Marie Claire

Marie-Claire Isaaman is an award winning diversity and digital education pioneer. Currently she is CEO of Women in Games (WIGJ) a not for profit organisation that works to address gender imbalance, inequality, diversity and Inclusion in the game industries. Engaged as consultant for Education, Diversity & Research (EDI) at Ukie (UK’s Interactive Entertainment Trade Body) and co-founder of ChromeYellow a consultancy agency that engages with a wide range of businesses and organizations supporting educational and diversity activism and research.

She is named in The Market for Computer and Video Games (MCV) 2014 & 2015 Annual Top 100 UK Women in Video Games list and named in the GamesIndustry.Biz 100 most influential people in Video Games list 2017. And as CEO of Women in Games was awarded the TIGA (UK Trade Body for Games Developers & Digital Publishers) Games Industry Diversity Award 2017.

In her various roles she speaks regularly at events, conferences, and contributes strategically at government forums on diversity and educational issues. She is Chair of WIGJ, Advisory Board Member for the BGI and a member of a wide range of Boards and Committees within various organisations.


Erika Watson

As a consultant, trainer and accredited business adviser, Erika supports people and organisations to be more entrepreneurial. A successful social entrepreneur, she brings a diversity perspective to enterprise development. Erika has an MBA and an MBE for services to women’s enterprise.

 Erika is founder and director of Prowess, the UK’s leading online hub for women-friendly business support, inspiration and information. She is also founder of the Charter for Women in Business, a membership programme aiming to close the gender gap in enterprise acceleration. She previously developed Full Circle Fund the UK’s first Microcredit programme.

Erika is also a researcher and writer on women’s enterprise and self-employment issues. She has written reports for the New Economics Foundation, Fabian Society, Women’s Budget Group, Government Departments including BEIS and RDAs and she has contributed to the Financial Times and the Guardian and appeared on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and BBC Newsnight.

 Martin Lake

Martin started his office equipment business over 25 years ago and sold it as a going concern so all his hard work lives on. Running this business, Martin has experienced first-hand the ups and downs of being in business and understands just how challenging it is to start and grow a business in this ever-changing world but that perseverance and having integrity pays off. Since 2007 Martin has a Director of Buy Local Norfolk, a Social Enterprise (not-for-profit), which existed to raise the profile of businesses and organisations, which are truly local to Norfolk. In 2005, Martin was invited to stand for the position of Chairman of the Mid-Norfolk Branch of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and shortly afterwards was elected to Vice-Chair FSB East Anglia Region. He contributed so much and was hugely respected by all. Martin sadly decided to step down from both roles October 2015. From 2010 to 2017 Martin was a Trustee at the Henderson Trust, a charity managing income from utilising business assets (e.g. Henderson Business Centre) the surplus of which was allocated to activities and projects that significantly benefited the local people living within that part of Norwich, which was designated as an area of deprivation. Martin brings a wealth of business and trustee experience, contacts and positivity to Orto Stella…”let’s do this and make it great”.


Pat is a native of the United States, but has been a resident in this country for nearly 30 years. In her early working career she was a graphic artist, accruing several national design awards and running her own free-lance design agency. After moving to England and raising a family, Pat returned to work in January 2000, first as a part-time IT administrator at a local doctor’s surgery, progressing to full time Clinical Support IT administrator for Warwickshire Primary Care Trust. During this time she completed the City and Guilds 7302 work-based training qualification. This enabled her to become an IT Trainer with Thames Valley Police in 2006. She was lead trainer for NSPIS custody for two years whilst completing the City and Guilds 7407 teaching qualification.

In 2008, Pat moved to Area Training Officer and also completed a Certificate in Education qualification, becoming interested in coaching/mentoring and personal development. She completed a Certificate in Management at Oxford Brookes in 2011, and then joined the Leadership Team in 2013 as a Leadership Coach. In this post she designed and delivered the Core Leadership Program, team days, and coached/mentored individuals using psychometric tools such as PPA, TEIQ and Myers-Briggs. She completed the ILM7 coaching qualification in 2016.

Pat became involved with the Springboard program first as a student and then as a supporter in December 2007. Springboard has inspired her to develop herself, and made her keen to help develop others. She has been a licensed Springboard trainer since 2010. She is passionate about empowering individuals to reach their full potential both within the work environment and their own lives. As such, she proposed and project managed starting a highly successful Springboard course for domestic abuse victims in 2013. Since then, in 2017 she started her own training and coaching business, and is currently delivering a suite of Springboard programs for domestic abuse victims funded by Instructus.


Tina is one of my closest friends and has supported me through many difficult times.
She herself has worked in the retail and care sectors and is one of the hardest working people I know and always bring a great sense of humour to lift even the most challenging of times.
Apart from this her strengths lie in bringing a pragmatic and logical approach to all situations. Tina will be a dedicated ambassador for Orto Stella, bringing a common sense approach to ensure the charities objectives are achieved.


James is my son and my rising star. He has sadly been the hidden victim of domestic abuse and he is still working through the affects of dealing with abusive and highly manipulative characters. He is focussed on achieving his A-levels and is highly enterprising and technologically brilliant. He comes up with creative solutions and questions the status quo, so I know he will add to the dynamism of Orto Stella.


I am the creator and owner of Orto Stella. See my profile on the about page.


Chris is an experienced practitioner in change management and organisational design and is currently a Director at PWC. Previously he has worked on a number of high profile projects both in the UK and overseas.

His career spans being the HR Director for Lee and Plumpton in Attleborough, also an Interim Head of HR for Adult Social Care and Cultural Services at Norfolk County Council and HR/Change Management Advisor for Business Link for Norfolk.

He is passionate about the development of people and organisations and already supports a charity as a Trustee, so will bring a wealth of skills to Orto Stella. Chris will also assist with the overall strategic direction and governance of the charity.

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