Advisory Board

We are lucky enough to have an incredible Advisory Board of talented business women, journalists and producers helping Funny Women every step of the way.

DEBORAH LEARY OBE (CHAIR)

Deb is founder and CEO of the award winning Forensic Pathways. Along with many, many other accolades, Deborah was awarded the OBE in the 2008 Queen’s Honours list. Deb bravely performed stand-up at the Funny Women 10th Anniversary Comedy Challenge in 2012, which raised over £35,000 for nominated charities.

HARRIET MINTER

Harriet Minter is editor of the Guardian Women in Leadership. She has a strong interest in women’s rights, diversity in the workplace and digital media and is regularly called upon to speak in public on these topics.

KAREN ROSIE

Karen’s breadth of experience as a comedy producer for the BBC has seen her work with some of the best artists in the industry: French and Saunders, Dara O’Brien, Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle, Mark Watson, Rhod Gilbert, Sarah Millican, Jason Manford and Micky Flanagan, to name but a very few.

AL STARY

Al Stary is a television production manager with 18 years of ‘hands-on’ experience. Al is a graduate of Funny Women’s Stand Up to Stand Out workshops, went on to perform stand up comedy and reached the semi-finals of the 2012 and 2013 Funny Women Awards.

CHARLOTTE SWEENEY

Charlotte has over 20 years’ experience of working for large global organisations, and has expert knowledge of equality, diversity, inclusion, health & wellbeing, change management, employee engagement and corporate culture shift at a global and local level. She has recently created a business that supports companies with their cultural and change management agenda and works with clients in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

MISA VON TUNZELMAN

 Misa is the lead director for UK marketing and communications at commercial real estate specialists, JLL, responsible for the strategic direction and operational management of the Marketing and Communications function.  She is also a member of the EMEA regional Marketing Communications and Research leadership team and represents the region on JLL’s global Marketing leadership group. Misa has been listed by the FT as on of its top 100 LGBT Executives for 2016 for the second year running.

JENNY BOLT

Jenny (B.A.Hons) trained as an actress and director. She is a skilled freelance workshop facilitator, and coaches individuals in presentation skills. She works with us here at Funny Women as one of our regular ‘go to’ experts, providing improvisation workshops for corporate companies including Investec, PWC, and JLL (London, Edinburgh, Norwich), and at our public events.