Aryana Neo is a producer and presenter for BBC Radio Solent, and community radio station Unity 101 in Southampton.

Aryana is passionate about communicating and sharing stories from a variety of communities and backgrounds, with the aim to give others a voice to be heard.
With a corporate background within banking, helping businesses grow, and a current business engagement manager, Aryana has great experience in relationships management and business strategy skills, which she shares in this book. Aryana has a background in law and holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminology.

And fun fact about Aryana is she is an experienced pageant queen, winning UK titles which have taken her around the world. Being able to present and speak on stage, as well as walk the catwalks for competitions.
Aryana adds her honest thoughts and experience, as well as a little bit of sass and energy into her chapter!

Aryana NeoBBC Radio Solent

Claire Marsh is a fitness athlete and coach who owns and manages a specialist CrossFit gymnasium in Portsmouth, The Box Portsmouth.
With three decades of experience in various competitive sports Claire trains others to unlock personal potential, build confidence and improve their self-esteem through performance-based fitness.

From developing a group of children to become world champion street dancers to coaching a 70-year-old to undertake her first handstand Claire has worked with hundreds of people, of all ages and abilities, to push past physical and mental barriers to truly excel past limiting beliefs.
Claire is particularly passionate about coaching kids and teenagers to install a positive, can do attitude towards fitness so that they can perform at their absolute best and transfer essential skills learnt to tackle challenges in other aspects of life.

Claire MarshThe Box Portsmouth

My world of work has, for the most part, been immersed in education; science teacher through to secondary headteacher. Now I find myself as the director of my own business, Plan A Dynamic Consulting. I use my experience and love of learning to develop others with motivational consultancy. Starting a business has taught me how to take risks and I love the creativity of channelling my work into the heart of what matters.

Adele DeasyPlan A Dynamic Consulting

Sonia Mundey is a single mum of two lovely kids, a girl and a boy. A talented interior designer, she runs her own business, creating beautiful spaces for her clients. As a Christian, her faith and trust in God saw her through the difficult years of an abusive marriage and its subsequent break up. She survived – and now she’s thriving, resilient and stronger than ever!

Sonia MundeyYellow Book Interiors

I’m an award-winning (Women Business Owner of the Year award 2019), business owner, experienced SME director and board member. I combine strong, hands-on leadership skills – particularly in nurturing, well-being and flexibility in the workplace – with strategic marketing and business strategy acumen. I have innate business skills and can quickly identify weak spots and opportunities, especially within leadership teams. I have sat on a board of 12, to grow and sell a national engineering firm (for 15 times earnings), worked for a global professional services firm, Deloitte, in London and have set up and grown a thriving design and creative agency in Hampshire, that I still own and manage to this day.


I enjoy spending time with loved ones, belly laughs, great food, visiting Fowey, cycling, Pilates and watching the six nations (ideally in a pub with a roaring fire).




WEB: TheGlowStudio

TWITTER: TheGlowStudio

FACEBOOK: TheGlowStudio

INSTAGRAM: TheGlowStudio

LINKEDIN: TheGlowStudio

Lisa LavisThe Glow Studio

I wear many hats, all of which centre around life, lifestyle, confidence & happiness for women. With more than a decade’s experience as a Colour Consultant and Stylist behind me, it’s been a natural progression to teach and mentor new and aspiring stylists and to become a life coach.


I have become a serial gatherer of women:

  • SHINE – a life and lifestyle community for women – self-discovery, inspiration and fun!
  • FREE RANGE WOMEN – a community of self-employed women offering business growth, learning, support & networking
  • WORKSHOPS – all based around life, lifestyle, confidence and happiness.


I believe we are here to be the best version of ourselves and to do more of what we love every day. In other words, be HAPPY!




FACEBOOK: dressrehearsaljanecooke

INSTAGRAM: janecookedressrehearsal

Jane CookeDress Rehearsal

Joanne is a leading authority on Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging. She specialises in promoting transgender awareness and support to businesses and organisations throughout the UK, Europe and elsewhere. As an International Keynote Conference speaker, Joanne delivers workshops, seminars, and engages with organisations to develop policy & best practises to be more inclusive for all people. Challenging Biases and helping them to develop a Vision and Strategy for Conscious Inclusion. She is an Advisory Friend of The Institute of Equality & Diversity Professionals, Member of The Rotary Club, Toastmasters International, The Professional Speaking Association, and she sits as an Expert by Experience member for Southampton University. As a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, she believes passionately that “people are people” and, no matter who they are, deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Joanne was a contributor and featured in a Channel 4 (UK) documentary called “The Making of Me”, broadcast in February 2019. This documentary was filmed over a 3-year period and detailed her own personal gender transition and its impact on those around her. Joanne lives by the mantra of “Smile, Engage and Educate” in order to promote awareness and understanding to overcome people’s fear of getting it wrong, because the world isn’t only black and white!




FACEBOOK: seechangehappen

TWITTER: seechangehappen

LINKEDIN: jolockwood


Jo LockwoodSee Change Happen

Annelies James is a passionate personal branding expert who helps companies and individuals to harness the power of being personal and more importantly, human. Adopting personal brand techniques people can define themselves, be seen and build connection and this leads to greater trust and more opportunity in life and business.

Annelies is an event host, hosting large scale sporting events, awards evenings and business panel shows, as well as helping business creating their own YouTube talk show style content to increase their brand reach and exposure.

Annelies is also a creative videographer and has worked with clients such as Brymor Construction, Southampton Airport, Business South and Barton Willmore to name a few. She supports companies large and small to create candid video that increases authentic brand connection and emotional engagement.


Annelies is happily married to a total tech genius and the proud mum of two cats. She loves adventure, world travel and putting her big girl pants on to challenge herself with new projects and activities like shark diving and flying.





INSTAGRAM: AnneliesJames

LINKEDIN: AnneliesJames

FACEBOOK: AnneliesJames

TWITTER: AnneliesJames

YOUTUBE: ColleaguesGettingCoffee

Annelies JamesExpertly Personal and Annelies James Consultancy

A parenting and lifestyle blogger, Instagram influencer, content creator and freelance writer. As a young mum to two, Beth has a unique perspective on motherhood and shares the struggles and victories she has faced raising her children and actively challenges the stigma attached to young mums. Beth speaks out about her experiences to support others and raises awareness of the social, mental and financial struggles that come with becoming a young mum.


Beth became self-employed after growing a social media following whilst documenting the early years of her children’s lives. She then progressed onto blogging on her own website and focused on her writing while continuing to work with brands big and small, creating engaging and creative content for them.







FACEBOOK: Bethbluu

Beth BluckBeing Beth

Alexis is passionate about helping innovators achieve their goals. As co-founder and director of award winning MMP, she helps companies to maximise their innovative potential by combining specialist knowledge of IP, grants and technology tax reliefs with practical experience in engineering and scientific disciplines.

Alexis holds a Master of Science Degree in Engineering from École National Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (Grandes Écoles) in Paris, and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan. She also holds an MBA from London Business School.

When she’s not working, you’ll find her exercising, reading or chasing after her son.





TWITTER: mmptax

LINKEDIN: AlexisMarz

Alexis MarzMMP Tax