Women in Local Government

Despite making up 78% of the local government workforce, women account for only 17% of local authority leaders and 33% of council chief executives – statistics which have hardly changed for a decade. Meanwhile, following the 2019 council elections, just 35% of councillors are female, further representing lack of meaningful progress for women in Local Government. It is more important than ever that leadership teams in local government are fully representative of the populations they serve.

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Women in Local Government

About the event

The Women in Local Government conference brings together women from local government to offer practical advice and coaching on how to address the barriers affecting your progression and further develop your career in times of change.

Why attend?
  • Identify the unique leadership challenges and opportunities facing women in local government today
  • Learn how successful women negotiate for what they need to be effective leaders
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and attributes needed to be a successful leader
  • Raise the visibility of women as senior leaders in local government
  • Create a lasting network of women leaders who are effecting change across local government

Previous Speakers 
  • Councillor Paulette Hamilton, Cabinet member for Adult Social Care and Health, Birmingham City Council
  • Dame Margaret Hodge, MP for Barking
  • Councillor Marianne Overton MBE, Vice Chair, Local Government Association, Leader, LGA Independent Group & Vice-Chair, Women’s Local Government Society
  • Susan Parsonage, Chief Executive, Wokingham Borough Council 
  • Fiona Ledden, City Solicitor, Manchester City Council
  • Cath Baxter, Professional Voice and Public Speaking Consultant & former Head of Voice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
  • Helen Jenkins, Head of Leadership, Local Government Association
  • Susie Ramroop, Managing Director, Make Life Simple and Mindset Coach
  • Jenifer Jackson, Assistant Director - Planning and Transport, Richmond and Wandsworth Councils
  • Shazia Hussain, Assistant Chief Executive, Brent Council
  • Sarah Richardson, Head of Strategy - Corporate Strategy and Policy, Surrey County Council

Who should attend?

This event is aimed at all those who aspire to move into a leadership role in local government or those already in a senior role looking to progress. If you are passionate about, and committed to, improving your own performance, and that of your team and your organisation, then this event is for you.


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When will I receive my badge?

If you are attending in person, you will receive your name badge at the registration desk on your arrival.

When do I receive joining instructions?

Joining instructions will be issued to all delegates, both online and in-person, a couple of weeks prior to the conference along with lots of extra materials to enable you to have the best experience on the day.

Is catering provided?

If you are attending in person, there will be a number of refreshment breaks throughout the day. Lunch and post-event drinks will also be provided.

Who can I contact for more information about upcoming events?

Please direct any event-related queries to: conference.admin@dods-events.com and a member of our team will assist you. 

What our attendees say

  • “Excellent as ever! Goes far beyond leadership and development offered by other courses. In a department where “leadership” is judged by military models, this is a much needed reminder that there are other ways to lead and that’s okay!”

    Policy Desk Officer, MOD

  • "This event has been one of the best days of development time I have given myself in a very long time. A valuable experience"

    Deputy Director, Value Wales, Welsh Government


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