Rifa Thorpe-Tracey

Speaker, Mentor, Coach, Wellbeing Consultant

Rifa Thorpe-Tracey is a highly accomplished coach and founder of Refigure Ltd, with a focus on teaching women to create their big vision.

With over 25 years of consulting experience, Rifa has won numerous awards and accolades for her work, as well as contributing to publications such as The Times and CNN. She is known for her engaging public speaking style and ability to tell compelling stories and is a champion of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of her work.

Rifa is also the driving force behind several successful networks and events, including SheSays Brighton, Spring Forward Festival, which attract hundreds of people from the digital and creative industries each year. She’s the Chair of the Women of Colour Brighton community group.

Through her coaching and connections, Rifa empowers women not just to uplift themselves but to thrive and create change in the world. Her teachings focus on helping clients gain clarity and generate abundance while sharing practical well-being tools that have proven effective. Rifa also trained as a Sivananda Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master and Oneness Meditation Trainer. For more info, scroll down…

Public Speaker

I’m a public speaker for live conferences, webinars, online events and podcasts.  I’ve curated, moderated and spoken at more than 40 events, including for several years SheSays Brighton, where I’m the organiser and host. I’ve been the Festival Director for Spring Forward Festival since 2016.


Public Speaking

I was the host of The Story Conference 2019 at Conway Hall in London. My other public speaking work includes:

  • Women in Games: Creative Leadership Lab
  • Wellbeing At Work Edinburgh
  • Agile on the Bench
  • DARE Conference London
  • Mind the Code
  • UX Camp Brighton
  • Host of weekly FM radio show

Masterclasses & workshops

I’ve produced and delivered masterclasses and workshops at:

  • Kings College London
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Brighton
  • New Writing South
  • The Old Market Theatre
  • Writing Your Legacy
  • Lighthouse Arts

Panels & Podcasts

I’ve been a panelist for:

  • The Times
  • Brighton Cultural Summit
  • Vodafone
  • IBM Business Schooled podcast
  • The Clearleft podcast
  • Always Possible podcast
  • Favourite Positions podcast
  • GEN Z copywriters Word Tonic podcast

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I tell compelling stories and bring a warm, engaging energy to my public speaking. I’m happy speaking to 1,000+ crowds, small teams, or one-to-one, I passionately advocate for diversity and inclusion,  for women, people of colour, and other under-represented groups in the tech and creative industries. I champion diversity and inclusion in all my work. I am also a speaker on wellbeing at work, mentoring, and project-based strategy.


  • Winner Community Hero Award, Dynamic Business Awards 2022
  • Diversity & Inclusion Award – runner up (Women’s Global Small Business Awards) 2022
  • Etc magazine Top 20 Inspirational Women 2020
  • Mentor/Coach of the Year finalist, Business Women Excellence Awards 2019
  • Best Networker of the Year runner-up, Business Women Excellent Awards 2019
  • Sussex Life magazine Top 50 inspiring women 2017
  • Nominated High Achiever of the Year, Venus Awards 2013, 2014

Advisory positions

  • Chair of Women of Colour Brighton community group
  • Board Member of Creative Conscience London
  • UN Women UK delegate at the UN Commission on the Status of Women
  • Trustee Lighthouse Arts
  • Board member Marlborough Theatre
  • Board director Platform B Radio
  • Organisational Lead for Brighton Digital Festival
  • Radio presenter Juice 107.2 FM


  • "Rifa is a real leading champion in diversity and inclusion. She has opened up so many opportunities for me, I wouldn't be where I am today without her connections and mentoring. Her workshops are a source of my inspiration."

    Mariam Crichton
    Mariam Crichton 4 Earth Intelligence / Managing Director
  • "I found Rifa to be a warm, engaging and insightful panelist when I hosted an event on Brighton's technology scene."

    James Hurley
    James Hurley The Times / Business Enterprise Editor
  • "Rifa as a dynamic disruptor is the gold standard when it comes to leading the charge for women and expansion of the start-up ecosystem. These achievements signpost that much more of such innovation support work can bring growing diversity and fresh approaches to the start-up scene." 

    Prof. Gillian Youngs
    Prof. Gillian Youngs Innovation Academic
  • "Rifa is such a calm, steady hand to help you through whatever challenge you might be facing. She does this in a practical, valuable way. The way Rifa works isn’t ‘airy-fairy’ or lightweight. It’s about gaining results that will seriously benefit you and your business needs. I can’t recommend her and her approach highly enough."

    Emily Scoggins
    Emily Scoggins Festival Republic / Head of Marketing
  • "Rifa makes things happen. Her reserves of drive, energy, and support are limitless and she's consistently able to make you consider a perspective you hadn't previously. It's impossible to collaborate with Rifa and not leave feeling that the world is full of more possibilities than you'd thought. She knows how to empower, encourage and enable."

    Caroline Walmsley
    Caroline Walmsley Hallo Sailor! / Founder
  • "Rifa is an excellent facilitator, supportive and challenging as a coach and insightful. Our clients respect her opinion and trust her judgment. Her insight and experience in tackling systemic inequalities are helpful for our clients who feel braver about doing the work with Rifa's help. I appreciate becoming more aware of my own unconscious bias and cultural conditioning through our work together. Rifa is a powerful force for positive change."

    Steve Stark
    Steve Stark Then Somehow, Director
  • "Rifa is a total joy to work with, an absolute powerhouse of knowledge, ideas, and connections. There isn't a challenge you can't ask her to get involved with! From building communities to creating cracking events, high impact training and coaching to faciliating others to do the same - an influential diversity champion and 5 star communicator, fall over yourself to work with her. She's got a wicked sense of humour too."

    Nikki Gatenby
    Nikki Gatenby Former MD of Propellernet / NED / Coach
  • "I've worked with Rifa in different capacities and it's always been a pleasure! No matter the setup, Rifa is amazing at gauging the energy of a group as well as making anyone feel really comfortable if it's a new territory! This is before I even go into the many initiatives and projects she constantly supports and shares about. No matter the scenario, there's always a solution with a smile with Rifa around."

    Indie Foolheea
    Indie Foolheea Yoga Guide / Ayurvedic Therapist
  • "Rifa is someone whose stellar reputation precedes her. Her many years of work as a tireless ecosystem builder and mentor meant that she was the perfect guest to invite on to the HARMAN Audio Talks podcast. She shared some top class tips alongside some heartwarming and entertaining personal anecdotes. I can strongly recommend for anything around content, speaking, coaching, mentorship, community building and just being an asset to any situation. Viva Rifa!"

    Oisin Lunny
    Oisin Lunny Podcast Host / MC / TV Host

Refigure Events



I’m the host and organiser of the Brighton Chapter of global network SheSays. A quarterly conference evening of inspiring talks with fantastic female speakers. Come and celebrate their successes, hear about their challenges and learn creative solutions you can apply to your own life and career.

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Spring Forward

Spring Forward Festival® is a month-long celebration of the role of women in digital culture and runs throughout March in parallel with Women’s History Month. I’m the curator, owner and director of Spring Forward Festival®.

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