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!

Women into Leadership Glasgow will take place on 24th May 2018, the agenda to be published soon

Please click here to register for any of the upcoming WiL events





Registration and refreshments


Chair’s welcome and introduction

CHAIR: Vicky Johnson, President, ARC


Leadership for all: challenging traditional leadership paths and behaviours

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


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: The Wellbeing Project

Breakout session B

Work/life balance: Finding ways to take a more flexible approach to work

Breakout session C

Mastering vocal impact: communicating your ideas with confidence and clarity 

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


Networking and refreshment break


Plenary address

Authentic Leadership: finding the courage to lead authentically

SPEAKER: Elan Closs Stephens CBE, Emeritus Professor of Communications and Creative Industries, Aberystwyth University & BBC’s Non Executive Director for Wales


Breakout session D:

Positive visibility: interactive networking skills session

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

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