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Evening of entertainment for Velindre 19 June 2015

March 9, 2015

Q & A with Gareth Davies, Chairman of the WRU and Carolyn Hitt, bingo, raffle, disco, buffet.  Raising money for Velindre Cancer Trust.  Llandaff Rugby Club Friday 19 June 2015.  When did you last have such a good night out doing good to?  Come join us.


19 June 2015 eve of entertainment for Velindre


Superwoman 10 23 October 2014

July 15, 2014

Here’s the flyer and booking form for Superwoman 10 on 23 October 2014

Superwoman 10 flyer

Great line up of speakers with leading figures from the worlds of sport, media and politics plus networking, raising money for Valleys Kids and Tenovus and wine!



Superwoman 10 23 October 2014

July 9, 2014

I know, school’s not even out and here I am talking about October!  But I know how busy you all are and how diaries fill up quickly so wanted to give you advance warning about Superwoman 10 on 23 October 2014.

It is being held at Cardiff Business School’s brand new building on Colum Road, Cardiff from 4.30pm to 8.30pm.  Cost is £35 and all net proceeds will go to our two charities Valleys Kids and Tenovus.  Here is the line up – senior women from the worlds of sport, media, politics and business.  As always it is a multi tasking blend of networking, being motivated and inspired, catching up with friends, and raising money for great causes.

4.30pm to 6pm – network over a cup of tea and some cake, browse our stalls including jewellery, Superwoman tea towels and confectionery.

6pm to 7.30pm speakers:  Elan Closs Stevens, BBC Trust Member for Wales: Anna Ryder Richardson, Anna’s Welsh Zoo, Nicole Cooke MBE, Olympic cyclist and Eluned Morgan, Baroness Morgan of Ely.

7.30pm to 8.30pm network some more over canapes and wine.

Flyer will be going out to our database of 1100 women by the end of July with details of how to book.  Keep the date!  If you have a pop up stall or know of anyone who runs one that might be suitable for the Superwoman marketplace, please email






Superwoman Kitchen Suppers 2014

January 24, 2014

Superwoman Kitchen Suppers 2014

Happy New Year to Superwomen everywhere!

We hope you had a good Christmas and New Year break and are surviving the January de tox that inevitably follows.    Bethan is doing dry January and finding it doable but a bit boring.   As a result, she is really looking forward to this year’s series of Superwoman kitchen suppers and hopes lots of you will be joining her.

This is how the kitchen suppers work.

Each supper is attended by between 10 and 15 women.  As far as possible we try to arrange the attendees so that you network with a wide range of people.  We eat lovely food cooked fresh by the team at E J Catering in good company and try a new wine or two to match the food.  Over dessert, we discuss the business questions that attendees submit and which we circulate in advance of the supper, together with short biographies of everyone attending.  At the end we do a collection, (usually for Oxfam’s Train a Businesswoman or Give Girls a Head Start) and Bethan will try to sell you Superwoman tea towels.  So that’s food, wine, conversation, sharing business tips and advice and doing a little good all rolled into one super evening.

The cost for a three course supper plus a glass of wine is £35.  7pm for 7.30pm.    Normally done by 10pm unless there is a party Superwoman in our midst who is not driving and suggests another bottle of wine.  We really like party Superwomen.

The dates and venues for this year’s kitchen suppers are below. The Cameo is not available so these suppers really are in a kitchen.  We’ve fitted the dates in to avoid school holidays and bank holidays.

Thursday 13 February – Bethan’s kitchen in Wenvoe (just along from Culverhouse Cross).       She promises to tidy up before you come.

Thursday 20 March – Bethan’s kitchen in Wenvoe.  The tidy up from last time will do.

Wednesday 30 April  –  E J Catering’s kitchen in Capital Point.  Watch the finishing touches being put to your supper by the E J Catering team.   Marvel at the size of the walk in refrigerator.

Thursday 19 June – Summer Solstice Canapes  – this is a new experiment for us, a larger gathering but limited to 25 people with substantial finger food (you will not need to eat when you get home) and more wine. Details of venue (which will be somewhere in Cardiff) to follow.

If you would like to attend please email us on as soon as possible, letting us know your preferred date.  Ideally, state a second and third choice too as the suppers book quickly and places are limited.  We will then send you details of how to make payment and your place will be confirmed when we receive payment.

In the meantime, happy detoxing everyone!

Superwoman 9 is on 10 October 2013

August 20, 2013

The flyers for this event will be coming out in the first week of September but in the meantime:

When: 10 October 2013

Where: Coleg y Cymoedd Nantgarw Campus – £40m state of the art building

Time:  4.30pm to 8.30pm.

4.30pm to 5.30pm – pre event networking over tea and cake and opportunity to browse range of stalls selling Christmas gifts, Superwoman tea towels, home wares and beauty.

5.30pm to 6pm: registration

6pm to 7.30pm:  Speakers – Sian Gunney of Peacock Media Group, Dilys Price of Touch Trust and Kirsty Manning of food company Cnwd.

7.30pm  to 8.30pm  – more networking, canapes and wine.

Cost is £35, net proceeds going to two charities:  Valleys Kids working with disadvantaged families in the South Wales Valleys and Touch Trust, the charity founded by Dilys Price which provides music and movement programmes to a range of disabled people.

To pre book contact Superwoman on

Superwoman 8 11 October 2012

September 21, 2012

Are you joining us for Superwoman 8 on 11 October 2012?  I do hope so.  All the details are on our events page and you can see photos from previous October conferences in our gallery. 

The October conference is a multi-tasking event, much like the lives of the Superwomen who attend it.  We’ve got inspirational and informative speakers, an opportunity to network, a little bit of shopping if you fancy it and we will raise around £6,000 for Valleys Kids and Breast Cancer Care.   And there’s wine and cake too! 

I’d like to personally thank our speakers, sponsors and goody bag contributors for taking the Superwoman challenge and making Superwoman 8 happen.  I will start planning Superwoman 9 in 2014 about twenty four hours after Superwoman 8 is over so do get in touch if you have any suggestions you’d like to make – for sponsors, speakers, or just how to make the event better.

My cape has developed a few holes recently and I’ve not been able to fly as fast as I’d like so this blog has not been updated as much as usual.  Do let me know if you have blog ideas you’d like me to post up.


Wales Business Insider Power 100 January 2012 – the women

January 6, 2012

The Insider Power 100 is out this month.  It’s 14 months since the last Power 100 list was published  in November 2010 which was also roughly the same time as the Western Mail published their ridiculous sexy lists for 2010,  inviting a quick  flick through the lists to see whether anybody featured in both.   Sexy, powerful AND Welsh -there’s a thought!     To save you the bother given the delay between the lists, I can tell you that there is only one person who features in both the Sexy lists for 2011 and the Power 100 list for 2012 namely Richard Parks (number 9 in the sexy list, number 92 in the Power list).

I have been running a one woman campaign in this blog to persuade the Western Mail to ditch the sexy lists and do “Wonderful Welsh People” lists instead.  I doubt this is going to be successful since more people find the Superwoman blog by googling (and not in an ironic way either)  those sexy lists than find it any other way.    In relation to the Power 100 list, my blogs have given the Insider a little bit of gyp about the limited number of women on the list.  This year I blog slightly self consciously about the Power 100 list because I am a new entry, in at number 94.   Is this perhaps a way of neutralising me – put me in it so I don’t blog about it?  I doubt that -my comments have not been particularly barbed – although I was a bit sarky  in last year’s blog about the absence of Laura Tenison from the list.  Last year’s list ranked “the most powerful people in Wales seen from a business perspective” and this year it tracks “the most influential  people in Wales as seen through a business lens.”  I think what that means is that there are more people in the list this year that have no power whatsoever but who like to bump our gums about those that do.    What has certainly made me smile is not that I am a new entry in the Power 100 list but that Laura Tenison is, at number 66.

But I’m not smiling much at all because THE WOMEN ARE GOING THE WRONG WAY!.  There were 12 women in the last Power 100 list and there are only nine this year!  That’s a 25% reduction.   I set out below the nine women listed, five of which are in politics or government:

5. Edwina Hart, Minister for Business, Enterprise, Technology and Science, up from 67 last list when she was Health Minister;

6.  Cheryl Gillan, Secretary of State for Wales  – no change

11.  Jane Hutt, business and budget minister – no change

18.  Dame Gillian Morgan, permanent secretary – down from 13

19. Sian Lloyd Jones, chief executive Finance Wales – down from 14

66.  Laura Tenison, MD JoJo Maman Bebe -new entry

71.  Hayley Parsons, founder Go Compare – up from 82

73.  Kirsty Williams, Liberal Democtrate leader – down from 71

94.  Bethan Darwin, founder Darwin Gray and Superwoman – new entry

These were the women featured in the previous list:

6.  Cheryl Gillan – Secretary of State for Wales – new

11.  Jane Hutt – business and budget minister (rising from 87 )

13.  Dame Gillian Morgan – Permanent Secretary, WAG (down from 11)

14.  Sian Lloyd Jones – Chief Executive Finance Wales (up from 17)

38.  Jane Davidson – Environment, Sustainability and Housing Minister (up from 56)

58.  Menna Richards – Controller, BBC Wales (down from 8  as Ms Richards had announced her departure from BBC)

63.  Jocelyn Davies – Deputy Minster for Housing and Regeneration – new

67.  Edwina Hart – Health Minister (down from 12 in the previous list when she was tied in 12th place with Huw Lewis and Carwyn Jones as the Labour leadership had not been decided at the time)

71.  Kirsty Williams – Liberal Democrat Leader (up from 86)

74.  Lesley Griffiths – deputy minister for science, innovation and skills – new

82.  Hayley Parsons – founder, Go Compare – new

100.  Elizabeth Hayward – director South East Wales Economic Forum -new

Some of the women missing in action from the lists should be reinstated including Elizabeth Hayward who has recently been appointed by Ms Hart to chair a task and finish group on a Cardiff City region and Ann Beynon,  Wales Commissioner for the Equality and Human Rights and  BT Director of Wales.  Others not previously on lists should be included such as Professor Laura McAllister, Chair of Sport Wales.   Including just these three, who are all very influential in Wales, would at least have meant that the number of women on the list stayed constant rather than falling.

If I have any influence at all in Wales this is what I would like to achieve the next time there’s a Power 100 list.  That the list of women should be getting longer rather than shorter!  That all the superwomen in Wales (and there are hundreds of you; I know; you come to Superwoman) email the Insider and tell them what you are achieving and how you are achieving it – that you shout out loud about your achievements and not hide your lights under bushels;  that you MAKE A BIG NOISE ABOUT HOW GOOD YOU ARE.  Let’s make it 13 women for 2013.  And if while you’re at it, you also think the sexy lists are shallow and not doing us as Welsh people any favours, tell the Western Mail that too.