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Changing the Gender Balance

Women in Transport LEAD programme



Over 60 women participants, 25 transport organisations, 20 guest speakers involved and committed to the initiative

A steady stream of promotions, secondments, further opportunity and visibility in the careers of our participants from increases in self awareness, confidence and levels of action

The launch on the Lead alumnae, offering career long connection and opportunities for our graduates, who also gain an ILM Level 5 Certificate in Leadership and Management

The Women in Transport Lead programme has been very instrumental and transformational for me. I didn't realise that I had so many limiting beliefs about myself, until I joined this course . This course has helped me to reflect, acknowledge and learn about tools and techniques to deal with my limiting beliefs. My perspective has changed from a negative to a positive one. I now acknowledge my skills, abilities and achievements, knowing that I am more than enough.
Susan Alake
Head of Governance and Assurance / Rail Delivery Group
If you want to discover your true potential – the Women in Transport Lead programme is the course for you. Engaging, challenging and thought provoking – and you will feel unstoppable at the end of it. I have learnt so much about myself, my strengths and how I want to lead and support others, in my own way. Every conversation is tangible and relatable, and instantly useable both personally and professionally. I would recommend this course to anyone, from those looking to ‘find’ themselves or regain their confidence (as I was) to those who are looking to build a structured career path.
Nicola Mee
Business Manager / Network Rail
The Women in Transport leadership programme is built in a way that forces you to look inwards and identify and reflect on your actual strengths, values and areas for improvement and tie these together to unlock your true authentic leadership potential. The workshops centre around key themes introduced by the workshop leads, supported by professional speakers, and utilises a mix of group and independent work to learn and improve your leadership techniques. This programme creates space to think and forces you to uncover your subconscious beliefs that hold you back and challenge then head on. A fantastic programme that I feel truly privileged to have experienced, thank you Lead for providing me with this great opportunity!
Louise Williams ChPP CMILT
Principal Consultant / PA Consulting
"LEAD is such a worthwhile and valuable programme. The topics explored and support provided by the group and coaches creates a world of opportunity for your development."
Emma Hext
Senior Associate Director of Transport Planning / Jacobs
"The course is excellent and surprisingly insightful. It will provide you with real tools you can use in your current role and the next steps you can take to progress towards your ultimate career goal."
Ruth Anderson
Senior Legal Counsel / Rail Delivery Group - RDG

The client:

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Women in Transport is a non for profit organisation with 900 members that empowers women working in the transport sector to develop their full potential, offering mentoring, the Lead programme, networking and CPD.

 What we created:

As part of Women in Transport, we created a partnership called Women in Transport Lead from scratch, with Programme 1 starting in April 2021. Lead is an eight month long programme which needs a commitment of four hours per week from participants. It runs three times each year with a group size of 16-18. The programme is attracting a wide range of participants from a diverse range of organisations in the transport sector. We work very closely with our client organisations, participants, alumnae, speakers and a range of other stakeholders to maximise the progression outcomes and impact on the sector as a whole.

 The client prompt:

Women in Transport spotted that they had a gap for a leadership programme in their portfolio of offerings. Based on her experience of similar programmes elsewhere, Gill suggested to the CEO creating a bespoke offering for the development of senior women working in the transport sector.