NWAS Women in Leadership Conference

Monday 29 February 2016 saw 150 female members of staff, from a variety of roles across the Trust, attend the first ever NWAS Women in Leadership Conference.  The event took place at the Macron Stadium, Bolton and was a huge success bringing together leaders from across the Trust as well as external speakers to share their experiences, challenge collective thinking and engage in real discussion around how to bridge the women in leadership gap.  Attendees were encouraged to build networks and take the opportunity to reflect on how their own styles and approaches could contribute to increasing women in leadership. The conference was designed to spark discussion around how the Trust needs to build on its current approach to leadership and challenge traditional thinking to ensure that we have the right leaders, at the right time in the right place.

Subjects covered on the day included:

  • Succeeding in a Uniformed Service – Detective Superintendent Sue Clarke, Lancashire Constabulary
  • Achieving the Vision – Female Leadership in the NHS – Karen James CEO, Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tackling the Talen Pipeline – Petra Wilton, CMI
  • Experiences as a Female MP and the Wider Public Sector – Baroness Oona King, Head of Diversity, Channel 4
  • Leadership Against the Odds – Mandy Hickson, former RAF Pilot.

The Workforce Development team is currently reviewing feedback from the event, which has been positive, and this will help shape our Women in Leadership agenda moving forward.