Meet Claire Newell

With a background in health, fitness and wellbeing Claire began her career as a Fitness Instructor and Sports Therapist working within the industry in both public and private sector. She managed a Health Club for a large private company and enjoyed training and developing her staff so much, she decided that this was an area she wanted to focus on.

In 2002 she went and worked for a Training Company where she worked with 16-25 year olds to help them gain qualifications within the leisure industry. Claire found this very rewarding as a lot of her learners had left school with no qualifications but with her help were able to achieve this and a successful career within the industry.

In 2007 Claire now with two children under three, found her career and family life a constant juggle. She wanted a better balance and the opportunity to spend more time at home. She decided to start up her own business ‘Body ReNewell’

Initially Claire found starting a business a daunting task and in September 2007 became one of the founder members of the North Oxfordshire Athena Network Bicester group. It was here that Claire really appreciated the power of ladies networking.

Claire was also able to pull on the support and advise from the members of Athena when she needed it.

At the end of 2010, having built up a successful client base, Claire was ready for another challenge and when the opportunity came up to buy the Athena Business she was a member of, she jumped at the chance.
Being self employed can be a lonely world, but when you become a member of Athena you will never be on your own.

By offering the chance to develop skills and to build a support system for other ladies Claire can see the opportunities of The Athena Network, and what that can bring to other like-minded business women.
“ I feel so inspired by the women I meet, and I thrive on seeing our members succeed in their business, and the relationships that are being built from ladies having met through The Athena Network”

Claire is the Regional Director for the North Oxfordshire region which has monthly meetings in Banbury and North Oxford and new groups launching in 2016.

If you would like to attend one of these meetings please do get in touch with Claire.

Tel: 07771 881600

Email: Contact Claire Here



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What Athena Members Say …

Nicky Fitzmaurice

"Athena Networking has been the making of me! I have made more friends and learnt more about business tools and networking strategy in the last year than I ever thought possible. Athena’s focus on training members to be the best that they can be, whilst in a supportive and nurturing environment, gave me the confidence to learn and grow which in turn allowed my business to do the same. It is this, that is the heart of Athena. No hard sell amongst the members, we encourage one another to help where we can. I always come away from a meeting inspired and bubbling with ideas on how to grow my business. It’s a fabulous way to live, learn and grow. Nicky Fitzmaurice

Selena Ludick

“The Athena network can be distinguished from any other networking group I attend. Its structure and form mean that members who attend are committed and dedicated to proactive networking which on turn achieves tangible results.  This benefits me and my firm,  in just a two  hour monthly meeting I have the opportunity to talk to other business women about me, my business and what I need and how I can be helped.  The environment for delivering this is focused and professional. As a result referrals are made and recommendations given which, for me achieves increased clients and in turn builds greater contacts.  As a busy business women Athena also provides a forum to connect with other business women on a social / friendship basis so “all work and no play does not make this Jill a dull girl” Athena motivates me, strengthens my vision, equips and endorses me but most of all provides the fuel every business women needs to keep raising her game and stepping up to the mark.”

Rosie Mortimer

Working mostly on my own, I really appreciate the positive camaraderie of the Athena women. Whatever need or concern one has, there is always someone able, and enthusiastically willing, to help with good advice. I find the interaction tremendously stimulating and enjoyable - and highly instructive. A wonderful group to see regularly, with excellent opportunities to meet other interesting and skilled women at training days. Thank you Athena!

Tracey Richardson

"I've been an Athena member since Rachel Maunder launched her first group in Hampshire. And I'm still a member because it has transformed my very individual business by providing me with the professional and personal support system I used to enjoy in corporate life at Marks & Spencer, before I was inspired to put my commercial skills at the disposal of the Third Sector. Whether it be IT products and services, social media training, business strategy advice, personal image consultation, financial advice and planning and last but by no means least great, supportive friends it's all at Athena NEHants."   


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