Not John? Me neither. Join us to inspire women in the workplace  #imnotjohn

There are more chief executives called John than there are female chief executives in FTSE100 companies. Join us in inspiring women across the North West to believe they can become leaders in their chosen careers.

We can do it with our super champions: Check out who is helping us rock this campaign!


Donna Hall, Wigan Council: Chief Exec.


Mike Wild, MACC: Chief Executive


Jane Kenyon, Girls Out Loud: Founder


Estephanie Dunn, RCN: Regional Director NW


Guardian research shows the lack of women occupying the top jobs in FTSE100 companies. But this inequality is not unique to the corporate world: females are under-represented in senior management positions in charities, government and hospitality. 

#Imnotjohn wants to provide women across the North West with role models who show that you don’t have to be a John, Dave, Mark or Andrew to succeed. We will be showcasing examples of female leaders who challenge this research, and give women wanting to rise up the ranks the belief that they too can be the boss in their chosen career.


Thank you for inspiring women to believe you don’t have to be John to be the boss.

The support you have shown in the build up to this campaign has been overwhelming; you’ve helped us build up a team of 85 super champions from councils to construction companies.

So far,15 of these champions have shared their inspiring stories, these stories and this morning’s Thunderclap have reached half a million people across social media, and more than 3000 have taken action.

You’ve helped us to spread the message from Knutsford to New York, Bolton to Berlin- with the most shared article on regional business news North West FYI, Manchester Evening News coverage, Marketing Stockport as well as broadcast coverage on BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Manchester.

Keep the conversation going:

SOCIAL: Share the #imnotjohn message to your twitter followers during the campaign week. 

SELFIE: Download, print and take a selfie with Selfie Poster and share on social media.

BLOG: Read our super champions’ blogs and share your own journey and experiences of women in leadership roles. Email to share your story or for hints and tips if you’re writing your first blog. We’ll publish your story on our site.

JOIN: join our #Imnotjohn mailing list for future updates by emailing


  • Rebecca Horton
    on September 23, 2015 Reply

    Hi, I was given your information in my work role but I have been thinking about how some of the work you do might benefit the local Brownie group that me and my sister run. This subject matter is one that I feel quite strongly about (even though I’m feeling personally a little disenfranchised at the moment). Maybe your inspiration might help us all along a little, particularly to encourage our girls that they can be anything they want to be.

    Many thanks, Becci

    • Grace
      on September 23, 2015 Reply

      Hi Becci,

      Thanks very much for getting in touch. Fantastic to hear that you run a Brownie group! We’d love to use the campaign to support you, and hopefully provide that inspiration you are looking for. Let’s have a chat:

      Best wishes,


  • natalie allanson
    on October 21, 2015 Reply

    hi, I do lot of local fundraising and have planned and organised events in the community. I am currently working as a carer but ideally would love to be my own boss and choose my own hours or even work from home as an event planner or fundraiser. I have also noticed that there is a lack of support in my area for young girls, everything seems to be aimed a the boys, especially football clubs. I would love to be involved with or help set up a girls football club/team. any advice or pointers you can give me on achieving these goals would be great.

    • Author
      Yellow Jigsaw
      on October 22, 2015 Reply

      Hello, thanks for your comments. It is great to hear about your plans for the future and it sounds like exciting times ahead. In terms of support, I think it would be good for you to get in touch with Girls Out Loud, who are taking part in the #imnotjohn campaign, their website is who may be able to point you in the right direction with contacts for your football ambitions and also with your other career aspirations. In terms of support that we can give, if you are able to take time away from your carers role, you can register for our #imnotjohn launch event on November 9 through our website where there will be many inspiration women for you to learn from or email me at I hope this helps and thanks again for getting in touch. Kirsty from the Yellow Jigsaw team.

  • Sheila Williams
    on October 23, 2015 Reply

    I picked up the information about the “I’m not John” event after searching to see if Jane Kenyon was running a “Stepping Out” course this year. I came across the “Girls Out Loud” website and wondered if what your were doing would be applicable to my daughter for her to come along? She is just outside the age range having just turned 19.
    She left school almost at the end of her first year of 6th form. She did nothing but aimlessly hung around our local town for 9 months doing nothing but smoke, drink and “hang” with friends. By the end of the year (Dec 2014), she realised that she didn’t want to do this anymore, wanted to be out there earning and working and was offered a job as a team leader in our local ” “Subway”. She has worked diligently and hard, not without her frustrations, since then, but this work does not give her much pleasure. She covered for her Manager recently whilst she was on holiday, and enjoyed the responsibility. However, she is a very creative person and now wants to move on, but doesn’t know which way to turn and despite her good GCSE’s I think lacks confidence that she can find something else.
    She is very money motivated (like most teens), has a hard work ethic, but whereto now?
    The last couple of years have been very difficult for her. She lost any direction, faith in friendships and other areas which I don’t want to go into here.
    As her Mum, I want to help in anyway I can if she will take it, but understanding she has to do whatever it is herself.
    Just wonder whether your day in Manchester would be right for her?

    Any help you can give would be most appreciated.

    Kind regards

    • Author
      Yellow Jigsaw
      on October 28, 2015 Reply

      Hi Sheila,

      Thanks for getting in touch. The event is 9 tickets away from being booked up, and the attendance is mostly senior managers and entrepreneurs. There will be opportunities for attendees to meet some of our #Imnotjohn champions, including a champion who has set up her own branding and marketing consultancy- I think it would be a great opportunity for your daughter. Please register for tickets here:

      Kind regards,


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