August 10, 2016


WEConnect International in Europe is hosting an event for existing and potential corporate members on Monday 19th September 2016 from 3pm to 6pm at the NatWest/Royal Bank of Scotland offices near Liverpool Street Station in central London. This event is timed to align with the MSDUK 10 Year Anniversary conference which is taking place in London that week.

Executive Director of WEConnect International in Europe Maggie Berry will be providing an update on WEConnect International’s activities across Europe supporting supplier diversity and women-owned businesses. There will also be the chance to hear from a range of speakers sharing their expertise around supplier diversity and female entrepreneurship. In addition, two WEConnect International certified women-owned businesses based in the UK will talk about their experiences of being involved with WEConnect International.

The event will also offer the opportunity to network with existing WEConnect International corporate members as well as number of our certified WBEs.

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Speakers include:

  • Stephen Roper – Professor of Enterprise, Director of the Enterprise Research Centre
  • Julie Baker – Head of Enterprise, Business Banking at NatWest/RBS
  • Miriam Dervan – Chief Executive Officer of mdgroup, a certified women-owned business, and author of ‘To Be An Entrepreneur: Just Get On With It’
  • Gill Thorpe – Managing Director of The Sourcing Team, a certified women-owned business and Chair of the WBE Council
  • Megan Stowe – Greater European Region Strategic Sourcing Director at Intel Corporation and Chair of the WEConnect International Advisory Council in Europe
  • Justin Lambert – Head of Procurement at Roche and Board Director, WEConnect Europe
  • Maggie Berry – Executive Director for Europe, WEConnect International


3pm  Registration
3.15pm Welcome and Introduction
3.30pm Update from WEConnect International
4pm Stephen Roper
4.20pm Julie Baker
4.40pm Miriam Dervan
5pm Gill Thorpe
5.20pm Megan Stowe and Just Lambert
5.35 Q&A
6pm onwards Networking Reception hosted by NatWest/RBS



The Royal Bank of Scotland
135 Bishopsgate

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If you have any questions at all or would like to find out more, please contact Maggie Berry on mberry@weconnectinternational.org.


NatWest recognizes the unique challenges that many women face in launching their own business and the contribution that female business owners make to the UK economy. NatWest has a network of over 300 externally accredited Women in Business specialists across the UK offering specialist support, practical guidance and networking opportunities to female entrepreneurs. They are proud to work closely with organizations like WEConnect International that also promote and support women’s enterprise. For more information, visit http://www.NatWest.com/business or email enterprise@natwest.com.