‘Summer’s Day’ ‘Belle Epoque’ and ‘I Am Not You’ all of which are particularly pop-folk in style.

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Deborah Winchester

Workshop: Find Your Inner Calm

Yoga can play a critical role in rebalancing your body during a time of change. Through breathing techniques and specific asanas to release tension and muscle stiffness, this workshop will equip you with the tools you need to add a yoga home practice into your weekly routine.

BIOGRAPHY: Deborah has worked in the fitness industry for 20 years but began to explore yoga as a means of healing the body 10 years ago, after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Having experienced an early, chemically induced menopause she has explored all manner of alternative options to alleviate the many symptoms of menopause.  Yoga and its powerful effects on the mind and body can provide an anchor during this physical state of uncertainty and doubt. Not only does yoga work on the myofascial network in the body to release stiffness and lack of mobility, but it also offers the opportunity to connect with self; to truly listen to the body and respect what is happening within.

Deborah has completed her advanced teacher training (500 hours) in Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga and is a level 2 registered teacher with Yoga Alliance UK. She teaches 12 classes locally from Vinyasa Flow to Gentle Yoga.

Jackie Walls

Workshop: Going Vegan for the Menopause

This workshop will give an introduction to a vegan diet and associated health benefits, particularly during menopause.  There will be short demonstrations and tastings.

BIOGRAPHY: Having spent most of my life following an active, healthy lifestyle and being vegetarian, vegan and studying nutrition, I became increasingly frustrated at not being able to eat out healthily in Eastbourne so I set out to open my own café.  In 2013 I opened Misswallsbackgarden a fully vegetarian, vegan café a first for Eastbourne, this was very successful from the outset, I did all the cooking myself and in 2015 I published my  Misswallsfood cookbook that sold out twice.

I decided to sell the café after four happy years to concentrate on my private catering, and I am loving my new life!  I have been fuelling champions, providing mouthwatering, nutritious food as private chef to Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic who is vegan, sugar-free and super healthy!!  Catering for vegan weddings, parties and hosting supper clubs. And I feel better than ever!

Lucy Rowett

Workshop: Still Hot and Still Sexy: Enjoy Passionate Sex Before, During and After Menopause

This workshop will give information on what happens to the vagina during menopause; how to adapt, introducing different toys and products women can use to enhance pleasure, Tantric techniques to increase your desire and how to S-L-O-W down!

BIOGRAPHY: Lucy is a Certified Sex Coach, sex educator, and writer who is passionate about helping women rediscover their eroticism and joy for sex again.  She infuses love and humour into all the work she does, as she believes that sex should be fun.  She has been featured in Beducated magazine, Sex+ Zine and on the World Association of Sex Coaches.





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