UK Israel Business together with UJIA celebrate International Women’s Day

On Tuesday 8th March, UJIA Leeds celebrated International Womens Day in collaboration with UK Israel Business at MAZCC. We had an inspirational and esteemed panel of woman which included:

Noemie Lopian Holocaust Educator & Campaigner – Host of Jewish Mother Me Podcast

Charlene Lyons CEO of Black Sheep Brewery and Director Lyons Consultancy

Suzanne Manning – Former Senior Hospitality Professional and Director of  Special Events & Engagement at Hilton Worldwide

Amanda Port – Board Member and former Marketing Director BigChange

It was great to be “in person” in a room together after all this time and fantastic to collaborate with Jane Clynes of UK Israel Business

The event was  excellently facilitated by Philippa Goldstone – Director of Equals One Ltd.

With over 70 people attending each and everyone of us felt empowered by strong women everywhere.




Noemie Lopian  – Holocaust Educator & Campaigner, Host of Jewish Mother Me Podcast. Noemie Lopian is the daughter of Holocaust survivors Dr Ernst Israel Bornstein and Renee Bornstein. Noemie lived in Germany until the age of 13 before moving to Manchester, England. She qualified as a GP and for the last few years has dedicated her time to educating and commemorating the Holocaust, continuing the legacy of her parents. Noemie travels up and down the country and abroad speaking to schools, universities, Judiciary, civil servants and cabinet offices.

Charlene Lyons – CEO – Black Sheep Brewery, Director Lyons Consultancy. Charlene has a First-Class Honours degree and is currently the CEO of Black Sheep Brewery, a role she started in January 2020 after being invited onto the Board as a Non-Executive Director in 2017. Charlene is a Management Consultant and founder of Lyons Consultancy, a company that works nationally across many business sectors to deliver various solutions from change management and business restructuring to business strategy and marketing engagement.

Suzanne Manning – Senior Hospitality Professional previously Senior Director – Special Events & Engagement – Europe Middle East & Africa at Hilton Worldwide. Suzanne is s highly accomplished and experienced sales and project management expert specialising in driving profitable growth in competitive sectors through proactive organisational transformation, strategic communications, event management and business development & processes. Respected as a motivational and inspirational leader capable of training and developing teams to enable them to fulfil their potential and add value to the business.

Amanda Port –  Board Member and former Marketing Director BigChange.

Amanda has a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry. Skilled in Negotiation, Operations Management, Business Development, Marketing Strategy, and Sales Management. Strong marketing professional. Mandy comes from a strong entrepreneurial family and behind every successful man (Martin Port) is Mandy – 4 Children with strong family values