Resources and guidance

Women leaders network

The Health & Care Women Leaders Network aims to bring shared learning and engaging events to our members.

The style of the network recognises the seniority of our membership, but our tone and delivery is inclusive and informal. We are a community of like-minded thinkers and doers. We want to achieve the best that we can in our career and help the women around us to progress too.


We hold regular network events throughout the year which provide a mix of inspirational speakers, audience discussion, interactive workshops and networking opportunities. Find out more about our upcoming events on our dedicated web page

If you’ve yet to attend a women leaders event, you may want to get a feel for who we are and what we do by accessing some of our resources. 

Tweet chats 

We also run regular tweet chats about the issues that matter to our members. Take a look at the Twitter moments from some of our recent chats. 


Download our report Brave, Compassionate, Confident, Kind: Succeeding as a Woman in Health and Care in which more than 20 senior women working in and with the NHS speak candidly about their career journeys and how women they have known, and worked with have supported them and helped them on their leadership journey. The report supports our wider #WonderfulWomenDo campaign.

Download our guide to 'Addressing your gender pay gap' which will help you report your figures, create a narrative for your board and create an action plan to tackle your gap. 

Our guide on 'How to set up your own women's network' can help you consider everything you need to set up a network in your organisation.


Our network chair Samantha Allen took part in a webinar on gender pay reporting and the pay transparency agenda in November 2018, coordinated by Gapsquare. Listen to the webinar on You Tube.

Flexible working webinar - moving beyond 37.5, June 2018. Catch up our webinar featuring on the panel: Samantha Allen, chair of the Health & Care Women Leaders Network, Kirstie Stott, director of Equilibrium, Dean Royles, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development at Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust and Lynda Thomas, chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support.


Men as allies, a report by the Health & Care Women Leaders Network (March 2019)


NHS women on boards: 50:50 by 2020 by Professor Ruth Sealy of Exeter University Business School (March 2017)



Moving from 'we should' to 'I will' with KPMG partner Claire Warnes. 


Leaders come in all shapes and sizes with Doctor Elaine Maxwell, associate professor of leadership at London’s Southbank University.


A new vision of NHS leadership with Stephen Dalton, former chief executive of the NHS Confederation and the Mental Health Network, Navina Evans, East London NHS Foundation Trust and Steve McManus, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust.

Making an impact with Kirsty Smith, advanced paramedic at North West Ambulance Service, and Becci Martin, director of Boo Coaching and Consulting.


 Lift as you Climb - Anne-Marie Archard, Director, London Leadership Academy
 Rebalance the gender imbalance - Rose Penfold, academic clinical fellow in geriatric medicine at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
 #BalanceforBetter: Celebrate International Women's Day - Kathy McLean, executive medical director and chief operating officer at NHS Improvement
 How does a boardroom job share become a reality?, Jenny Allen and Laura Smith, director of workforce at Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
 Why more women should thrown their hat into the ring for senior roles - Ian Trenholm, CEO, Care Quality Commission
 What helps me do my job effectively - Lynda Thomas, CEO at Macmillan Cancer Support
 Why we should #PressforProgress in the NHS on International Women's Day 2018 - Sam Allen, chair of the network
 The power of womens networks - Sarah Walter, NHS Confederation

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