Women in Public Life News

Below you will find a range of news stories relating to women in public life. This may include events which are sponsored by the Presiding Officer or organised by the National Assembly for Wales, reports by Third Sector organisations and articles relevant to women and public appointments.

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WiPL Networking Breakfast

On 26 August the Presiding Officer, Dame Rosemary Butler AM, welcomed guests to the Pierhead to take part in our 'Women in Public Life Networking Breakfast.' This event was aimed at giving women with very little or no experience in Public Life the opportunity to speak to organisations with board and trustee vacancies. This was a great chance for organisations to recruit, and for women to take their first steps into Public Life.

Our special guest speaker Corrina Casey was inspired to apply for her first public appointment after attending our International Women's day events in the Senedd earlier this year. Corrina became the newest member of Age Connects board after meeting them at a speed networking event, and she shared her journey into public life with
our guests. 'It's a little bit bizarre standing here chatting with you because I stood where you were a few months ago, at an event pretty similar to this. Being at that event led to a decision which has had a really positive impact on my life, and hopefully, just hopefully a few other peoples as well. Women in public life inspired me to go out and do more and I took that inspiration and matched it up with something that meant a huge amount to me personally.'

Organisations had stalls set up around The Pierhead to advertise their public appointments and guests were given the opportunity to chat with them about the application process. Corrina's advice to the women that attended was 'If you ever feel like you can't do something, give it a go! You can achieve much more than you ever expected, meet truly inspirational people, learn new skills and really make a difference to the lives of others.' We hope that this event has inspired more women to take their first steps into public life, and we look forward to hearing more success stories!

BBC Cymru Wales seek female experts

12 August 2014

Do you consider yourself a specialist in areas such as Health, Education or Science? Are you a self-made entrepreneur and can comment on the economy or the challenges of running a business in North and Mid Wales? You could be the next female commentator on any of these areas and more for the BBC.

BBC Cymru Wales are looking to increase the number of female experts to contribute to radio, television and online in both English and Welsh by holding a one day event aiming to boost the representation of women experts both from academia and the workplace.

Master class: Skills for Non-Executive Directors.

7 August 2014

Academi Wales are offering a master class for those who have considered becoming Non-Executive Directors but are unsure of what it might mean on 25 September 2014.

The session is also offered to those who have already become Non-Executive Directors in public services recently who wish to enhance their contribution to their organisation or who have issues about their role that they wish to discuss in a confidential setting.


·        To understand more fully the role of a Non-Executive Director within Public Services

·        To build skills and confidence in undertaking the role of Non-Executive Director, through discussion and case studies in order to enhance an individual's contribution

·        To explore the pitfalls and danger spots of being a Non-Executive Director

For more information about the master class and to book a space, visit the Academi Wales website or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Taking action for more women on company boards.

4 August 2014

On July 23 2014, the Equality and Human Rights Commission announced that it was launching an inquiry into how the top 350 companies in the UK were recruiting and appointing members of its' boards in the context of equality law.

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