Women in Northern Powerhouse - Change & Resilience

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Start Date: 28 Apr 2016

Start Time: 9:00 AM

End Time: 2:00 PM

Duration: 5 hours

Capacity: 91

Venue: Midland Hotel, Manchester

Member price: £30.00

Non-member price: £40.00

Students price: £20.00

Event Capacity: Full

Join us for our first WiM Conference in the North West where our theme is Women in the Northern Powerhouse - Change and Resilience.

The conference, with our inspirational speakers, participative workshops and round table discussions will be an opportunity to find out more about what it means to be a Woman in the Northern Powerhouse and ensure it is something positive and beneficial for us all.

Join us to:

  • explore the promise of the northern powerhouse for women
  • gain new perspectives on change
  • understand the issues around gender difference when managing change
  • gain some inspiration
  • meet other members to network
  • join a workshop of your choice
  • share your ideas on how we can effectively take WiM forward in the North West
  • take part in exciting discussions to develop new thinking
  • meet the WiM team




 Registration and refreshments


 Welcome and Introductions - Anita Wild


 Keynote Speaker: Women and the Northern PowerhouseNora Senior


Achieving Success in the Northern Powerhouse

 Breakout groups to choose from:

  1. Inspirational Leadership - Hazel Bainbridge
  2. Inspirational Coaching - Anita Wild
  3. Inspirational You - Andi Lewis




 Speaker: The Challenge of Leading Transformational Change - Penny Barker


 Table Top Questions - Break out Group: 

 What's important for you? - facilitated by Claire Povah and WiM facilitators


Speaker: Achieving Success - Lesley Shepperson


 Lunch and Networking


 Event concludes


Nora Senior

Nora Senior- Executive Chair, Weber Shandwick, UK Regions & President, British Chambers of Commerce

Nora Senior is Executive Chair UK Regions, Ireland and the Nordics of leading global PR/public affairs consultancy, Weber Shandwick. She is part of the senior leadership management team of the multi million pound agency, which has over 3,000 employees in 132 offices in 83 countries.

A former Businesswoman of the Year, she was elected President of British Chambers of Commerce in July 2013 and was also appointed Chair of Scottish Chambers of Commerce – uniquely the first time in both Chambers’ history that these offices have been held by the same person simultaneously. She is the first woman in Scottish Chambers’ 75 year history to be hold the office of Chair.

Nora has over 24 years agency experience in the public relations industry and has worked with many major international brands, specialising in multi-country and multi-disciplinary corporate communications programmes, advising both FTSE 100 organisations as well as start-up companies across a wide range of sectors, including property/construction, energy, finance, healthcare, technology and FMCG. She has worked with many major brands including Coca Cola; Oracle; Bausch + Lomb, Perrier, Glenmorangie, Shell and Tesco.

She was previously Managing Director of Saatchi & Saatchi (North) and founded a start-up company The PR Centre, which she successfully merged with Shandwick.

Nora is a regional adviser to the London Stock Exchange. She was awarded an MBA Lifetime Achievement Award for Contribution to UK Business in January 2015, and a First Women UK Media Award in 2013. She has been recognised for her business acumen through a series of awards including a global ‘Stevie’ for Best Woman in Business in Europe, Middle East and Asia; a UK Business Achievement Award and recognised as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations for outstanding contribution to the PR industry.

She has tirelessly promoted the views and of UK based businesses to Government and in particular has championed the interests of women in business.

Penny Barker

Penny Barker

Penny began her career in the probation service as a volunteer in County Durham. After qualifying and gaining extensive experience in prisons, Community Payback, family welfare and specialist teams within probation, she became a Senior Probation Officer in 1992.

She worked as a senior manager before taking on a strategic role as Assistant Chief Officer (ACE) responsible for public protection and the courts. In 2006 she was seconded to lead the national MAPPA teams, also managing a local delivery unit. In 2011 she moved to Lancashire Probation Trust as Deputy Chief Executive and Head of Operations. Here she played a leading role in the merger with Cumbria Probation Trust to create Cumbria and Lancashire Community Rehabilitation Company.

In February 2015 Penny became the Chief Executive of Cumbria and Lancashire CRC. She is also the project director for SOMEC which improves information exchange across border supervision. (www.cep-probation.org).#

Penny believes that leadership starts with herself, she works hard to listen, encouraging others to engage and develop. Whilst she will be directive when appropriate, she works with people to encourage them to be involved in finding the solutions. She believes in setting the example and living the values of the organisation, using personal integrity to influence others within and beyond the organisation.

Lesley Shepperson

Lesley Shepperson

Lesley is a Senior Leader, Education Consultant, Managing Director of Shepperson and Shepperson Consultants Ltd and a Master of Education Graduate with proven dynamic leadership and management skills. After spending her early working life in private industry she decided to follow her passion for helping and supporting others to reach their full potential by entering into education, training and development.

Her journey has led to involvement in many social and business enterprises which have included mentoring and supporting disenfranchised young people entering into employment, youth and community work, supporting young people in care, coaching and mentoring aspiring professionals, developing educational materials and education consultancy.

One of Lesley’s favourite quotes is “don’t let your vision be restricted by the window pane of your current situation”. She believes that if you don’t try you throw away the opportunity to succeed.

Lesley’s’ aim is to ‘leave a positive footprint in the lives of those she has had the privilege of meeting or influencing."

Andi Lewis

Andi Lewis

Andi uses her strengths in Performance coaching, and talent development to
develop managers, graduates and apprentice across a wide range of industries.
Her background in operational management helps her to support leaders
through transformation and change and to work towards operational excellence.
She is a qualified NLP Practitioner and has been involved with WiM since 2014.
Andi’s favourite quote is “Happiness is a choice

Anita Wild

Anita Wild

Anita is Director of ADG. Her passion is developing positive, effective people and positive, effective organisations. She uses action learning, coaching and NLP to support and challenge managers and leaders to identify and implement change. ADG is a CMI Centre that specialises in coaching and management qualifications (Levels 3 to 7) . She has been involved in WiM North West and the WiM National Advisory committee since 2013 and believes her experiences as a woman manager, and working with women leaders gives her empathy and insights which help her to coach and develop women to achieve the success they deserve. She believes that the most important thing women can do to make a difference to the future of women in management is to support each other and encourage success.

Hazel Bainbridge

Hazel Bainbridge

Hazel is a highly experienced executive coach and trainer with a solid reputation for enabling clients to achieve results. She has been coaching in the field of leadership and management development since 2003 and is credentialed through the International Coaching Federation (ICF) to PCC level, a qualified coaching supervisor, ICF Mentor Coach and an accredited NLP practitioner. Supported by almost 30 years management and consultancy experience across a variety of sectors she is commercially aware, having an eye for detail whilst holding the big picture view. She has a skill for engaging with people at all levels, naturally inspiring confidence and putting them at ease.

Hazel draws upon an eclectic mix of inspiration to provide a flexible approach to working with clients needs and preferences from the practical tools of Covey and applied NLP to the use of metaphor and stories or models from neuroscience and transactional analysis to name a few.

She is a member of CMI, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Associate Tutor of the University of Chester with over five years experience of supporting learners to achieve academic and professional qualifications from level 3 through to level 7 postgraduate study.


  • Refreshments provided

Enquiries contact

Questions about this event should be addressed to Networks Support at networks.support@managers.org.uk or by telephone on 01536 207394.

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