In 2016 four friends, Janette Benaddi, Helen Butters, Niki Doeg and Frances Davies, came together to take on an extraordinary challenge. Juggling full-time jobs, family responsibilities and a grueling training regime, they set their sights on becoming the first women to cross 3000 miles of treacherous ocean in the toughest row in the world, The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Two years’ worth of planning, preparation and fundraising later, they found themselves standing on the edge of the San Sebastian harbour in the Canary Islands, going on to smash the Guinness world record and become the oldest all-female crew to row across an ocean.

Join us in this unique celebration of independence, perseverance and enduring friendship as three ‘ordinary working mums’ discuss their inspirational Sunday Times Best Seller, Four Mums in a Boat.

About The Speakers

Helen Butters

Helen Butters is an NHS Communications expert from Cawood, in North Yorkshire. She is 46 years old, married with two children and lives in North Yorkshire.

Frances Davies

Frances Davies is a solicitor in Leeds and runs her own law firm. She is 48 years old, married with two sons and lives in York. Through her love of the outdoors, Frances has climbed Mount Meru in Tanzania, walked into the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal and run the London Marathon twice.

Niki Doeg

Niki Doeg is a business owner and qualified rugby coach. She is 46 years old and lives in York with her husband and their two sons.

About The Chair

Yvette Huddleston

Yvette Huddleston is an author and journalist specialising in the arts. She has written extensively on film, theatre, literature and visual art for a wide range of national and regional publications.