This image is one of many event photos taken at the Annual Institute of Directors Women Leaders Conference.
The Institute of Directors (IoD) is committed to increasing the diversity of boards in the private, public and third sectors; and supporting those aspiring to senior leadership positions. The Women Leaders Conference celebrates successful female leaders across the East Midlands.
As an Event Partner for the Institute of Directors, my task is to capture the main aspects of the event, the ambience, the attendees and networking.
Women Leaders in the photograph (left to right) are Sue Smith, Sarah Walker-Smith, Lisa Wainwright, Debra Charles, Louise Third, Major Clare Hamilton and Carolyn Radford.
Louise is a highly experienced and respected public relations and communications consultant whose interest in enabling business growth has taken her through 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.
Carolyn Radford is the Chief Executive Officer at Mansfield Town Football Club, one of.only two female CEOs in professional football. She took up the post at 29, making her the youngest football CEO in the country. Since then, she has helped mastermind the club’s return to the English Football League and has transformed the previously plummeting finances, to become a business that is now primed for success on and off the pitch.
Sarah will focus on how her education prepared her for a leadership role. Sarah is a chartered accountant with an MBA and a healthy dose of creativity to balance all that process and logic out! Sarah is a member of the Board of Governors for Nottingham Trent University and has recently won Business Women of the Year 2017 at the Nottingham Post Women in Business Awards.
Debra will reflect her leadership journey and her own personal battles in overcoming dyslexia and the other challenges she faced as a woman in a technology business. Debra is the CEO and Founder of Novacroft. After beginning her career in robotics and computing, where she saw the potential of technology to simplify complexity, Debra founded Novacroft in 1998, with a vision to bring talented individuals together to embrace technology and innovation and change the way things are done for the better.
Lisa will be offering insights into the world of international sports governance. Lisa has significant experience in sports administration and governing bodies, having previously held senior roles at Sport England, England Netball, internationally and most.recently, CEO at Volleyball England for eight years. Lisa relishes a challenge and continues to strive for improvement both personally and in others, recently graduating from the UK Sport CEO Executive Leadership Programme. Her motivations are simple, to enable people to better themselves through the wonderful medium of sport.
Sue will discuss role models in leadership from experience. Her career in local government began in 1980, rising through the ranks until, in 2001, she was appointed Deputy Chief Executive of Lichfield District Council. Sue then became Chief Executive of Harborough District Council before taking on the role of Joint Chief Executive of Cherwell District Council and South Northamptonshire Council in 2011. Sue is a Fellow of the IoD and a Chartered Director.business (58), event (56).