As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we want to take a moment to shine a light on the incredible women who are driving innovation and change within the Sussex Innovation community. These inspiring individuals are not only breaking down barriers in their respective industries, but creating genuine impact and change through the work they do.


Source: Dr. Rosie Scott

Dr. Rosie Scott – Co-Founder and Medical Director of Definition Health

Dr. Rosie Scott is the Medical Director and Co-Founder of Definition Health. Definition Health is designed to improve outcomes, increase efficiency and enhance the patient experience. Working with a team of NHS consultants and expert software developers, Rosie has developed innovative software Definition Total Surgery Solution, delivering an “End-to-End” process for surgical patients. As Medical Director, Rosie has played a key role in helping to reduce face-to-face assessments by 60% which in turn has saved 1.92 hours per patient and saved hospitals £150K a year.


Source: Claudine Reid MBE

Claudine Reid MBE – Director of PJ’s Community Services 

Claudine Reid MBE is the Director of the multi-award winning Social Enterprise, PJ’s Community Services. PJ’s Community Services provides services to enhance and transform communities, including care services, social enterprise support, and addresses the care staffing crisis by providing training and employment opportunities within the industry. Through her work, Claudine has helped individuals and social enterprises navigate the complexities of business, foster positive change, and make an impact by providing mentorship and training, in addition to supporting hundreds of people within the local community access the care and support they need.


Source: Dr. Charlotte Rae


Dr. Charlotte Rae – Founder of Sussex 4 Day Week

Dr. Charlotte Rae is the UK’s leading quantitative researcher on the 4 Day Week. Based at the University of Sussex, Sussex 4 Day Week have been helping local SMEs to get themselves ready, test the waters and measure the results as part of a UK-wide trial since 2022. Through her work as a researcher, Charlotte has made lasting impact by improving workplace health and employee wellbeing through the trial and implementation of the 4 Day Week in addition to providing necessary data to inform leading research.


Source: Emma Cleary

Emma Cleary – Founder of Flexibility Matters

Emma Cleary is the Founder and Director of Flexibility Matters. Flexibility Matters is a a recruitment consultancy dedicated to flexible working using a human-centred approach. Emma champions the multiple benefits that a more flexible approach to work and life brings to both employers and employees, supporting candidates to find flexible opportunities to fit their personal circumstances whilst showcasing their skills and experience to to ensure a culture and value fit with the client’s business.


Source: Sally Hardy

Sally Hardy – Chief Executive of Regional Studies Association 

Sally Hard has been the CEO of Regional Studies Association for 37.5 years. The Regional Studies Association is a friendly and collegiate hub for researchers in regional studies and science, planners and policymakers. Sally has developed the organisation from a small, UK focused organisation into a global Association with an international footprint; becoming an advocate on publishing issues for the learned society sector speaking regularly at national conferences and events.