At Brilliant Women we know that when we are empowered we can change ourselves and the things that we want to change in the world.

What we do

At Brilliant Women we know that when we are empowered we can change ourselves and the things that we want to change in the world. We believe it is crucial that this message is spread far and wide and also that individuals have the tools and self-esteem to break negative cycles of behaviour and become strong role models who can empower the next generation.

Brilliant Women is a social enterprise which takes an inter-generational approach to inspire and empower change, thereby supporting people to make that first step towards being the change they want to see in their world. We do this by promoting the development of self-esteem in all those we work with, providing information, resources and events, in addition to creating a dynamic and mutual network of supporters.

Why women

Of course, we want to see a society where everyone is empowered, but we are starting with women. Women are often the catalyst for change in the family, society and the workplace. We want to tackle a lack of self-esteem, particularly in girls, who may have internalised the message that they are unworthy or not good enough.

This is now ever more prevalent in the modern, media-driven, youth and celebrity-obsessed world that we live in.

“I know that women have a unique and special energy and when you put many women together, you have a force that can move mountains and does!”

Nina Barough - Brilliant Women

Nina Barough, Brilliant Women Patron


At our core, we are a community organisation and a training provider; our programmes impart what we have learnt and what others have learnt to those who need it, often in areas of and to those who are disadvantaged, but also to those who need empowerment from all areas of society.

The second part of our programme focuses on peer to peer. We continue supporting women along the next part of their journey, from empowerment to action and showing them how they can inspire others.

It only takes one brilliant woman
to make a big difference to your life.


Zoë certainly made a difference to ours. Zoë Stavrinidis launched BW in in 2002 whilst in the secondary stages of breast cancer.  She was passionate about having a network where women really felt the support of others, where they could flourish and grow, where they could empower themselves and those around them. Sadly, Zoë passed away in 2004.

Since that time we have held over 50 events and worked with over 500 young women, parents and elders. We have evolved into a training organisation that delivers a variety of courses, working particularly in areas of disadvantage.

Currently, we are a small organisation. We have a full-time Managing Director and a part-time administrator.  We are governed and supported by our Board of Directors, who volunteer and bring a range of skills to our organisation including Business Consultancy, Finance, Governance and Fundraising. We are supported by advisors with specialist skills such as Web Design, Social Media and Marketing and also benefit from several experienced business mentors.



We seek to inspire women and girls by bringing the different generations together to work, have fun and respect each other. We believe it is crucial to break down the barriers and negative stereotypes that exist between the different generations.


We know brilliant women inspire other brilliant women. Our approach is open and our training programmes are interactive, giving everyone the opportunity to learn from those around them.


We have a multi-racial, multi-ethnic approach. We work with women from all walks of life and value the learning that comes from the different backgrounds and perspectives every woman has.


We maintain a small community focus. We are run by the people for the people and work in schools, hospitals, faith centres, community centres and prisons.


We love the energy that is created when we bring women together. Our training programmes and events aim to harness that energy and while we take our work seriously, we always have fun.


Brilliant Women is grateful to the following donors and organisations that support our work

Children In Need
Comic Relief
The London Community Foundation
Lottery Funded
City Bridge Trust