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11th March, 2019

LEPs seek to inspire more women leaders

As International Women's Day was marked across the country and the world on Friday (8 March) Local Enterprise Partnerships have been speaking about the importance of the day for them and how the LEP Women Leaders event in June is part of that message.

LEPs seek to inspire more women leaders

The LEP Women Leaders event will see over 160 senior women business leaders and entrepreneurs from the private, public, education and third sectors gather in London to inspire more women leaders to get involved in the work of their Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).

Our headline sponsor of that event is Goldman Sachs, and their Head of the Office of Corporate Engagement, Charlotte Keenan, gives her insight on what International Women’s Day is all about, and the role it plays in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses programme.  

Anja Skvortsova, Associate Director of  Audeliss, who is also attending the event, gives her views on the challenge LEP Boards have in recruiting more women leaders onto their boards.

LEP women Leaders, and men, have also been giving their views on the importance of International Women’s Day and what it means for their LEP Boards, these include:

  • Coast to Capital who celebrate its outstanding women leaders.
  • Ruth Carver, Director of Greater Lincolnshire LEP sets out several compelling reasons for women to join their LEP Boards.
  • Sonia Roberts, a Board member at The Marches LEP says LEP Boards need more women’s voices. They are currently recruiting for new board members.
  • Marion Plant, a Board Member of the Coventry & Warwickshire LEP, says why full gender equality has not yet been achieved.
  • Leona Watson, an Apprenticeship Ambassador at Oxfordshire LEP (OxLEP) reveals the impact she has had on her LEP.
  • Kathy Slack, Chief Executive at Enterprise M3 explains why she is so passionate about helping women get ahead.
  • Helen Golightly, Chief Executive of the North East LEP and awarded ‘Champion of the North East’ highlights the work of “remarkable women” across the region. 
  • Gloucestershire LEP’s Chair, Dr Diane Savory OBE, says there’s never been a better time for women to engage with LEPs. 
  • Leicester & Leicestershire LEP Board Members explain what International Women’s Day means to them.
  • Amanda Lyne, a Board Member of Liverpool City Region LEP, says boards, whether LEPs or otherwise, are losing out on talent by not having more women represented.
  • Anne-Marie Mountfield, Chief Executive at Solent LEP, encourages women to take up career opportunities in STEM subjects.
  • Hertfordshire LEP shows how it is working to get the balance right.
  • David A. Kerfoot MBE, Chair of the York, North Yorkshire, East Riding LEP says we can’ empower women without engaging men.