The Conference Committee is planning an great line-up of inspiring speakers for Liverpool, amongst whom are:

Terry Waite, CBE, who became known when he was held a hostage in the Lebanon for five years. These days he is president of the charity Y Care International, the YMCA’s international development and relief agency. The YMCA is the oldest and largest youth charity in the world. He is also patron of AbleChildAfrica and Habitat for Humanity Great Britain and president of Emmaus UK, a charity for formerly homeless people.






Sally Kettle is an ocean rower and the first woman to row the Atlantic Ocean twice from East to West.

She competed in The Ocean Rowing Society Atlantic Rowing Regatta in 2004 with her mother, Sarah Kettle, becoming the first mother and daughter team to row an ocean.








Emily Rose Yates will take you through her personal journey of an adventurous wheelchair user, from cage diving with sharks to being the first disabled woman to cross the Sinai Desert via a camel. She was the Disability Consultant at MetroRio as well as writing the Lonely Planet’s Accessible Rio in 2016. Emily is a colourful and inspirational lady.






Sir Ranulph Fiennes, OBE A former Army officer who has become the foremost British explorer and holder of several According to the Guinness Book of World Records in 1984, he was the world’s greatest living explorer.endurance records. He is also a prolific writer, poet and charity fundraiser, named the UK’s top celebrity fundraiser by Just Giving, the UK’s most popular online fundraising platform. To date he has raised £8.3 million for Marie Curie.





Doctor Ann-Marie Wilson 28 Too Many is a registered charity established in 2010 by Dr Ann-Marie Wilson to undertake research and provide knowledge and tools to those working to end FGM i(Female Genital Mutilation) in the countries in Africa where it is practised and across the diaspora worldwide. In recognition of her work researching and campaigning against FGM, she received the British Citizen Award, one of only 28 people chosen to receive the award from hundreds of nominations.








Ellie Bird Lenawarungu Director of ‘Amuka Foundation’. A former police officer with the West Midlands and British Transport Police, serving for over thirty years. After her retirement Ellie has gone on to found the Amuka Foundation in Kenya working to deliver life skill and empowerment programmes to adolescent boys and girls. The word Amuka means to rise up in Swahili.






International President, Mariet Verhoef-Cohen Mariet, from the Federation of Europe, took up her post as Soroptimist International President 2017 – 2019 at the official change of insignia ceremony, held in Rotterdam, July 2017. Mariet is a member of SI Zwolle club in the Netherlands and first became a Soroptimist in 1997. Recognised as an expert on the topic of water and how it impacts the lives of women and girls globally, Mariet is delighted to announce that her President’s Appeal for the 2017 – 2019 biennium will focus on Women, Water and Leadership.








Professor Helen Pankhurst Great granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, leader of the British suffragette movement and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, campaigner for the suffragette movement in the United Kingdom.She has worked for a range of international development organisations including ACORD, Womankind Worldwide and CARE International, primarily in Ethiopia.