Who runs the Foundation for Women in Enterprise?

The Foundation is run by businesswomen for businesswomen.

Each member of the committee has a distinguished record in business and all are committed to giving something back to other women who are just starting out in business or who are looking to grow their businesses and connect with other like-minded women. 


Brenda Pic

Bee Davidson

Bee is the Managing Partner of Hewitts Solicitors, a growing law firm with five offices across Durham and Tees Valley and over 100 employees. As part of her legal work she sits as a Deputy District Judge in the civil courts in the North East and, in her role as Cheif Executive of a large high-street practice, she holds several Trusteeships within the community including County Durham Citizens Advice and the Pioneering Care Partnership in Newton Aycliffe.  


Pamela Hargreaves profile picture

Pamela Hargreaves

Pamela is the owner of Water Babies Tees Valley and North York Moors Limited, an organisation that teachers around 1000 babies and toddlers how to swim each week. She is Chair of a local children's charity, a former Councillor of 12 years and one of the founders of Women What Do.biz and Stockton Businesswomen's Networks. Pamela is the host of the annual Foundation for Women's Enterprise event held each year to celebrate International Women's Day and women in business in the North East. Pamela is a keen skier and snowboarder and plays netball on a weekly basis and obviously swims when she can fit it into her busy family's commitments!



Janice Auton

Janice is the founder and owner of Poppys Hairdressing. With salons in Stockton and Hartlepool, Janice has forged an award-winning career in the hair and beauty industry over the last 40 years. Janice also co-founded Women What Do.biz and Stockton Businesswomen's Network where she is often found sharing her knowledge and experience with others who are at the start of their business journey. Since 2014 Janice has been involved with the growing partnership of local businesses working together as a Busines Improvement District (BID) to revitalise Stockton Town Centre. 


Gill Sawdon Bio

Gill Sawdon

Gill is the Co-Executive Director of Business Networking International in the Durham and Teesside region, where she helps connect over 300 local businesses. She has a passion for lifelong learning, established through her successful 15-year teaching career in a local secondary school. She is currently President of the Franchise Advisory Council, which is a national role within the organisation and one she thoroughly enjoys. For fun, Gill runs, cycles and open water swims and is currently training for a 2029 half Ironman and a 2020 Ironman. 

 Karen Eve

Karen Eve

Karen Eve is Manager of Castlegate Shopping Centre and Business Centre in Stockton on Tees. Karen has worked in shopping centre management for over 11 years and prior to that had a 10 year career in commercial radio. Karen is patron of local charity Middlesbrough & Teesside Philanthropic Foundation and a director of Stockton BID, which involves investing levy payer's money to promote the town and drive business. Karen has a keen interest in future-proofing town centre and protecting the High Street and works hard to support fledgling businesses establish and grow in the region. 

For further information about the work of the Foundation for Women in Enterprise, contact Pamela Hargreaves on 07976 375 977 or email info@thefwe.co.uk

Back to top