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Claire Lomas MBE keynote speaker at Chamber event to celebrate International Women’s Day

Member News published by Cambridgeshire Chambers of Commerce

Delegates are encouraged to help create a gender equal world to celebrate International Women’s Day at Peterborough Cathedral on Friday 6 March. This annual, prestigious event in the Chamber calendar is expected to be another sell out with over 150 business people in attendance.

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Opening the event will be keynote speaker Claire Lomas MBE who made worldwide headlines in 2012 when completing the London Marathon in a pioneering robotic suit taking 17 days and the Great North Run 2016 in five days.


The event will allow delegates to delve into issues that are central to career development of women, debate ways to influence change, and take time to consider their own ambitions, aspirations and barriers. 

Commenting on her involvement, Claire Lomas MBE said: “I am delighted to be the speaker at the Chamber of Commerce International Women’s Day event. I will be taking delegates through my journey - how I got from rock bottom to achieving some things I once never thought would be possible.”


International Women’s Day: #EachforEqual
Friday 6 March, 9.30am-1.00pm
Peterborough Cathedral


This event is sponsored by NPS Group and Savills.

Everyone in the workplace is welcome to attend regardless of gender and age – no one is excluded!



About Claire Lomas MBE

Claire Lomas was working as a chiropractor and had reached the highest level in the sport of eventing when a freak accident left her paralysed from the chest down. She had gone from living a life as an active sportswomen whose dreams were coming true to a life that seemed impossible to ever be happy. The simplest of tasks were now a challenge for Claire. Many doors had closed, and it was difficult not to dwell on all she had lost. She had to dig deep to find the strength and courage to rebuild her life from scratch.

In 2012 Claire became headline news worldwide. She walked the London Marathon in a pioneering robotic suit. It took a gruelling 17 days and raised £210k for Spinal Research.

Claire is currently learning to ride a motorbike and loves pushing the boundaries. Last year she became the first paralysed female in the UK to get her motorbike race licence – a remarkable achievement as she had never ridden a motorbike before her accident.


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