Business Women in Surrey

Surrey Chambers Business Women in Surrey (BWiS) is a local network of like-minded business people – male and female – sharing ideas, knowledge and skills via workshops, seminars and events.

We hold multiple events to throughout the year. Our annual flagship International Women’s Day (8 March) event is a particular highlight in the Surrey business calendar. Attracting inspiring guest speakers and delegates from across the county and beyond.

So, if you’re interested in Surrey business and Surrey businesswomen, please do get in touch. We’d love to hear from you!

Business Women in Surrey

Our BWIS Committee

Sarah Butcher – Chair of BWiS – Head of Membership at Surrey Chambers of Commerce

Sarah joined Surrey Chambers of Commerce in April 2014 after a 12-year career at the University of Surrey. Starting out as the Export Surrey project Lead, she spent the first two years supporting Surrey businesses with their export endeavours and building connections internationally within the global Chamber network. As Head of Membership, she is passionate about helping local businesses grow and prosper whether they are a sole trader or a corporate company. Actively involved in many Chamber initiatives including Business Women in Surrey (BWiS) Sarah is a keen supporter of promoting women in the areas of STEM and STEAM and an advocate for equality, diversity, and inclusion not only in the workplace but in society as a whole.

Betty Jensen – University of Surrey

Betty is a Business Engagement Officer with Surrey Business School. With a background in international hospitality management as well as education administration, she has a passion for promoting education and life choices for students and adults. Originally from the French Alps Betty has been settled in the Guildford area for a number of years and combines her role at the University with studying for her MBA as well as being a mum! She joined the BWiS committee in 2023 and has a particular focus on driving forward initiatives to promote opportunities for women in Higher Education and for workplace and lifelong learning.

Jenni Riley – Chief People Officer & Co-Founder at ITARMI Ltd.

ITARMI is an on-demand IT service provider that connects businesses across the world with top-class technical talent through our mobile platform. They are delivering our services into 139 countries globally with our network of 1500 highly skilled engineers.  They empower engineers by giving them a higher level of control and autonomy, whilst giving organisations a greater choice of skill sets at a higher service level. Their business model also addresses a number of issues such as gender equality, flexible working and fairer pay for both men and women. Allowing people to choose when they want to work, offering the same rates based on skillset and NOT on gender.

Kate Doody – Solicitor/Director at GBH Law

Kate Doody is a corporate and commercial lawyer at GBH Law, a niche, commercial law firm based in Godalming.  She is also a director and shareholder of GBH Law which gives her a unique insight into the challenges and realities of running a small business.  She has two young children, who constantly keep her on her toes, and lives in East Surrey.  Kate joined the BWiS committee in 2020 and is passionate about encouraging women in the legal profession and growing a community of like-minded business women who can support and celebrate each other.

Lesley Alcock – Platinum Media Group

As an experienced and commercially focused sales and business development professional, I am delighted to be part of Platinum Media Group at such a time of growth and expansion. My varied career has provided me with a broad range of skill sets working at The London Evening Standard, The Observer Newspaper and as a Business Development Director at a London based advertising agency, and running the creative partnerships team at Capital Radio/Media Sales and Marketing, London. Our magazines, Surrey Business Magazine, Platinum Business Magazine and Dynamic Business Magazine for Women are essential reading for business leaders to know what is going on within their region. Having developed Platinum to become the largest circulation business magazine in the UK, reaching over 720,000 business leaders each month, we are proud to say that Platinum has become the business bible across the South East. Our readers look to Platinum for all the news, views and opinion from the area and our blue-chip partners utilise the publication to get their news out across the region. We also run the exclusive Platinum Club, a monthly networking meeting with a difference. Finally, we are able to recognise and celebrate the hotbed of innovation and entrepreneurship that exists in the South through our business awards – the Dynamic Business Awards for Women, Sussex Business Awards, Surrey Business Awards, Central South Business Awards, and the Brighton & Hove Business Awards.