Caroline Snowdon is the new regional director of The Athena Network West Berkshire

The Athena Network, West Berkshire, has a new regional director at the helm.

Caroline Snowdon has taken over the three women-only networking groups across Newbury and Hungerford from veteran regional director Debbie Miles.

Caroline was introduced to The Athena Network in late 2019 when she was starting her new health and well-being coaching business Root Branch Sky. When she found out that the Athena franchise was available, she decided to find out more, undeterred by the threat of COVID-19.

She said: “Being self-employed and working alone can feel very lonely sometimes, particularly if things aren’t going well, so having a network of like-minded women who will also have shared some the trials and tribulations of self-employment really helps.

“Athena has helped me in so many ways. “I’m passionate about women supporting each other and on a personal level.”

Despite the challenges the Coronavirus pandemic has thrown up this year, Caroline thought this fantastic opportunity was just too good to miss.

She added: “I thought very carefully about whether this was the best time to be investing in a business when there is so much uncertainty, but over the summer the member numbers have increased despite what’s going on in the world and it’s clear that there has never been more need for women to connect in business.”

“I like that the meetings take place once a month and at midday, as not everyone can get to a meeting early in the morning. It’s very collaborative and supportive and owing to the nature, quality and commitment of the women involved, you really get to know each other and understand each other’s businesses.”

In March, Athena meetings switched from face-to-face lunch meetings to online and Caroline paid tribute to all of the members who embraced the new format so smoothly with help from Debbie and The Athena Network HQ. She said: “I really love hearing about other inspiring women in business and always feel very energised and motivated when I leave a meeting.  Hearing how women have managed to navigate through these difficult COVID-19 times has been awe inspiring and quite humbling.”

“It goes to show how resourceful and supportive women are and how the Athena ‘tribe’ rallies round to ensure the welfare of its members.”

Paying tribute to the outgoing regional director, Debbie Miles, Caroline added: “Debbie has done a wonderful job over her 11-year tenure to build the network up and she has many, many supporters within the group who have been with the network for years. Like her, I really want to help women with their business – to help them grow and develop their business and to help them be the best version of themselves.”

As well as running The Athena Network locally, Caroline will continue to run her coaching business and giving Reiki treatments. Additionally, she organises events for the European Pharmaceutical Market Research Association, plus she is also a Family Celebrant offering weddings, renewal of vows and baby namings. If that wasn’t enough, she somehow manages to chair the committee for  the Three Rivers Community Choir – a choir which she set up with a friend nearly 4 years ago. In her spare time she is keen on exercise, gardening, art and is a keen musician.

Caroline now has plans to expand The Athena Network West Berkshire with a fourth group in Spring 2021, plus she is bringing back the popular “Cappuccino Connections” sessions in collaboration with other groups at the end of October.

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