WOW: Women, Power and Change

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2016 was an amazing and terrifying year, with so many negative and positive things happening for women and girls. Gender equality has been at the centre of many recent debates. We asked our speakers to look forward and by tell us what they would change in order to make a fairer world for women and girls. Come and hear them here.

Speakers include:

Kate Northcott Spall: Inspiring Woman of the Year 2012/13, Buckingham Palace Garden Party 2014, Charity Champion Award from Samantha Cameron 10 Downing Street 2015, Cheshire Woman of the Year 2016 and celebrating 10 years of her campaign and The Pamela Northcott Fund. Wife, Mother, Rottweiler. After completing her degree in English & Drama, Kate stayed in London and began her career in TV Production.  After 5 years she moved into PR working with Jongleurs Comedy Clubs. In 1999 Kate completely changed direction due to her love of politics. She accepted the role as Ambassador for Market Towns working with local government in North Wales.  Kate went back to work within the Creative Sector as Marketing Director for a large Drama in Education project with the Arts Council. In 2005 her Mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer,  Kate gave up her career to care for her and fight for her cancer treatment denied by the NHS…little did she know then…this is where she found her vocation – Campaign Kate.

Nicola Waterworth from The Parliament Project North: Coach, change agent and project consultant, with a background in policy and service commissioning in the public sector. A feminist activist for two decades Nicola is passionate about leadership, collaboration and creating change at a local level through civic engagement.  Nicola has previously been a trustee of Fawcett Society, the Women’s Sport Trust, was co-founder of Bristol Rape Crisis and has been active in DivaManc, campaigning for women’s voices to be heard in Greater Manchester devolution. Alongside women’s representation in political life Nicola is passionate about women’s active and sporting lives and women’s visual representation; in 2017 she has brought these together in founding Find It Film, a film festival creating and sharing films about women and girls in sport and outdoor adventure.

Hannah Philp, Co-Director of the Ask Her To Stand campaign (50:50 Parliament): Hannah Philp sits on the steering committee of 50:50 Parliament, the cross-party campaign for a gender-balanced Parliament. Along with Dolly Theis, Hannah launched the Ask Her To Stand Campaign this year, which is focused specifically on encouraging women to stand for elected office, growing the pipeline of women for the 2017 and future General Elections. A graduate of the Universities of Glasgow (MSc Politics) and Oxford (MSc Area Studies), Hannah works full time as the Director of Marketing for a FTSE 250 Investment Company.  In 2017, Hannah will launch Commune Club, a network of work and social clubs for women. She believes passionately in addressing the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence.

Chaired by Simone Roche


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Approx 60 mins