Women’s aid charity mark anniversary

Smart Works Birmingham celebrates second birthday 

Smart Works Birmingham, a charity that supports women back into work in the region through coaching services, celebrated its second birthday at Opus Restaurant in an event sponsored by LoveBrum. Philippa Pickavance, chairwoman and trustee of Smart Works Birmingham and Kate Stephens, CEO of Smart Works headquarters based in London, highlighted the work the charity has done in the region, helping about 600 women to date. The organisation, set up in Northfield in 2015, relocated to a more central location in Digbeth this summer.


1 Trustees T C Peppercorn, Ruth Paulin, Caroline Wilkie, Victoria Camfield, Jilly Cosgrove, Philippa Pickavance

2 Jayne O’Malley, Olivier Briault

3 Omar Budeiri, Anita Shanghavi

4 Emma Hughs, Stephanie Perraton, Beth Jobbins

5 Emma Cosgrove, Pollie Jelfs, Katie French, Suzanne Barnes

6 Cheryl Blount-Powell, Sarah Brice, Deborah Cadman, Tracey Stephenson

7 Kate Stephens, Sarah Brice, Jo Hunter, Philippa Pickavance

8 Caroline Mills, T C Peppercorn, Michele Clifton, Christine Guibert

Photography by Jas Sansi