MJThe NBWN committee were sad to announce to members that our longstanding chair and committee member, Mary-Jane Kingsland (affectionately known as M-J) passed away on Saturday 11th April 2015 following a mercifully short but extremely brave fight against a sudden illness.  Our thoughts are very much with her family.

Mary-Jane was a passionate advocate for women in business and with an MA in Mentoring and Coaching practice, she was a licensed Emotional Intelligence Practitioner and founder of her coaching and mentoring business; working with business women from all walks of life. M-J started a research PhD in 2014, funded by the Manchester Metropolitan University, designed to facilitate understanding, for all employers, of the important trinity of employee authenticity, engagement and well-being in the workplace.  Earlier in her career, she was a family lawyer for twenty years before taking a career break and returning to study her MA.  She went on to have a regular column in the EDP offering comment and advice about workplace issues and trends, before establishing her own business ‘The Write Woman’ as a freelance business journalist and key note speaker.

Mary-Jane was involved with NBWN for over 15 years and the time and energy that she committed to the network was admirable and above and beyond expectation.  Even when she began her research PhD in Manchester in 2014, she remained the figurehead of NBWN, having been persuaded by the rest of the committee that we would all support her in the more time consuming elements of the role, if it meant that she would stay on as chair (and we are so glad that she did).

Mary-Jane was an inspiration to those who knew her, whatever the capacity – whether as a professional, mentor and coach, networker or friend.  She had a natural talent for bringing out the best in people and will be missed by all.