Get in touch

At Cityparents we all work fully flexibly; part-time, remotely and predominantly term-time only. If you'd like to get in touch, we'd be delighted to hear from you and welcome all feedback, and will respond as soon as we can. Our biographies and email addresses are below.

Please contact:

Louisa Symington-Mills for queries about Cityparents Ltd, corporate membership, our network activities and speaking opportunities. You can email Louisa directly here.

Helen Beedham or Kathryn Ryan for queries about Cityworks. You can email Helen directly here.

Anna Richards for article, blog or podcast suggestions and media enquiries. You can email Anna directly here.

Susanne Leja or Fran Murrells for queries about our Cityparents network events, speakers, event hosting and membership/event booking enquiries.  You can email Susanne directly here and Fran here.

Alison Deane for queries about Cityparents Influencers, our new network launching this autumn. You can email Alison directly here.

Christy Chown for technical queries about our website, and any booking/registration issues. You can email Christy directly here.

Our team

Cityparents Ltd is owned by Louisa Symington-Mills (CEO and Founder), Helen Beedham (Head of Corporate Affairs), and includes the Cityparents Network, Cityworks and Cityflex. 

Helen Beedham joined Cityparents Ltd in 2014 and is a Director.  She leads the Cityworks network, manages our corporate relationships and gives talks on behalf of Cityworks and Cityparents.  Prior to Cityparents, she worked in management consulting for 15 years helping major corporate and Government clients to implement organisational, HR and people-related changes. She is married with two grown-up step-children and a daughter in primary school and lives in Kent.  You can email Helen directly here.

Alison Deane previously worked in Corporate Communications in Telecoms, delivering a programme of events and products which showcased  revolutionary and first-to-market products.   She has a passion for enabling others to realise their potential through mentoring and development, and is an NLP Master Practitioner.  Alison lives in the Kent countryside with her daughters aged 11 and 9, and numerous pets.  Widowed in 2015, Alison is now excited to be embracing the work dimension back into her life. You can email Alison directly here.

Susanne Leja joined Cityparents in May 2019 as the Head of Events and brings a wealth of experience working within the financial sector. She previously worked at Bloomberg L.P. for 9 years and gained significant experience in events and client relationship management through various customer facing, analytical and leadership roles. She is passionate about connecting and communicating with other working professionals and enabling them to improve their work-life balance. Susanne lives in Kent with her husband and three children. You can email Susanne directly here.

Fran Murrells has a passion for high quality events, with over 17 years event management experience working across financial services, education and advertising. Fran joined Cityparents in September 2018 as Events Coordinator and supports Susanne Leja with our busy events offering. She has two children aged 5 and 7 and lives in South London. You can email Fran directly here.

Anna Richards joined Cityparents in May 2019 as Head of Communications and Marketing. Previously, she spent 15 years working in PR and Communications, first in a WPP PR agency where she specialised in the Technology sector and then within the Brand, Communications and Marketing team at an international law firm. Anna lives in the Essex countryside with her husband, 6 year old daughter and 3 year old son. You can email Anna directly here.

Kathryn Ryan joined Cityparents in October 2017 and manages our Cityworks network on a day-to-day basis.  Kathryn started her career in HR, working for both the public and private sectors, before transitioning into management consultancy. Kathryn worked for leading consultancy firms for 10 years, helping corporate clients to drive HR efficiency and implement organisational change. Kathryn is married and has two daughters, aged 3 and 1, and lives in London. You can email Kathryn directly here.

Christy Chown joined Cityparents as Team Coordinator in November 2019. She has over 10 years experience supporting Directors of international corporate companies as well as within the charity sector. Christy lives just outside of London with her husband and three boys aged 5, 4 and 2. You can email Christy here.

Louisa Symington-Mills oversees all aspects of Cityparents Ltd's activities. Louisa established Cityparents (then known as Citymothers) in November 2012. For 10 years Louisa pursued a busy career in banking and finance as a top-3 Extel-ranked sell-side analyst covering listed alternative investment funds at Royal Bank of Scotland and then Jefferies, following the sale of RBS Hoare Govett. She subsequently became Chief Operating Officer at LPEQ (www.LPEQ.com), an international association of listed private equity companies. Prior roles were held at M&G Investment Management and a multi-family office. Louisa is married with two young children, Rose aged 7 and Laurie aged 5, and lives with her family in the UAE. You can email Louisa directly here.

Louisa was named one of the Global Finance 50 for 2015 by ICAEW and has received a number of awards recognising her work at Cityparents including:

  • Winner: Great British Entrepreneur Awards 2015 Social Enterprise (UK) of the Year
  • Winner: 2015 Inclusive Networks Awards Professional Network of the Year
  • Winner: 2015 Efinancial News Editor’s Choice Award for Excellence
  • Shortlisted: European Diversity Awards 2015 Campaigner of the Year
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