Wakefield Bondholders celebrate women in business

Holding the coveted ‘Business Person of the Year’ title, Michelle Bailey, Managing Director of Barnsley-based Active Response Security Services, is perfectly placed to discuss the valuable contributions that women make in business when she headlines Wakefield Bondholders first Friday on the 8th September at the National Coal Mining Museum.

As an impassioned advocate of the unique skills that women bring to business, Michelle will draw upon her ten years of leadership to share how she herself has succeeded in building an award-winning business boasting 150 employees.

Michelle will be joined by Merran McRae, the newly appointed Chief Executive of Wakefield Council, who will discuss her new role and what she sees the future holding for Wakefield.

Michelle comments: “As an employer of women, I see first-hand the exceptional contributions that women bring to the workplace and I’m looking forward to sharing my business insights with fellow business people who, like me, are passionate about the continued growth of our region.”

She continues: “Along with financial investment, I believe that it is incredibly important to nurture the next generation of female business leaders. Instilling confidence in young people now, will help to future-proof our business prospects going forward.”

As an elected member of the governing body of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and a member of the Barnsley Business Inspiring Students programme, Michelle is a firm supporter of business in the local area and showcases this with her commitment to community causes.

Adrian Spawforth, Chair of Wakefield Bondholders, comments: “We have a fantastic line-up for our September first Friday. Merran and Michelle are strong advocates for our region, for growth and continued development and we are certainly looking forward to hearing more about their enterprising journey and also what’s next for Wakefield.”

A representative from the National Coal Mining Museum will also take to the stage alongside Bondholder’s Chair Adrian Spawforth and Karen Lythe, Service Manager Strategic Housing, from Wakefield First who will share how housing is bringing new residents to the district.

The event will take place in the Conference Suite at the National Coal Mining Museum, Overton, WF4 4RH, on the 8th September and will commence at 8.45am. The charge for the event will be £10 which includes an arrival breakfast. Following first Friday, the event will close with a complimentary tour of the mine which will take approximately 1 hour.