About Debbie Atkins

Regional Director of The Athena Network®

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Debbie Atkins
Regional Director – The Athena Network
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Meet Debbie Atkins

Debbie Atkins is the very proud Regional Director of  six groups in the Reading and Henley area.  Debbie was a member of The Reading Athena Network for just a year before the opportunity to buy the Reading region was presented – an immediate YES in April 2014!

The Journey began……..

Like many people, Debbie found herself constantly juggling between her career in a corporate capacity (17 years as a Management Accountant for British Gas) as well as raising two young children.

Redundancy then gave her the opportunity to pursue a different way of life; to fulfil her career ambitions as well as embracing all that motherhood has to offer.

The Change…….

Debbie started her second career aged 40 and found herself having to retrain from a professional perspective, she also had to rethink how she viewed her life and her health and well-being. This positive outlook has nourished not only herself but those around her and she is forever grateful for discovering this new path.

It’s often said that the ‘second half of life’ can be the best.  On our life’s journey, we accumulate so much knowledge and experience which we can repurpose and share with others. If you follow and love what you do, life is invigorating and energising for the soul. Debbie believes work/life balance does not exist anymore. You need to live your life to its fullest potential, give and be kind to yourself and all around you.

Debbie is known as the soul of Berkshire women’s networking, a natural connector and with her well rounded expertise, tempered with genuine willingness to help you succeed, Debbie’s ideas are the missing link in you and your business.

Debbie’s strap line is “Embrace the changing and growing you”


I proudly manage the Reading and Henley Region.

There are 5 groups within the region: Reading East, Reading & Henley Group, Reading Central, Henley, and Reading South.

All of them are popular, dynamic and vibrant groups.  You can be assured of excellent business connections to meet local business women and step out of the isolation so many female entrepreneurs can feel.

All of the members pride themselves on the strategic connections that they have created, collaborating with each other to create new projects and services.

Reading East meets on the 1st Wednesday of the month from 12 – 2 p.m. (excluding August & December).

Reading & Henley Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month from 12 – 2 p.m. (excluding August & December).

Reading Central meets on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 12 – 2 p.m. (excluding August & December).

Henley meets on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 12 – 2 p.m. (excluding August & December).

Reading South meets on the 4th Thursday of the month from 12 – 2 p.m. (excluding August & December).

Check out the group meetings or events pages to find details of our current members and their professions.

Call me, Debbie Atkins,  07834 861827 to find out how you can visit and then join our group.

NETWORK - The Athena Network



The Athena Network® attracts members who are discerning, accomplished business women and corporate career women with shared values of contribution and integrity. Our members contribute to a diverse business community that fosters success, collaboration and inspiration among our prominent, influential and aspiring businesswomen.

The core programme within The Athena Network® focuses on providing excellent training and resources to create a robust networking and business development strategy for business growth and career advancement.

Our vision for The Athena Network® is to continue to create a vibrant and dynamic community of female entrepreneurs and executives ready and committed to accelerating their business growth through mutual collaboration.

Our membership is a thriving hub of small businesses and female entrepreneurs; The Athena Network® is here to provide a platform for connecting and an opportunity for women to learn, grow and connect.




You know that continuing to develop your business relationships, nurture your suppliers and create strategic alliances is important so we invite you to become a member of the The Athena Network.

Membership is only £565 per annum*.

We can provide a payment plan that would include an upfront payment of £325 and a monthly subscription of £20.

*NOTE: You are committing to a 12-month membership.

Membership of The Athena Network will give you access to all of our membership benefits including PASS+ which means that you can currently attend 150+ meetings (at no additional cost), Cappuccino Connections (informal networking), an extensive training portfolio and all the connections within our network.



PASS+ gives you FREE access to an Athena meeting, there are no additional fees to be paid and this is another benefit of membership. You are encouraged to visit as many other meetings as you have time for (please ensure that you have sufficient time to follow up from your meetings).

We have launched in Australia, Denmark and Singapore and more  International group launches are planned.  What that means is you will  also have access to those meetings.  You could say that we have meetings 24/7.   If the time zones work for you then your options are UNLIMITED.

ALL of this is included in your annual membership.  Our usual meeting guidelines apply, which means there will be no professional clashes at the meetings, and the Regional Director/Ambassador will manage the dynamics of the mix of industries to ensure that everyone attending has an outstanding experience. 



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