The WLN Board provides strategic oversight, direction and governance to the WLN. Board members are advocates for the work and aims of the WLN and use their influence to leverage support and resources. The WLN Board meets termly.
Arinola Edeh Head of Service, Westminster Adult Education Service
Dr Cheryl Turner, Chair of Governors Fircroft College
Jan Edrich, CEO and Principal Eastleigh College
Jan Richardson-Wilde, Director of Operations Learning Curve Group
Julia Von Klowowski, Director Digital Career College
Kate Webb, CEO and Principal East Berkshire College
Katie Shaw, Unionlearn
Nicky Buckland Cobalt Partners
Sally Dicketts, Group Executive Officer Activate Learning
Yana Williams, CEO and Principal Hugh Baird College
The WLN works to ensure women in all our diversities and relationships between the different and multiple dimensions of our identities are empowered and enabled to make our full contribution to the leadership at all levels across the Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning sector.
The context for WLN’s work is the drive to widen social inclusion. Greater diversity in leadership is essential to individual and organisational success and to a flourishing sector. Promoting and celebrating women’s equality and inclusion benefits us all.
It is a simple truth that whatever helps women become leaders, and more effective leaders, is good for the sector and for wider society.
Throughout this strategy we use the term ‘women’ as inclusive of women in all our diversity. Werespect and celebrate women’s different diversities. We also work to tackle the very real inequalities for and between women of multiple protected characteristics, and backgrounds, education and circumstances. Through the work of WLN we seek to make our diversity and intersectionalities as women visible and valued.
WLN was established 35 years ago to support more women into senior leadership, particularly principalship, in the FE sector. With a predominance of men at senior leadership level, the WLN perspective on gender was driven by a binary approach to difference and inequality.
Times have now changed. Our thinking and understanding on identity, inclusivity and difference has moved on and is continually evolving. WLN has moved on too. We want to be a network that is fully inclusive and supportive of women (cis, trans and non-binary) of all diverse backgrounds and identities.
Our mission is to invest in the sector’s current and future women leaders, advancing their effectiveness and status.
We will achieve this by: