International Women's Day


Inspire and Admire

Monday 8th March 2021 | 10:30am - 12:00pm



International women's day is a global day of celebrating women and the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements they have achieved. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality. Here at Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce we are huge advocates for equality and strive for change, with this we are gladly holding an event to celebrate International Women's Day 2021 and bring everyone in business together.

Our aim for the morning is to bring inspiring women from different industry's together under one roof and provide discussion to help guide other women in business, helping them excel in their own working life.

The event will be hosted by our Chief Executive Jo James OBE, followed by Holly Tucker MBE, Founder and Holly & Co. You will also hear from Karen Cox, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Kent, with the opportunity to join in a Q&A session.

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Awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2018 for her services to the Kent Economy, Jo has worked in the business-to-business environment for over 30 years in a variety of roles but has been specifically working at the interface between the public, private and education sectors for the past 13 years.

She joined Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce in 1990 as a part time typist and now heads up one of the largest and most active Chambers of Commerce in the South East.

Since becoming Chief Executive in 2007 she has established the company as a leading support organisation within the County with a diverse range of services to satisfy the needs of the Kent business community.

Additionally, Jo is Vice Chair of the Kent & Medway Economic Partnership, Vice Chair of the Kent & Medway Business Advisory Board, a Director of the South East Local Enterprise Partnership and an active participant at the British Chambers of Commerce where she sits on the Accreditation Board.


Holly Tucker is best known as the co-founder of, but with many strings to her bow - mother, MBE, founder of Holly & Co and UK Ambassador to Small Creative Businesses, she is so much more. Believing in the power of creativity and a champion of small businesses.

With a host of achievements under her belt, Holly has successfully made her name as one of the UK’s most-respected entrepreneurs. She has dedicated her career to providing a platform for small businesses allowing them to compete with the big guys.

Her business acumen and commercial insight has led Holly to be recognised for a number of awards over the years, most notably by her MBE for services to small businesses and enterprise as part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2013.

Entrepreneurial, successful and innovative, Holly bridges the gap between business and creativity, helping others to learn from her success.

Karen Cox

Karen Cox is currently Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Kent.

Karen graduated from King’s College London with a BSc (Hons) and her RGN qualification in 1991. She has held a number of clinical posts in Oxford, Southampton, Gloucestershire and Nottingham, specialising in Oncology and Community Health Care (District Nursing).

Karen completed her PhD at University of Nottingham, funded by the Cancer Research Campaign and was appointed a Professor in 2002. At Nottingham, she served as Head of the School of Nursing from 2002 until 2007, joined the senior leadership team as a Pro Vice-Chancellor from 2008 until 2013 and became Deputy Vice-Chancellor from 2013 to 2017.

Karen is also HE representative on the SE Local Enterprise Partnership Strategic Board and an Associate Non-Executive member of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust.



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