03 Dec 2020| London

If you have any queries regarding our upcoming events, please contact:

Ivana Picone
Customer Services Assistant
020 7593 5739

Thursday 3rd December 2020 | Central London

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. In the context of constitutional change and devolution, it is more important than ever that leadership teams in local government are fully representative of the populations they serve.

Following hugely successful events in London and Manchester over the past two years, Women in Local Government returns to London in 2020 to offer practical advice and coaching on how to address the barriers affecting your progression and further develop your career in times of change.

The full agenda can be found here
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
2020 speakers include:
  • Councillor Sharon Thompson, Cabinet Member for Homes and Neighbourhoods, Birmingham City Council

  • Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge, MP for Barking

  • Cath Baxter, Professional Voice and Public Speaking Consultant & former Head of Voice, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts

2019 speakers included: 
  • Councillor Catherine Rose, Mayor of Southwark
  • Mary Harpley, Chief Officer, Greater London Authority
  • Sam Smethers, Chief Executive, The Fawcett Society 
  • Claire Porter, Head of External Affairs, The New Local Government Network 
  • Lesley Seary, Chief Executive, London Borough of Islington 
  • Dame Margaret Hodge, MP for Barking & Dagenham
  • Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Communities & Environment, Kirklees Council
  • Councillor Marianne Overton MBE, Vice Chair, Local Government Association, Leader, LGA Independent Group & Vice-Chair, Women’s Local Government Society 
  • Dame Jane Roberts, Chair, New Local Government Network
  • Julian Bowrey, Director, Julian Bowrey Consultants and Former Deputy Director, Digital & Corporate Communication, DCLG 
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.

The event is CPD certified, and a certificate is available to confirm your attendance.


Registration for Women in Local Government can be made here. 

Book with total confidence

In view of the ongoing uncertainty caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, we want you to feel totally confident about booking onto our events. We promise the following:

  • If the Women in Local Government team needs to reschedule the event, your place will automatically transfer to the new date.
  • If the Women in Local Government team is unable to reschedule the event for a time within the next 12 months, you will be entitled to a full refund.