Women in leadership conference

How to encourage more women leaders and why it matters
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One-day conference

About this event

Highlights from this conference

Katherine Grainger: Developing self-belief and resilience

Katherine Grainger

Katherine Grainger
Katherine Grainger CBE, Great Britain's most successful female rower, shares her journey as an Olympian – the triumphs and the setbacks, and the factors that had helped her reach her impressive achievements.

Watch the video highlights of Katherine's presentation

Dean Royles: Women in leadership - the challenges and opportunities for men

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Dean Royles, Chief Executive of NHS Employers, highlights the importance of changing the current NHS culture which has a predominance of men in leadership roles and a gender imbalance at board level that will take 70 years to redress if current trends prevail.

Listen to Dean's presentation

Developing women in leadership: vox pops

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Dr Nikita Kanani
We spoke to a number of delegates and speakers at The King's Fund's Women in Leadership conference, hearing their views on how to develop resilience and what they think of quotas for women on boards.

Listen to the short interviews with delegates and speakers

About this event

Across the public sector women make up a majority of the workforce but the minority of leadership positions. This event explored the barriers and enablers that women face when seeking senior leadership roles. Delegates heard from inspirational female leaders who shared their own leadership journeys.

Programme

Session one: Women in leadership

  • The results of The King's Fund's recent survey on women in health care
    Judy Taylor, Senior Consultant, Leadership Development, The King's Fund
  • Keynote address: The impact of age, ethnicity and family on women and leadership
    Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
  • Women's leadership: the challenges and opportunities for men
    Dean Royles, Chief Executive, NHS Employers 

Session two: Creating a system that nurtures women leaders

Theme-based discussion groups

This session ran for one hour and explored the barriers that stop women achieving leadership roles.

Facilitated by:

  • Judy Taylor, Senior Consultant, Leadership Development, The King's Fund
  • Belinda Weir, Senior Consultant, Leadership Development, The King's Fund
  • Becky Seale, Programme Manager, Leadership Development, The King's Fund
  • Donna Lee, Senior Consultant, Leadership Development, The King's Fund
  • Sarah Goodson, Senior Consultant, Leadership Development, The King's Fund

Keynote address: The power of networking
Gwen Rhys, Founder and Chief Executive, Women in the City

Session three: Cultural barriers for women leaders

The organisational culture barriers for women leaders
Waiyin Hatton, Founder/Director of Wai Beyond

Session four: Experience-based workshops

This session provided a discussion-based opportunity for delegates to question women leaders on their personal experience.

Presentation/speech from invited speaker:

  • Professor Heather Tierney-Moore OBE, Chief Executive, Lancashire Care Foundation Trust
  • Lynne Berry OBE, Chair at Commission on Ageing and the Voluntary Sector and Senior Visiting Fellow, Cass Business School
  • Dr Nikita Kanani, Quality Lead, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management
  • Chief Inspector Fay Tennet, Vice President, British Association for Women in Policing
  • Dany Cotton, Chair, Networking Women in the Fire Service

Session four: The future for women in leadership

Panel session - feedback from the workshops

Keynote address: Developing self-belief and resilience
Dr Katherine Grainger CBE, Great Britain's most successful female rower

Speakers

Dr Katherine Grainger CBE

Great Britain's most successful female rower

Diane Abbot MP

MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington

Dean Royles

CEO, NHS Employers

Gwen Rhys

Founder and Chief Executive, Women in the City

Lynne Berry OBE

Chair at Commission on Ageing and the Voluntary Sector and Senior Visiting Fellow, Cass Business School

Professor Heather Tierney-Moore OBE

Chief Executive, Lancashire Care Foundation Trust

Dany Cotton

Chair,  Networking Women in the Fire Service

Dr Nikita Kanani

Quality Lead, Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management

Chief Inspector Fay Tennet

Vice President, British Association for Women in Policing

Judy Taylor

Senior Consultant, Leadership Development, The King’s Fund 

Belinda Weir

Senior Consultant, Leadership Development, The King’s Fund 

Becky Seale

Programme Manager, Leadership Development, The King’s Fund