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University of Bath

Women in Leadership

Gain the critical leadership capabilities to get to the top of the corporate ladder, with Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, world authority on leadership.

Participant in a management training workshop
On our Women in Leadership programme, you will broaden your impact and ability to influence

Overcome the barriers to success

Today's business environment has never been more challenging for women in senior leadership roles. Working with other senior women leaders, you will learn how to leverage your personal leadership style, overcome the barriers to success and develop your career in times of change.

The programme is led by Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Dean of Bath's School of Management and world authority on leadership and trust.

I have found the whole content and the group of participants interesting, and have taken more value from the five days than from any other professional training I've attended.

Jo Tamworth, Operational Director, investment management firm.

Who should attend

The programme is for today's female executives and those who aspire to leadership roles in both the public and private sector.

What the programme covers

The programme has been designed as 5 x one-day modules, with pre-work and inter-module work included. Participants will need to attend all five modules.

The core content includes:

  • What is a leader?
  • Values, aspirations and understanding your personal leadership style
  • Emotional intelligence and trust leadership
  • Small change, big impact
  • Power, politics, and networking
  • Culture, unconscious bias and damaging beliefs
  • How to build coalitions, develop networks and make lasting connections
  • Presence, influencing skills and building resilience
  • Dealing with barriers
  • Career progression – what do I need to do?

How you will benefit

As a participant, you will:

  • enhance your power to communicate and negotiate in challenging situations
  • develop your self-awareness, personal and professional development skills
  • broaden your impact and ability to influence
  • understand your core strengths and use them to enhance your leadership capability
  • develop your personal capability to build trust and leadership
  • build critical partnerships and networks

How your organisation will benefit

Your organisation will gain from:

  • increased levels of energy and confidence
  • leaders with a clearer understanding of challenges and how to overcome them
  • a better understanding of emotional intelligence and personal effectiveness and how this can impact the business
  • improved team dynamics and motivation
  • greater progression within the business
  • people who understand how to get the best out of every situation

Fees, dates and location


Five-day programme: £2,750. Coaching sessions are optional and tailored to individual needs. Contact us to discuss prices.


This five-day programme is split across two weeks, participants are expected to attend all five days:

Commencing 3-4 June 2020 (days 1-2) followed by 7-9 July 2020 (days 3-5)


The programme is run at University of Bath in London, 83 Pall Mall.

We also work with partners to deliver international versions of this programme, adapted to meet your specific requirements, please contact us for details.

Register your interest in this programme

Programme leader

This programme is led by Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Professor of Management Studies, University Vice President and Dean of the School of Management.

Veronica has worked for over 20 years on issues around strategic change in organisations, using her expertise in strategy and change, and HRM and change, to develop successful senior executive programmes in this field. She co-authored the bestselling textbook Exploring Strategic Change, and has recently co-authored a report for the CIPD on Landing Transformational Change.

Veronica’s recent research has focused on employee engagement, and trust and trustworthiness. She well-known for three CIPD research reports written in collaboration with the University of Bath: Where has all the trust gone? (2012), Cultivating trustworthy leaders (2014) and Experiencing trustworthy leaders (2014).

Guest speakers

Margaret Heffernan

CEO, entrepreneur and author, Margaret produced programmes for the BBC for 13 years. After moving to the United States, she ran multimedia productions for Intuit, The Learning Company and Standard & Poors.

Margaret was named as one of the 'Top 25' by Streaming Media magazine and one of the 'Top 100 Media Executives' by The Hollywood Reporter. She is the author of five books and her TED talks have been seen by over seven million people. She holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Bath.

Dame Fiona Kendrick DBE

Fiona Kendrick, former Chairman and CEO of Nestlé UK&I, is Deputy Chair of the Institute for Apprenticeships Board and Chair of the new University of Hereford for Engineers. Fiona sits on the Food & Drink Sector Council and is part of the PWC Advisory Committee.

Joining Nestlé UK in 1980 in a commercial role, Fiona spent her working life in key strategic roles in the UK market and at global level, leading Nestlé’s global coffee business for 5 years in Switzerland.

Fiona has a personal passion for the youth employment and skills agenda, and has led a number of lighthouse projects both for Industry and Government.

Fiona was a UK Commissioner for Employment and Skills and played a lead role in supporting the development and delivery of strategies for skills and employment across the four UK nations.

Baroness Ruby McGregor-Smith CBE

Ruby is a portfolio Non-Executive Director and Advisory Director with current positions which include Mace Group, the Department of Education and the University of Bath. Ruby was the Chief Executive of MITIE Group PLC, the strategic outsourcing company, employing over 65,000 people predominantly in the UK.

She joined MITIE in 2002 and was appointed as CEO in 2007. She is one of a small number of women who have held the position of Chief Executive in the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 and is the first Asian woman to be appointed in such a role within that group of companies.

Ruby was also an Independent Non-Executive Director of PageGroup, appointed to the Board in May 2007. She chaired the Audit Committee, was a Member of Nomination and Remuneration Committees and also latterly their Senior Independent Director.

Caroline Waters

Caroline is Deputy Chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. She is also vice president of Carers UK, associate at Marylebone Executive Search, and founder of CW’s Consulting Box. Previously Caroline held a number of positions for the BT Group where she was formerly Director, People & Policy.

Her role at BT focused on realising BT’s business ambitions through leading-edge people strategies, underpinned by robust policies and processes, promoting inclusivity and the empowerment of individuals whilst allowing them to contribute to the community and volunteering. She actively pioneered home and flexible working as well as active employer engagement with government departments.

Speaker line up is subject to change