Pyronix chief set for Women’s Day

Rotherham businesswoman, Julie Kenny
Rotherham businesswoman, Julie Kenny
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South Yorkshire entrepreneur Julie Kenny has joined the panel of speakers at an event being organised in Sheffield by the Institute of Directors, to mark International Women’s Day.

Julie Kenny started out as a legal secretary, became a lawyer and then went on to become chairman and chief executive of Rotherham-based leading electronic security manufacturer Pyronix. She also served as South Yorkshire’s High Sheriff.

She said: “It is important for the future of UK plc that women take their rightful place within our communities and businesses, particularly within the field of science and engineering.”

The International Women’s Day celebration has Inspiring Change as its theme and features a selection of inspirational women from the region. Other speakers will include Sarah Dunwell and Kathryn Boulton Pratt.

Sarah Dunwell spearheaded the development of the Community Shop – the first in what could be a chain of stores where food that is surplus food, close to its use – by date or simply mislabeled is sold at very low prices to people facing poverty.

Kathryn Boulton Pratt is head of science at Sheffield High School and won a Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) award for the way she inspires teenage girls to consider careers in science.

The International Women’s Day event is being hosted by DLA Piper at its offices in Sheffield on Friday March 7, from 10am to 5pm. For more information, tel: 0113 2430152.