Here are some of the speakers we have booked for Pregnant Then Screwed Live, Manchester 2019.


Carrie Anne Roberts (AKA Mre Soeur) and Remi Sade` (AKA Books, Baby and Back)

Will be doing a live podcast recording of 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.


Jamelia, recording artist

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.


Tova Leigh

Tova Leigh has over a million Facebook, Instagram and You Tube fans of mums and parents around the world and is on a mission to unite woman with her humour and raw honesty. Tova's topics of conversations are about life, kids, marriage, relationships, body issue, parenting, poop and of course.. chocolate! Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/mythoughtsaboutstuff/



Sarah Tasker, Me and Orla

Sara Tasker is a writer and creative business consultant who credits Instagram with changing her life.
Her podcast, Hashtag Authentic, offering advice for creatives business owners online has over 1M downloads to date. Her work is regularly featured by press such as The Guardian, BBC Radio, Stylist Magazine and Wired, and she was named 'content creator of the year' by Cosmopolitan Magazine in 2018.
Sara has a chronic health condition that makes it hard for her to access traditional work, and is passionate about helping others build lives and businesses that allow for both their strengths and struggles. She lives in the Yorkshire countryside, UK, with her husband, daughter, and an unlikely assortment of pets.


Emma Gannon, writer, broadcaster and podcast host

Emma’s hit podcast CTRL ALT DELETE discusses work, social media and careers and features guests such as Ellen Page, Richard E Grant, Lena Dunham, Gillian Anderson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Ava Duvernay and Greta Gerwig. It has now reached over 4 million downloads,has been voted ‘best tech podcasts’ by Evening Standard. Emma was announced as Management Today’s 35Women Under 35 and was selected in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list 2018 in media and marketing. Her writing has been published everywhere from The Telegraph to Teen Vogue, and she is a regular columnist in Courier Magazine. Emma is the author of The Multi-Hyphen Method, published in paperback by Hodder & Stoughton on May 2nd. She will be speaking on our ‘Power Up Your Career’ Panel.

Find her online: twitter @emmagannon / Instagram @emmagannonuk


Sophie Walker, Founding leader of Women’s Equality Party

Sophie Walker is a feminist activist and Founding Leader of the Women’s Equality Party, Britain’s first feminist political party. She is passionate about rebuilding politics for and with (extra)ordinary women. She stood for London Mayor in 2016 and in 2017 stood for election against 'men's rights' MP Philip Davies, campaigning for equal pay, affordable childcare and an end to violence against women. She has debated #MeToo with Germaine Greer, Trump’s Presidency with Piers Morgan and gender roles with Jordan Peterson. She was named by Vogue in 2018 as one of the ‘New Suffragettes’ and is a regular contributor to broadcast and print media on the subject of women’s rights. She is a long-term advocate for disability rights since her elder daughter was diagnosed with autism. 

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Harriet Shearsmith, Toby & roo

Harriet Shearsmith is the digital content creator behind parenting and lifestyle blog, Toby&Roo and a mum to 3. Harriet set up Toby&Roo in 2013 when she realised that her options were stay as she was as a retail assistant on minimum wage and struggling to make ends meet, or go into management and lose all flexibility. Neither seemed to work for her expanding family. Harriet is now one of the UK’s most successful parenting content creators and uses her platform to talk about everything from the daily grind to feminism and politics.


Carol Ann Whitehead, The Zebra Partnership

Carol Ann Whitehead FRSA is the co-Founder and Managing Director of The Zebra Partnership, founded in 2000 it is a boutique agency that brings together talented individuals in the fields of business development, campaign and event management, communications, editorial and publishing across all sectors on a project by project basis. An advocate for women's rights, equality and inclusion. Carol Ann has collaborated with feminist charity FiLiA to bring their globally recognised annual conference to Manchester for 2018, where she connects women local to global for a force for social change. In Westminster in 2018, she joined 300 MPs and potential MPs at the historic 50:50 Parliament #AskHerToStand event striving for 50% representation of women in Parliament. She is also a 50:50 Parliament Ambassador. She will be speaking on our campaigning panel.


Erin May Kelly, poet

Erin is a poet and spoken word performer. Her work has a strong focus on women’s rights. She works with the BBC Social to create poetry videos, and discuss current political issues. She is the winner of the 2018 “Write to end violence against women awards.”  She has performed her poetry all over the UK.”

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Helen Bryce, Guilty Mothers Club

Helen delivers development programmes and workshops for mothers, empowering women to play bigger at work and home. Her various projects include: Rock Your Return, Game Changers, the Mothership, Organise Your Entire Life and The Guilty Mothers Clubhouse. She provides resources that support mothers in returning to work after maternity leave and an online course which helps women change career or start their own business. She has 4 children under the age of 7. Helen will be running a taster workshop for her Game Changers programme.


Ngozi Weller, Aurora Wellness

Ngozi Weller is a management training consultant and small business mentor who works with frustrated women to get laser focused on what they need to do to supercharge their business, without losing themselves in the process. With over 15 years of management experience behind her she loves to see women succeed at work and home. When she's not doling out advice, she can be found sitting mute on the sofa watching tv with her husband or refereeing fights between her two kids. Ngozi will be running an ANGEL of Wellbeing workshop and offering one to one coaching

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Mandu Reid, The Cup Effect

Mandu is a member of the Women’s Equality Party and is their national Spokesperson for Equal Parenting and Caregiving. She has 15 years of public sector experience across a breadth of policy areas and disciplines. She has worked for the UK Office of Government Commerce, the UK Department for Culture Media and Sport, and for all three Mayors of London – where she has learned the dark art of how to navigate bureaucracy and political intrigue to make good things happen for ordinary people! Her commitment to social justice and gender equality led her to found The Cup Effect (www.TheCupEffect.org) a charitable NGO and advocacy organisation that exists to #MakePeriodPovertyHistory seeks by raising awareness about menstrual cups and making them more widely available across the world, in both low income and affluent settings.



Lauren is an award-winning designer, public speaker and entrepreneur. She had her first baby, Atlas, in January 2018. Lauren lives in London and splits her time between NOBL; a global change agency and #Upfront; a start up which exists to change confidence. #Upfront works with women all over the world to help them find their kindest, fearless and most confident selves. They encourage those who are naturally quiet, shy or introverted . Their aim 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. They 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, low confidence and triggers for vocabulary.

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Bee Rowlatt, author and chair of Mary on The Green

Bee Rowlatt’s award-winning book In Search of Mary was a “biography of the year” (Independent). She co-wrote the best-selling Talking about Jane Austen in Baghdad, and is one of the writers in Virago’s Fifty Shades of Feminism

 Bee has chaired at festivals ranging from Jaipur and Hay, to Chalke Valley and Glastonbury. She began her career in BBC World Service and has written for national and international media. Bee is chair of Mary on the Green, the campaign to memorialise Mary Wollstonecraft. She has four kids.  Bee will be chairing our campaigning panel.

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Eve Kekeh, Bundlee

Eve Kekeh is the founder of Bundlee. As the eldest of 4 (with an age gap of 18 years!), Eve experienced the vast amount of ’stuff’ that come with a small baby. She set about to solve this problem with Bundlee. Bundlee lets you rent your baby’s wardrobe and simply return outgrown clothes to get the next size up. Eve started Bundlee whilst studying for her Masters degree in Manchester with the aim of giving parents a convenient way to reduce clothing waste. She was named by Cosmopolitan magazine as a ‘business leader of tomorrow’. Eve is passionate about using business to drive sustainability and is keen to help others take the next step with their ideas. She will be joining our ‘Start your own business’ panel.

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Christine Armstrong is a writer, speaker and adviser to business leaders on the future of work. She is a contributing editor of Management Today, has three daughters and is, against her own advice, an active member of the PTA. christinearmstrong.com  

Christine is the author of ‘The Mother of All Jobs: how to have children and a career and stay sane(ish)’, published by Green Tree (an imprint of Bloomsbury) in September 2018. She will be joining the 'Rock Your Return' panel discussing everything mums returning to the workplace should know. 


Erin May Kelly, Poet

Erin is a poet and spoken word performer. Her work has a strong focus on women’s rights. She works with the BBC Social to create poetry videos, and discuss current political issues. She is the winner of the 2018 “Write to end violence against women awards.”  She has performed her poetry all over the UK.”

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Obehi Alofoje, Aurora Wellness

Obehi Alofoje is a qualified psychologist and stress management coach who works with high-achieving millennial women who can’t figure out how to stop procrastinating. She has worked with over 600 clients to help them overcome self-sabotaging and unhelpful mindset and behaviours. She teaches business owners simple productivity tricks to get things done, so that they can grow profitable and successful businesses. When she’s not helping people run their world, she’s travelling the world, one corner at a time, sampling mouthfuls of yummy local cuisines. Ngozi will be running an ANGEL of Wellbeing workshop and offering one to one coaching



Is an executive coach, speaker, psychotherapist and training facilitator with extensive experience helping leaders create mentally health workplaces. Her personal journey being raised in a cult, becoming a mother at 22, experiencing severe post natal depression and alcohol dependency led to a rock bottom where she simply thought her children and everyone would be better off if she didn't exist. She made a choice to experiment with everything she could to make herself happy and began developing resilience, the education she never had, confidence and built a thriving mental health consultancy and coaching practice. With an MSc in Psychodynamics of Human Development, she brings clinical expertise and personal experience to the topics of mental health, parenting, resilience and building the life you want. She will be joining our mental health panel.

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Michelle Gyimah, Equality Pays

Michelle started her professional career working for the Equality and Human Rights Commission, leading work on equal pay and gender equality issues, later she was a programme manager of the Working Forward programme where she supported employers to make their workplaces the best they could be for working parents. She is also the Director of Equality Pays, a gender equality consultancy working with private sectors firms in the technology and financial services industry to help them address their workplace gender challenges. Michelle has over 10 years’ experience in the field of diversity and inclusion and holds a Masters in Human Rights from The University of Manchester. She will be on the ‘Rock Your Return’ panel



Danielle is mother to two young boys and an award-winning Senior Employment law solicitor, specialising in pregnancy and maternity discrimination cases at Gorvins Solicitors. Danielle has helped countless women fight their employers in discrimination claims and has set up her own employment law clinics ‘Keeping Mum’ where she offers free advice surgeries. Danielle runs the free legal helpline for Pregnant then Screwed. Her aim is to give women a voice and make them feel like they have somewhere to turn if they experience discrimination at work. She is a national figure in the media and volunteers her time to charities such as Working Mums as well as appearing on TV, Radio and in Newspapers commenting on this subject. Danielle will be part of the Pregnant Then Screwed interview with Joeli, as well as holding one to one clinics for any women who need free advice concerning work issues. 



Nicola Gibb is a Certified Co-Active life coach who specialises in coaching women who are mothers. Nicola can coach on topics such as career and self-confidence and also puts a lot of focus on helping women discover their values and their purpose, which can often change following motherhood, and using all these superpowers together to inform how to move forward with their lives as mothers and women, in a purposeful, life-changing way. Nicola will be offering complementary 30/45 minute coaching sessions throughout the day. Her website, where you can find out more about her and her coaching is www.beyondthebump.coach


Veronica Owusu-Byczkowska, Goldmine Coaching

Known as “VPower Coach” Veronica is a personal development and peak performance strategist. She coaches high performers such as business owners, entrepreneurs/mumpreneurs, leaders and visionaries to unleash their greatness and experience exponential growth both personally and professionally so that they can create a life filled with true happiness, health and wealth.
She does this through deep, fearless coaching designed specifically to meet her clients. She is the founder of The Goldmine Coaching, a blogger for The Huffington Post UK and an inspirational speaker.
In her free time, Veronica loves to spend time with her two children Filip(4), Olimpia(2yrs) They are her world!
Veronica’s mission is to set up a chain of coaching academies across west Africa to help, support and facilitate powerful change in the future leaders of this great continent.

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A London-based lifestyle coach and transition's expert who works exclusively with mothers. Prarthana support clients to explore how to strike the ‘perfect’ work-family-life balance, focus on self-care guilt free, confidently return to work after maternity leave, adapting to their changing identity and juggling the demands of having ‘a life’ alongside existing commitments.


Kathleen Kristiansen, Triple Passport

Kathleen Kristiansen @triplepassport is a solicitor and writer who maximised two maternities leaves using shared parental leave to travel the world. She’s doing 1:1 coaching to help you get all your benefits for your upcoming mat leave, create a budget for mat leave (and beyond!) and travel plan with your littles in tow.