Women into Leadership comes to Leeds

Organised by the FDA and Dods, Women into Leadership conferences provides delegates with the chance to network with other female leaders, attend breakout workshops and hear from successful women both in and outside of the civil service.

A total of 150 delegates attended the first Women into Leadership event in Leeds, which took place on 27 September. After seven successful annual events in London and the first in Edinburgh earlier this year, this is the first time the conference has been held outside of the English and Scottish capitals.

The event was chaired by FDA Vice President Fiona Eadie, with speakers including the Defra Permanent Secretary Clare Moriarty, Wakefield Council Chief Executive Joanne Roney and Harriet Minter, a journalist who set up the Guardian's Women in Leadership section.

Moriarty told delegates that "being a leader isn't a niche skill, most of it is about the nudge and push needed to get people to see what they can do".

Roney advised those attending the conference to "be true to yourself and have confidence in your ability to affect change as a leader".

Keystone's Sue Hollywood-Powell on the stand at WiL LeedsFDA's Tami Richardson on the union's stand at WiL in Leeds

Keystone's Sue Hollywood-Powell and FDA's Tami Richardson at the union's busy stand at Women into Leadership in Leeds

The FDA also had an FDA and Keystone stand at the event, where delegates could learn more about the support, career development and other benefits that the union offers.

The event was live-tweeted from the union's @FDA_Union and @we_are_Keystone accounts, using the hashtag #WiL16.

A more detailed conference report will be available in the autumn issue of Public Service Magazine.

Read our 2016 reports from Women into Leadership in London and Edinburgh.