Our Stories: Molly Beddingfield

Written by Eleanor McIntosh.

Molly BedingfieldA social entrepreneur to her core, change and transformation for Molly Bedingfield are as natural as living and breathing. Born and raised in Raglan, the daughter of two pharmacists, Molly felt her parents’ connection to their local community early on, and how no matter one’s “platform” in life this can be used to make a difference and empower others to be an agent for change.

This belief came to underpin Molly’s daily life and at 21 she moved to London to undertake international charity work with various organisations. After 25 years working in the sector, and as a business coach and counsellor, she established Global Angels in 2005, a charity which seeks to enable families and villages in some of the poorest and most destitute regions in the world to adopt long term sustainable solutions to resource and transform their communities.

Our Stories: Tanya Maher

Written by Holly Algie.

Tanya MaherTanya Maher credits her parents with discovering the secret to the ultimate healthy lifestyle was a raw food diet but, since embracing a fully raw lifestyle six years ago, she has established herself as one of the most influential figures in her field. Introducing Tanya, founder of ultimate wellness company Better Raw, a renowned raw food nutritionist and holistic coach who has featured in the likes of Vogue and Women’s Health, co-founder of high end raw food café chain Tanya’s, a recently published author, and a pioneer of the clean eating movement in the UK.

Russian born but raised in New Zealand, it was a near fatal car accident that Tanya was involved in as a teenager that ultimately led to what she refers to as her “calling in life”. Tanya suffered a broken back and extensive damage to her internal organs and was told by doctors that her organs could never fully recover. Although Tanya’s parents were given the option to cut out her pancreas, they decided not to operate unless it was absolutely necessary. In their search for alternative healing methods and because Tanya was unable to process solid foods, they began to juice vegetables and fruits. Tanya kept her pancreas and surprised doctors by how quickly her body recovered.

Our Stories: Dame Judith Mayhew Jonas DBE

Written by Caitlin Madden.

Dame Judith Mayhew JonasDame Judith Mayhew Jonas says home is wherever she is, so it is easy to understand that both the United Kingdom and New Zealand hold special places in her heart.

Dame Judith is originally from Dunedin, having attended Otago Girl’s High School and the University of Otago before moving to the UK in 1973. She has been living in London now for 42 years and is currently working as a Special Adviser at Tishman Speyer, a commercial real estate company.

Dame Judith was the founder and Chair of London & Partners, having been asked by Mayor Boris Johnson to advise on the project and Chair of the New West End Company.

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