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January 23, 2010 2:00 am
Oestrogen levels rose at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists as female executives from business, finance, media and the law gathered for a lunch for women's health charity Wellbeing of Women (WoW).
A handful of men who braved the lunch were dotted around the room, including former Lloyds chairman Sir Victor Blank, chairman of WoW, and PwC chairman Ian Powell.
Patron Sarah Brown, the prime minister's wife, was seated with Dame Gail Ronson, the formidable charity fundraiser married to Gerald Ronson, while Kate Nealon, a director of Cable & Wireless, chatted to Skadden Arps corporate restructuring partner Lynn Hiestand. Arsenal shareholder Lady Nina Bracewell-Smith was also on the guestlist.
Mrs Brown lightened the mood with a welcome speech, ahead of a lecture on female cancers from Professor John Shepherd and a debate.
An avid tweeter, Mrs Brown quoted an ad man who was taken to task for tweeting about being on his way to a conference "held at the Royal College of Obstetricians and front bottom doctors". He later protested "you try [to] predictively text gynaecologist", she joked.
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