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.


Deb is founder and CEO of the award winning Forensic Pathways specialising in digital forensics, fraud and due diligence investigation. Deb is also an experienced consultant and speaker on entrepreneurship, CSR, global trade for many organisations and was awarded the OBE in the 2008 Queen’s Honours list. Deb was one of 10 amazing business women who performed stand-up at the Funny Women 10th Anniversary Comedy Challenge in 2012, raising over £35,000 for nominated charities.


Harriet Minter is a highly acclaimed journalist and broadcaster with a focus on women in leadership. She writes and speaks about women’s rights and the future of work, with columns in the Guardian and Psychologies magazine. She’s also the host of the Badass Women’s Hour on TalkRadio. 



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 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.


 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 (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 leading experts, providing training for our corporate clients including Investec, PWC, and JLL (London, Edinburgh, Norwich), and runs our comedy improvisation workshops.


Ali is an international business leader with a speciality in driving sales and marketing turnaround, transformation and accelerated profits growth. Her resolutely commercial and consumer focus has seen her solve challenging commercial issues at top-flight companies in highly competitive sectors, including InterContinental Hotels Group, Whitbread, Royal Mail and Hilton.  Her current role is Chief Commercial Officer at Fitness First, one of the world’s leading health and fitness brands.


Tracey is a leading independent strategy consultant with over 30 years experience of providing expert advice and project leadership, management and support to a diverse range of strategic and business development projects, with a particular focus on the healthcare sector.  Prior to working as an independent she held roles as Managing Director of a privately-owned Corporate Communications company, a General Manager (with BUPA, the NHS and Quaker Oats) and a Strategy Consultant (with The LEK Partnership and Arthur Andersen).


Hannah is an experienced fundraiser at international children’s charity Plan International UK. She specialises in major philanthropic partnerships to ensure the world poorest children have access to education, healthcare, clean water, and their basic rights.  Over the years she has worked for several national charities, including the NSPCC and Marie Curie. Hannah is also has a passion for languages and speaks German, French and Italian.


Jo James is an established business coach, trainer and empowering speaker with over 25 years hands-on experience of building six and seven-figure businesses.  With her proven sales, marketing and mindset strategies for success, Jo propels creative business owners to get clarity, feel confident and win more clients in Mastermind Groups in London and Business Retreats in the Algarve, Portugal.



Becky Singh is a veteran international comedy producer working for over 20 years in the UK, US, France, Canada and Ireland. Producing stellar talent including Jerry Lewis, Jim Jefferies, Maria Bamford and William Shatner, Becky continues to produce but now also writes and directs TV, theatre and film, whilst advising digital media companies on their comedy video output. 



Purpose driven, visionary entrepreneurs hire Abigail Rebecca to create incredible success in their business. As a presentation coach, Abi helps them achieve this through empowering them to feel more confident, engage with their audience and look & feel incredible so they can share their message in a passionate, authentic and stylish way on stage and video.




Sue runs an independent PR consultancy, Lister Communications, providing a full service to both the C2C and B2B sectors. Sue’s experience includes PR, digital media, event management, exhibitions, seminars, conferences and keynote speaker events. She combines strong all-round communication and organisational skills whilst maintaining a good sense of humour.