September 21st 2017 | London, Leeds & Cardiff

About the event

Women into Leadership

Now in their ninth year, the annual Women into Leadership conferences have established themselves as the key events for all those interested in seeing leadership opportunities for women enhanced. Women into Leadership 2018 will examine how female leaders, at any grade, can enhance their skills to become the leader they aspire to be.

This year's conferences will draw on feedback from previous Women into Leadership events, as well as discussions that took place at this years’ planning meeting. The conferences will offer hands-on advice and coaching on how to further develop your career in times of change. You will hear from inspirational women of all grades and levels, within and outside the Civil Service. You’ll discuss together how you can manage the challenges of modern leadership and help ensure the Civil Service doesn’t lose momentum in recognising and rewarding female leaders.

Dates and Locations:

Women into Leadership takes place in Cardiff, Belfast, London, Glasgow & Manchester

Early bird rates are still currently available for events in Belfast, London, Glasgow & Manchester

Upcoming events:


Women into Leadership Cardiff | 8th February 2018

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Women into Leadership Glasgow | 22nd May 2018

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Women into Leadership Belfast | 28th June 2018

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Women into Leadership London | 11th September 2018

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Women into Leadership Manchester | 15th November 2018

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2017 speakers:

  • Antonia Romeo, Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade​​
  • Melanie Dawes, Permanent Secretary, DCLG and Civil Service Gender Champion
  • Leslie Evans, Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government
  • Clare Moriarty, Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Bernadette Kelly, Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport
  • Shan Morgan, Permanent Secretary, Welsh Government
  • Sue Owen, Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport
  • Denise Wilson OBE, Chief Executive, Hampton-Alexander Review
  • Hilary Spencer, Director, Government Equalities Office
  • Loraine Martins MBE, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Network Rail
  • Elan Closs Stephens CBE, Emeritus Professor of Communications and Creative Industries, Aberystwyth University & BBC’s Non Executive Director for Wales
  • David Sterling, Head of the NI Civil Service
  • Jazz Bhogal, Deputy Director, Civil Service Workforce Strategy and Inclusion, Cabinet Office
  • Shaun McNally, Chief Executive, Legal Aid Agency
  • Gerri Clement, Deputy Director, Strategy and Partnerships, Defra & Co-chair, Cross Government Social Mobility Network
  • Keela Shackell Smith, Executive Directors Office: Women's Network and Gender at Environment Agency
  • Orla O'Connor, Director, National Women's Council of Ireland
  • Claire Clancy, Chief Executive and Clerk of the Assembly, National Assembly for Wales
  • Dr Evelyn Collins, Chief Executive, Equality Commission Northern Ireland
  • Sue Griffin, Digital Head of User Support Services, DWP & Chair, DWP Women in Technology group
  • Valerie Cain, Director, People & Change at the Government Legal Department
  • Helen Stephenson, Director, Early Years and Childcare, Department for Education
  • Jenny Ashby & Ian Shepherd, Deputy Directors, Free Trade Agreements, Canada, Mexico and South America, Trade Policy Group, Department for International Trade
  • Louise Warde Hunter, Deputy Secretary, Housing, Urban Regeneration and Local Government, Department for Communities, Gender Diversity Champion, NICS & Chair, NICS Women’s Network
  • Janice Charette, Canadian High Commissioner
  • Joanne Hopkins, Head of HO Wales Team, Home Office
  • Yvette Bosworth & Suzie Daykin, Deputy Directors, Animal Public Health and Traceability, Defra
  • Beth Walker, Co-Chair, DfE Women’s Network, Department for Education
  • Jessica Murphy, Chief of Staff to Director, National Security OSCT, Home Office
  • Kathryn Thomson, Chief Executive, National Museums NI
  • Grace Ononiwu OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor, CPS West Midlands Region
  • Sarah Mainwaring, Head of Public Protection, National Probation Service (NE)
  • Kirsty Pearce, Area Director, North West, Cities and Local Growth Unit, BEIS

The benefits of attending Women into Leadership include the opportunity to:

  • Examine the barriers currently facing female leaders (and future leaders) in the Civil Service and hear how to overcome them
  • Hear from a diverse range of Senior Civil Servants, as well as inspirational leaders from outside of the Civil Service
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and attributes needed to be a successful leader
  • Design your own breakout session schedule, based on your own needs and aspirations
  • Learn how to be an effective leader
  • Network with peers and counterparts from across Government who are also contemplating furthering their career in the Civil Service


Cardiff, Belfast, Glasgow & Manchester rates:

Public sector rate (NHS, Central Govt, Local Govt) 1 place: £295 + VAT | 4 places or more: £250 + VAT
FDA/Keyskills member rate: 1 place: £195 + VAT
Others: 1 place: £695 + VAT

Registrations can be made online here

London rates (2017 conference now sold out):

Public sector rate (NHS, Central Govt, Local Govt) 1 place: £345 + VAT | 4 places or more: £295 + VAT
FDA/Keyskills member rate: 1 place: £245 + VAT
Others: 1 place: £745 + VAT

Who should attend?

Women into Leadership is aimed at all those who aspire to move into a leadership role or those already in a senior role looking to progress.