AXA PPP head to share story with women entrepreneurs

AXA PPP head to share story with women entrepreneurs

Tracy Garrad became CEO of AXA PPP Healthcare last January, when former CEO Keith Gibbs stepped down after 17 years at the helm.

Before being appointed head of the Tunbridge Wells-based health insurance provider, she had a successful career in banking, becoming the first female CEO of First Direct, and then of HSBC Channel Islands and Isle of Man.

Now, after 12 months in the role, the AXA head is sharing her story with local businesswomen keen to hear how she achieved the success she has enjoyed.

Ms Garrad, will be speaking at the Hotel du Vin, alongside other local businesswomen, at an event organised by business network Make It Your Business, which runs seminars across the country providing opportunities for women to meet established local female entrepreneurs in order to help other women in business.

Ms Garrad said: “At the start of my career I was lucky enough to have people who believed in me and who gave me the encouragement and support I needed to make the most of my potential.

“So, in turn, I’m delighted to be supporting this initiative, which inspires and helps women realise their business aspirations.”

Joining Ms Garrad for the Make It Your Business event will be Claire Burroughs, Managing Director of Ansacom, Debbie Harris, the Managing Director of Autumna, Amanda Redman, who gave up a 22-year career in marketing to become a successful local financial planner, and Julia Olden, who runs the co-working space Office Tribe in Tunbridge Wells.

Event organiser Siobhan Stirling said: “The inaugural meeting of Make It Your Business Tunbridge Wells in June was a real success, with highly positive feedback from the audience, so I am delighted Tracy is taking time out from her busy schedule to connect with and inspire today’s and tomorrow’s businesswomen within the town.”

Make It Your Business runs from 9.30am to 11.30am on Friday January 17 at the Hotel du Vin Tunbridge Wells on Crescent Road.

Tickets cost £10 and are available from

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