Member Spotlight 

Each month we are profile four of our members so that you can find out a little more about everyone in Women that Connect. 

Tammy Reynolds 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I'm a hair stylist and this year marks my 30th hair anniversary. 
 
Why did you create Tammy Reynolds for Hair? 
I created my business name about 20 years ago when I started to do independent work outside of my salon day job. I was doing hair for a theatre production and my then boss was less than cooperative in supporting me, so I decided to do it under my own name. I came back to it recently after many years working for other people. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Actually launching the business has probably been my biggest achievement. I suffered a spiral leg fracture some 4 years ago. I had to give up work completely. It didn't heal well, I was left with a limp, rotated hips, displaced lower spine and constant pain. I couldn't stand, sit, walk or lay down for very long. Everyone told me I'd just have to give up doing hair. I was devastated and didn't know who I was without it. I was off work for 2 years, out of the loop and lacking confidence in my abilities. I have clawed my way back, determined every day to get my hair mojo back. I'm in such a great place now and virtually pain free. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
Most people don't know that my Mom passed away quickly from cancer when I was still at school. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
Two people that I have learnt the most from are Tony Elwin and Neil Evans in New Zealand. If you could list all the things you ever wanted in your dream job/employer and then found it, you'll have a small idea of what I found with them. I thought my career was great until I met Tony and Neil. Not only did my career take off under their guidance I did things I never thought to be an option for me. They have always had my back professionally and personally. I fondly call them my dads. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
I think my dinner guest would be my Mom obviously, especially so close to Mother’s Day. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
My favourite film is a tough one. I'm more of a movie person rather than tv. There are a few that I have watched into the double digits and never tire of, mostly animation the likes of Horton Hears a Who or Big Hero 6. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Don't stress yourself about doing things you don't know how to do, hire someone that does or delegate those tasks. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
What's next? Well, I always say yes to opportunities so I don't miss out on something that might be pretty cool or lead me to somewhere/somebody new because I don't know what it will entail or I'm unsure I'm capable of it. Whatever lands in my lap or crosses my path, I will give it a go. 
 
Clare Farrell
 
 

Julia Curran 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
Think about Therapy offers hypnotherapy, mindfulness based meditation and counselling. I have been qualified for two years and training for another two years before that. 
 
Why did you create Think About Therapy? 
I was talking to my son about possible names and said 'I just want people to think about therapy" he said "that's the name of the company!" 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Learning Kinetic Shift and Mindscaping as tools to enable people to go forward in life. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I would say that most people don't know that due to having several holidays on the family farm in Ireland - I am adept at milking cows and turning the turf on the peat bog! 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
For the past 8 years I have learned the most from my granddaughter Millie. She has taught me that you have to pick yourself up when you feel you never will. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
I would love dinner with Julia Roberts as she's my movie star crush! I'd love to talk to her about her films and working with Richard Gere. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Far From The Madding Crowd. Especially when Gabriel Oak says to Bathsheba Everdene "whenever I look up you'll be there and whenever you look up I'll be there" True love! 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Plan what you want to do and give yourself goals. Make sure you see other people as it can be very lonely. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
Next for me is a hip operation and getting better. Next for the business is more advertising. 
Louisa Sando Patel
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rachel Hargrave 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I run three businesses all involved with communication – predominantly how businesses communicate both internally and externally. RDZ PR and The Awards People are the two most well known names locally. The third business is called Rachel Hargrave Consulting and specialises in crisis communications for SMEs through to Corporates. 
 
I’ve been involved in marketing communications for 25 years now, starting off as a receptionist / secretary before being given a huge opportunity by my mentor Dominic Robertson at The Presentation Group. 
 
Why did you create RDZ PR? 
I was getting ready to walk Dyson Dalmatian and Zoe Lurcher when my accountant called and asked me if I had thought of a name for the new PR company I was forming. Dyson doesn’t like to be kept waiting and started banging the door with his paw. So RDZ PR was formed (Rachel, Dyson, Zoe)! 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since joining the business? 
Loving what I do each and every day. This isn’t ‘work’ to me this is fun and I work with some of the most amazing, ambitious, focussed folk I know! 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I was a live model for Ann Summers when I was 18. Oh yes! I kid you not! 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
My history teacher Frances Davis was a phenomenal teacher and storyteller. She inspired in me a love of all things history – which I still have to this day. Sometimes when I’m stuck I ask myself ‘how would Frances have explained that / told that?’ – works every time! 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
Richard III – did ya do it?? 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Clue – a pastiche of the board game Cluedo and a film that almost everyone else thinks is utter rubbish. I love it! Beyond silly and with three possible endings. What’s not to love?! 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
First and foremost, create the business that you want and that supports how you want to live your life. It’s not all about millions of staff and billions of pounds of turnover (remember turnover is vanity, profit is sanity!). Start with what you want to earn and pay yourself first every month! 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
For RDZ PR, it’s about continuing to raise the profile of the company, so we can find the next trach of clients to add to our existing clients – so growth in a nutshell! 
 
For The Awards People, it’s about proving concept and then rolling that out nationally. I want to create a business that can be sold in no more than 5 years… so busy times there! 
 
For Rachel Hargrave Consulting, it’s extending the reputation and message about what we do to the SME and Corporate market via referrals and direct introductions. 
 
Lisa Bacon
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Katy Wheatley 

What do you do, and how long have you been in business? 
I run Boostique. Boostique is a personal shopping and styling service with a difference. I source only second hand and vintage clothing, and I shop for your style, not for your fashion. I buy and sell individual pieces online through Depop and EBay. I also give style advice, take people shopping, shop for a wish list for people or for an event, and I also offer a wardrobe de-cluttering service. 
 
Why did you create Boostique? 
I am known for my distinctive style, my fearlessness when it comes to dressing, and my ability to find and source fantastic clothes at brilliant prices to create unique and individual looks. I thought I would take something I was passionate about and good at and turn it into a business. 
 
What do you think has been your biggest achievement since launching your business? 
Restocking an entire wardrobe for a woman who decided to have a complete life turnaround and needed an entirely new way of dressing. She hated shopping, and she was also on a very small budget. I was able to stick to budget, teach her how to shop in a positive, pro-active way that meant she felt empowered, and fulfil her brief entirely. 
 
Is there something most people don’t know about you? 
I once made a handbag for the artist Grayson Perry, in the shape of his teddy bear, Alan Measles. I got to deliver it to him at an event he was hosting at Liberty of London and he was absolutely lovely. 
 
Is there a single person who you have learned the most from in your life? If so, what did they teach you? 
My mum taught me to be myself, and to not be afraid to stick out from the crowd. 
 
If you could have dinner with one living or non-living person, who would it be and why? 
I would love to meet Julian Cope. He is a huge hero of mine and I think he would be great fun to have dinner with. 
 
What is your favourite film of all time? 
Some Like It Hot. 
 
What is your best advice for people starting out in business? 
Start as you mean to go on. 
 
What's next for you and your business? 
I have no idea. I don’t really believe in planning things. I tend to say yes to things and see where the universe decides to take me next. 
 
Gerri Moore
 
 
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