International Women’s Day

Wednesday March 8, 2017

Today is all about celebrating and honouring influential and inspiring women and where better to start than with our very own Industry Week guests!

This week we’ve gathered the most successful names in the creative industries to inspire our students into their careers. Whilst some may say the creative industries are dominated by males, we’ve got some influential female guests to prove otherwise!

Hollie Bennett

Hollie Bennett was still at university when she got involved with gaming blog Destructoid. She was named EU Community Manager for the website, creating European-specific content. Hollie is now the PlayStation Access Channel Manager at Sony Interactive Entertainment Europe and is a leading lady in the games industry.

Ceri Wade

Ceri Wade is Production Manager at Arcadia Spectacular and the focal point for all logistics, operations and productions. Under Ceri’s stewardship, Arcadia were named Live Production of the Year at the TPI Awards in 2013 and again in 2015 where she was the first ever woman to be recognised as Production Manager of the Year.

Mandy Parnell

Mandy is a world-renowned mastering engineer with her own facility – Black Saloon Studios. Working with an array of artists, Mandy has been nominated and won awards across the globe from Grammy, MPG and Tech Awards. Mandy recently won Mastering Engineer of the Year at the Music Producers Guild – MPG.

Jamz Supernova

As one of the leading next generation DJ’s in the UK, Jamz Supernova has passion for her craft in abundance. BBC Radio 1Xtra provided her a platform when she was asked to be part of their development program, ‘Xtra Talent’ and it wasn’t long before they took the unprecedented bold step of offering Jamz three regular shows.

And our list of inspirational women doesn’t stop there. Take a look at our influential female Industry Week guests below.

Sammy Winward

Roxy Shahidi

Katie Goode

Jo Thomas

Kelly Bennaton

Jess Parry

Frances Finn

Alexandra Turcan

Rhianne Murphy

Eleanor Goodman

Kate Holder


Further to our International Women’s Day celebrations, Nottingham Trent University has created a “Wall of Women” made up of inspirational staff and students as nominated by staff.

We popped along to have a look and were thrilled to see lots of Confetti students – FE and HE, past and present mentioned, as well as lots of members of staff. These included in no particular order: Harleighblu, Holly Taylor-Gamble, Victoria Van Garrett, Jodie Rodgers, Miranda Stewart, Hannah Storm, Kim Horton, Sarah Allen, Astrella Hollingsworth, Esme Bowden, Jodie Jarecki, Rowena Brett, Merryn Peachey and Aimee Stones.

We’ll be following the theme until the end of the week with our Notts TV special – JOBS FOR THE GIRLS.

Frances Finn will host a special “Jobs for the Girls” edition of the Notts TV Debate in front of a live audience, celebrating females working in the creative industries. With special guests – Vicky McClure, Barbara Matthews, Ewan Lamont & Harleighblu

You go girls! #IW17 #InternationalWomensDay