Our vision is to create gender parity in every area of life by championing equality for women in civil, political, economic, social and cultural arenas.
Women Leaders UK is a registered charity established to recognise outstanding women, promote and strengthen women’s leadership, and support gender equality and diversity.
Women Leaders UK is the brainchild of Jan Flawn CBE, founder of specialist neurological care provider, PJ Care, based in Milton Keynes and in Peterborough. After winning the national CBI First Women of Business Services award in 2013, Jan realised how important it is to celebrate the achievements of women.
Jan set about inspiring a group of activists, passionate to develop the idea and in March 2015, on International Women’s Day, the first Women Leaders Awards was launched in Milton Keynes. It was a huge success, uncovering talented women from across the region, culminating in a joyful and inclusive gala dinner.
From these beginnings Jan led the development of Women Leaders as a charitable organisation, expanding focus to include mentoring, support and networking activities for our nominees, finalists and winners. Incorporated in 2018, the charity has worked with over 700 women from all backgrounds and sectors and some 50 organisations and businesses which support our vision.
This year we will formalise our mentoring programme, aimed at any woman who aspires to become a leader, this will include networking and CPD events. In line with our charitable objectives we will continue to support personal development in both mentors and mentees.
We are proud to support MK Innovates, Milton Keynes’ STEM festival. The festival brings together the best of local, innovative businesses and provides valuable interactive experiences for schools and members of the public. This is the first and only STEM event in our city and has been increasingly well attended over the past few years.
Our activities throughout the year include a mentoring programme for women who aspire to lead. In 2020 we expect to develop this work by providing more professional development and networking opportunities. This work is ordinarily funded by our Gala Awards event which celebrates the achievements of local women across a range of sectors. This year will be different due to COVID-19, but we will still celebrate! Watch this space…
Make your contribution by sponsoring an award or nominating remarkable women in your field.
Promote the achievements of women to provide role models in the community
Identify and challenge gender disparity
Support young women to study science, tech, engineering and maths
Inspire and support women to develop their education, skills and training to maximise their potential
Organise conferences, seminars, research and other educational activities
Keep growing the skills and knowledge through our mentoring programme
We look forward to introducing the rest of our trustees very soon.
Written by: Vanessa Holmes – Head of Milton Keynes Hospital Charity – Women Leaders 2019 Winner Three months ago, as the world around us turned upside down and pressures grew
Coronavirus has forced people to change the way they do business and paved the way for a positive new world
We could not have imagined that following a historically significant instruction to stay home and life to change as we know it. We would be contemplating a way of working,