We currently have groups in the following areas. Let’s introduce our group leaders
Nash Mills Village Hall
Group Leader – Zoe Douthwaite
Zoe Douthwaite is group leader for Hemel Mums UnLtd. Along with Debbie Gilbert is responsible for the administration and social media of Mums UnLtd. She also has the pleasure of being part of the Best Women in Business Awards. She has been networking for over 5 years now and started off at the Hemel group about 4 years ago. She is welcoming, friendly and eager to help business owners thrive and make great connections
St Albans - The King Harry Pub
Amersham - The Ivy House Pub
Group Leader -Owner of Mums UnLtd – Debbie Gilbert
Debbie started Mums UnLtd in 2011 and is currently running the St Albans & Stanmore groups.
Debbie is a multi award winning entreprenuer who owns a marketing and events agency. She organises The Watford Expo, The 3 Counties Expo and The Best Business Women Awards.
After 17 years working in customer service at British Airways, Melanie set up her designer dress agency in 2004. Now, 10 years later, she is still selling pre-owned, ladies clothes, from jeans and separates to glamorous ball gowns and offering the high level of service her regulars have come to expect. Melanie has been a networker all those years and started the Chesham group in 2013.
Carli runs Synergy Business Support, and works as a Virtual Assistant (a freelance PA) supporting small businesses with administration and other business services, keeping things running smoothly and offering an extra pair of hands when needed. She works this successfully around her family life, with two young sons to also keep her on her toes. She runs both the Berkhamsted and Harpenden groups.
Watford- The Kitchen @ Cassiobury
Group Leader- Abby Dennis
Owner of The Best of Watford
Abby has been providing marketing and business support services to local independent businesses and charities for over seven years, and owns The Best of Watford.
With her endless energy, expertise, passion for ‘all things Watford’, wide network and a variety of marketing tools, Abby and her team work hard to make it easier for local people to find and connect with great local businesses. Abby also organises the biggest expo in the town, Watford Expo with Owner of Mums UnLtd, Debbie Gilbert.
Craftport Consulting is a business consultancy which specialises in supporting and mentoring small businesses. We work in collaboration with you to provide strategic and practical advice to solve real world business issues and partner you in the implementation of those strategic changes.
Cornelia Raubal, owner and founder of Craftport Consulting Ltd, is our principal consultant. Having gained 18 years experience in the commodities industry, including at Board level, Cornelia decided to use this experience to bring big business knowledge to benefit small businesses.
Stanmore - The Duck in the Pond
Group Leader – Irving Boxer
Irving is an Osteopath & Naturopath Homeopath and has been in business for 30 years.
I like to think my Unique Selling Points are my concern for others, a good bedside manner, a desire to get people better quickly and with the least expense and of course the 30 odd years of experience which I hope to put to good use in thorough examination, accurate diagnosis, safe practice and effective results.
Irving is an avid networker and has lots of connections and business experience to share with you
Evening Group Leader - West Herts Area
Group Leader – Danielle Wallington
Danielle Wallington, a PR and fundraising manager for a local youth charity has over 10 years event management experience and has recently joined the St Albans Mums UnLtd networking groups. Danielle runs milknfizz, a unique events business connecting local, like-minded mums through bespoke events and thoughtful experiences
Northampton - Ecton Village Hall
Group Leader - Debbie Jilbert -The Playbag company
Debbie started The PlayBag Company in 2015 to help parents solve the problem of how to keep their children entertained when they are out and about. The PlayBag is an innovative toy bag and play mat in one, which includes 3d features to encourage imaginative play.
Formerly a secondary school teacher, Debbie decided not to return to teaching after her son was born to follow her own path. When she is not running the business or playing taxi service to her two children she can be found indulging her other passion of woodcarving.
“I am passionate about networking as I understand how isolating it can be running a business. It has also given me so many opportunities and ideas as well as a core group of like-minded individuals who can relate to the challenges."
Catherine been practising Pilates for 14 years, including through-out her 3 pregnancies. Driven by a passion to share this fantastic form of exercise with as many people as possible, she qualified as a coach in 2011. Catherine started with just a few classes per week whilst still nursing, then made the decision to spend all of her time working on the healthy side of healthcare. Now the Pilates side of Bodyworks Personal Training boasts 5 Pilates courses, a Piloxing and Cardio Pilates class and many fabulous one to one clients , being trained with a bespoke program either at her private studio or in their homes.
Catherine enjoys taking part in the Whitstable Parkrun every week she possibly can and is determined to get a sub 25minute 5k! She is also a keen student in mindfulness meditation.