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Women Breaking Barriers: A Q&A with Rachel Daly (Lioness & Euros 22 winner)

1 December 2022
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Freeths and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to tune in via livestream, to hear from Lioness Rachel Daly about the Euros 22 and her inspiring journey so far.

Date
1 December 2022
Time
11:00 – 13:00
Venue
Virtual Event
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Price
Free to attend

The Euros earlier this year captured the hearts of our nation, showing just how much women’s football has grown in recent years. The narrative and attitudes of women in sport and business at every level is shifting and we are seeing the exciting possibilities available in careers that were traditionally male dominated.

  • In the continuous pursuit of greater gender equality, how do we maintain the momentum? 
  • What can businesses learn from the Lioness’ recent success about teamwork and resilience?
  • Which skills and attributes are transferable between sport and business and how do we utilise these for the betterment of our professions?

Freeths and Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce would like to invite you to tune in via livestream, to hear from Lioness Rachel Daly about the Euros 22 and her inspiring journey so far. She will then join a panel discussion alongside Karen Hirst, Managing Director at Maple Grove Developments Ltd and Philippa Dempster, Senior Partner at Freeths. 

Laura Tracey at Freeths will host the panel and raise these key questions, asking about their different career journeys so far, their views on the exciting possibilities for women, and what more needs to be done to tackle the challenges that remain.

  • Speakers

Rachel Daly 

Rachel Daly started her football career playing for Killinghall Nomads boys’ team u9-12, and has since represented England at the U-15, U-17, U-19 and U-23 levels, including the 2022 Euros Winning team. Rachel recently moved back to the UK to join Aston Villa after 7 seasons at Houston Dash, where she Captained Houston Dash in the Challenge Cup 2020, winning the tournament and being awarded the Golden Boot, gaining MVP (Most Valuable Player) of the tournament.

Karen Hirst 

Karen Hirst is a Managing Director of Maple Grove Developments and a Group Board Director of Eric Wright Group and joined the business in 2016. Karen brings 32 years property and development experience from both public and private sectors and was previously a development director at Salford City Council and Central Salford Regeneration Company.

Karen is a Member of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Property & Construction Group and Gateway Panel for Greater Manchester Combined Authority Housing Investment Fund bringing her wider insight into the property profession.

Philippa Dempster 

Philippa Dempster is a Senior Partner at Freeths and Managing Partner of the London Office, that now has circa 100 member of staff. Philippa is regarded as a leader in the field of Dispute Resolution and has a Masters degree in Advanced Litigation and is a trained ADR mediator. Philippa qualified at Hogan Lovells before joining Freeths Nottingham Office over 20 years ago. She moved to manage and grow the London office in 2013, and was the first permanent partner in London. Philippa is also Freeths Diversity & Inclusion champion, and heads the firm’s Networking Events for Women (NEW) initiative. 

Laura Tracey 

Laura Tracey joined Freeths Manchester in January 2021 from Squire Patton Boggs and has recently been promoted to Partner at Freeths. Laura has over 16 years’ experience advising on all areas of employment law, advising the biggest household names in the retail, consumer product and leisure sectors. Laura supports employers with implementing and developing their equality, diversity and inclusion strategies and advises on women’s rights in the workplace.

To RSVP for this event, please register your details here, and you will be sent a link to join on the day.

Able to attend in-person in Manchester? Please email [email protected] to see if there are spaces available! 


This event is a woman-focused event that intends an inclusive definition of women. We are welcoming and respectful of women, including trans women and those who are nonbinary, gender non-conforming, and anyone who identifies as a woman in a way that is significant to them. We also welcome allies who are committed to creating environments that are supportive of people who are typically underrepresented in the workplace and beyond.


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