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 a membership organisation for both women running their own businesses and for women working within a business across Coventry & Warwickshire. We aim to do this in a practical way that adds value. 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


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.

I now run Event Plus, an events company with a difference.  I offer a personal and professional service, whatever the occasion.  I have worked with charities as an Event Planner since I was a teenager and it is something I do for enjoyment.

I am a Trustee of the St. Bernadette Trust, Coventry.  A charity working to assist sick and handicapped people.

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

Lauren Coombes


I have 7 years’ experience in Strategic Procurement. Leading various projects across private and public sectors, including third party organisations.

Previously, specialising in pharmaceutical goods and pharmacy services that impact direct and indirect spend, within private healthcare and The NHS.

Now accountable for National Grid’s Global Maintenance, Refurbishment and Operations (MRO) Spend, procuring products and services that effectively keep the lights on!!

Organising Events is a love of mine, as well as getting to enjoy them myself.

I have a young son, a slightly over weight Pug and a terrible affliction for Fizz.

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.