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International Womens Day continues at the upcoming Women as Leaders Convention

08 Mar 2019


Women as Leaders Convention 2019, IoD East Midlands Women as Leaders Convention

Today marks International Women's Day!

Supporting women in business is an important part of the IoD's work, as you can see on our Enterprising Women Hub.

Have you seen IoD chair, Charlotte Valeur, in this morning's Guardian?

Speaking about how the biggest businesses could do more on diversity, Charlotte said, "I will be very unpopular with FTSE 100 companies, but I don’t actually mind, because it’s not true that it’s difficult.” 

Today also marks the 3 week countdown until the fifth annual Women as Leaders Convention 2019 on the 29th March

We are very pleased to announce that Charlotte will be keynote speaker. The convention will bring together some of the inspirational female leaders in the East Midlands region, for an afternoon of success stories and interactive discussion with our panel

This event is for all people to celebrate successful female leaders in the East Midlands.

Make sure that you and your colleagues are there to hear from a diverse and refreshing panel.


Open to IoD members and non-members. Limited tickets are available. 

To book click here or email Cari Grice.



Women as Leaders Convention 2019

Friday 29th March 2019 | 12.00pm - 3.30pm | Crowne Plaza Hotel, Nottingham. 

The IoD is committed to increasing the diversity of boards in the private, public and third sectors; and to supporting those aspiring to senior leadership positions. 

This year’s focus is the importance of what is leadership and how to be an effective leader, resulting in better directors, better business, better services and better economy.The IoD's new chair Charlotte Valeur is keynote speaker. 

The IoD East Midlands Women as Leaders Convention brings together some of the inspirational female leaders in the East Midlands region, for an afternoon of success stories and interactive discussion with our panel. 

Why attend?

This annual event celebrates female leadership and has been firmly established as a key event in the business calendar

Drawing business leaders from across the region, it provides a unique opportunity for everyone to meet and hear from those in senior roles across a wide range of sectors. We have already exceeded last years attendance of 100 people with 3 weeks left for more bookings. 

In these challenging times, great leadership is going to be more important than ever before in the UK, and talented people will continue to be in high demand. This is true regardless of whether you’re a leader in the corporate, small business, public or not-for-profit sectors. 

Why shouldn’t the demand be met increasingly by talented women?

Keynote Speaker

Charlotte Valeur, Chair of the IoD, Founder of Board Apprentice.

Keynote speaker Charlotte Valeur was appointed Chair of the Institute in September 2018. As Chair, Charlotte is responsible for championing the IoD’s values, promoting its Objects and providing leadership to the Institute, ensuring it delivers maximum impact for its members and stakeholders. Over the last decade, Charlotte been a director of 7 public companies, including three appointments as chair. Charlotte also has a range of unlisted board experience with companies including international engineering firm Laing O’Rourke. She has been a member of the IoD for over a decade.

Charlotte is a corporate governance expert and a keen advocate for diversity in the boardroom, underpinning this advocacy with action by founding Board Apprentice. This not-for-profit organisation provides individuals hands-on experience at the very top of business, and has been cited in the Government’s recent reviews on ethnic and gender diversity in UK boardrooms as a resource for bringing about real change.

Panel Speakers

Caroline Killeavy, Chief Executive at YMCA Lincolnshire.

Caroline has had a hugely successful career at senior management level in both the charity and public sectors and is known for creating innovative social action opportunities: empowering and equipping people to make difference in their own community. In recent years Caroline has implemented a youth engagement strategy for a national charity and has also strategically designed and executed an extensive volunteering social action programme. Caroline is currently leading YMCA Lincolnshire through an exciting period of change, which will build upon and expand the charity’s range of essential services.

Lisa Wainwright, established leader in the world of sport.

Lisa has held a number of senior roles at Sport England. Executive roles at England Netball, Volleyball England and British Basketball, as well as being a Director of the British Olympic Association. She is currently a Technical Director for International Volleyball (FIVB) and is a member of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Governance Commission. She is committed to supporting team sports, and in particular for women and girls.

Karen Smart, Managing Director at East Midlands Airport.

Karen has been MD at the airport since April 2018, where she leads a team of more than 500 at the international passenger airport which is also the UK's biggest pure cargo airport. Ms Smart joined MAG in 2014 and during her time with the business has also served as customer services and security director at Stanstead. Priod to joining MAG she spent several years at Serco and had a distinguished career in the RAF.

Bill Skelly, Chief Constable of Lincolnshire

Bill was appointed Chief Constable of Lincolnshire in November 2016. He joined Lothian and Borders Police in 1990 and through out his policing career has held many rewarding positions including leading the Immigration Crime Team at New Scotland Yard and being appointed in 2008 by Her Majesty the Queen as her Inspector of Constabulary for Scotland. Bill joined Devon and Cornwall Police from Police Scotland as Deputy Chief Constable in 2013 where he had been working on the safety and security of the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He is a keen supporter of celebrating policing history and was the founding Chair of the South West Police Heritage Trust. Bill is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors having passed with distinction their Certificate and Diploma programmes and been accepted as a Chartered Director.

Susan Hallam MBE, Founder and CEO of Hallam Internet

With more than 30 years’ experience working in the digital industry, Susan is a leading influencer in the Internet world and a thought leader who inspires businesses to greater success through digital engagement. Susan is a practicing digital marketing consultant, a public speaker and Founder and CEO of Hallam Internet. Established in 1999, Hallam is one of the UK’s leading digital agencies and a Premier Google Partner where she was awarded an MBE for services to entrepreneurship and innovation in the Queen’s Honors 2018. Her experiences include being a chartered member of CIM and CILIP, a Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing and named a BIMA 100 CEO & Leaders shaping the digital industry in 2018. As well as Chair of the Board of Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, a Freeman of the City of London, a Trustee of Nottingham Castle and formerly a Senior Lecturer in Computing at Nottingham Trent University with specialist interest in digital technologies.

Hosted by

Louise Third MBE

Louise is a highly experienced and respected public relations and communications consultant whose interest in enabling business growth has taken her though a career as a business adviser, project consultant, government policy adviser, and PR expert. She is a speechwriter and speaker coach to clients across the UK. A passionate campaigner, Louise is a volunteer for the Trussell Trust NG11 Food Bank, and for the Teso Development Trust working in NE Uganda. Between 2015-18 she was Chair of the Fund-raising Campaign for the Nottingham Trent University John van Geest Cancer Research Centre, and in 2018 was appointed Chair of the Speakers’ Corner Trust. Louise was awarded MBE for services to enterprise and charity in 2016.

With thanks to our event sponsor 

We are delighted to be working with Nottingham Business School on this event, Deputy Dean Melanie Currie said:

"At Nottingham Business School we are committed to developing and supporting the leaders of the future and enabling them to meet their ambitions. We are delighted to support the Institute of Directors on this event, with a focus on women as leaders.  I am sure we will all be inspired by the fantastic speakers and their personal reflections and stories of leadership."


Contact IoD East Midlands

For more information, please contact

0115 8486 190

East Midlands

Branch and staff contacts can be found on the main Contacts tab


IoD East Midlands
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Nottingham Trent University
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Nottingham
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