The Conference


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:

Change – Culture –
Collaboration – Conversation

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.

Our Speakers


  • Laura Bates – Everyday Sexism
  • Helen Bevan – NHS Horizons, NHS Transformation & Change
  • Ruth Bourne – t-three, The Value of Networking
  • Dr Eva Carneiro – Doctor & Sports Medic
  • Chief Constable Dee Collins
  • Cressida Dick CBE QPM
  • Ayesha Hazarika MBE – Political Commentator, Writer & Comedian
  • Karyn McClusky – Community Justice Scotland
  • Steph McGovern – TV Presenter & SWiP19 Host
  • Jess Phillips – Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley
  • Professor Eddie Obeng PhD, MBA – School of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Henley Business School
  • Lynne Owens CBE QPM MA – National Crime Agency
  • Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney
  • Chief Constable Sara Thornton
  • Professor Alex Vitale – Policing and Social Justice Project, Brooklyn College
  • Ruby Wax OBE – Leadership, Mindfulness and Mental Health
  • Darrell Woodman – The Art of Being Brilliant

The Schedule


  • Wednesday 6th March 2019

    • 11:00 - 12:00

      Conference Registration


    • 12:00 - 12:50

      Lunch


    • 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: 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

      Coffee Break


    • 15:45 - 16:45

      Keynote Three: Laura Bates - Everyday Sexism


    • 16:45 - 17:00

      Conference Close: Steph McGovern


    • 19:00 onwards

      A Flavour of the Region


  • 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


    • 11:15 - 11:45

      Coffee Break


    • 11:45 - 12:45

      Workshop Sessions


    • 12:45 - 13:45

      Lunch


    • 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

      Coffee Break


    • 16:00 - 17:00

      Keynote Four: Ayesha Hazarika MBE - Political Commentator, Writer & Comedian


    • 17:00 - 17:10

      Conference Close: Steph McGovern


    • 19:00 onwards

      Festival Evening - Library of Birmingham


  • 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

      Coffee Break


    • 11:15 - 12:00

      In Conversation With...
      CC Dee Collins
      CC Sara Thornton
      CC Olivia Pinkney
      - 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

      Takeaway Lunch


    • 14:15 - 15:30

      The Art of Being Brilliant: Darrell Woodman


The Team


Helena Bennett Head of Professional Standards for Warwickshire & West Mercia Police
Yvonne Bruton Chief Inspector at West Midlands Police / Chair of the SWIP Conference Committee
Sarah Chaloner Supt at HMICFRS
Amanda Davies DCI from Staffordshire Police at Regional Organised Crime Unit
Keiley Gartland Chief of Staff at West Midlands Police
Claire Long Volunteer on the regional committee
Jayne Milne Personal Assistant at West Midlands Police
Elaine Peberdy Head of Knowledge and Information Management at West Mercia Police
Tracy Tromans SWiP19 Co-Ordinator

Latest News


Registration is now open!

Details


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

DIRECTIONS

By road:

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.

Buses:

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.

Trains:

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

Parking:

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.


THE VENUE

Birmingham Repertory Theatre / Library of Birmingham
Centenary Square,
Broad Street,
Birmingham,
B1 2EP

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HOTEL OPTIONS

There are numerous hotels within close walking distance of the venue, please see below for further information:

 

Copthorne Hotel
Paradise Circus
Paradise Place
Birmingham
B3 3HJ

6 minutes walk from conference venue

Rooms available from £99.00 B&B single occupancy

To book please call 0121 200 2727 or book online here

Please use booking code: SWPC2019

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Hilton Garden Inn
1 Brunswick Square
Birmingham
B1 2HW

9 minutes walk from conference venue

Rooms available from £139.00 B&B single occupancy

To book please call 0800 783 6522 or book online here

Please use booking code: SWIP 2019

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Novotel
70 Broad St
Birmingham
B1 2HT

9 minutes walk from conference venue

Rooms available from £115.00 B&B single occupancy

To book please call 0121 619 9002

Please use booking code: 54146162

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Radisson Blu
12 Holloway Circus
Queensway
Birmingham
B1 1BT

13 minutes walk from conference venue

Rooms available from £109.00 B&B single occupancy

To book please call 0121 654 6000 quoting ‘SWiP19’ or book online here

Please use booking code: SWiP19

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Charity


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.

Website: Click here

 

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.

Website: Click here

Contact Us


If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Out There Events team:

Tel: 0161 946 6262

Email: ellie@wearemixgroup.com

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