Senior Women in
Policing Conference 2019
Change – Culture – Collaboration – Conversation
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In 2019, the Senior Women in Policing conference will be held in Birmingham between Wednesday 6th – Friday 8th March and will be hosted by Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Mercia and West Midlands Police forces. The timing of the conference is significant as it provides the opportunity to celebrate together International Women’s Day on the final day of the conference – Friday 8th March.
Hosted in two stunning city centre venues, the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Library of Birmingham, we are offering an impressive main stage line-up compered by our host, TV presenter Steph McGovern, and supported by a diverse range of workshops. We also have a great array of keynote speakers culminating with our closing keynote speaker on Friday 8th March – mental health campaigner and author Ruby Wax. In addition, our fringe events will provide delegates with a unique opportunity to get a real taste for the culture of our region and communities, whilst creating the right environment for those vital conversations with like-minded leaders.
We are taking a different approach to the look and feel of the conference in 2019, where we will be looking at:
The SWiP19 conference committee’s purpose is to be a catalyst for change, to create a lasting legacy which goes way beyond the conference itself. Our goal is that delegates return back to their forces inspired and encouraged to share their learning, putting plans into action, supported by their colleagues from across the UK.
Laura Bates – Everyday Sexism
Laura Bates is the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and author of Everyday Sexism and the Sunday Times bestseller Girl Up. The project has amassed over 100,000 testimonies of gender inequality worldwide and expanded to branches in 25 countries.
Laura writes regularly for the New York Times, Guardian, TIME magazine and others and won a British Press Award in 2015. She has been named a woman of the year by Cosmopolitan, Red Magazine, The Huffington Post and The Sunday Times Magazine. Laura is a contributor at Women Under Siege, a New York-based project tackling rape in conflict worldwide and she is patron of SARSAS, Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Helen Bevan – NHS Horizons, NHS Transformation & Change
Helen has been supporting quality improvement within the health and care system for nearly 30 years. She has led and facilitated many nationwide initiatives to improve care, including in cancer services, urgent and emergency care, services for people living with dementia and care in the community.
Helen has demonstrated a constancy of purpose and resilience to stay within the system over the years that is rare in internal change agents. She has managed to keep learning, growing and delivering change. Over time, her focus has shifted from managing big programmes of change to approaches that mobilise and build energy and commitment to change on a very large scale.
Helen has an ability to connect directly with thousands of frontline staff and patient leaders. She is one of the top social influencers in healthcare globally, reaching more than a million people each month through her social media connections, virtual presentations, commentaries and blogs.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
HMI Zoe Billingham
Zoë was appointed Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary in September 2009 and Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire and Rescue Services in July 2017, when HMICFRS’s remit was extended to include those services.
Zoë is the senior responsible officer for HMICFRS’s inspections of the fire and rescue services in England, as well as HMICFRS’s thematic inspection reports on mental health in policing and the police response to domestic abuse.
She is also Her Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary and Her Majesty’s Inspector of Fire and Rescue Services for the Eastern Region, inspecting 15 police forces and 12 fire and rescue services.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Ruth Bourne – t-three, The Value of Networking
Ruth is known for supporting clients to identify key drivers for change, and developing solutions that deliver behavioural, cultural.. and ultimately performance improvement in a supportive, challenging and enjoyable way. Her core values are Integrity, Fairness and Honesty and these underpin everything she does.
With a background in HR leadership in FMCG and Utilities, Ruth understands the need to balance people professionalism with commercial nous and agility to meet organisational strategic objectives. As well as being a Company Director who understands the challenges of running teams and businesses, Ruth has operated as a senior leadership development practitioner for many years. She supports senior executives, teams and leaders to change behaviours that deliver improved organisation outcomes. Ruth is highly motivated and quickly gets to the core of what is needed, developing focused strategies which exceed client needs.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Dr Eva Carneiro – Doctor & Sports Medic
Eva Carneiro is a doctor and sports medic; one of the international leaders in the field of sports medicine. In a career taking in A&E departments and Olympic teams, she was club doctor at Chelsea FC for five years. Whilst working at the Premier League team she made headlines after treating Eden Hazard on the pitch, a decision that would have surprising repercussions.
Eva speaks about the lessons learned working in one of the most competitive sports in the world. From how high performing teams are put together to what good leadership looks like. She also considers what it is to make decisions under pressure and intense scrutiny, often argued with by colleagues, and yet knowing it’s the right thing to do. She looks at some aspects of what happened at Chelsea and how she dealt with personal and professional attacks from fans and the media. She reflects on a career as a woman in a male-dominated industry, forging a path and building a reputation, as well as broader areas of health and well being.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Chief Constable Dee Collins
Chief Constable Dee Collins started her career in Cleveland in 1987, where she worked her way through the ranks to Superintendent, as well as a spell as Staff Officer to the Chief Constable. In 2000 she was seconded to Germany, where she worked at EXPO 2000 in Hannover.
In 2013, Dee was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for her contribution towards British Policing, and in the 2018 Birthday Honours was awarded the CBE for Services to Policing and to Women in Policing.
She joined West Yorkshire Police as Deputy Chief Constable in January 2014 and in July 2014 Dee took over as Temporary Chief Constable, before being appointed as the substantive Chief Constable in November 2016.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Emma Cooper – Accenture
Emma is the Consulting Lead for Accenture’s Health and Public Service practice in UK/Ireland. Through her role as the Portfolio Lead for the WMP 2020 Programme from 2015-2018 she has gained a passion for Policing as well as a keen appreciation for life in the West Midlands and the delight of a table naan.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Dr Andrea Davies – University of Leicester School of Business
Dr Andrea Davies works at the University of Leicester School of Business and has an established research reputation in women in life transitions, the family and consumption. Her work is published in books and articles and most recently she has focused on the menopause as co-author of the Government Equalities Report ‘The effects of menopause transition on women’s economic participation in the UK’ with Prof Jo Brewis, Dr Vanessa Beck and Dr Jesse Matheson.
With her colleagues at Leicester she lead her University to be first university with a policy on the menopause (launched November 2017). She holds monthly Menopause Cafes at the University, has spoken about menopause taboo in the media and press, and is gives key note speeches on menopause to many organisations. In Spring 2019 she will be speaking at both the ACAS conference and Menopause Cafe: HR Work Conference.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Cressida Dick CBE QPM
Cressida Dick has 34 years of public service, the majority of which she has spent in policing. She has held leadership roles in each of the organisations she has worked in, the Metropolitan Police Service, Thames Valley Police, the National Police College and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Cressida has overseen a wide variety of high-profile and complex policing investigations spanning serious and organised crime, security and protection.
From 2011 to 2014 she was in charge of UK counter terrorism policing, leading operational security and counter terrorist operations for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics.
In 2014 Cressida joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office senior leadership team. In February 2017 Cressida was appointed Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service taking up the role in April 2017.
Cressida is former president of the British Association of Women Police and has a Master’s Degree in Criminology from Cambridge.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Mike is an associate executive coach for Warwick Business School and a board and executive coach for global talent development firm, Lee Hecht Harrison Penna, who specialise in leadership development and career transition.
Mike is also an associate of the College of Policing where he provides executive coaching for delegates on the Strategic Command Course as well as leadership development coaching in support of those from underrepresented groups.
He is a qualified coach, a trained Senior Police National Assessment Centre assessor and a previous syndicate director and deputy director for SCC, having served earlier as a police officer in the Metropolitan Police, West Midlands Police and Leicestershire Constabulary.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Ayesha Hazarika MBE – Political Commentator, Writer & Comedian
Ayesha Hazarika is a political commentator, writer and comedian who served as Chief of Staff to Harriet Harman, Labour Deputy Leader and twice Acting Leader of the Labour Party. She was a senior Labour adviser for more than eight years in Government and in opposition.
As well as a political overview and analysis Ayesha looks at the role of women in politics and the challenges they often face in the careers. She considers how politics works, how messages are communicated (successfully and unsuccessfully), and how government policy is formed and influenced. She also addresses the future of culture, media and the creative industries in a climate of cuts and unequal opportunities.
Ayesha is a regular commentator on the BBC, Sky and ITN as well as writing for national newspapers and magazines including the FT, Guardian and New Statesman.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Karyn McCluskey – Community Justice Scotland
Karyn worked in the police for 22 years in Sussex, Lancashire, West Mercia, Strathclyde and Police Scotland. In 2016 Karyn took up the post of Chief Executive for Community Justice Scotland.
Karyn trained as a registered nurse, has a B.Sc and M.Sc in Psychology and is a fellow by distinction of the Faculty of Public Health. She received Honorary Doctorate from University of Glasgow for work on prevention of violence and an Honorary Masters from the Open University. She was presented with the Presidents Medal from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 2018 for work on violence prevention and the Saltire award . She has worked in a variety of areas within the NHS, East Africa and HM Prisons. She has published work on Armed Robbery teams, Alcohol and Violence Interventions in a clinical setting and Violence Reduction.
She is a board member of Simon Community Scotland tackling homelessness and is on the Board of the Scottish Professional Football League.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Steph McGovern – TV Presenter & SWiP19 Host
For over a decade Steph McGovern has reported on business and finance from around the world; from international summits to small business success stories. She is an established part of the BBC Breakfast team, covering business developments daily, and regularly taking to the sofa as main co-host.
Off-screen Steph is also involved in BBC community projects such as BBC Outreach and BBC School Report. She is a mentor for young people in her native Teesside and regularly runs workshops for schoolchildren around the North East, as well as being active in areas around education and apprenticeships. A former champion Irish dancer she still keeps her foot in, often attending international competitions, where she helps to coach dancers.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Dr Louise Newson BSc (Hons) MBChB(Hons) MRCP FRGP – Newson Health
Louise is a GP and menopause specialist. She feels passionately about improving awareness of safe prescribing of HRT to healthcare professionals and has written many articles, editorials and lectured on this topic. She is a director for PCWHF and editor for BJFM. She has developed www.menopausedoctor.co.uk which has been awarded a HoN code.
Louise works regularly with West Midlands Police to provide advice regarding menopause in the workplace. Louise has contributed to menopause related articles in different newspapers and magazines and been on numerous radio and TV programmes. She is the director of Newson Health Ltd (www.newsonhealth.co.uk) and has recently opened a menopause and wellbeing centre in Stratford-upon-Avon.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Grace Ononiwu OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor – West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service
Grace has served as the Chief Crown Prosecutor (CCP) for the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service region since June 2014 – the first woman to hold this post. She is ultimately responsible for all prosecution decisions and conduct of cases by CPS staff throughout the region. She has a personal involvement in many of those cases and on occasion meets victims of crime and/ or their families to explain the decisions taken in cases that involve them.
Grace qualified as a solicitor in 1991 and originally joined a private firm of solicitors in High Wycombe practising criminal law. She joined the CPS as a Crown Prosecutor and held a number of positions in the service, which led to her ultimate appointment as Northamptonshire CCP in April 2005, making her the first African Caribbean to be appointed to that position in the history of the CPS. In April 2009 Grace was appointed Legal Director for North Region, CPS London, before becoming Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for the London Districts. In 2012, she became the CCP for the East of England Area. Grace has made a significant contribution to the CPS Equality and Diversity agenda and was previously the Chair of the National Black Crown Prosecution Association.
She is the National Lead and joint Chair of the Crown Court Business Board, responsible for developing and embedding the CPS strategy for the handling of crown court casework across the country.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Jess Phillips – Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley
Jess Phillips is a Labour Party politician who became the MP for the constituency of Birmingham Yardley at the 2015 general election. Jess has committed her life to improving the lives of others, especially the most vulnerable, and spent five years working for Women’s Aid supporting and defending women.
Since becoming an MP, Jess has continued her fight to support those who need it the most and has been appointed to the Women and Equalities Committee, the Backbench Business Committee and Chair of the Women’s PLP. Jess has earned a reputation for plain speaking since being elected, unfazed by threats and calling out sexist attitudes as she promotes women’s rights.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Gill Pyrah – Media & Presentation Training
Gill Pyrah is an experienced broadcast and print journalist and a sought after media training consultant. She has presented many current affairs, news and arts programmes, on C4, BBC TV and Radio 4 and, on LBC, she was the challenging host of a daily magazine and phone-in show, The Pyrah Programme, which won her the title ‘Independent Radio Personality of the Year’.
Clients include financial organisations, government agencies, publishers, charities and arts institutions including the Tate and V & A. Her presentation and broadcasting skills courses are offered on an individual basis; with small groups; or as seminars and workshops.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Professor Eddie Obeng PhD, MBA – School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Henley Business School
Eddie is Professor of the School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Henley Business School (UK) and CEO of Pentacle Business School. Previously at Ashridge Management School, Eddie’s first board appointment was as the youngest Executive Director of any Business School in Europe.
Described by the Financial Times as a ‘leading revolutionary’ and ‘agent provocateur’, Eddie is an innovator, entrepreneur and Top 10 TED Talks presenter. He is known as a pioneer in digital transformation, design thinking and organisational agility, and is author of ten books focusing on business strategy, adapting for change, leadership, innovation and organisation.
Eddie holds a lifetime achievement award for his contributions to the knowledge of how to make change happen. He is also a helicopter pilot.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Lynne Owens CBE QPM MA – National Crime Agency
Lynne Owens is the Director General of the National Crime Agency (NCA).
Lynne joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1989 later moving to Kent Police and then to Surrey Police. On completion of the Strategic Command Course she became Assistant Chief Constable.
Awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2008, she moved back to the MPS as a Deputy Assistant Commissioner in 2009 and in 2010 was promoted to Assistant Commissioner . She was appointed Chief Constable for Surrey in 2012, before being awarded her CBE in 2015.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney
Olivia is the national lead for the Policing of Children and Young People, chair of the Uniformed Policing Professional Community of the College of Policing, and the national chaplaincy lead for the police service.
Outside of work, Olivia is a keen sports-watching mum, enthusiastically joins in with many sports, and plays the piano to a distinctly average standard at her local church.
Olivia was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in the 2016 New Year Honours list.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Chief Constable Andy Rhodes QPM – Lancashire Constabulary
Andy joined Lancashire Constabulary in 1991 and was appointed Chief Constable in 2017. He is also the NPCC lead for Organisational Development and Well Being, the College of Policing Professional Community Chair for OD and recently took up the Chair of the Chief Police Officers Staff Association CPOSA. Andy represents policing on several national forums related to innovation, engagement and workforce well being. In 2018 he led for NPCC on the Police and Health Consensus which he is now leading with a goal to declare Lancashire a trauma-informed County.
Current projects include exploiting big data to nudge self-management and behaviours, 1st line management training, peer groups and screening.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Chief Constable Sara Thornton
Sara Thornton is Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council. Sara joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1986 serving with Thames Valley Police as Assistant Chief Constable, Deputy Chief Constable and Acting Chief Constable before holding the role of Chief Constable. Sara was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal in 2006 and made a Commander in the Order of the British Empire in 2011.
She has also been recognised with a Career Achievement Award from the Police Training Authority Trustees and the Sir Robert Peel Medal for Outstanding Leadership in Evidence Based Policing.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Professor Alex Vitale – Policing and Social Justice Project, Brooklyn College
Alex S. Vitale is Professor of Sociology and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. He has spent the last 25 years writing about policing and consults both police departments and human rights organizations internationally. He also serves on the New York State Advisory Committee of the US Commission on Civil Rights. Prof. Vitale is the author of City of Disorder: How the Quality of Life Campaign Transformed New York Politics and the The End of Policing. His academic writings on policing have appeared in Policing and Society, Police Practice and Research, Mobilization, and Contemporary Sociology. He is also a frequent essayist, whose writings have appeared in the NY Daily News, NY Times, The Nation, Gotham Gazette, and The New Inquiry.
Professor Vitale is originally from Houston, Texas and received his BA in Cultural Anthropology and Urban Studies from Hampshire College and his Ph.D. in Sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Ruby Wax OBE – Leadership, Mindfulness and Mental Health
After arriving in Britain from the United States in 1977 and training as an actress, Ruby Wax began her career with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She went on to a hugely successful career with BBC television as an interviewer and comedian, and has written, and edited numerous scripts for TV and film including Absolutely Fabulous.
Ruby then turned her attention to the study of psychotherapy and neuroscience, graduating from Oxford University in 2013 with a Master’s degree in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy. She is also an Alumna and Honorary Senior Fellow of Regent’s University London’s with an MA in Psychotherapy and Councelling, and a Visiting Professor in the School of Mental Health Nursing at the University of Surrey as well as holding an Honorary Doctorate from the School of Psychology from The University of East London. She has also been awarded a City Lit Lifetime Fellowship, and in 2015 Ruby was awarded an OBE for Services to Mental Health.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Belinda Waldock – Being Agile in Business
Belinda Waldock is a Business Coach, Consultant and author of “Being Agile in Business” (http://amzn.to/1Jfv8AK). She works with businesses, leaders and teams to grow and develop a culture of improvement, productivity and wellbeing through agile working. Her book has been internationally published and shortlisted as the CMI management book of the year. Belinda focuses on taking agile beyond tech, across sectors and throughout organisations, and the transition from doing agile to ‘being agile’.
Belinda’s ‘Being Agile’ approach has been adopted by a broad range of high growth businesses across many business sectors from tech to fashion, and manufacturing to marketing. She is a regular speaker at events sharing her experiences of adopting agile within and beyond the tech sector.if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Darrell Woodman – The Art of Being Brilliant
Darrell Woodman is a trainer and Director of Art of Brilliance Ltd. He was plucked from a leadership role within media, where he spent time (and blood, sweat and tears) helping develop talent in the media industry. Instilling positivity, confidence and self-belief has been a major factor in his coaching of people and teams from radio stations in Sheffield, Hull and Wolverhampton (he likes the glamorous locations). He has many proud moments in his career, but none more so than seeing individuals achieving and feeling greatness – greatness which has been recognised by numerous prestigious radio awards.
Darrell brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as well as our core values of simplicity, energy and fun. He is also the co-author of the best-selling book ‘The Art of Being a Brilliant Teenager’ (Capstone 2014).if( $linkedin != "" ): ?> endif; ?> if( $twitter != "" ):?> endif; ?>
Wednesday 6th March 2019
11:00 - 12:00
12:00 - 12:50
12:50 - 13:05
Host Introduction: Steph McGovern – TV Presenter
13:05 - 13:20
Conference Opening Welcome: Commissioner Cressida Dick CBE QPM
13:20 - 14:00
Headline Sponsor Welcome: Emma Cooper, Accenture
14:00 - 14:45
Keynote One: Professor Alex Vitale – Policing and Social Justice Project, Brooklyn College
14:45 - 15:15
Keynote Two: Ruth Bourne – t-three, The Value of Networking
15:15 - 15:45
15:45 - 16:45
Keynote Three: Laura Bates – Everyday Sexism
16:45 - 17:00
Conference Close: Steph McGovern
A Flavour of the Region – click here to find out more
Thursday 7th March 2019
09:00 - 09:20
Introduction to Day Two: Steph McGovern
09:20 - 09:30
Opening Welcome: Lynne Owens CBE QPM MA
09:30 - 10:15
Keynote One: Helen Bevan – NHS Horizons, NHS Transformation & Change
10:15 - 11:15
Workshop Sessions – click here to find out more
11:15 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:45
Workshop Sessions – click here to find out more
12:45 - 13:45
13:45 - 14:45
Keynote Two: Professor Eddie Obeng PhD, MBA – School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Henley Business School
14:45 - 15:30
Keynote Three: Dr Eva Carneiro – Doctor & Sports Medic
15:30 - 16:00
16:00 - 17:00
Keynote Four: Ayesha Hazarika MBE – Political Commentator, Writer & Comedian
17:00 - 17:10
Conference Close: Steph McGovern
19:30 - 23:00
Festival Evening – Library of Birmingham
It’s time to kick back and relax with an evening of entertainment and exploration. We’ve reserved you a drink at the bar and you might even spot a pink flamingo or two…
We have lots on offer throughout the beautiful library building, from the excitement of Innovate to the calming of Relax, complete with its free spa treatments and well being advice.
We’re here to Refresh you with fabulous food from all four corners of the globe, while some of the best career coaches in the business will help you Aspire to achieve.
If that weren’t enough, there’s music and dancing at the end of the evening and a free champagne draw.
Tonight is an opportunity to do a digital detox, so leave your hashtags at home.
Friday 8th March 2019 – International Women’s Day
09:00 - 09:05
Introduction to Day Three: Steph McGovern
09:05 - 09:30
Keynote One: Accenture
09:30 - 09:50
Keynote Two: Karyn McCluskey
09:50 - 10:15
Keynote Three: HMI Zoe Billingham – The value of collaboration
10:15 - 10:45
Keynote Four: Jess Phillips – Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley
10:45 - 11:15
11:15 - 12:00
In Conversation With…
CC Dee Collins
Grace Ononiwu OBE, Chief Crown Prosecutor – West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service
CC Olivia Pinkney
CC Sara Thornton
– facilitated by Steph McGovern
12:00 - 13:20
Closing Keynote: Ruby Wax OBE – Leadership, Mindfulness and Mental Health
13:20 - 13:30
Host Closing Remarks: Steph McGovern
13:30 - 14:15
14:15 - 15:30
The Art of Being Brilliant: Darrell Woodman
Optional additional seminar as part of International Women’s Day
A Flavour of the Region provides a choice of evening entertainment on Wednesday 6th March, where we highlight the cultures of our fabulous midlands region and give you the chance to maybe try something different.
Places are secured on a first come, first served basis. For security reasons, full venue details will be supplied to delegates once registration is complete:
Peaky Blinders at The Lock Up
7.00pm – 9.30pm 15 minute walk from conference venue
Stylish and dark, BBC series ‘Peaky Blinders’ recounts the exploits of the charismatic Thomas Shelby and his violent back-street Birmingham criminal gang in the aftermath of the First World War.
Whilst in the programme, they are stories, the real lives were as bloody and compelling as the mythologised epic. Hosted at Birmingham’s historic Steelhouse Lane Lock Up, Professor Carl Chinn talks you through the fascinating story of the Real Peaky Blinders, with a tour around the historic jail which has housed many infamous criminals.
Note: Accessible via steps – sensible clothing and footwear required. Sorry, may not be suitable for those with mobility issues – please give us a call to chat through.
Refreshments Included: Informally served Steak & Ale Pie, Mash Potato, Gravy and Onions. No alcohol served onsite, mocktail included within package and further drinks available to purchase on the evening.
This event is supported by West Midlands Police – www.wmpeelers.com – please feel free to take additional cash on the evening to purchase mementos from the Gift Shop
Cuisine and Culture… a taste of the Caribbean
7.00pm – 10.00pm 10 minute walk from conference venue
In the midst of Birmingham’s thriving restaurant scene, join us at our chosen restaurant for a delicious trip around the Caribbean through authentic cuisine and excellent conversation.
After a night of Caribbean dining, Birmingham style, we are pleased to be joined by the eminent Professor Robert Beckford – whose work includes documentaries for BBC and Channel 4 – for ‘What they didn’t teach you in Police Training’; an entertaining journey around the Caribbean culture, including reflecting on the theme of our conference, and considering the role of women.
We look forward to welcoming you – good food, good company and excellent post-dinner discourse.
Refreshments Included: Two course hot Caribbean buffet. A welcome drink is included, with further drinks available to purchase on the evening.
An evening Canal-side
7.00pm – 10.00pm 5 minute walk from conference venue
Located just a short walk from the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, our next option offers a more laid-back dining choice for those of you who want to relax and unwind with great food and live music.
Enjoy your three course meal taking the time to catch up with colleagues old and new at this vibrant pub in the heart of the city.
Refreshments Included: Three course set menu – pre-order required upon confirmation of your place. A welcome drink is included, with further drinks available to purchase on the evening.
A night of nostalgia at the theatre – Hancock’s Half Hour
7.30pm – 10.00pm 11 minute walk from conference venue
Join us for a radio comedy classic live on the Birmingham stage.
In 1954, Tony Hancock burst onto the airwaves of the BBC Light Programme with a comedy show unlike anything the British public had heard before. Playing a less successful version of himself and surrounded by a cast of fellow comedy greats including Sid James, Hattie Jacques and Kenneth Williams, Hancock’s Half Hour was one of the first programmes in the genre we know now as sitcom.
At one of Birmingham’s premier theatre venues; sit back, relax and enjoy a brilliant old-fashioned evening of culture.
Refreshments Included: Variety Snack Box on arrival at the venue, including welcome drink, crisps, yoghurt covered raisins, small bottle of wine plus a small gift.
Backstage at the Rep – Bringing Culture to the City
7.00pm – 10.00pm Hosted at our conference venue
We invite you to take a unique peek backstage at one of the UK’s most famous theatres and the home of SWiP19. Are you fascinated by what goes on behind the scenes, the history of the theatre and the shows they create? See things from a different perspective, learn about the Rep’s intriguing past and get up close with the people who make the productions a reality.
This guided Backstage Tour takes you on a journey behind the scenes at one of Britain’s most renowned producing theatres. Explore the hidden secrets of a theatre with a fascinating past, and maybe even rub shoulders with an actor or two!
And you won’t go hungry – with a delicious meal at venue restaurant Marmalade following your tour.
Refreshments Included: Two course set menu. A welcome drink is included, with further drinks available to purchase on the evening.
A Recipe for Success with Anita Sharma
7.00pm – 10.00pm 8 minute walk from conference venue
On the edge of Birmingham’s bustling Broad Street, with its opulent décor and Indian fine dining experience, sits the venue where we are hosting our final ‘A Flavour of the Region’ fringe event.
Enjoy a delicious two-course meal, before we are joined by inspirational Indian chef, speaker, writer, health advocate and author Anita Sharma. She will be sharing the cultural history and culinary experiences of her Indian heritage, together with her top tips for healthy living – the perfect recipe for a creative and fun after-dinner conversation.
Refreshments Included: Two course meal. A welcome drink is included, with further drinks available to purchase on the evening.
A night off…
If you need a night off… a night to catch up with local friends, an urgent piece of work or an early night..
This is an un-catered option so you are free to please yourself (for once?!)
During the Senior Women in Policing Conference 2019, you will have the opportunity to attend two workshop sessions of your choice on Thursday 7th March.
Workshop times are as follows:
10:15 – 11:15
11:45 – 12:45
Places are secured on a first come, first served basis following your event registration and full details of our brilliant workshops are detailed below:
We asked for workers and they sent us humans – national to local well being
Chief Constable Andy Rhodes QPM
Andy will introduce some of the latest research, guidance and promising practice which sits behind the national well being service model due to go live in April 2019.
Well being is an intensely personal and often ‘messy’ issue and so organisations struggle to move away from sheep-dipping with a ‘one size fits all’ mindset. Debunking some myths about how police work affects our physical and mental health he will capture the progress we have made in the last 5 years whilst challenging any sense of complacency. He will argue that our focus on demand has overshadowed something even more critical…our supply of humans.
This workshop is applicable whether you work within policing or face similar challenges within your own organisation.
So what are they looking for?
Mike’s Workshop invites delegates to join with him in a light hearted but also challenging journey through the serious process of applying for and preparing for interviews and assessment centres.
Mike will invite delegates to put themselves in the shoes of assessors and will deconstruct some proven techniques for handling the most typical ‘Competency Based’, ‘Situational’ and ‘General’ interview questions so as to give confidence in giving one’s best under pressure.
Whilst addressing the often asked question ‘what are they looking for?’ Mike will also encourage delegates to be clear about their own unique offer and have confidence in ‘being oneself!’
As important for police staff as police officers, as well as senior leaders in other organisations where success at selection processes will help you smash that glass ceiling.
Combat and Collaboration Through the Media
Gill Pyrah – Media & Presentation Training
Broadcaster and media trainer Gill Pyrah’s presentation workshop will show you how best to present the person you are and the conversation you want to have. You will only succeed when you have a clear grasp of what you intend to get out of any opportunity – and prepare everything you must put in to achieve that goal.
You will be introduced to the rules of combat (or collaboration, when you get it right) and learn invaluable tricks and tips for taking control and persuading colleagues, external groups, even tricky journalists. During the session you will practise and test your new skills.
Changing the Conversation about menopause
Dr Louise Newson & Dr Andrea Davies
There has been lots of media coverage recently to raise awareness of the menopause with individuals, however how can employers change their conversation?
As organisations have older workforces, and increasingly a better gender balance, the impact of the menopause in organisations is significant. Apart from women suffering themselves, their partners often suffer in silence; this is therefore not a gender issue, but a wellbeing issue across the workforce that impacts on service delivery through attendance and productivity, as well as progression and the glass ceiling.
What can forward-thinking organisations do to deal with this and support their staff in a more strategic approach? How can we normalise the conversation about menopause including both men and women? The workshop will discuss initiatives used in a range of organisations, including public and private sector and will share world-first research undertaken here in the midlands region by Dr Louise Newson (Newson Health Menopause and Wellbeing Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon) and Dr Davies of Leicester University (co-author of 2017 Government Equalities Office Report on Menopause Transition and the Workplace) with West Midlands Police.
Belinda Waldock – Being Agile
In this interactive session we will have a conversation about how being agile can help to improve the performance, well-being and growth of your team, empowering them to create safer, smarter, quicker and better ways of working.
Agile is a modern management approach that helps leadership teams to build a working environment that empowers teams to respond quickly to change and manage uncertainty during times of transformation. Agile leaders work to foster a culture of collaborative working, empowering their teams to be self-organising and promote continuous learning and improvement.
During the session attendees will identify, discuss and reflect upon how the attitudes and behaviours, an organisations culture, and the systems and methods it uses can limit its agility or enhance it, and how.
Attendees will gain an understanding of key principles and practices of an agile leader and their team, together with ways to improve growth, performance and well-being using agile methods.
Policing Workforce of the Future
Rachel Phillips – Global Public Safety Practice, Accenture
The demands on police services are growing and diversifying, the labour market is changing and the skills required are evolving. Given these changes, what will the future workforce in policing look like? How will we define “The Job” and how will policing attract and retain the people it needs, with the right skills and capabilities, when it needs them.
Rachel will facilitate a workshop to get us thinking start the conversation about our future workforce needs, and how we make it a reality.
Head of Professional Standards for Warwickshire & West Mercia Police
Helena took up the post as Head of Professional Standards for Warwickshire & West Mercia Police in April 2017. Her previous experience includes performing the role of Head of policing for North Worcestershire, and as Staff Officer to the West Mercia Chief Constable, national lead for PSD matters. She has worked in Safer Neighbourhood policing, operational policing, CID, family protection, custody, as a firearms commander and was previously complaints and misconduct Chief Inspector in West Mercia Police.
Prior to joining the police, Helen is the proud owner of a degree in Ecology and a masters in Forestry in Poland.
Chief Inspector at West Midlands Police / Chair of the SWIP Conference Committee
Yvonne has been a police officer with West Midlands for 23 years, and currently works as DCI in their Professional Standards team. She also leads the Women in Policing Association in West Midlands and is proud to chair the committee organising this amazing conference.
On your own or as part of a team?
“Part of a team… a great team who are prepared to let me have lots of mad ideas!!! And then bring me back down to reality, but hopefully one that is slightly brighter and cheerier than it was before!”
Supt at HMICFRS
Sarah is a West Mercia Officer who is currently on secondment to HMICFRS. She is a passionate advocate for a life of substance and joined the job to champion equality and empowerment! Sarah loves sailing, festivals, rugby and the Foo Fighters. Her motto? Hell yeah!
Police culture – good or bad in one sentence?
“Our culture is outstanding and I am so proud to belong to the bedrock of society!”
DCI from Staffordshire Police at Regional Organised Crime Unit
Amanda is currently on secondment from Staffordshire Police to the Regional Organised Crime Unit.
How important is culture to get things done?
“It is not so much about how important it is, but about understanding how to navigate it and influence it to help make the changes. Having a positive impact along the way. I try to be a role model, support the staff associations, support positive change.”
Chief of Staff at West Midlands Police
Keiley is Chief of Staff at West Midlands Police, where she has worked for 15 years. Formerly head of news and social media for the force and now driving the force’s focus on employee engagement, she has taken the lead on marketing and communications for conference. Keiley lists holidays and cheese as her interests!!
Twist or Stick?
“Definitely a twist… with this conference we are working incredibly hard to make it truly different. To make it more agile, more thought provoking and to give everyone really positive ideas and conversations to take back to their own forces.”
Volunteer on the regional committee
Claire is a volunteer on the regional committee. Having spent 12 years working with the Police Service in my role as Head of Police Service Engagement at Police Mutual, Claire decided to take redundancy and have a gap year!
She remains deeply committed to the Police Service and the men and women who work within it and feels very proud to be supporting SWIP19 in a voluntary capacity, working alongside this hugely talented group of officers and staff.
Asking questions or answering questions?
“Asking questions – you learn so much about people!”
Personal Assistant at West Midlands Police
Jayne has been a PA at West Midlands Police for 12 years, and is proud to be able to support her operational colleagues. The dark art of diary magic is a particular speciality!
Where is the most beautiful place you have ever been?
Anywhere by the coast, to watch the waves is so relaxing!
Head of Knowledge and Information Management at West Mercia Police
Elaine is Head of Knowledge and Information Management for Warwickshire and West Mercia Police. She has worked for the police for over 20 years as a Police Staff member starting off her career in the Estates Department then moving to a Support Services/Business Management role two years later.
In April 2018 Elaine was appointed as the Head of Knowledge and Information Management which is completely different from the work she has previously done. She is thoroughly enjoying the change in career path and the challenges that comes with any new role.
What changes would you like to drive in the next year?
“Professionally I would like to ensure that our workforce understand that information is one of our key assets and treat it as such.”
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Tracy is the Collaboration and CPD Co-ordinator at West Midlands Police, where she has worked for 13 years. Her work involves supporting colleagues to realise their own skills and abilities and to reach their potential. Tracy is honoured to be involved in such an exciting project!
Truth or dare?
“Always Truth. But for me it’s not what you say it’s how you say it that matters so always be kind”
The conference will take place at Birmingham Repertory Theatre / Library of Birmingham between Wednesday 6th and Friday 8th March 2019.
The ticket cost which includes admission to each day of the conference with lunch, and evening catering on both Wednesday and Thursday (excluding accommodation) is £355.00+VAT
When you are travelling to The REP from outside Birmingham, follow signs for the City Centre and then the International Convention Centre. If you are using an online route planner or satellite navigation, The REP’s postcode is B1 2EP.
Blue Badge Holders:
Parking for Blue Badge holders is available outside Brindley Drive car park (multi-storey at the back of The REP). Parking for Blue Badge holders is also available on Cambridge Street at the rear of the building, but spaces are extremely limited.
The REP is situated in central Birmingham and is easily accessible by bus from most areas. Buses that stop on Broad Street directly outside The REP are: (Broad Street) 1, 9, 10, 10H, 22, 23, 24, 29, 29A, 29S, 120, 126, 127, 128, 129, 139, 140, 141, 821 and 829. For further information about buses call the Network West Midlands Journey Planner hotline on 0871 200 22 33.
The REP is within walking distance of Birmingham’s New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street stations, which are all within one mile of The REP. Train times are available at the National Rail website or traintimes.org.uk
Q Park Brindley Place – http://www.q-park.co.uk/parking/birmingham/q-park-brindleyplace. Q Park Brindley Place car park is conveniently located just a few minutes away and offers safe and secure parking. By booking your parking space online at q-park.co.uk you can save up to 40% on the daily parking tariff and guarantee your space. Event attendees can save an extra 10% by using the promo code REP when you book. Download the Q-Park Rewards app and scan your parking ticket when you arrive at Q-Park Brindley Place. The loyalty app gives you free access to a range of local restaurant offers which you can use on the day and every six scans gives you a free parking period!
NCP Car Park on Brindley Drive off Cambridge Street situated at the back of The REP. en.parkopedia.co.uk/parking/brindley_drive/
The following car parks are also close by: Paradise Circus Multi-Storey, NIA, Town Hall Multi-Storey, Tennant Street and Holliday Street.
There are numerous hotels within close walking distance of the venue, please see below for further information:
6 minutes walk from conference venue
Unfortunately our preferential rate at this hotel has now expired.
Hilton Garden Inn
1 Brunswick Square
9 minutes walk from conference venue
Unfortunately our preferential rate at this hotel has now expired.
70 Broad St
9 minutes walk from conference venue
Unfortunately our preferential rate at this hotel has now expired.
12 Holloway Circus
13 minutes walk from conference venue
Unfortunately our preferential rate at this hotel has now expired.
Throughout the conference, we will be fundraising for two brilliant causes – Dream Challenges: Women V Cancer and the UK Police Memorial. Further details to follow – in the meantime, find out more about these great charities below:
Dream Challenges: Women V Cancer
Women V Cancer brings together three very important women’s cancer charities: Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. These three charities are committed to supporting the thousands of people across the UK who are sadly affected by women’s cancers and researching into developing effective treatments and cures for ovarian, breast and cervical cancers.
The aim is to get thousands of women cycling crazy distances to raise funds for the charities – with our very own West Mercia DCC Amanda Blakeman and Sarah Jane Chaloner cycling from London to Paris in September 2019. Their aim is to raise over £5,000, so every penny of support will help them push on through and target therapies and support for those who go through treatment in the future.
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UK Police Memorial
The new UK Police Memorial will honour the dedication, courage and sacrifice of many of the thousands of members of the United Kingdom’s police service who have given their lives to serve and protect their communities since the establishment of the world’s first recognised police service over 250 years ago.
The new UK Police Memorial is a project of The Police Arboretum Memorial Trust. The Police Arboretum Memorial Trust, a registered charity (Number 1159831), is beginning its mission by undertaking an ambitious campaign to raise at least £4 million to design, build and maintain a new UK Police Memorial.
The new UK Police Memorial will complement other memorials around the UK, notably: the National Police Memorial at the Mall; the Scottish Police Memorial at Tulliallan Police College; the Northern Ireland Police Memorial at PSNI Headquarters in Belfast:The Beat and the Police Memorial Garden, which are already located at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, and all memorials situated within Police Forces across the UK, along with all those which commemorate individuals who have fallen.
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