September 21st 2017 | London, Leeds & Cardiff

Event agendas

The next WiL event is:

Women into Leadership Cardiff 8th February 2018

Please find the agenda below!

All other 2018 agendas will be published shortly. 

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Registration and refreshments


Chair’s welcome and introduction

CHAIR: Vicky Johnson, President, ARC


Leadership Choices

SPEAKER: Kathryn Bishop, Chair, Welsh Revenue Authority 


Now and then: 100 years of women in the civil service

SPEAKER: Keela Shackell Smith, Founder, Cross Government Women's Network


Breakout session A

Resilience and Mental Wellbeing: performing during times of stress

SPEAKER: Purdy Smith, Project Lead, The Wellbeing Project

Breakout session B

Working flexibly: meeting the needs of you and your department

SPEAKER: Claire Campbell, Programme Director, Public Sector, Timewise

SPEAKER: Yvette Bosworth, Deputy Director, Animal Health at Defra 

Breakout session C

Presenting with impact: building confidence with communicating (beginners)

SPEAKER: Cath Baxter, Professional Voice and Public Speaking Coach & Head of Voice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts


Networking and refreshment break


Leadership for all: challenging traditional leadership paths and behaviours

SPEAKER: Melanie Dawes, Permanent Secretary, DCLG and Civil Service Gender Champion


Breakout session D:

Mastering vocal impact: finding your full voice (intermediate)

SPEAKER: Cath Baxter, Professional Voice and Public Speaking Coach & Head of Voice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

Breakout session E:

Leading from the middle: a discussion on having impact at any level

SPEAKER: Gerri Clement, Head of Improvements, Strategy Directorate, Defra and Co-Chair of the Cross Government Social Mobility Network

SPEAKER: Jo Sheppard, HR OD Consultant, HM Revenue & Customs

SPEAKER: Dr Sharleene Bibbings, Chief of Staff 
UK Export Finance 

SPEAKER: Martin Kent, Deputy Director Strategic Projects, Ministerial Strategy Directorate, Department for International Trade

Breakout session F:

Women leading technology: embracing digital to further career opportunities

SPEAKER: Kit Collingwood-Richardson, Deputy Director, Data – Universal Credit, DWP

SPEAKER: Claudia Wootten, Product Owner, Unified Communications, DWP




Panel discussion

Diverse leadership journeys: succeeding as a leader outside London

SPEAKER: Jo Salway, Head of Cabinet Office, Welsh Government

SPEAKER: Kathy Barnes, Chief Executive, Defence Business Services, MOD

SPEAKER: Auriol Miller, Director, The Institute of Welsh Affairs


Closing address

Leading a change in culture: where do we go from here?

SPEAKER: Antonia Romeo, Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade


Chair’s closing remarks followed by informal networking drinks

CHAIR: Vicky Johnson, President, ARC