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IoD Suffolk: International Women’s Day in Association with EADT Suffolk Magazine

08 Mar 2019
Seckford Hall, Woodbridge

Join us for lunch and drinks on Friday 8 March at Seckford Hall, Woodbridge for International Women's Day (IWD), celebrating in particular the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across Suffolk and North Essex. 

This year's International Women's Day theme is #BalanceForBetter, building a gender-balanced world where everyone has a part to play. From grassroots activism to worldwide action, we are entering an exciting period of history where the world expects balance. International Women's Day notices its absence and celebrate its presence. Balance is not a women's issue, it's a business issue. 

As well as networking and lunch you will have the opportunity to listen to our three guest speakers - Professor Emma Bond, Director of Research at University of Suffolk, Leona Barr-Jones, IoD Fellow & Ambassador for Diversity, Inclusion and the Armed Forces and Simon Barrington, Founder & Director of Forge Leadership Consultancy. Read on for further details about each of our speakers.

Key details

Date & time: 08 Mar 2019 12:30 - 15:00
Location: Seckford Hall, Woodbridge
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15.00 GBP + VAT - General Admission

Event manager:
Ms Caroline Kearney
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Professor Emma Bond, University of Suffolk
- Professor Emma Bond is Director of Research at the University of Suffolk. She is Professor of Socio-Technical Research and also Director of the Suffolk Institute of Social and Economic Research (SISER). Emma is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has over 16 years teaching experience on social science undergraduate and post-graduate courses and extensive research experience. Emma is a member of the British Sociological Association and the Society for Research in Higher Education. Her research on virtual environments, mobile technologies and risk has attracted much national and international acclaim.

Simon Barrington, Founder of Forge Leadership Consultancy - Before starting Forge, Simone led Samaritan’s Purse UK as Chief Executive from September 2003 to May 2017 after a successful business career in the telecommunications industry, where he was a Senior Manager at a large Telecommunications Company. Simon is passionate about raising up a generation of leaders who are clear about their identity, have a strong sense of belief and a core inner strength that leads them to have extraordinary influence.

Leona Barr-Jones, IoD Fellow & Ambassdor for Diversity, Inclusion and the Armed Forces and Chief Operating Officer for Focus 7 - A successful business owner by age twenty, and with a varied 21-year military career including five years at the MoD on Whitehall, Leona has developed first class leadership and management skills. She has managed the successful implementation of major change programmes both in the UK and worldwide, including on behalf of Transport for London in collaboration with the 2012 Olympics.


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  • Seckford Hall
  • Seckford
  • Woodbridge
  • IP13 6NU

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