Message from the University and Trust

Institutional support

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Julian HartleyMessage from Julian Hartley, CEO of Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

I am pleased to support the Leeds Female Leaders Network.  It provides a positive and supportive environment for our next generation of senior leaders to realise their full potential.  Evidence shows that creating a well-balanced board and senior team with a breadth of expertise, experience and skills, creates a much more successful and productive organisation.




Professor Paul Stewart Message from Professor Paul Stewart, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health

Our mission is very simple – to deliver education and research excellence to improve human health. Within this we have a major “people” issue; at entry to most of our undergraduate and training programmes women outnumber men, yet as we move up the career progression ladder through Lecturer, Senior Lecturer to Professor we see a dramatic attrition of female academics. In 2015 this is simply unacceptable and I am committed to leading a programme of activities taking positive action to reverse this trend. Trends aside we do have some passionate figure heads in Leeds and thanks to the significant efforts of Linda Pollard, I am delighted to support the Female Leaders Network – an invaluable forum where underpinning problems and solutions are discussed. This directly feeds into our own Athena Swan action plans and I would encourage as many of you as possible to join. It is a great group!

Linda PollardMessage from Linda Pollard, CBE

Ensuring gender equality in the Boardroom is a sound business decision. This partnership between Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and the University of Leeds is playing a pivotal role in the planning and development of women at all levels, enabling them to take over the leadership roles of the future and become the next generation of leaders.  I am delighted to be supporting this work.





Sir Alan LanglandsMessage from Sir Alan Langlands, Vice Chancellor, University of Leeds

The University of Leeds is fully committed to promoting the career development of talented women working in the traditionally male dominated fields of science, engineering, technology and medicine.  I am pleased to support the Leeds Female Leaders Network which champions the development of female leaders in healthcare and medicine.