February 2013 Meeting

Andover Women in Business Club held their 5th February meeting at the Copper Kettle Restaurant, Andover where we enjoyed a beautiful meal.

Our speaker was Nadine O’Connor, who was, I think one of our most interesting speakers! In a very honest and eloquent manner she shared with us her experiences – both business, and some personal, and I believe we will be discussing her talk, and the issues covered in it for quite some time

Nadine O’Connor is the co-founder of British Innovation Label “Agitator” and Campaign Director of controversial pressure group Fathers 4 Justice.

Over the last 20 years Nadine has built a wealth of experience creating campaigns for major UK Brands as well as staging high profile PR events that have garnered international attention.

As the Campaign Director for Fathers4Justice since 2005, Nadine has become one of UK’s leading private advocates in court for unrepresented Litigants in Person and a spokeswoman for Family Law reform. In 2006 she and a group of protestors took the BBC’s National Lottery programme live off air.

She is a regular speaker at schools and universities across the UK where Fathers4Justice is taught on the National Curriculum and on TV and Radio as a spokeswoman for F4J.

Between 2008-11, Nadine negotiated on behalf of F4J with the Conservative Party and the Liberal Democrats before and after the 2010 General Election regarding family law reform, meeting David Cameron and Nick Clegg in the course of her discussions.

Nadine started her career in the planning department of Test Valley Borough Council and it was there that she developed an interest in planning and transport issues. Nadine has campaigned in Hampshire to save local bus services, increase safe pedestrian crossings for school children and against the development of out of town developments by major superstores.

Nadine is a guest lecturer to schools, colleges & universities, speaking on Fathers 4 Justice; The History of Campaigning; Political Pressure Groups, Using the Media for Modern Campaigning and Design & Marketing.

Nadine holds free help & advice surgeries for parents experiencing family breakdown & through this she manages casework, court bundles & court preparation for those parents who require assistance.

Nadine is married to F4J Founder Matt O’Connor, whom she met in 2005 at a Fathers 4 Justice meeting. They have 2 children Phillippa & Archie and 2 dogs Cocoa and Kerry