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Jane Chappell

Female Founder Spotlight: Jane Chappell

5 March 2021|Latest Posts, Meet the Successful Founder

IWD Inspirational Female Founders Spotlight: Jane Chappell
IWD Inspirational Female Founders Spotlight: Jane Chappell

Jane, 59, joined the Royal Air Force working in supply and logistics and served at RAF Stations: Stafford, St Athan, Coltishall, Gibraltar and Benson, leaving as a Flight Lieutenant in 1992. She later became the first woman to command a cyber unit in the British Army and her expertise in the sector has since helped the MoD, NATO and the European Commission. Since 2008 she has been jointly at the helm of Arcanum Cyber Security, a thriving, leading UK consultancy. It has 29 employees working on contracts for highly classified work from major clients in the UK and abroad – often in defence, police forces, government departments and critical national infrastructure.

What would you love to share to encourage other women to start their own business?

Know your offering really well; live and breathe it and be prepared to put in the hours, it’s not easy although highly fulfilling. Be confident, strong, pleasant and not overbearing. Stay positive. You can and will do this.

What are your 5 top tips for entrepreneurial success?

An open mind
Sense of humour!

Who are the 5 women who inspire you the most?

Condoleezza Rice
Melinda Gates
Martha Gellhorn
Violette Szabo
Gertrude Bell

What is your favourite saying/inspirational quote?

You shouldn’t wait for tomorrow to do something; do it today.

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