07 Dec 2023| Leonardo Royal Hotel London Tower Bridge, 45 Prescot St, London E1 8GP

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£695 +VAT

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£295 +VAT £250* +VAT

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Women in Policing

Thursday 7th December 2023

Despite a steady rise in the number of women in policing over the past decade, the number of women in senior leadership ranks remains low. There is certainly some way to go to achieve gender-balanced leadership teams that are truly representative of the populations they serve.

Women in Policing seeks to provide current and future leaders with the skills needed to correct this imbalance. The unique conference explores the role of women in policing and offers practical advice and coaching on how to further develop your career in times of change. We will discuss together how we can manage the challenges of modern leadership and help ensure we don't lose momentum in recognising and rewarding female leaders in policing.

Why attend?

  • Examine the barriers currently facing female leaders (and future leaders) in policing and hear how to overcome them
  • Understand when and how gender plays a role in both organisational and personal advancement
  • 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 policing
  •  Create a lasting network of women leaders across the sector who are effecting change in policing



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Policing Insight is the leading platform to keep up with the latest in progressive policing. It is where the global police and criminal justice community both consume and share knowledge, opinion and analysis. Policing Insight’s subscription community consists of government, policing, third sector, academia and industry, all interested in working towards better policing outcomes.

Policing Insight content consists of news, opinion, research and analysis produced by our editorial team and over 1000 external expert contributors, delivered through articles and reports as well as the hugely valuable Media Monitor service. Media Monitor is a curated daily brief and searchable database of over 80,000 links to articles and reports from media and policing and criminal justice organisations. Each link is tagged in detail creating an amazing research database.

Read, share and connect with our global audience - find out more at https://policinginsight.com or email enquiries@policinginsight.com

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PolicingTV is a video channel and a podcast dedicated to the big issues in policing featuring discussion by key policing figures via interviews and panels. Tune in to PolicingTV!

Contact us if you would like us to connect you with policing stakeholders and produce a video interview for your organisation - find out more at https://policing.tv or email enquiries@policing.tv




Chair’s opening address: examining the current landscape for women in policing leadership

  • Understanding why women are underrepresented in senior positions
  • Outlining the cultural and practical obstacles to career progression

SPEAKER: Fiona Eldridge, Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Portfolio Lead, College of Policing


Addressing key barriers and enablers for women’s career progression 

  • Leveraging strengths and tapping into the right resources
  • Negotiating for what you need to progress your career
  • Seeking out mentorship and sponsorship opportunities

SPEAKER: Charmain Brenyah, Detective Chief Superintendent, Met Police


Dispelling imposter syndrome to fulfil your full potential

  • The confidence gap: reframing perceptions of capability
  • Acknowledging strengths and achievements to maintain a positive internal dialogue
  • Defining your career goals and visualising success
  • Finding the courage to lead authentically

SPEAKER: Katie Driver, Founding Director, Thinking Alliance

SPEAKER: Kulbir Pasricha, Community Engagement and Hate Crime Manager - Diversity & Inclusion Academy, Kent Police




Communicating with confidence: laying the groundwork to communicate with impact 

  • Top tips for delivering your message succinctly and confidently
  • Managing adrenaline to think clearly under pressure
  • Structuring your meetings and preparatory work for maximum effect

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


Cultural Intelligence Workshop: Working confidently in different cultures

  • Understanding and defining cultural intelligence
  • Equipping yourself and your organisation with the tools to think differently and enhance engagement
  • Tackling cultural biases and driving forward inclusive leadership skills

SPEAKER: Ritika Wadhwa, Chief Executive Officer, Prabhaav-global


Networking Lunch


Succeeding in a male dominated environment: the importance of authentic leadership and allyship

  • Challenging traditional leadership behaviours
  • Identifying your values and leading by example
  • Engaging male colleagues as allies

SPEAKER: PC Kate West, Co-Director of Gypsy Roma Traveller Police Association; Kent Police Dog Section


Keynote address

A personal reflection on my leadership journey


Leading a change in culture: where do we go from here?

  • Raising the visibility of women as leaders in policing
  • Dispelling expectations around traditional leadership paths and behaviours
  • The importance of lifting others as you climb

SPEAKER: Sergeant Zoë Wakefield, Chair of Hampshire Police Federation


Chair’s Closing Remarks

SPEAKER: Fiona Eldridge, Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Portfolio Lead, College of Policing


Fiona Eldridge
Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Portfolio Lead, College of Policing
Katie Driver
Founding Director, Thinking Alliance
Kulbir Pasricha
Community Engagement and Hate Crime Manager - Diversity & Inclusion Academy, Kent Police
Charmain Brenyah
Detective Inspector, Met Police
Cath Baxter
Professional Voice and Public Speaking Consultant
Ritika Wadhwa
Chief Executive Officer, Prabhaav Global
Sergeant Zoë Wakefield
Chair of Hampshire Police Federation