Chamber Event

Suffolk Business Women 'In Conversation'

Thu 18 Mar, 2021
11:00 - 12:30
Virtual via Zoom
book your place FREE to Members | Non Members £14.50+vat

Suffolk Chamber’s Suffolk Business Women is excited to launch ‘Suffolk Business Women In Conversation’, our new networking events for 2021. Join us for some great virtual networking and to hear Michelle Pollard, Chair of Suffolk Business Women, as she interviews an inspirational business leader about their journey to success, sharing all the challenges and opportunities along the way.

You will also enjoy some fantastic informal networking as we discuss issues of the day and learn from others within the network about how they have faced business challenges and grabbed opportunities for success.

We hope you can join us for our first inspirational Suffolk Business Women In Conversation event with our special guest speaker, business leader Emma Ratzer MBE. Emma is Chief Executive of Access Community Trust, one of 2020’s Sunday Times and Best Companies top 100 not-for-profit organisations and will be sharing her story with us.

Our conversation starter this month is ‘I’m talented, so why do I feel like a fraud?’ Led by Kim Trotter, Founder of Future Female Society, we will explore the imposter syndrome at work – what is it, why do we have it, and how do we overcome it?


11:00am Welcome

11.05am In Conversation with Emma Ratzer MBE, chief officer, Access Community Trust

11.30am Question time

11.40am Conversation Starter with Kim Trotter, founder, Future Female Society

11.50am Discussion groups and networking

12:30pm Thanks and close

Our guest speaker: Emma Ratzer MBE, Chief Executive Officer, Access Community Trust

Over the last nine years, Emma has developed the organisation from a small localised charity supporting the Homeless, to a Sunday Times Top100 Employer with a team of over 150 people. The entire workforce serve to support those at risk of social isolation across four core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Education, Community Social Enterprises and supported Accommodation.

With an extensive understanding and experience in Mental Health and Strategic Business Management, Emma’s leadership style has allowed the organisation to grow significantly across most of East Anglia, doubling the charity’s turnover to £4 million per year, whilst providing dedicated support to tens of thousands of people annually.

In 2019, Emma was honoured for her outstanding work to the county of Suffolk with an MBE. Most recently she was recognised as the 2020 National CEO of the Year by the Third Sector, after successfully devising and delivering a number of unique initiatives, including PINK Orange in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In her spare time, Emma serves as a school governor, enjoys coastal walks with her family including miniature labradoodle Parker and the odd glass of Sauvignon Blanc.

Our conversation starter.. ‘I’m talented, so why do I feel like a fraud?’

Kim Trotter, founder and director, Future Female Society will explore with us 'Imposter Syndrome' at Work – What is it, why do we have it and how do we overcome it?

Kim is a fully-qualified teacher and facilitator and an instinctive coach, Kim has been working with young people and adults for the past 20 years to help them achieve their goals and transform their lives. She has always rallied against inequality and has been interested in women’s rights and, after designing and piloting a programme to support young mums in the local community to get back into work, education or training, she was compelled to create a business that could support women and girls to achieve their full potential. 

Kim’s teaching days were spent at Suffolk New College where she was head of Media; her love of that subject (particularly radio), and her time working and presenting on BBC Radio Suffolk, has helped her to design creative, exciting programmes that can engage, enthuse, develop and transform communities of women and girls of all ages, across all social spectrums and from all backgrounds​.

About Suffolk Business Women 


Suffolk Business Women is a key part of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce. It exists to facilitate the contributions of women in business and wider public life to the economic and social prosperity of the county, to improve business networking opportunities, inspire women to reach their full potential and to encourage gender equality in all areas of Suffolk business.

We aim to celebrate and promote female talent and inspire all women in Suffolk to reach their full potential by nurturing a talent pipeline in our county that ensures a wider choice of skilled business women qualified to be considered for recruitment, promotion and to represent business on boards and in vocational positions.

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