Assist Strategy Board
Jessica Williams is a Non-Executive Director, Entrepreneur, Managing Director, Board Member and Mentor.
Jessica was appointed as a NED to Darlington Building Society in 2019 as the youngest ever Non-Executive Director to serve on a Building Society board in the UK. Jessica founded Just Williams in 2015 and Just Williams Sales Academy in 2019 winning various business awards along the way. Her specialisms lie in sales, marketing, customer engagement, ESG and business diversification. Jessica has held a number of board positions from a young age including launching and chairing the ISM and Young Enterprise in the North East. She now mentors’ young women, entrepreneurs and start-ups. Since completing her MBA Jessica was invited to join Teesside University Business School Board and represent the small business community on the Tees Valley Combined Authority Business Engagement Board. She has recently been appointed as a Strategic Board Member of Assist Women’s Network and is an Investment Panel Board Member to Advance Northumberland’s Growth Fund.
Jessica believes passionately that a united voice is key – to bring together and signpost for all the amazing individuals and organisations out there looking to achieve similar results. Showcasing and promoting inclusivity and encouraging women to stand up and be counted and ensure their voices are heard. Creating a legacy and ensuring the organisation is positioned for the long term future is essential.
I found Assist through a love of books and a desire for personal development but what I discovered was so much more. Whatever you come to Assist for it will benefit all aspects of your life; personal, professional and community. It is positive action for women on Teesside to support and empower each other and most importantly, to thrive. Why would you not want to be a part of this?
Hayley Mclean – Anderson Barrowcliff LLP
Assist is a great place to meet, connect and collaborate with businesswomen from across the Tees Valley. It's welcoming and informal atmosphere for networking, combined with the diverse range of business topics it addresses on behalf of its members is both interesting and informative. This winning combination means i learn something new each time i attend and its why i keep coming back.
Since joining Assist I have been invited to events including Hidden Women of Teesside, where I had the chance to network with local business women and build contacts. I felt very welcomed and part of something supportive of where I'm at today and what I'm trying to achieve. I now have an experienced mentor for the next year to help me focus and build my dreams. Lastly I was invited to the Assist Christmas meal which was amazing as being self-employed and a small grassroots organisation, it can get lonely so I was grateful for the opportunity to connect with other women feeling the same way and trying to achieve great things.
Annalice Argyle – Trac UK (Teesside)
Independent Recovery Advocates and Consultants & Lobster Recovery
ASSIST is just the most wonderful organisation. Filled with decent, powerful, creative, useful, intelligent and interesting people. And, the networking meetings smell so much better than normal ones :)
Jackie Dack of TEAL
Personal Performance Coach