Committee Members

LBN Committee 2016 – 2017

Chair – Debra Jessett
Treasurer – Emma McColm
Secretary –  Natalie Hailey

Committee Members – Danielle Hone, Caroline Rose,

Marian Graveson, Anne Clark and Claire Steele

Web and Membership – Natalie Hailey

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Debra Jessett – Chair

I have been attending LBN Meetings since I first started my business, Inspirational Ceremonies, 10 years ago.  I have always found the network to be friendly and welcoming and have greatly appreciated the help and advice that is on hand from other members.

I joined the committee in May 2013 and since then have been involved in planning a wide variety of events, including the conference in 2015 and celebration evening in 2016.  I have been chair now for nearly a year and feel very lucky to be surrounded by such a capable and fun group of women who make up the rest of the committee.   Together we work hard to plan a calendar of different events and always welcome ideas from members and guests, so please get in touch!


Marian Graveson


Marian Graveson

I have been part of LBN since 2014 and joined the committee in 2015.  My business is the Blue Moose Kitchen, I make luxury baking kits for the gift market.  I also work for a Charity whose aim is to promote the hospitality, leisure and tourism sector as a great place to work. What I like about the LBN is the variety of speakers, activities and training they provide, and as a committee member I get to work with a great bunch of women.




Claire Steele

I joined LBN in 2016 after moving to the Lake District from Bristol. The move coincided with the launch of my own business Lil’ Creative Studio; a Graphic and Digital Design Agency.

Leaving my network behind in Bristol was hard, but even more daunting was starting a business where I knew no one. LBN has been a fantastic way to met people and start a new network of friends, colleagues and business associates.



Natalie Hailey

I joined LBN primarily to meet other like-minded people. Having your own business can sometimes feel lonely so it’s great to be able to talk to other women about the highs and lows of running a business.

I have a business called Hot Content and help small business owners create quality, share-worthy content and build a brand which people are drawn to. I love to teach the principles of content marketing and help people go from confused, overwhelmed and frustrated to relieved, in control and energised.




Danielle Hone

It was when I became self-employed 10 years ago that I first became interested in LBN. Like many of us, being a sole trader  (in my case a Pilates Instructor) means a lot of time alone with you and your business and my initial reason for coming to a meeting was just to chat to other women in similar situations.  Over the years LBN has given me much more; friendships, knowledge, support and new clients and that’s why I decided to join the committee 3 years ago, to give something back.  I find it very enjoyable being part of the team that plans the many varied and interesting activities we provide and look forward to many more years of a strong LBN.