KTN Women in Innovation 2022/2023 Applicants

About the two of Us

Heather 

             

 

I’m a busy working mum, wife and nurse. I manage my time very tightly for everything to run smoothly and like to be pretty organised. I’ve challenged myself throughout my career and I have the same approach in my personal life, especially regarding my breast cancer diagnosis. I'm an ambassador for the Prevent Breast Cancer charity based at the Nightingale Centre in Wythenshawe, helping to raise awareness of breast cancer, educate people and raise much needed funds. More Than A Manchester Tart cookery book being a very recent fundraising project which I co-authored with two friends, who have also been through breast cancer, Jenny and Roma.

    

I take a lot of pride in what I do and strive for success, I’m not afraid to try something new and have enjoyed learning all that I have through our work together on this business (which has been far from easy!). I never thought I'd learn to build a website, amongst other things, before embarking on this project! I am extremely confident in the success of our concept and the brand The Skarlette® and I am excited for us taking our next step and growing our products.

It’s not all work, charity and no play however, friends, family and socialising are a big part of my life! I like keeping fit and getting out in the fresh air,  I love my food and few glasses of fizz, and I look forward to the day when we can do all this again in the fashion that we are used to, prior to pandemic restrictions. Since breast cancer threatening my existence, I cherish my life and people around me even more and intend to make the most of every single day.

In the summer of 2017, in my mid-40s, I was diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC). Suddenly and unexpectedly, life became a rollercoaster. Following chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy, I got back to my nursing job in the spring of 2018 and was extremely proud to complete the Macclesfield Half Marathon in September, raising money for Macmillan with my great team of supporters who ran with me. Life was returning to a better place.

On New Year’s Eve 2018, it all came crashing back down when another breast lump signalled the return of TNBC. So, more surgery and chemotherapy and complications were my occupation throughout much of 2019, as well as my sanctuary and support of the Boobee campaign. Further preventative surgery started my year in 2020. Then, as I returned to my job, the pandemic was the next big interruption beginning with C! My attitude is to have a positive outlook; hopefully I am done with breast cancer. I am more determined than ever and have so much energy and enthusiasm for our new lingerie concept – the future is most definitely a bright one.   

                                                                                               

Kate  

 

I am also a busy working Mum and wife, but previously worked as a commercial airline pilot for over 20 years. Being successful in the competitive aviation industry has given me the determination to achieve my desires and the confidence to pursue any passion. Sewing has been a great ‘down time/and ‘me’ time’ throughout my life - I just love the creative side of it and have experience in lots of areas. So when contacted by my friend Heather about what was to become The Skarlette® I was delighted and felt privileged to be part of it. I have been able to offer my seamstress expertise and knowledge, and am extremely excited about the prospect of delivering a fabulously thought out and highly designed Skarlette® to the amazing ladies who have endured so much. Every woman is entitled to wear lovely lingerie to help them feel how they desire -Skarlette® Limited can make that happen! 

Kate

 

The idea behind our company formed following a conversation with a fellow Boobee (We met during treatment when we volunteered to become one of the Manchester Boobees) and we compared notes!  The disappointment of being flat was taking an emotional toll.