About Ladiesfirst Professional Development..

✔ We don’t have an eligibility criteria as we believe that all women regardless of status have something to offer. The only request we make is that you have aspirations and the desire to help other women.

✔ The organisation is based on three principles which we refer to as the 3 I’s – to Inspire, to Inform and to Introduce. We hold a series of monthly events where you will either hear from an Inspirational speaker, attend an informative business skills workshop and be introduced to new people. Our aim is for our network to be an incubator for ideas and development for all women.

We are an organisation who welcome members and drop in guests, which ever fits in with each individuals’ busy lifestyle.  Whether you run your own business, work within a business or seeking inspiration for a change of career.  We are an inclusive network involving women of all backgrounds and cultures regardless of what stage they are at in their business life or career.

Why Join us:

Our meetings and events are personalised and not based on numbers, unlike many Networking Companies, we build confidence amongst our members and guests by our unique personal approach.

We Build lasting business relationships by bringing Professionals together through Events.

The faces behind Ladiesfirst Professional Development..


Tracey McAtamney

Director Ladies First


I have over 30 years’ experience in Practice Management and Legal Accounts, I remain as a Locum working within Legal firms across the Warwickshire area. For ten years, I was a Director of Warwickshire Legal Recruitment, working in association with Warwickshire Law Society, recruiting legal professionals and locums.  As an ardent fundraiser, I also ran an Events Company, Event Plus for some years, supporting charities.

Author of Hidden Strength, my new company Surviving Bereavement – Life after Loss provides seminars and on-going support for those going through the grieving process, also providing free memory boxes to children and young adults.

I am a Trustee of the St. Bernadette Trust, Coventry.  A charity working to assist sick and handicapped people. Recently, I have also joined the board of Trustees for Berkswell Charities.

I enjoy yoga, gym classes, dog walking, going to the theatre and drinking champagne, probably in the reverse order!


Tracey won Networker of the Year in the NoW Network Awards 2020

Pauline Edden



Pauline Edden is an IT Consultant and Project Manager.  With a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science,  she started her career in Computer software development, before moving into IT communications.  She has managed major IT projects and transformations for a number of Blue Chip companies internationally.  She fundraises for charity on a voluntary basis, and was awarded ‘Lifetime Influential Woman Award’ in 2017 by ‘Ladies First Professional Development’  and ‘Lifetime Woman of Achievement Award’ by Women of the Year Luncheon and Awards’ in 2019.

Julie Richards

I am a Dermalogica skin expert and have over 16 years experience in the beauty industry. My business is Soul Beauty Skin Centre based in Balsall Common.
My previous career was in local press advertising where i worked for 18 years managing local and national business accounts.
As the original founder of the local Balsall common magazine i still volunteer my support on this quarterly publication which is a community interest company.
My interests are running, and boxing and enjoy running fundraising events.

Susie Mackie

Photographer, Author, Founder Women of Spirit

Living a life with low self-worth can have disastrous consequences on the choices we make: Susie Mackie knows this only too well.  Her work with Women of Spirit supporting and enabling women towards self-empowerment, has become her life’s purpose.

Storytelling is one of the many things that define and bind our humanity.  The Women of Spirit books and website provide a vehicle for women to share their journeys to self-empowerment.

Each individual story acts as a guide, giving readers an insight into the resources used by the women in extremely difficult and often painful situations. These women inspire and encourage the reader to strive towards living happy and fulfilled lives.

Its not just a book – Women of Spirit is a Movement!

Natasha Blacklock

Awards Co-Ordinator

Sandra Godley

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire

Inspirational people and feel-good stories across Coventry & Warwickshire