Wendy Bowers is an experienced strategic adviser with over 30 years hands on experience ranging from manufacturing, distribution, tourism and leisure to professional services. Known for ‘getting things done’, she works with clients to develop strategy that works in practice. She has worked at directorship level in local, regional and national organisations, including the British Chambers of Commerce national board where she was a regular adviser to government re small business and women in enterprise.
With hands on experience of growing a family manufacturing business from zero to 20 employees and many years spent securing investment and generating profit for growing businesses, Wendy understands the day to day pressures business owners face.
Wendy works with companies in Non exec or Interim Directorship roles and also mentors individuals in senior executive roles. Her company also delivers a range of mentoring programmes for Women in Business and Management, some of which are fully funded.
Role regularly works with colleges providing motivational events and mentoring to young females and their Oysters and Pearls Events have gained an excellent reputation in Lancashire.
In my heart I am a writer and since I was 11 I have written a daily journal and poetry. I am now writing a book. I am also a lover of the coutryside and walk as many miles a week as I can. My career includes building a manufacturing business from zilch to 27 employees by the age of 27 (and it's still going strong), being a Finance Director across a range of businesses including Commercial Law and establishing and building 2 successful consultancy and training businesses.
I have also had a long involvement with the Chambers of Commerce being a board member for East Lancs Chamber for 7 years and becoming President after only 2, then being nominated for the National British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) board where I served as a Director for 3 years and was additionally their UK Ambassador for Women's Enterprise, representing the BCC in parliament and on the BBC. I've also served on public sector and charity boards.
Currently I work with business owners and leaders as a critical friend. I dig and delve into Why they are doing what they are doing and Whether it is working for them and their employees. I ask difficult questions and may need to mediate between Directors/Family members to really sort stuff out. I believe a business should be one where everyone thrives and the business makes money - whether that be for shareholders or to invest in social aims.
If you'd like to work with someone who straight talks when necessary and can empathise if needed, drop me a line.