Tomorrow’s women leaders

A generation of women are getting ready to take on leadership roles, yet the UK still needs another 1.5 million women in management roles by 2024. The launch of our new Women Leaders’ Academy aims to tackle this challenge by giving women the opportunity to achieve a Chartered Management Institute Level 5 qualification. We’ve secured government funding to cover 90% of the fees, which makes this professional and highly respected qualification affordable and accessible to more aspiring women leaders.

Who should attend the launch of Women Leaders’ Academy?

The launch is aimed at employers committed to developing the skills of their women leaders or women who have worked hard in their careers and who now aspire to progress further in management roles.  So whether you are running your own small business or wishing to rise up the career ladder in a larger organisation, this course is for you.

What is the Women Leaders’ Academy?

The Women Leaders’ Academy is for women working in all sectors, including STEM industries, who are committed to their own learning and development. We are looking for women with ambition and who are motivated to make the time to commit to furthering their career.

Equally, the Academy is for employers who have recognised the importance of gender diversity in management and senior management and are looking for the right path to empower women in their workplace.

About the Chartered Management Institute Level 5 qualification

Through a comprehensive programme of workshops, masterclasses, working with other women leaders, peer support, coaching and mentoring, learners will work towards achieving a Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management from the Chartered Management Institute.

Participants are likely to be middle managers, aspiring senior managers, “accidental” managers or owners of their business, and is available to anyone regardless of the size of their business/organisation.  They should already be managing people and be in a decision-making role.

They will need to commit to the two-year programme and be eligible for the public funding.   This qualification gives incredible access to opportunities for personal development, networking, gaining business know-how and benefiting from the latest thinking on leadership training.

About the speakers

Our highly respected panel of speakers will motivate, inspire and share their all-important experiences of breaking through the glass ceiling.


Jenny Campbell – keynote speaker

Jenny Campbell, former career banker turned business turnaround specialist and previously awarded Business Woman of the Year. Jenny brings feisty northern grit to the BBC’s Dragon’s Den and sticks to her business motto, live by corporate standards but breathe like an entrepreneur. Read more…


Louise Punter, Chief Executive of Surrey Chambers of Commerce and with a career in manufacturing and business services

As well as sitting on numerous boards on all aspects of business development, Louise heads up Business Women in Surrey. Louise’s mission is to support local companies make connections to grow their businesses.


Suzanne Rankin, Chief Executive of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

With a nursing career in the Royal Navy that took her to warzones around the world, Suzanne joined Ashford and St Peter’s as Chief Nurse. Having led the transformation and modernisation of the nursing and midwifery services, she became Chief Executive in 2014. Suzanne is focussed on creating the ‘right culture with Team Ashford and St Peter’s’ for the benefit of patients and staff. Read more…


Leanne Davies, founder of Run Mummy Run

Leanne has grown what started as a Facebook group for a herself and a few friends wanting to keep running post-children, into a community of 54,000 and a highly successful business encompassing clothing, virtual training events and advice. Leanne places kindness, closely followed by motivation and support, at the heart of her business. Read more…


Claire Vyvyan, Senior Vice President at Dell EMC for UK and Ireland Commercial Business


Further information

If you are unable to attend the launch but would like to know more about the Women Leaders’ Academy, please contact us for further information.

To secure your place at our launch event for £25


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  • Matrix
  • Nursery World
  • Cache
  • CMI
  • Disability Confident
  • Surrey Chambers
  • OCR
  • Education & Skills Funding Agency
  • AAT
  • Apprenticeships