The UK's leading experts on menopause will visit Taunton to host a discussion and Q&A event.

It is set to feature a host of high-profile speakers when it takes place at King’s College Prep School on March 21.

Panellists will include Helen Tomlinson, the government's first menopause employment champion appointed in March 2023.

As a part of her voluntary role, Ms Tomlinson seeks to increase employers' awareness of menopause-related issues and encourages them to create supportive environments for affected women.

She said: "I am looking forward to visiting Taunton.

"Research tells us that less than 25% of women in the UK say their employer has a menopause policy or other support.

"Employers want to make a change to better support women to have more rewarding and positive work."

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Other panellists will include Alice Smellie, co-founder of the Menopause Mandate campaign group, and Kate Rowe-Ham, Women's Health Coach known for her interest in menopause fitness and nutrition.

Ms Smellie is passionate about educating and supporting women going through peri and menopause: "The most important thing I’ve learned is that we need to take a holistic approach – making lifestyle changes as well as choosing (or not) to take HRT">

While Ms Rowe-Ham, on the other hand, is primed to answer questions on the benefits of exercise and diet during menopause.

She explained: "I am looking forward to meeting the Somerset community.

"I can help with those questions">

The panel will also feature coach and women’s development expert Jo Reeves.

She said: "I am an innovative, professional transformational change coach, who is passionate about building confidence, self-belief and self-worth that sticks.

"It is important to make sure the correct resources and interventions are in place to support women in building resilience and esteem and coping with stress and change to impact mental health positively".

The panellists will offer their time for free in association with The Nelson Trust, a charity that supports Somerset women.

Tickets for the event are now available online via