Ladies Who Impress at the Groucho Club

With Relish’s Sarah Hyndman is delighted to be one of the speakers at the ‘Mission Impossible’ evening for Ladies Who Impress at the Groucho Club on Wednesday.

Organiser Jana Bakunina describes Ladies Who Impress as “a celebration of amazing women and their achievements. It is also an evening to get inspired, come up with new ideas to do great things and to encourage women to make the most of their talents”

Sarah is speaking alongside director Marianne Elliott (War Horse & The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time National Theatre) and scientist Hanna Sykulska-Lawrence who took part in NASA’s Phoenix mission to Mars.

EVENT: Mission Impossible
WHEN: Wednesday, 31 October at 7pm
WHERE: The Groucho Club, 45 Dean Street, London, W1D 4QB

In an intimate setting of the Mary-Lou room of The Groucho Club, you’ll meet three impressive ladies: a graphic designer Sarah Hyndman, a theatre director Marianne Elliott and a physicist Hanna Sykulska-Lawrence, who will be interviewed live during the course of the evening. Enjoy a glass of wine, meet other like-minded females and contemplate the following question: is there anything truly impossible for a talented woman to achieve, once she puts her mind to it?

Sarah Hyndman is a creative polymath. In 2003 she founded the graphic design agency With Relish which works with clients from the arts to corporate sectors on a wide range of projects. Sarah teaches creative workshops, organises exhibitions, has launched a creative collaboration project with photographers, illustrators and anybody else who has the enthusiasm to have a go. Sarah continuously challenges herself with new ideas such as the Olympic Logo A Day project (for which she was interviewed by the New York Times) and The Random Project 2012 which is a growing collection of postcards documenting London in 2012. She is now involved in an exciting start-up with her brother. When Sarah isn’t busy being creative, she can be found kickboxing in Shoreditch or off having an adventure somewhere around the world.

Marianne Elliott is an Associate Director of the National Theatre in London. She is best known for the play War Horse, which she co-directed for the National Theatre, the West End and Broadway and for which she received the Tony Award for Best Direction of Play. More recently she directed The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a brilliant production based on the award-winning novel by Mark Haddon. Her new play, Port, begins its season in January 2013. Before her tenure at the National Theatre, Marianne was an Associate Director at the Royal Court, where her productions include Stoning Mary, Notes on Falling Leaves, The Sugar Syndrome and Local. Other select theatre includes productions for the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester where she directed such plays as Design for Living and As You Like It; Much Ado About Nothing set in Cuba for the RSC and The Little Foxes at the Donmar. In an interview she gave to The Telegraph in 2010, Marianne said: “Theatre requires a huge amount of energy. So it has to be brilliant, I think. It has to be life-changing. Or what’s the point?”

Hanna Sykulska-Lawrence is an engineer, a Royal Society Research Fellow at the University of Oxford Department of Physics and a bit of a genius. In 2008 Hanna took part in an exciting project as an Instrument Downlink Engineer at NASA mission control station in Arizona. She was the only female engineer in her team and the youngest in a group of British scientists to take part in NASA’s Phoenix mission to Mars. She was the first person to see new images from Mars every day, produced using a piece of hardware 150 million miles away that she herself had designed and made. Hanna was selected as the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2008 at the age of 26. Hanna is currently continuing space research at the University of Oxford. She is actively involved in promoting engineering to young people, breaking the stereotype of this profession being dominated by men in blue overalls. Hanna’s favourite colour is pink.

All profits from Ladies Who Impress event go to Huntington’s Disease Association. For more information on the HDA, please see

This event has been generously sponsored by media specialist law firm Olswang.

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