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 29-30 May 2019 (days 1-2) followed by 26-28 June 2019 (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 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

Judy Greevy

Judy currently works in the area of unconscious bias, previously the Director of Corporate HR and Sustainability for the HMRC, Head of Diversity at NatWest Bank and Head of Diversity and Corporate Responsibility at Centrica. She has spent time in the Cabinet Office working for Baroness Jay and Tessa Jowell when they were Ministers for Women.

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. For many years, she actively pioneered homeworking, and other forms of flexible working as well as active employer engagement with government departments.

Ruby McGregor-Smith

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.

Lucy Chadwick

As Director General of International, Security and Environment, Lucy is responsible for the UK’s globally competitive aviation and maritime sectors as well overseeing the activities of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. She is also responsible for overarching security and safety regulation and policy affecting transport, as well as liaison with the UK’s international partners and organisations.

Lucy started her career with Accenture before moving to the PM’s Delivery Unit at the Cabinet Office in 2002. She joined DfT in 2004 as Director of Roads and Local Transport and then Director of Rail and Road Projects before being appointed DG ISE in 2012.