The women of When Women Gather

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Founding Member

Jude Winwood is a founding member of When Women Gather. As well as enjoying the role of Co-programme Manager for the group since it was established in 2019, Jude also curates and delivers our arts and wellbeing workshops and programmes in the field of Music and Wellbeing. 


Jude is passionate about the wellbeing of women and draws upon her own knowledge and experience within the field of mental health to design engaging and inclusive projects that inspire participants and promote positive relationships amongst all communities. 


Having left her career as a teacher in 2015, Jude went on to establish her own creative arts company, providing meaningful musical encounters for schools, businesses and communities across the UK. Jude specialises in team building and developing social and emotional skills in young children. Some of Jude’s clients have been The Royal Family, Coco Cola and Sony. 


A pinnacle point for Jude in her then new venture was being selected to curate a series of workshops for children experiencing issues surrounding poor mental health at the Anna Freud Centre in London. HRH The Duchess of Cambridge took part in the project’s celebration performance and this was televised across the world - View Kensington Palace’s clip of the performance here -


Opportunities to live and work amongst communities around the world; such as in Ethiopia, The Caribbean, West Africa, the Indian Ocean and Europe, have always inspired Jude. In her workshops, Jude regularly talks about the many astounding ways women seek to gather and support each other across all cultures; equally through happy times and tragedies. 


Jude forms part of our core team, alongside Janet Rose and Sally Olewe-Richards. 


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Founding Member

Janet Rose is a founding member of When Women Gather. Having spent many years of her career in community-based support roles, such as in mainstream education, welfare rights, youth leadership and social work, Janet has gained much knowledge and experience to transfer into her leadership and educational role within When Women Gather. Janet is also a Director of one of Nottingham’s most prestigious music production studios, Take 1 Studios, and alongside other musical family members has on several occasions welcomed HRH Prince Harry into the venue.

Janet is also a keen entrepreneur and supports other women in their own businesses, helping them to achieve beyond their potential and overcome emotional obstacles.

In her home city of Nottingham, Janet has formed excellent partnerships within many organisations, such as Nottingham University, Nottingham City Council, New College Nottingham and many other community-based organisations.    


A lifelong passion for Janet has been the art of belly dance. For over thirty years, Janet has trained with world class teachers in this art form and has really honed her own unique teaching style and craft. Through dance, Janet supports women with raising self-esteem and body confidence. Janet leads When Women Gather’s dance programs and enjoys collaborating with other teachers to provide high quality arts and wellbeing workshops.

Janet is a much-valued member of When Women Gather and forms part of our core committee, alongside Jude Winwood and Cara Thompson.

For more on Janet Rose, visit the following page:

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Associated Member

Dr Sally Olewe-Richards is a women’s empowerment coach, social researcher and author. In 2019, she founded Women of Wisdom and CourageⓇ and specialises in supporting women to heal after abusive relationships; drawing on trauma-informed and research-evidenced methods.

Prior to working as a women’s coach, Sally’s professional background was in social research. Having completed her PhD in sociology and social policy, she carried out research for academic and not-for-profit research organisations, most recently on the national evaluation team for the £112 million National Lottery-funded programme ‘Fulfilling Lives: Multiple and Complex Needs’ and England’s first ‘Housing First’ pilot, run by the charity Homeless Link.

Sally draws on her wealth of professional skills in her volunteer role as a trustee and the newly-appointed Treasurer of Broxtowe Women’s Project; a local Nottingham charity, supporting women and children affected by domestic violence.

In April 2020, during the first pandemic lockdown, Sally was invited to create and lead the Sisterhood Support: When Women Gather project, which provides an online community for women in Nottingham to reach out for emotional support if they are concerned about things they’re experiencing in their relationships. Through networking with established domestic violence providers in the city, the project is well-placed to signpost and refer to other services where requested.

Sally is a much valued member of the When Women Gather team and continues to work with and support women throughout the ongoing pandemic.

For more on Sally, visit her website and follow her on social media:


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