learning from challenges

A challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequity. We can choose to seek out and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world. From challenge comes change, so let’s all choose to challenge.”


Join our Free of Charge event to meet some of the women who lead their businesses to success in our local community. Hear how they challenge themselves, their teams and what they’ve learned from ‘choosing to challenge’.

We are delighted to be hosting this event and hearing from four very different personalities. 

Aneela Rose is owner of the multi-award-winning PR and Marketing agency Rose Media Group. She is also a British and World Powerlifting Champion. Aneela will be sharing insights into her working and sporting life and why she got into powerlifting in the first place. 

Emma Cleary is Director and Founder of Flexibility Matters, the business dedicated to supporting flexible working arrangements for people wanting more work / life balance.

Tracy Humphrey is a very experienced Human Resources professional. Through her company THR Consulting Tracy supports a diverse range of  businesses on their HR matters, with a particular interest in Psychometric testing. 

Tamara Roberts is the Chief Executive Officer of the well known Ridgeview Estate Winery, a producer of International award winning English Sparkling Wines based in Sussex. 

themes and talking points

  • What is success?
  • Barriers and harnessing a positive mindset to overcome them.
  • Achieving your goals.
  • Embracing your own destiny – bravery, confidence and self-understanding.
  • Asking for help when you need it and learning from the successes of others.
  • Working flexibly for balance and effectiveness.
  • On following your dreams.
  • Thoughts about building and being confident.
  • Why determination is so important
  • Choosing who you work for.
  • On working hard and working smart.
  • Speaking up to cultivate change happen – it won’t happen otherwise.


Aneela Rose set up the Rose Media Group agency in 2004 from her back bedroom and four years ago adopted a growth mindset, which changed her life, both professionally and personally. She is a nurturing and supportive leader, who shares knowledge and encourages everyone she meets to go beyond the expectations set by others and by themselves. She reminds people to ‘like yourself’ and ‘to keep that promise to yourself even on tough days as you’ll come out stronger’.

Her favourite mantra in business is “To achieve what you have never achieved, you must do what you have never done” and in her sport, “People said girls shouldn’t lift weights, I said, watch this.”

Business wise Aneela and her agency have won the Best B2B PR Consultancy in UK, Success in Business Award, Employer of the year Award, Dynamic Asian Business Woman and Asian Achiever Award.

Sports wise, Aneela represented Team GB at the World Powerlifting Championships in 2018 and won gold in her class, she won the More Radio Sports Award 2018, the Asian Sports Achievement Award finalist and won gold at the ABPU British Championships 2019.

Emma Cleary launched Flexibility Matters 7 years ago, originally as a franchise business, and latterly as an independent company. The business is dedicated to flexible working for individuals wanting balance between work and life.

Emma qualified as a teacher, taught PE and Humanities for 2 years, before embarking on a 10-year career working in international newspapers, the DGMT and Dow Jones publishers of the Wall Street Journal. Specialising in business development, sales and working closely with the development marketing team.

Emma moved out of London to have a family 16 years ago, stepping back into work after a lengthy career break, initially as a volunteer as Chair of Ditchling pre-school and St Peter & St James Hospice 10 years ago, before launching her business.

Emma has been immersed in the business communities of Sussex over the past 7 years and established herself as the business champion of people working flexibly, through recruitment, training and events She is super connected within the Gatwick Diamond Business group as part of the Executive Committee, an Inclusion and Diversity sponsor at Canon, the HHBA, the BHBPA and an ambassador at the Brighton Chamber of Commerce. 

Emma work’s a flexible 30-hour week and the members of her team all work flexibly and remotely.

Tracy Humphrey has spent the majority of her career working in a wide range of Human Resources teams and roles. For the last 12 years she has been an Independent HR Consultant supporting businesses on topics including employment law, dealing with difficult situations sensitively, developing People policies and training line managers.

She also has a strong background in psychometrics, using these in areas such as management development and selection processes. Her business, THR Consulting, works with a wide and varied group of clients, built on positive relationships – and a focus on delivering what they really need.

Tamara is the Chief Executive Officer (and Finance Director) of Ridgeview Estate Winery, a producer of International award winning English Sparkling Wines based in Sussex. 

Ridgeview is sold predominantly into the trade, including supermarkets (Waitrose, M&S, Booths), wine specialists (Laithwaites, Wine Society) and via our wholesaler, Bibendum.  They also have a growing Direct to Consumer and hospitality offering which is being actively invested in to drive future growth.  Ridgeview’s wines are exported to over ten different international markets – another area of growth for the business. 

Tamara is a mother of two boys aged 13 and 15 and has a great love of music (many genres – appreciating rather than playing!), good food, being active and most importantly having fun.

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