Who We Are
The Women of Achievement Lunch was established in 2008 to celebrate the achievements and contribution made in many varied fields by women who have Scottish connections. Our goal is to support small, but vital Scottish charities to make a big difference and to have fun doing it.
Over the last fifteen years we are very proud to have raised £456,931 for Scottish charities. Extraordinary things are achieved by ordinary women every day and we could not have done it without our network, which has grown to over 1,000 Women of Achievement, and our committee who volunteer their time for free.
What We Do
Each year we raise money to support a chosen Scottish Charity.
Funds for each year’s appeal are raised at our annual Women of Achievement Lunch held at the Caledonian Club in London in March, and also through sponsorship, advertising and through generous donations from charitable trusts and our network of ladies.
Thank you so much for all your support and for giving so generously to these very worthwhile causes.
We are very proud of all the speakers who have spoken at our annual Women of Achievement Lunch. We have thoroughly enjoyed hearing about your achievements, and you have had us in stitches with many amusing stories shared with our network of ladies.
Thank you so much for supporting us.
Jessica Cadzow-CollinsJessica is from the Glasgow printing and publishing family, Collins. Scots born and educated, she studied gemmology in London, qualifying as a Fellow of the Gemmological Association, of which she served as Chair in 2015. She worked in luxury jewellery for 30 years in senior roles at Harrods, Asprey, Garrard and Chaumet, before establishing her own ethical jewellery company. She currently serves as Chair of London Scots frontline homeless charity, Borderline, and is a Liveryman of the Clockmakers’ Company and a Freeman of the Goldsmiths’ Company, which all exist to protect and do good by others. Joining the WoA committee is a great honour for her and the opportunity to do more directly for those home in Scotland.
Lady Colquhoun of LussKate has spent her life educating children. Firstly, as the founding Headmistress of Broomwood Hall which she started with 12 pupils in 1984, followed by Northcote Lodge, a boys prep school in 1983 and recently Northwood Senior, which opened its doors in September 2020. As Chairman of the Board of Northwood Schools, Kate oversees the education of over 760 pupils in South West London. In addition, as a Trustee of the Northwood African Education Foundation, she also helped to set up St George’s School, which currently educates over 400 orphans in Gondar, one of the poorest regions in Ethiopia. She and her husband Malcolm have three children and three grandchildren and divide their time between Luss, in Scotland, and London. Her hobbies include walking, reading and flying.
Francine Douglas-HomeAfter Edinburgh University, Francine worked in the City for ten years before having children. Since then she has been working part-time in various capacities, most recently as COO of a small hedge-fund and she is currently working in a family office. She is married to Tara and they have two teenage children. She is the Chair of the Governors of a primary school in London close to where they live.
Lady Fuller - Co-Chair 2023Venetia grew up in Scotland and now lives in Wiltshire with her husband James. Together they run their home Neston Park which has an organic dairy herd with the milk going to Ivy House, The Old Cheese Room and their own ice cream “Luscious”. Neston is also used for filming including Larkrise to Candleford, Poldark, Agatha Raisin, Persuasion, Four Seasons and The Other Wife to name a few.
Katharine LandaleKatharine is delighted to be part of the Women of Achievement Lunch Committee and joining an incredible group of ladies who have raised significant amounts of money for Scottish charities. Katharine founded Bold New World Recruitment in 2019 which specialises in all hiring aspects for small businesses. She is particularly interested in helping experienced people back to the workforce who may have taken a career break. Before this Katharine's career was in Investor Relations with Citigroup and BNP Paribas in London and during she has been involved with various charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Facing the World, MS Society, Home Farm Trust and The Cot Death Society. Katharine sits on the boards of Six MHS and Tetbury Hospital and has been Chairman of the Friends of Tetbury Hospital for a number of years. Katharine moved with her family from London to near Tetbury, Gloucestershire in 2005.
Lucy LiddellLucy was born in Ireland but moved to Scotland at an early age. She was educated and brought up in Ayrshire. She studied Interior Design and worked in the Interiors world before starting a family with her husband, Duncan. They then moved from London to Saffron Walden. Her three children are growing up and Lucy has had time to start a new career in Horticulture. She’s studying with RHS and volunteers in the English Heritage Garden at Audley End, as well as working in other gardens.
Claire McCorquodaleClaire grew up in Cornwall, trained bilingually and then worked in London. She worked at Christie's and then trained as a Montessori teacher where she discovered her lifelong passion for education. She is married to James and they farm in The Borders. They have two teenage children. Claire fundraised at her children's local schools and has been involved in CLIC Borders where she helped raise substantial funds for the development of a Borders garden for CLICs new house opposite Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. Claire is now a volunteer for The Food Train, a charity that distributes food to the elderly and those sheltering.
Diana MiersDiana Miers was born and brought up in Scotland. She worked in the luxury retail sector in Leeds and London before returning to Scotland to establish her own luxury focused marketing consultancy. She then spent 3 years in Brussels, where she worked as Retail Marketing Manager for the Bicester Village Group while there. She now runs her own Scottish focused cultural tour company with her husband, based near where they live in the Scottish Borders. She has two teenage boys. For 5 years she was a trustee of a local Childrens' Charity, acting as Chair during the Pandemic year of 21- 22.
Marina NovisMarina grew up in the Surrey Highlands and has lived and worked in Sydney, Cape Town and New York and now lives in London with her husband and four children. She works at SEO London, a diversity charity that prepares students from ethnic minorities and low socioeconomic backgrounds for career success. Prior to this she spent ten years working in financial services, in Investor Relations at Prudential Plc and before that at PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Marina also works as a volunteer interview coach at Smart Works in West London, helping provide interview support and coaching to women trying to get back into the workforce.
Alexandra RobsonAlexandra grew up in Scotland and has property in East Lothian. She attended school in Edinburgh, Esmod School of Design in Paris, Cambridge University (BA) and Stanford University (MA). She built a career with Accenture, becoming a partner in Consumer Goods and Retail. After a career break to raise their four sons, Alexandra founded and runs Augustine Jewels, a luxury jewellery company specialising in exquisite gemstones. Augustine Jewels was recently shortlisted for Jewellery Designer Brand of the Year. Alexandra has a commitment to public service. She loves the decorative arts and charities that improve educational opportunities. She stood for Parliament in 2005 and has had various roles in the Conservative Party including Local Councillor and Cabinet Member for Education in Hammersmith and Fulham, the Policy Unit, Director of Women to Win to encourage more women to stand for Parliament and Head of Business Relations. She is currently a Trustee and on the Board of the Museum of the Home.
Carolyn WarrenderMrs Francis Hazel has built her career with her innovative approach to interior design and colour. The author of four home decoration books she developed Laura Ashley's first Home Furnishings collections and launched the UK's first stencilling shop. More recently she has focused on Retail Consultancy and using skills learnt throughout her career, and is now very active in local politics. She has two children.
Emma Weir - Co-Chair 2023Emma was born and raised in Scotland until she moved to London after school to start her career. She set-up and ran a successful boutique headhunting business for 25 years which specialised within the financial markets and had offices in London, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and New York. Emma purchased Arisaig House in 2010 and her sister ran it as a hotel until 2020. From 2020 until she sold the property in 2022, Emma ran the house and cottages on an exclusive use basis. She sits on a number of charity boards and the advisory board of a stately home and estate.
Harriet WilliamsAfter studying English at Oxford, Harry worked in London as a theatrical agent for ten years before abandoning the West End for Scotland where she was involved in a renewable energy start-up. After various incarnations, the business was bought by an international power company and Harry worked for thirteen years as their Development Director for Scotland. She moved from Edinburgh to the Scottish Borders with her family to refurbish an old property and set up a holiday lettings business. Harry supports various charities, has been a volunteer for the Scottish Dementia Helpline and has recently helped with a fundraising gala for Firefly International, a small Edinburgh based charity supporting children traumatised by war.
Viscountess Younger of LeckieJennie is Executive Director of Development at King's College London and King's Health Partners (Guys & St. Thomas' Hospital, the Maudsley Hospital and King's College Hospital). She is also Non-Executive Chairman of the Centre for Process Innovation and an Advisory Partner of a private equity firm. Prior to this Jennie worked for over 30 years in pharmaceuticals (GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca) and in financial and professional services Deutsche Bank, FTI Consulting. BZW and Kleinwort Benson). She is married to Viscount Younger of Leckie, a Government Minister in the House of Lords, and they have three grown-up children.