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We were delighted to support an inspirational event celebrating the roles of Women in Leadership in Gloucester last week.

The event provided an opportunity for members of the local business community to connect with like-minded business leaders, hearing from a panel of inspiring women who shared their leadership experiences.

The panel featured the Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester; Rachel Geliamassi, Managing Director of Stagecoach West; Juliet Davenport, founder and former Chief Executive of Good Energy; Harriet Ward, HR Director of Benefact Group and Millie Wood, BBC commentator and ex-Gloucester and England rugby player.

Kate Ward, Financial Consultant at Cooper Associates Wealth Management, said:

“We were delighted to support this special event, which focused on the role of women in leadership roles, while raising funds for The Nelson Trust. Common themes which were discussed by the panel included the significance of gender equality, how we can overcome gender bias and the importance of creating opportunities for women to thrive in leadership roles across various sectors.”

Bishop Rachel highlighted her journey in religious leadership and her progression to becoming the first female bishop in the Church of England in 2015. Bishop Rachel discussed her lifelong journey of discovery and the importance of being true to yourself in a leadership role.

Rachel Geliamassi detailed her experience of moments when she had to overcome doubt with decision making and the importance of calling out gender bias when it occurs.

Juliet Davenport explored her commitment to sustainability in her pioneering work when launching Good Energy. Davenport discussed the importance of authentic leadership and the challenges she has faced as a leader, together with the role of influencing the culture within the business.

Harriet Ward shared her insights on the challenges of perception and the importance of finding a place where you fit. Ward also highlighted her continuing journey of finding power in her own authenticity and having the confidence to embrace difference.

Millie Wood discussed her leadership role within rugby and her experience of the best leaders being those who lead by example with their actions.

Rt Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester said:

“I was delighted to be able to support The Nelson Trust in this celebration of women’s leadership, and to hear the insights and experiences of my fellow female panellists as we discussed our roles and the positive impact women’s leadership can have on wider society.

“So much of leadership is about relationship and it was a joy to meet and connect in support of an excellent cause. I’m grateful to the Benefact Group for hosting the evening and Azets, Cooper Associates and WSP Solicitors for their generous support.

“The event raised vital funds for the work of The Nelson Trust, bringing belief, hope and long-term recovery to those people whose lives have been torn apart from addiction.”

The event was supported by Azets, Benefact Group, Cooper Associates Group and WSP. The event raised £3,500 for The Nelson Trust.

Women in Leadership panel

Pictured above are the panel for the Women in Leadership event. From left to right: Juliet Davenport, Harriet Ward, Rachel Geliamassi, Camella Cephas (panel Chair), Rt Revd Rachel Treweek and Millie Wood.