Harrogate’s Business Community to hear from three women at the top of their profession

Rhiannon Wilkinson, Sarah Barry and Charlene Lyons

The June meeting of Harrogate’s premier business organisation will hear from three women at the top of their profession.

Those taking to Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce’s speakers’ platform are Harrogate Town AFC CEO Sarah Barry, Ashville College Head Rhiannon Wilkinson, and Black Sheep Brewery CEO Charlene Lyons.

The meeting, which is open to non-members, is being held at The Crown Hotel on Monday, June 13. Doors open at 5:30 pm for 45 minutes of informal networking with the meeting proper starting at 6:15 pm.

Sarah Barry was appointed CEO of League Two side Harrogate Town AFC last September. She had previously been Managing Director of Stray FM before its takeover by Bauer Media.

Last September, Rhiannon Wilkinson became Ashville’s eleventh and first female Head. She is a former Headmistress of Harrogate Ladies College and Wykeham Abbey, the girls’ school equivalent of Eton.

Charlene Lyons started working with Black Sheep as a consultant five years ago. She was invited to join the board as a non-executive director in 2018 and was appointed its CEO in 2020.

Harrogate District Chamber of Commerce President Sue Kramer said: “For my first meeting as Chamber President, I’m delighted that we are hearing from three inspirational women leaders. I’m really looking forward to hearing from Sarah, Rhiannon and Charlene about their career paths, and it will be interesting to learn if they faced any challenges along the way.

“Before the speakers take to the stage there is a great opportunity to meet with an array of local business owners and managers during 45 minutes of informal networking. We are keen encourage local businesses to experience the benefits of Chamber membership, and so non-members are invited to attend their first meeting on a complimentary basis.”

Light refreshment will be served on arrival, and to assist the hotel in the numbers they will be catering for, guests and members planning to attend are asked to pre-register on the Chamber website, https://www.harrogatechamber.co.uk/ .

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