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IoD East Midlands – Women as Leaders Convention 2019

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29 March, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Susan Hallam will be speaking at the The Institute of Directors' 5th annual Women as Leaders Convention. The event is designed to celebrate successful female leaders in the East Midlands.

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 theme is defining what leadership is and how to be an effective leader. The topics discussed aim to inspire better directors, better business, better services and better economy.

In addition to the IoD’s new chair Charlotte Valeur as a keynote speaker, the convention brings together some of the inspirational female leaders in the East Midlands region. Join them for an afternoon of success stories and interactive discussions.

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. Last year around 100 people attended.


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. 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.

Susan Hallam MBE, Founder and CEO of Hallam

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, one of the UK’s leading digital agencies and a Premier Google Partner.

Lisa Wainwright, established leader in the world of sport.

Lisa has held a number of senior roles at Sport England. 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. Ms Smart joined MAG in 2014 and during her time with the business has also served as customer services and security director at Stanstead. Prior 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. He is a keen supporter of celebrating policing history and was the founding Chair of the South West Police Heritage Trust.


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. Louise was awarded MBE for services to enterprise and charity in 2016.


Book your place on the event website here.


29 March, 2019
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Institute of Directors


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