Joy Bounds – Suffolk Suffrage Stories – How local women campaigned for the vote.

Joy is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction. Over recent years, she has made a particular study of what Suffolk women did in the fight for the vote, which is the subject of one of her books (A Song of their Own). A feminist for a very long time, she strongly believes that ordinary women can create change, and likes to work on projects with others to celebrate women’s achievements, and work further towards equality. Otherwise, she likes to try out new recipes, to sit in dusty libraries doing research and to sing.



Franstine Jones – Sistas in Law

Franstine was determined to provide for her children and improve her own prospects, so worked in many jobs while studying for her Chartered Institute of Personnel Development qualification. She worked for Suffolk County Council and ISCRE before developing her own training business delivering programmes on race, gender, disability, bullying, harassment and discrimination.

In 2008, she began working for Suffolk Constabulary diversity unit to improve its practice and aspirations and through this she became the first woman and first civilian ever to be elected president of the National Black Police Organisation.

Nowadays she also provides coaching and mentoring and is a dynamic and engaging public speaker as well as a champion for equality and diversity.



Shoomi Chowdhury – Normality & Diversity, Why our Feminism must be intersectional

Shoomi and her family moved to Ipswich when she was four and although she now works for Amnesty International in human rights education on a global stage, she still promotes interfaith and community groups in her home town and local area.

Shoomi is a Trustee for the Ipswich Suffolk Muslim Council and runs the monthly Islamic Sisters’ Circle, attended by women of all faiths.

She started her working life for the Bangladeshi Support centre, helping marginalised minority women in Ipswich and went on to do a law degree and Masters in Human Rights.

Now with Amnesty, she tackles many human rights issues including refugee rights and  torture and trains activists to make meaningful change in the world.


Stef Thorne Do not drop the female. Why women bring so much to entrepreneurship.

Stef works at the University of Suffolk and leads the Business Engagement and Entrepreneurship team and the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC). Stef is a Fellow of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange. Stef is passionate about the economic impact of higher education institutions and supporting diversity in entrepreneurship. She founded the Suffolk Centre for Female Entrepreneurship (SCFE) in 2016 to act as a focal point for supporting diversity in entrepreneurship through events, knowledge exchange and research. Stef is a Governor for a local primary school in Ipswich with responsibility for the Curriculum Committee and STEM and is keen that girls are encouraged and inspired to engage in science and innovation. Stef is a full time Mum of four children and devotes her time to raising them in the beautiful county of Suffolk where she was also born.



Cad Taylor – Dig Where you Stand

Cad has been working in community projects around Ipswich for the past 11 years.

She co-founded Ipswich Community Media, an organization dedicated to learning, media and social development, working with vulnerable young people and she is committed to direct social action through her community work.

Cad started the award-winning South Street Kids project, introducing hundreds of local children to arts and music in a diverse and deprived part of the town. A musician herself, she creates her own work, plays the violin in a number of bands and is an artist, presenter and all-round performer.

A particular success has been the invention of the ‘Global Village’, a stage and area at festivals that showcases local, diverse original music and performance.



Helen Taylor – Love is……controlling

Helen Taylor is a survivor of domestic abuse, CSA and CSE. She took her three children and fled her abusive first marriage, subsequently living for months in several refuges whilst evading her first husband. They settled in Ipswich after a name change, and when they were discovered in 1998, Helen went to court to protect her children, winning a rare no contact court order.

Helen studied DA, CSA and CSE for years, and formally trained in them when she worked for Rape Crisis, where she also qualified as an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA). She began campaigning in 2014 with IC Change UK, a political campaign group set up to pressure the government to ratify the Istanbul Campaign (the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence). Helen founded Suffolk Feminist Society in 2015 when she was disappointed to find nobody was arranging a One Billion Rising dance in Ipswich. She spoke as a survivor campaigner on coercive control at the first Conference for Coercive Control in 2015. Helen was shortlisted for a National Diversity Award in the Positive Gender Role Model category, making it to the final eight from thousands of nominees.


Minnie Moll – Drive your own bus


Minnie Moll is Chief Executive of Jarrold Retail in Norwich. She joined the business in July 2018 from her previous role as Joint Chief Executive of the East of England Co-op.


Minnie sat on the boards of Suffolk Business Women and Ipswich Central, the Ipswich BID. In 2016, she was appointed by HRH Prince Charles as his Ambassador for Responsible Business in the East of England, for a two year term.


Last year, Minnie became the first Ambassador for Fresh Start – New Beginnings, the charity supporting child victims of sexual abuse.

Minnie is an East Anglian girl, having been born in Norwich and growing up on a Thames Sailing Barge in Suffolk. She moved back to East Anglia 12 years ago and now lives in the Waveney valley.



Andi Hopgood – Sexism in the Music Industry

Andi began her musical life as an instrumentalist playing from an early age. Jazz was always a big part of her life but not always her playing, although she was doing jazz gigs out of college she hadn’t thought of studying jazz. This all changed after meeting Malcolm Miles and Trudy Kerr at the Institute. Andi was encouraged to do Jazz singing and saxophone.

Since 2005 Andi has been working freelance as a performer and teacher in the eastern area. Her performing varies from jazz duo to big band and blues to pop. She has performed at the Ipswich jazz Club, Southwold Jazz festival, Aldeburgh jazz festival, Dereham jazz club and the Milestones jazz club to name but a few.



Becca Jackaman – Deeds and Words – Steps towards change

I’m an Ipswich girl, born and bred.

I run support sessions for disabled people, called Progression Sessions, to help them get to where they want to be in life.

I’m in the process of writing a book about a young wheelchair-user who is trying to help her friends in need.

@ProgSesh  @RJVampire


Sue Hagley – What is WASPI?

I am one of the 1950’s born generation of women who have been utterly let down by Government.  This has made me get politically active and wanting to make change happen.


Roxanne Ellis – The Women’s Quilt

Roxanne Ellis is an experienced campaigner with years working and volunteering at all levels of campaigning.  She was elected as a Labour and Cooperative Councillor at the age of 23 (youngest female councillor in the UK at that time).

She is the founder of The Women’s Quilt Project, a creative and emotive campaign on domestic homicide and violence. For her work on this project, she was acknowledged by Amnesty international as one of their Suffragette Spirit winners. A title given to those they felt were carrying on the spirit of the Suffragettes.



Professor Helen Langton, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Suffolk.

Professor Helen Langton joined the University from the University of South Wales where she was Deputy Vice Chancellor and a Professor in Children’s Cancer Nursing Education.  Helen held a number of senior posts in universities in the United Kingdom and has a range of experience across health and social care, science and social science and education.  Helen’s research and teaching expertise relates to Children and Young People with Cancer, Interprofessional Education, Technology Enhanced Learning and Innovation and Improvement methodologies.

Helen has been a member of a number of national boards and bodies including with the Nursing and Midwifery Council and Department of Health.Helen is now co-chair of the Health Education England Advisory Group for Nursing and Midwifery.  Internationally Helen is a board member for the Academy of Health Care Improvement, and a board member for the De Souza Nursing Institute in Toronto Canada and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Child Health Care.