Main Stage


10am Welcome

Welcome to Pregnant Then Screwed Live from comedian Victoria Cook and founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, Joeli Brearley.

Victoria Cook is a hilarious Geordie comedian, writer and actor who has starred on CBBC and much more importantly is one of there main characters in the Pregnant Then Screwed short videos to help women better understand their legal rights. She will be the host of the event.


10.20am - 10.50am Rock Your Return

Going back to work after maternity leave is tough. Even if you’re desperate to have adult conversation and would rather deal with shitty work issues than shitty nappies, it can still leave you feeling overwhelmed, harassed and lacking in confidence. This session will help you work out some of the practicalities as well as plan for the stuff that’s impossible to plan.

With Founder of Equality Pays Michelle Gyimah, Guilty Mother’s Club Director Helen Bryce and Beyond the Bump Coaching’s Nicola Gibb

Host: Coral Grainger. Panel Members: Michelle Gyimah, Helen Bryce, Nicola Gibb


11.00 - 11.10 Christine Armstrong in Conversation with Michelle Kennedy

Michelle Kennedy is the CEO of Peanut, an app which helps you find likeminded mums near you and makes it easy to meet. She is also a mum of 4. Here she talks to Christine Armstrong (Author of: How to Have Children and a Career and Stay Sane(ish) about what it is like trying to build your career while caring for multiple small people


11.15 - 12.00 Sisters are doing it for themselves

Inspiration for budding campaigners from a bunch of brilliant bra burning feminists, including Leader of the Women’s Equality Party Mandu Reid, Founder of Zebra and 50:50 Parliament Ambassador Carol Ann Whitehead; Founder of Be Braver Caroline Pankhurst and Chair of Mary on the Green and Author Bee Rowlatt. These magnificent lasses will tell you what motivated them to start campaigning and how they have grown campaigns from an idea into something that is changing policy and the life of women across the UK.

Host: Bee Rowlatt. Panel members: Mandu Reid, Caroline Pankhurst and Carol Ann Whitehead


12.05 - 12.25 Sophie Walker, Founder Leader of the Women’s Equality Party

Sophie Walker is one of the most inspirational women you will ever meet. Her dedication to improving workplace equality for mums and creating gender equality at the highest levels is nothing short of incredible. She recently stepped down to make way for women of colour to lead the party. ‘‘Sometimes leadership is about getting out of the way’’ she said. If you don’t leave this talk full of energy and hope for the future then quite frankly, you are dead inside.


12.30 - 12.40 Chara’de with chara from pandering to boys

Ever wanted to star in your own music video? Well this is your chance. Chara from @pandering-to-boys has made waves on instagram for her hilarious and dramatic interpretations of well known music videos. She will be asking you to throw some Beyonce shaped moves for a her new video which will be edited and posted across social media later in the year. With staring roles from Mother Pukka, Candice Brathwaite and Jessica Jones (the fat funny one)

Keep your eye on Chara’s Instagram account for more information about this session before Pregnant Then Screwed Live.


13.00 - 13.50 mental mums

On the tail end of postnatal mental health awareness week, let’s talk about how crackers we all feel and how we can improve our confidence and keep our mental health under control. This discussion will be with fascinating mental health specialist Petra Velzeboer who was raised in a religious cult, Tova Leigh the hilarious online influencer whose mission is to ‘get through the day’ and Ngozi Weller who spent 15 years in the oil industry until depression took hold of her and she became a work-life balance coach.

Host: Remi Sade (AKA Books Baby and Back). Panel members: Ngozi Weller, Petra Velzeboer and Tova Leigh


14.00 - 14.30 Jamelia Interview and Q&A

Hailing from Birmingham, multi-award winning Jamelia embarked on her career as a singer- songwriter at the tender age of 15. With 7 Top 10 singles, 2 Gold Albums & one Double Platinum in the UK alone, Jamelia’s subsequent international success solidified her position as one of the UK’s most successful black music artists.
After 10 years in the music industry, Jamelia decided to try her hand at Television, again achieving great success as a panellist, documentary author, presenter & talent show judge.
Jamelia’s modelling career has seen her grace the covers of Cosmopolitan, Elle & Harpers & Queen. She has fronted campaigns for Reebok, Pretty Polly, Toni & Guy and Boux Avenue among many others. Jamelia is Mother to three lovely daughters, 17 year old Téja, 12-year-old Tiani and baby, True, who she describes as her ‘Magic girlz.’ Jamelia aims to continue to advocate for and empower girls & women like herself.


14.40 - 15.30 Power Up Your Career

From the Multi-hyphen method, to influencer culture, to making the big bucks through the internet, to finding innovative ways of balancing work and motherhood - Me and Orla’s Sara Tasker is a writer and creative business consultant who credits Instagram with changing her life. With a chronic health condition that makes it hard for her to access traditional work, Sara has found a way of making a high six figure income from her rural home in Yorkshire. CTRL ALT DELETE’s Emma Gannon wrote the book the Multi-Hyphen method which has been described as the essential new business book for the digital age; and Christine Armstrong is Author of ‘How to have children and a career and stay sane(ish). They will be interviewed by retail super star Mère Soeur.

Host: Mère Soeur. Panel: Christine Armstrong, Sara Tasker, Emma Gannon


15.30 - 15.45 Poetry reading with Erin May Kelly

Erin’s poetry will make you stop what you are doing immediately. Her powerful and emotive words of female struggle and empowerment will have you laughing and crying in equal measure. You can watch one of her poems on the ‘speaker’ page but if I were you, I would make sure you are sitting comfortably with a box of tissues when this incredible human takes to the stage.

Erin is the winner of the 2018 “Write to end violence against women awards.” 


15.50 - 16.20 Let’s talk about pregnancy and maternity discrimination

Ask the founder of Pregnant Then Screwed, and our lawyer, who specialises in pregnancy and maternity discrimination, anything you want about getting screwed by your employer from the point that you discover you are up the duff. We will also be talking about the campaign and what happens next in the fight to end pregnancy and maternity discrimination and create equity for working mums. This session has been programmed in response to demands from the attendees at the last festival - it is not because we just want to talk about ourselves all the time

Host: Harriet Shearsmith (Toby and Roo). Interview and Q&A with Joeli Brearley and Danielle Ayres


Workshop space 1 (Cisco)


10.20 - 11.20 The Relationship Revolution   

Learn about the ‘Relationship Essentials’ and how they can help you understand your relationships better. What does constructive conflict look like and how can we avoid it becoming destructive conflict? Hear about the Hip Tip for how to change the way you communicate for the better forever.   Arguing is a part of a healthy relationship, learn about how to do it so it benefits your relationship rather than dent it.  A few words about sex….not designed to make you blush too much but it’s often there as a topic no one wants to bring up, so Kate will bring it up for you!

There will be lots to look at in this workshop that’s packed with positivity. There is lots of useful learning to take away, delivered in a humorous and light-hearted way.
with Kate Nichol from One to One councillors


11.50 - 12.50  Live Podcast recording - Alright for a Mum

Carrie-Anne became a single mum when her son was 6 months old. After she moved back into her mum’s flat and went on benefits at the age of 24, she decided to start a clothing brand. In 2 years, it became a six figure business. Remi Sade` discovered she was pregnant at 22, in her first year of University. She started writing about her experiences and slowly built a dedicated audience, she has since added plus size model to her CV. Together they have created an honest podcast which universe and questions the stereotypes about lone parents. 


13.00 - 13.30 What Do You Want? 

A discussion with Aceil Haddad where you can put forward your thoughts on what employers should do to improve the workplace for working parents.


13.55 - 15.10 Flexible Working Clinic 

Come and get all your questions about flexible working answered with our wonderful flexible working specialists, Anna Ives from HR Puzzle and Helen Wright from 923 Jobs


15.20 - 16.40 Start your own business clinic

Come and get all your questions about starting your own business answered

Host: Tess from ‘Our Kid’  

  • Carrie Anne, Mère Soeur

  • Lucy Green, Brand New Mum 

  • Eve Kekeh, Bundlee

  • Eleanor Bowmer, Eleanor Bowmer Ltd

  • Chloe Horrigan, BOB the brand 

  • Michelle Kennedy, Peanut


Workshop Space 2 (Gym)


9.30 - 10.00 Hob Nobs with Zebra

An event for those coming on their own or those who want to make some new buddies. With a cringe free guarantee. Hosted by Claire Baillie and Carol Whitehead

10.20 - 11.50 Angel of Wellbeing workshop 

With Ngozi Weller, Obehi Alofoje and Helen Counsell. 

You work hard but you’re starting to feel overwhelmed with all the things that you’ve got to do. You haven’t seen some of your friends in a while and your social life has all but disappeared. You want to know how to manage yourself, and still have time for your family, business/work, all in the midst of ‘everyone’ needing your attention. Sound familiar? This workshop will give you an individual wellbeing action plan.


12.10 - 13.40 #Upfront Confidence workshop with Lauren Currie OBE 

#Upfront is a confidence movement started by Lauren Currie OBE an award-winning designer, public speaker, entrepreneur and mum. They work with women all over the world to help them find their kindest, fearless and most confident selves. The aim of this 80 minute session is for you to leave feeling the most confident you’ve ever felt, equipped with new tools to use when speaking in front of more than one person. It will cover ways to introduce yourself, how to strengthen your voice, how to stand whilst talking to a group of people, how to combat nerves and low confidence and triggers for vocabulary.


13.55 - 14.50 Game Changers workshop with Helen Bryce

A workshop to help you to rediscover what it is you love doing and to work out how you want your life to look. This might mean starting your own business, switching careers entirely, getting creative with your current career so that it fits around family life or even setting off on an adventure. We know that life completely changes once little people arrive and this kind of stuff needs a massive re-think. We help you to consider how it can work and turn that fear (which might have left you procrastinating for months or even years) into genuine excitement.


One to One Sessions

  • Coach - Nicola Gibb from Beyond the Bump Coaching

  • Lifestyle coach - Prarthana Rao

  • Legal advice - Danielle Ayres, Gorvins solicitors

  • Psychologist & Productivity and Work-Life Balance Coach - Obehi Alofoje

  • Productivity and Work-Life Balance Coach - Ngozi Weller

  • Shared Parental leave and negotiating maternity - Kathleen Porter Kristiansen

  • Personal Growth Master - Veronica Owusu-Byczkowska (AKA VPower Coach) from The Goldmine Coaching.

  • Coach - Lucy Green. For women who want to work for themselves