02 Feb 2023| Cardiff

Event prices

FDA/Keyskills Members

£395 +VAT

Private Sector

£345 +VAT

Public Sector

£195 +VAT £145* +VAT

*If registering more than 4 places

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Thursday 2nd March 2023 | Cardiff
in partnership with the FDA

Now in their Thirteenth year, the annual Women into Leadership conferences have established themselves as the key events for all those interested in seeing leadership opportunities for women enhanced. Women into Leadership 2022 will examine how female leaders, at any grade, can enhance their skills to become the leader they aspire to be.

This year's conferences will draw on feedback from previous Women into Leadership events, as well as discussions that took place at this years’ planning meeting. The conferences will offer hands-on advice and coaching on how to further develop your career in times of change. You will hear from inspirational women of all grades and levels, within and outside the Civil Service. You’ll discuss together how you can manage the challenges of modern leadership and help ensure the Civil Service doesn’t lose momentum in recognising and rewarding female leaders.

The benefits of attending Women into Leadership include the opportunity to:

  • Examine the barriers currently facing female leaders (and future leaders) in the Civil Service and hear how to overcome them
  • Hear from a diverse range of Senior Civil Servants, as well as inspirational leaders from outside of the Civil Service
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the skills, qualities and attributes needed to be a successful leader
  • Design your own breakout session schedule, based on your own needs and aspirations
  • Learn how to be an effective leader
  • Network with peers and counterparts from across Government who are also contemplating furthering their career in the Civil Service

Visit the dedicated Women into Leadership website to view the full agenda, venue and speaker details

Register your place today




Chair's Welcome and Introduction


Permanent Secretary Opening Address

Leading and learning through adversity: providing confident and empowering leadership in challenging times


Transition to breakout sessions


Agenda description item

Breakout Session A

Introversion in Leadership: unleashing your quiet power


Breakout Session B

Menopause in the Workplace: seeking support & developing confidence to conduct sensitive conversations


Breakout Session C

Preparing for your next role: are you ready for a promotion?

SPEAKER: Richard Hillsdon, Dods Trainer


Breakout Session D

Reclaiming your Space: tools for success in a hybrid working environment.

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


Comfort Break


11.45 Plenary Address

Authentic and courageous leadership: using challenges and triumphs to power success


Transition to breakout sessions


Breakout Session E

Networking for success: developing the mindset and toolset to become a successful networker


Breakout Session F

Managing difficult conversations: giving and receving effective feedback in challenging situations

SPEAKER: Lucille Thirlby, Assistant General Secretary, FDA


Breakout Session G

Getting through the Sift and the Interview: understanding what influences the selectors

SPEAKER: Richard Hillsdon, Dods Trainer


Breakout Session H

Speaking so that others listen: key tools for impactful communication

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




Afternoon plenary address

Leadership starts with you: leadership as a choice, not a position

Abigail Agyei, Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Health and Social Care


Closing Address

Leadership in action: lifting others as you climb


Chair's Closing Remarks followed by Networking Drinks

Richard Hillsdon
Dods Trainer
Cath Baxter
Professional Voice and Public Speaking Consultant
Abigail Agyei
Senior Policy Advisor, Department of Health and Social Care
Lucille Thirlby
Assistant General Secretary, FDA
Who should attend?

Women into Leadership is aimed at all those who aspire to move into a leadership role or those already in a senior role looking to progress.