Meet Debbie Miles

Debbie is Regional Director for West Berkshire , and currently manages several groups in the area encompassing, Hungerford, Newbury and Thatcham. She discovered the power of networking in 2008 and was committed to helping others realise the benefits, from that moment on.

After qualifying as a Management Accountant while working for the John Lewis Partnership, Debbie worked in a variety of financial roles for companies such as Price Waterhouse , IBM and HP. While at IBM she qualified in Sales, and then moved into Marketing in Hewlett-Packard, where she worked in a variety of roles for the last 17 years. While at HP Debbie focussed on the Financial Services Industry, in international marketing. Debbie left corporate life to focus on her Athena role, as she wanted to become more involved with supporting and working with small and medium sized businesses. Following her qualification as an NLP practitioner she developed further, her skills as a business coach. In addition to her role as RD for West Berks Athena Network, she is also a Business Fit Club coach, offering 1 to 1 coaching and business skills workshops to Athena members and visitors.

Debbie believes that Athena offers great inspiration and support to the women that join. The women she has met have such courage, knowledge and experience, it would be such a waste if they weren’t to share and learn from each other. She has witnessed the camaraderie and cooperation that has developed between the women in the groups, and is motivated to continue the good work.

Debbie has a daughter at uni and a son aged 15. She enjoys sports and travel. In the past she has done voluntary work abroad, which inspired her to quality as a TEFL teacher and to study foreign languages. In her spare time she likes to play tennis, dance Ceroc and sail off the South coast of Dorset.

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I'm aware that time needs to be made to network, train, build, grow and to celebrate success and moan about the odd disaster, and for this I am so grateful to Athena. Were it not for this network and the monthly get togethers, one to ones and training options I am sure I would spend 100% of my time chained to the aga knee deep in venison casserole and pavlovas!
Jo T ( Caterer -Thatcham )

I am getting my own show on Kennet Radio, I will do it monthly to start with and then will see where it goes.  It is very exciting and exactly the route I would like to go. I am thrilled and it is all thanks to you Debbie and Athena.
Arabella C  (Blogger and Radio Presenter!  Hungerford) 

Athena keeps me on my toes – a good monthly prompt to be tackling some of my less favourite but essential tasks. I feel energised after our lunches and I have met many people who are really helping my business.
Kate C (Architect - Newbury )

Athena is a place where I can receive encouragement and advice from other women in business whether freelancers or entrepreneurs.  With a focus on supporting, not selling, every meeting is a positive opportunity to make new connections and learn skills that directly benefit the success of my business.
Toni K ( Blogger and Copywriter - Thatcham)

The Athena Network  has seamlessly helped me on my journey from a Corporate world to running my own business. It's introduced me to fabulous members, many of which have become clients of mine. My very first event I met a new accountancy firm. We established a great relationship and have worked together ever since. I have used Athena members to help me...interior designer, photography, printing and in turn introduced my clients to Solicitors and Accountants that I've met via Athena. I use to dread networking - I look forward to the Athena meetings.
Caroline M  (Independent Financial Advisor - Hungerford) 

Joining the Athena network is without a doubt the best thing I've done in the years I've been in business.  RD Debbie Miles is clearly passionate about creating a vibrant and friendly environment within her four groups, and the impact it's had has been not just increased referrals, but support, inspiration and even friendships!
Margaret McDonnell (PR  Hungerford)

I joined the Athena network in 2009 and it has been one of the best things I have ever done. Networking with such fantastic and enthusiastic groups of ladies from all lines of business and led by our energetic and encouraging leader, Debbie, has both inspired me and enabled me to work in a very abundant and reciprocal way with many members. I wouldn’t hesitate to thoroughly recommend joining your local group if you want to broaden your horizons and contacts as well as making some very firm friends.From the very first meeting of the group I could sense a real desire to share ideas and support each other, alongside that each member demonstrated drive and passion about their individual businesses. For that reason I joined at the end of that first meeting. I have generated lots of new business through Athena networking. I also find the camaraderie between the group is invaluable especially for someone like myself who works alone. It is definitely worth the money.
Vikki C  (Vie Photography, www.viephotography.co.uk  Hungerford)

I would say that apart from the many opportunities to do business, Athena has created an amazing opportunity to create and nurture really supportive relationships with other business women in the area.  It has also been a great resource in terms of education ie what other members have expertise in and have shared their knowledge/experience....plus a source of reliable business contacts to whom I can refer friends and family to.... plus it keeps me focussed on working ON  my business rather than in it...
Lis A ( Life coach and motivational speaker Hungerford)

I had been a little skeptical about networking groups, but have found Athena to offer so much more real value than I had imagined - the support, the friendships and the business focused discussions have given me extra confidence and determination to push my enterprise forward. In addition, I have certainly benefited directly from sales as a result of being part of the group.
Emma B ( Caterer - Newbury  and Hungerford)

Thank you so much Debbie, you have really given us (and me) a boost! I think you have created something special for women in business in West Berkshire. I found the warmth and support at this week's meeting inspiring.  Thanks again for letting us be part of it.
Helen (Charity Visitor)

I have to say I really like our group, and I'm getting lots of benefit from being a member - not just financial, but the structure of the meetings is very valuable - thank you!  I had a "difficult conversation to have" which I have been putting off for some time and I was able to have it this week, using the advice from Juliette's talk on that subject and all went smoothly.
(Accountant  Newbury )