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About the network...

For women who work not 'ladies who lunch'

Over 13 years, this network has connected hundreds of business women to help each other with contacts, knowledge and advice. It also has a strong motivational role as guest speakers are selected to energise and inspire, giving you nuggets to help your business. Our after-lunch free workshop has facilitators who don’t want you to sit back and listen but get you so involved and challenged that your brains are fully engaged.

LVPWN has no joining fee but you are eligible to attend if you are a business executive, senior partner, entrepreneur or business owner.

Over the last decade our charities have funded NEETS (no education, employment or training) to get job experience through the sadly-lamented Hoxton Apprentice training restaurant where I was a director. Now we raise funds for the Robin Corbett Award for Prisoner Re-integration. which gives cash prizes to charities who do the most to re-integrate ex-offenders. In the 18-24 year old age groups 70% reoffend within two years. As we taxpayers pay £40,000 per prisoner per year and there are 85,000 people incarcerated, it makes economic sense to do more rehabilitation work and less locking up. Prison isn’t full of bad people; prison is full of people who have done bad things and most need another chance.

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About Lady Val ...

and why is the lady a Lady?

That’s because my MP husband was awarded a Peerage when he decided to vacate his House of Commons seat after 18 years of hard slog. Unfortunately whatever they say about a title, I find it makes no difference when trying to get a table in a fully-booked restaurant and is yet to get me upgraded on a flight, but I live in hope. Of course I should be Lady Corbett as only daughters of hereditary peers are called by their first names (Lady Diana Spencer) but Lady Val has stuck.

My background

I was born in Cape Town and decided to become a journalist when I was 12 because someone told me I could get paid for asking questions. Fleet Street was then the Mecca so I came to London and absolutely loved living in Britain (and still do). Marrying my husband was the reason I stayed and my career spans writing for national newspapers and magazines, scriptwriting for BBC TV, becoming a founder director of an independent TV production company and co-writing six novels and two non-fiction books. I am an international mentor for the Cherie Blair Foundation, a Trustee of Beating Time (choirs in prisons) and organise the network charity, the Robin Corbett Award sponsored by the Chrysalis Foundation.

Our inspirational speakers

Nicole Anderson

Green fintech champion

Pinky Lilani

Author, Motivational speaker, Women's advocate

Nichola Cook

Sales expert

Sam Smith

CEO Finncap - pacesetter women leader

Dame Inga Beale

First woman CEO Lloyd’s of London

Prue Leith

Bake Off star & food expert

Helen Webb

Business strategist

Jon Snow

C4 News presenter

Michael Palin

Writer and broadcaster

Cath Bishop

Olympic medallist

Stella Rimmington

First woman Director-General of MI5

Kate Robertson

Co-founder One Young World

Claire Enders

CEO Enders Analysis

Dr Yvonne Thompson CBE

Women's empowerment champion

Vicky Pryce

Economist and prison reformer

Tracy Edwards

Round the world yachtswoman

Baroness McGregor-Smith

Women's empowerment champion

Jeffrey Archer

Best-selling author

Nicola Horlick

City Super Woman

Dame Julia Cleverdon

Business in the Community

Gina Miller

Constitutional fighter

Jules Chappell

Economic Forum Young Global Leader

Bianca Miller

Entrepreneur and finalist on The Apprentice

Corinne Vigreux

Co-founder Tom Tom

Baroness Brenda Dean

First woman general secretary of a major trade union

Sophie Walker

Leader of the Women's Equality Party

Cherie Blair

Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

See the network in action

Feedback from our networkers

"Wow! What a dynamic lady you are! Thank you for such a wonderful lunch and such inspirational leadership of your network. You were so lovely in being there to welcome every single one of us individually, and to put us at ease, introduce us, and to keep the proceedings timely. I had a wonderful lunch in wonderful company and the talk by Gina [Miller] was truly amazing. you are a fabulous role model."


"What else can I say but ‘ absolutely brilliant!’ Well done on hosting an inspirational, thought-provoking lunch. Once again today. I felt as if I was having lunch in a room with friends. No alter egos just women who wish to help one another whilst hopefully enhancing their business too. My two guests also loved it."


“I left your event feeling re-energised and with renewed confidence that it's in our power to have impact and have a voice as enterprising women when we're present for each other and help each other.”


“Business achieved through your Icebreaker has paid for several lunches. Thank you!


“It was my first lunch and certainly won't be my last! Fantastic bunch of women, great food and inspiring speakers. What's not to love?”


"Wonderful guest speakers and a room filled with supportive women who love to laugh while networking."


“I attend a network for top business women run by Lady Val Corbett which is full of wonderful women - from Gina Miller to Shelley von Strunckel. All her speakers, and the company are good and the events are for charity. You always leave richer than you came at Val’s lunches.”