International Women’s Day at The Common Room

We’re proud to announce that on Tuesday 8th March our Head of Strategy, Margherita Pasquariello, will be joining a host of likeminded inspiring female voices to #BreakTheBias and commemorate International Women’s Day.

The event will take place at the Common Room in Newcastle and see a collaboration with Coco Children’s Charity to showcase a panel of diverse speakers addressing the issues facing women in the UK, East Africa and beyond, as well as sharing positive messages and ideas to empower each other and future generations. Coco works to provide sustainable, quality education to children in poor and marginalised communities, with a vision that children everywhere should have access to this.

Beginning at 5:30pm, attendees will be able to enjoy a drinks reception and networking before experiencing the panel discussion and a Q&A centred around the International Women’s Day theme of ‘Break The Bias’. This will be followed by further networking and drinks in The Common Room’s cafe bar, 5|Quarter. You can book tickets now via:



  • Margherita Pasquariello – Head Of Strategy at NA College. Margherita is responsible for the strategic management of the college and is shaping the future education pathway under the Institute of Technology footprint.
  • Imogen Horrocks – Co-founder of The Last Taboo, an organisation aiming to tackle the issue of sexual violence within UK Universities through awareness raising and policy change.

  • Chantal Herbert – Audio Producer, DJ and events organiser. Founder/Director of Sister Shack, feminist led Community Interest Company (CIC) that focuses on working with and promoting women and non-binary entrepreneurs, creatives, artists, musicians and DJs.

  • Jess Whitaker – COCO Programmes Manager. Jess works with partner organisations in East Africa to plan, develop and implement sustainable development programmes within the remote communities that they work.



The Common Room

Neville Hall

Westgate Road

Newcastle upon Tyne