Tara Howard is a female entrepreneur and founder of the Venus Awards. Frustrated by the lack of recognition of women and their achievements in business, she established the first Venus Awards in Dorset in 2009. Since then, the event has expanded to eight regions around the UK, with the 35th Ceremony to be held at the inaugural London Awards at the Waldorf in December 2018.
Tara’s experience in business has taken her around the world. She first moved to corporate London at the age of 18 and bought her first property at 22. She later returned to take over her family’s hotel business, transforming an historic hotel to a premier wedding destination and transforming the number of weddings hosted per year from just three to over 100.
Tara also managed to find the time to follow in her mother’s footsteps and qualify as a commercial pilot and flight instructor. And help produce a large-scale opera in Toronto and New York.
Mother of four Tara knows first-hand the many challenges facing women in their careers as well as the joys and opportunities of being a working mother. Vivaciously inspiring, Tara is passionate about helping empower more women in business to develop their self-confidence, attain the recognition they deserve and achieve all the success they wish for – no matter what their line of work.
Outside of work, Tara has always been eager to share her love of travel and adventure with her children. With them she has trekked to Everest Base Camp, cycled from London to Paris, completed the Bournemouth Pier-to-Pier Swim and traversed a Nepalese Glacier. For her next challenge she is set to kayak across the English Channel with her youngest.
Tara is Editor-at-Large of the Venus Magazine, soon to be host of Venus TV and podcaster to female entrepreneurs. She has been recognised with an Honorary Leadership Award by Leadership Awards UK along with industry leader Andy Street CBE (previously CEO of John Lewis and now the inaugural Mayor of the West Midlands), and management thought leader, Professor Vlatka Hlupic of Westminster University.