Keynote Speaker: PRUE LEITH

Topic: How I got from there to here and what happened in between



Celebrate our 14th birthday!

Bake Off presenter & novelist

Prue Leith

Prue Leith is a friend of mine – with roots in South Africa, we bonded over having babies at the same time. She studied in my home town, at Cape Town University, where she persuaded her parents to allow her to leave and instead attend the Sorbonne ostensibly to better learn French while studying the Cours de Civilisation Française. But in Paris, Prue finally realised she wanted a career in the premium food industry. Formerly a restauranteur, caterer, journalist, cookery writer, she was a judge on BBC Two's Great British Menu for 11 years, before joining The Great British Bake Off when it switched from the BBC to Channel 4 where it is a massive success. She is Chancellor of Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, has designed her own range of colourful spectacles and has written 8 novels and a memoir.


After-lunch Free workshop

Facilitator: Carol Mann
Founder Women on the Webb

Topic: Digital Literacy

Use the power of digital tools and watch your business grow

Understanding the importance of digital literacy in today's business world and how to get round it all is Carol’s mission in life. Since 1986 she has been hooked on everything digital and helping businesses use the power of digital media and digital tools. These help create and promote their businesses and make their own day-to-day lives a little easier too by just ‘getting’ digital!

Dealing day-to-day with mainly female entrepreneurs, Carol became increasingly aware that the lack of digital literacy among women in business was holding their business back. So she founded Women On the Web; a platform aimed at helping them understand, and use, the multitude of digital tools and platforms available to them. Carol is on a mission to raise the “digital literacy” of business women across the world,starting in the UK. With a BA Hons in ‘Visual Communications’ and a course in ‘Digital Excellence’ with the Chartered Institute of Marketing, she also runs We Get Digital, a successful website & SEO agency


Our meeting place

  • Judge’s Court (pictured bottom left), Brown’s Courtrooms
    1st floor, 82 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4AG
  • Nearest Tube:
    Exit 4, Leicester Square
  • About the venue:
    Hidden away within Browns Covent Garden is Browns Court Rooms. This historic two floor event suite is designed with grand sweeping staircases and stunning original features. The building was once the Westminster’s County Courts and in 1996 was converted into a bar and restaurant. Within the largest room - The Judges Court, the original Judge’s Bench is still in place. It was from here that convicted defendants were sent down to the detention cells ... these detention cells now serve as the wine cellars!

Diarise these 2020 lunches

(all Thursdays)

February 27; April 23; June 25; September 24 and November 19