Speakers and Workshops

Pregnant Then Screwed Live will bring together mothers who are looking for work that works for them, and the people who can help them find it. Our 4 main themes are: flexible working, entrepreneurship, confidence and pregnancy and maternity discrimination. We're working hard to bring you the funniest, most inspiring, amazing speakers we can find - and we're delighted to be able to announce these warrior women, with more to be confirmed soon...

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Jessica fosterkew

Jess is a regular co-host of 'The Guilty Feminist' podcast and hosts her own podcast which is growing super-fast, all about eating, called 'Hoovering.' She recently made and hosted a three hour special for BBC R4 Extra called 'Motherhood: Bump, Birth and Beyond.' She starred in BBC hits, BAFTA winning 'Three Girls' and critically acclaimed sitcom 'Motherland.' "Wears her smarts on her sleeve, great stuff" - The Guardian. Jess will be hosting Pregnant Then Screwed Live.

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Candice Brathwaite 

Candice Brathwaite is a presenter, writer and co-founder of online campaign #MAKEMOTHERHOODDIVERSE. 29 years old she has two children and she uses Instagram Stories to speak with 2000 women per day during her virtual chat show ‘TEATIME!’ When not buried deep into her phone she presents online shows and interviews. Candice will be having a candid discussion about the relationship challenges her and partner (Papa B) have encountered and how they overcame them. She will be chairing our discussion on mental health and she is curating the Make Motherhood Diverse session 


Susie Verrill

Susie is one of the funniest humans on the internet. She has two young boys and blogs about motherhood, travel, fashion and adventures. She is a keen supporter of small business and she talks frankly about about many issues, from pregnancy to relationships. Susie will be chairing our relationship panel with Candice Braithwaite, Papa B and a relationship expert. I'm pretty confident you won't want to miss it. 


Lauren Currie OBE, #Upfront

Lauren is an award-winning designer, public speaker and entrepreneur currently 9 months pregnant with her first child. she founded #Upfront, a project 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. 


Anna Whitehouse, (AKA Mother Pukka)

Anna Whitehouse is the founder of Mother Pukka. She is a writer, campaigner and presenter on Heart FM. Anna started the campaign #Flexappeal to raise awareness of the benefits flexible working brings to employees and employers. As well as flinging about in lycra, Anna speaks at major events and to company employees about why flexible working is important, using her profile to help change perceptions of flexibility. Earlier this year she was invited to give evidence at the Welsh Assembly and has been seen discussing flexible working policies with MPs and Government advisors at Number 10. Anna will be on our 'Activism Now' panel and will be doing a flex appeal flash mob at the event  

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Hodan Yusuf, Poet

Hodan Yusuf is a poet, writer, multimedia freelance journalist and photographer. She is also a mediator and trainer in conflict resolution.
Hodan has spoken at and read her poetry at many events and venues including ICHR, York University, Muslim Institute, BareLit Festival, in Parliament for International Women's Day 2018, at the British Library for the inaugural MFest, Amnesty International and many spoken word nights. 
She is an essayist in the upcoming anthology by Unbound Publishers called "Cut From the Same Cloth". Hodan is currently working on her debut collection of poetry. 


Oyebode Aboderin (AKA Papa B)

Bodé is a full time business development manager in the construction industry and part time motivational speaker. He is a father of three to Renaé who is 9, Esmé who is four and RJ who is eleven weeks old. In his downtime (between light DIY and multiple Aldi runs) he is a contractual negotiator and diary manger for his wife Candice. Bode will be openly discussing relationship challenges. He will also be part of our 'Going self employed' panel where he will be talking about what it is like managing Candice as she hits the big time, what he thinks the difference is between male and female entrepreneurs and the specific challenges people of colour encounter when they are self employed. 

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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 3 children under the age of 6. Helen will be running workshops to help those returning from maternity leave and those a taster to get Game Changers programme. 



Petra Velzeboer

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.


Danielle Ayres, employment lawyer at Gorvins solicitors

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 speaking about pregnancy and maternity discrimination, as well as holding one to one clinics for any women who need free advice concerning work issues. 



Frankie, Doing it for the Kids

Frankie is a freelance graphic designer, mum of one and founder of Doing It For The Kids — an online (and increasingly offline!) community by and for freelance parents. Through the DIFTK blog, Instagram and closed Facebook group, Frankie gives self-employed parents a safe space to vent, share advice and experiences, and ultimately cheer each other on through the madness that can be freelance life and parenthood combined. Frankie will be talking about the realities of working for yourself as a parent and giving her tips on how to make life a little easier.


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Annika Eade, Digital Mums

Annika previously worked in the recruitment sector as a headhunter but regular 50 hour weeks just weren’t compatible with family life.  So in 2015 she did the Digital Mums training and went on to work with several clients as a social media manager.  She has since gone back to her roots and now works 100 percent flexibly as Head of Admissions at Digital Mums.  Annika oversees the team who support mums through our application process and on to the training.  She is utterly passionate about helping mums find #WorkthatWorks and their perfect work/life balance. 


Natasha Bailie, Mental Mutha

Natasha Bailie is a Mental Mutha trying to navigate the balance of her mental health whilst parenting #thekid. Natasha has created an online community of women where 'sharing with no shame' is positively encouraged and all Mental Mutha's are welcome. Many women worry that it will be difficult to cope with parenting if they have mental health issues. It is ‘normal’ to be concerned about the impact this will have on our kids, but the pressure to be ‘normal’ greatly impacts us, the MUTHA and when it comes to matters of the mind it is important to remember the plane safety message “put your oxygen mask on first and then help others”. Mental Mutha shines a light on our mental battle scars and Natasha Bailie offers support and resources through humour and honesty. It is perfectly possible for ‘Mental Mutha's’ to parent, whilst managing their mental health issues and because your mind matters NB wants to talk about it. Out loud. 


Robyn Wilder, Journalist 

Robyn Wilder is a freelance journalist and the mother of two small boys. She has written a parenting column at The Pool since 2015, and in 2016 she was shortlisted for a Words by Women award for lifestyle journalism. In 2018, she contributed a letter to all new, tired mothers to Stylist Magazine's first book, Life Lessons from Remarkable Women. Along with her husband, Stuart Heritage, Robyn presents the parenting podcast The Naughty Step. She would like a nap. Instagram and Twitter: orbyn. You can read her column in the pool here. Robyn will be interviewing some of the panels on the main stage. 


Sharon Amesu

Sharon Amesu is an award- winning Speaker, Women in Leadership Advocate and Leadership Coach. Sharon is a Criminal Barrister turned speaker and professional coach who takes her 16 years’ experience in the courtroom to challenge leaders to Raise the Bar in their leadership. Sharon specifically coaches on Leadership Communication and helps leaders to increase their Executive Presence, Connect and Engage More Authentically and Communicate with Confidence. Sharon will be hosting the pregnancy and maternity discrimination sessions