About Us

The Next Women Team & Board

Simone Brummelhuis - CEO

She is founder and CEO of The NextWomen, and she is responsible for the formats of The Female Business Brand, such as Female Internet Heroes, Kitchen Dinners,  & Pitching Events, Job Swaps and The NextWomen Mentoring programme. She manages The Next Women globally, and in particular The Netherlands. 

Simone is frequently asked to be the expert, judge, mentor or speaker on conferences, business plan competitions & awards.

She worked in for 10 years as an international corporate lawyer (Skadden, New York & Loeff Claeys Verbeke, Amsterdam, New York) and she is co-owner of VC backed IENS.n which she was managing director and was VP Europe of Astia.org, the venture accelerator programme for high-growth women-led companies.

See her LinkedIn for more information about Simone.

Beth Pitts - Business Advice Programme Lead

Our previous Global Editor has remained with The NextWomen to head up the Business Advice Programme, which she set up and now leads.

Beth enjoys the flexibility that online work brings by dividing her time between the UK and Ecuador.

See her LinkedIn for more information about Beth.




Lucy Catten - Editor

Lucy has recently stepped up as Editor for The NextWoman and is responsible for both content and social media. She has a First Class Honours Degree in English Literature and, after 8 years as a Senior Customer Service Manager, decided to take a change of direction and develop a career that would allow her to spend more time with her husband and two young daughters. She is now pursuing her passion for writing and editing by combining her job as Bid-Writer for a technology company with her work for The NextWomen. She continues to be inspired daily by the stories she reads. 

See her LinkedIn for more information about Lucy.


Natalie Lamb - Business Advice Programme Administrator

Natalie had a successful career in London radio for 10 years before moving to Hong Kong. She is now back in the UK and enjoying working for The NextWomen, after returning to work following a break to have her two daughters.






Gemma Gardner – Editorial Assistant

Gemma has recently undertaken the role of Editorial Assistant for The NextWomen. She graduated from Aberystwyth University in 2013 with a First Class Honours degree in English Literature and Creative Writing, and is seeking to obtain a career within the book publishing industry. Gemma is passionate about language and literature, with a particular interest in women writers and in giving women a voice.  She is currently pursuing her career aims by volunteering as an Online Editor at Chipmunka Publishing Plc, as well as working with The NextWomen in order to gain industry experience and develop her editorial skills.

See her LinkedIn for more information about Gemma.  


Ifeanyi Olebunne - SEO Assistant

Ifeanyi Olebunne recently completed a Web Design course with a Comp Teach College in the UK where he gained experience in web development, graphic design and SEO internet marketing. He is currently working as a freelance designer whilst seeking further opportunities to develop his career. He is very much looking forward to helping out The NextWomen Team.

Anne Meister - Brussels Liaison Officer

Anne is the liaison officer for The NextWomen in Brussels and strives for a higher visibility of women entrepreneurship in the EU bubble in Brussels. The dynamic world of start-ups, social media and entrepreneurial-minded people are her passion. A German national herself she has been living and working in Brussels as an advisor for a German regional representation on the topics of industry, energy and transport. She studied European Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium, and Political Science and Cultural Studies in Göttingen, Germany.

See her Linkedin for more information about Anne.




Joana Picq - Advisor

Joana Picq joined the NextWomen in November 2009 to run operations and further develop the business through new partnerships.She has moved since then to become a Adviser.


See her LinkedIn for more information about Joana.





Maila Reeves - Contributor

Maila Reeves was the UK Editor of The Next Women and responsible for the Pitch Events in the UK. She has done tremendous work with getting the brand across and organizing the events in the UK. She has since then moved on, but stays liaised with The Next Women by contributing to its editorial mission.

Maila used to be a lawyer with Norton Rose, and is an investor. She is passionate about making the business environment better for both men and women.

See her LinkedIn for more information about Maila.