Women on Public Boards: Preparing for Equal Representation

This event will examine public bodies duties and responsibilities under the forthcoming legislation, and how all organisations can prepare women to take up more executive positions by equipping them with the tools for the boardroom across all sectors.

Women are underrepresented in decision making positions across Scotland

Having an effective board of directors is crucial to an organisation. It has a strong impact on how the organisation runs, makes decisions, and its success.

On the 30 January MSPs passed The Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill, meaning that all public body boards must work towards having women make up 50% of non-executive members by 2022. In the run up to this, public authorities will now have a duty to encourage women to apply to public board positions.

Join Holyrood on 31 May as we examine the and responsibilities for public bodies under the forthcoming legislation, and how all organisations can prepare and support women to take up more executive positions by equipping them with the tools for the boardroom across all sectors. We will learn how to attract women to hold senior positions and encourage boards to adopt more inclusive cultures.

Key issues we will examine with you

  • Understanding how the legislation will affect public bodies going forward
  • Refining your organisation’s culture - is it inclusive, adaptive and does it create effective boundaries to encourage women to progress?
  • Preparing women for senior roles: equipping women with the tools and skills to communicate with confidence, creating a healthy work-life balance and setting action plans for advancement
  • The measurable benefits of having a diverse board for decision making, employee satisfaction and the economy
  • Examining how to retain women on your board by creating inclusive cultures
  • Sharing and learning from good practice examples

Confirmed speakers

  • Dr Sue Mitchell, Director, Aeona and Author

  • Professor Susan Vinnicombe CBE, Professor of Women and Leadership, Cranfield School of Management and Founder Director, Cranfield International Centre for Women Leaders

  • Bonnie Clarke, Director of Client Relationships, Re:markable

  • Cate Nelson-Shaw, Director of Marketing, Re:markable 

  • Tanya C Castell MBE, CEO, Changing the Chemistry 

  • George Eckton, Chairperson/Trustee, White Ribbon Scotland

  • Dr Miles Weaver, Associate Professor, Edinburgh Napier University 

Who should attend?

This event will be of benefit to organisations who will be affected by the Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Bill, and public, private and third sector organisations whose senior management will ensure that women are supported and encourage to seek senior positions in the workplace, including:

  • Chief executives; directors; heads of service; board members
  • Senior and middle management with a strategic responsibility for improving performance and delivering organisational objectives from across public, private and third sectors
  • HR, Equalities and Recruitment Managers
  • Women looking to improve their confidence, communication and action plans to advance to senior positions

Agenda*

09:30    Registration and Refreshments

10:00    Welcome and Introduction from Chair

Kate Connor, Director, Kate Connor Consulting  

10:05    Session 1: Overview - The Impact of Women on Boards 

10.05   Setting the Scene 

  • Overview of the progress made by women on the FTSE 100 corporate boards 
  • Challenges facing us 
  • Proposed framework for inclusive talent management

           Professor Susan Vinnicombe CBE, Professor of Women and Leadership, Cranfield School of Management and Founder Director, Cranfield International Centre for Women Leaders

10.30   Championing Women 

            Julie Ashworth, Advisor and Presenter, Women on Boards UK 

10:50    Questions and Discussion

11.05    Roundtable Discussion 

Taking learning from the morning, delegates will lead the discussion to  identify the key challenges that organisations are facing. We would like you to share learning around how to encourage more women to take up leadership positions within your organisation. 

11:30    Refreshments and Networking

11:50    Session 2: Equipping Women for the Boardroom

12:00    My Board Journey 

  • My board journey 
  • Being the best version of yourself to get a NXD role

          Cate Nelson-Shaw, Director of Marketing, Re:markable

12:20    Improving your communications

             Bonnie Clarke, Client Relationship Director, Re:markable

12:40    Mindset for resilience and mental wellbeing in the workplace: how to manage challenging situations 

  • Introducing women onto traditionally all male boards bring associated challenges, including the discomfort of change for the incumbent board members and how to harness the value in diverse perspectives without creating conflict 
  • Using the 4C's of the mental toughness model, we look at ways you can manage your mindset to embrace these and other challenges and raise your reslience and wellbeing

             Dr Sue Mitchell, Director, Aeona and Author 

13.00    Questions and Discussion

13.20    Lunch and Networking

13:50    Session 3: Next Steps for your Organisation

  • Understanding how your organisational culture can be more inclusive and create effective boundaries
  • Supporting recruitment and retention of women in senior roles
  • Creating effective role models and mentoring opportunities
  • A good practice example of an organisation who has an inclusive culture 

14.00   How to Achieve a More Diverse Board? 

  • Potential challenges 
  • Broadening the candidate pool 
  • Enhancing the appointment process 
  • Culture and making the most of diversity

           Tanya C Castell MBE, CEO, Changing the Chemistry 

14.20   Making White Ribbon Scotland's Board More Inclusive 

            George Eckton, Chairperson/Trustee, White Ribbon Scotland

14.40   Making Boards More Inclusive for All 

            Dr Miles Weaver, Associate Professor, Edinburgh Napier University 

14:50    Questions and Discussion

15:20    Closing Remarks from Chair

15:30    Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

NASUWT, 35 Young Street N Ln, Edinburgh EH2 4JD | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):
Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
 
For all event enquiries please email enquiries@holyrood.com or call 0131 285 1635
Dates
31 May 2018
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