Every year we assemble our First Women finalists to debate the key issues facing women in business and the professions in order to help shape the First Women agenda for the next 12 months

Our class of 2016 met early in September to debate the specific issues facing women in different industries as well as broader themes including:

  • How to get men involved in the diversity debate
  • How to create the female leaders of tomorrow
  • How gender diversity can work within SMEs
  • Innovative recruitment and retention strategies

Their findings will be used as the basis for the agenda for the First Women Summit on February 28, 2017.

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  • "I found the working party to be an incredible opportunity to collaborate with other women operating at a similar level"

    Wing Commander Sarah Maskell MBE RAF
2016 First Women Gallery


  • "The First Women Working Party has allowed people from different backgrounds to network and discuss issues they have faced, and for us to talk about them together and find solutions"

    Katy Moss Managing Director, Trent Refractories