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Join us for the 2024 Women in Leadership event, building on the success of the 2023 sell out event. Reflecting on the learnings from the rich conversations from the 2023 event, we will be including a discussion on eco-stewardship, the language of leadership and will focus on intersectionality and non-binary/trans/+ gender identities in leadership.

This key member event offer keynote speakers, panel discussions and break out workshops with fellow HE peers.


Session 1: Compassionate leadership and Eco-stewardship
This session will focus on eco-stewardship and ideas of cohesion and sustainability. We’ll discuss how we embed the narratives of ecological stewardship into personal practice, institutional practice and community. We’ll also consider the concept of stewardship of place, a collaborative approach to support our community.

Session 2: Women in Design
“Why female creative energy is vital to build a better, fairer and more balanced society and world?”
Chrissy Levett will share learnings on what Creative Conscience has learnt and observed over the last 10 years. Our panel will discuss how we can take action to empower women and girls across the world with creative thinking.
Session 3: Gender identity in Leadership
This session will focus on advancing equality and promoting fair and inclusive practice within art and design HE institutions in relation to gender identity and expression. The panel will consider how institutions can move from reductive narratives around gender identity and focus on supporting trans and non-binary colleagues within HE, the process of unlearning and learning, and why LGBTQ+ leadership matters.

Breakout sessions:

  • Research
  • Technical
  • Collaborative Partnerships
  • Gender identities
Event resources
We have developed a padlet of resources to support the event. Please feel free to add your own resources and comments to the padlet to help build a resource for participants that can continue to build and grow.


21 May 2024


9:30 am - 2:15 pm

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Council for Higher Education in Art and Design
0203 040 3631
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  • Adela Glyn-Davies (She/Her)
    Adela Glyn-Davies (She/Her)
    Head & Director of Design Studies, University of Warwick

    Adela Glyn-Davies is a multi-disciplinary designer and artist specialising in systems and interactions towards sustainable development. When not in her role as systemic designer she is the Head and Director of Design Studies at the University of Warwick, where she leads the cross-faculty programmes in Design & Global Sustainable Devlopment – practice and scholarship. Adela’s work engages in ever evolving modes of weaving data and data forms into processes of inclusive and belonging-based practice, whereby systems dynamics meet narratives of often overlooked or difficult to explicate types of data.

  • Benita Odogwu-Atkinson
    Benita Odogwu-Atkinson
    Senior Lecturer, University for the Creative Arts
  • Catherine Glover (she/her)
    Catherine Glover (she/her)
    Assistant Professor of Fashion, School of Design, Northumbria University

    Catherine Glover is an Assistant Professor of Fashion in the School of Design at Northumbria University. She lectures on research skills, narrative research, organisational brand strategy, publishing and impact. Her educational interests are responsible fashion promotion, storytelling, “flipped” teaching, neuroeducation, mindset and behaviour change, kind allyship, and engaging with current and forecasted systemic issues by initiating transformative personal change.

  • Chrissy Levett (She/her)
    Chrissy Levett (She/her)
    Director/Founder, Creative Conscience

    Chrissy Levett – Positive Creative Activist. UK based Designer and Creative Director, who studied at the Royal College of Art in London. She’s won a number of creative industry awards, is a TEDx speaker, a publish author believing creative thinking is vital for us to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Now Founder & CEO for Creative Conscience a global movement set up to empower, reward, train and support creative thinkers to use their talents for social & environmental impact. Chrissy has an Honorary Doctorate in Design and is passionate about behaviour change and creativity as a force for good.

  • Dr Gemma Marmalade
    Dr Gemma Marmalade
    Programme Leader BA (Hons) BA Hons Photography & Assistant Head of Discipline for Arts and Media in the School of Arts, University of Derby

    Dr. Gemma Marmalade is a British artist and academic, leading the BA Hons Photography programme at the University of Derby and Assistant Head of Discipline for Arts and Media within the School of Arts.
    Her broad practice playfully negotiates experimental performance with its visual and sounded documents to reveal unanticipated and extraordinary outcomes from normative experiences.
    Gemma’s Ph.D. is from The Cambridge School of Art, Anglia Ruskin University. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally, including the Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Copenhagen; The Photographers’ Gallery, London; Marjorie Barrick Museum, Las Vegas; The Apulia Film Commission, Bari; and the State Museum of Gulag, Moscow.

  • Dr Rhiannon Jones (she/her)
    Dr Rhiannon Jones (she/her)
    Associate Professor (Civic Practice), University of Derby

    Dr Rhiannon Jones (FRSA) is Associate Professor (Civic Practice) and Head of Civic at the University of Derby. She leads CivicLAB an Institution-wide centre on participatory culture, creative dialogue, and civic practice. She chairs Cumulus Global Contemporary Working Art Group; is a member of the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement and Trustee of New Art Exchange, a ground-breaking, award-winning and internationally recognised Gallery. She is on the consortium for Make/Shift, Creative People and Places ACE and on the steering group for D2 Create Growth DCMS funded project. She regularly works with Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD), Royal Society of Arts, National Saturday Club, British Academy and Design Council UK.

    Her research into placemaking is a case study for the National Centre for Academic and Cultural Exchange and presented at the All-Party Parliamentary Design and Innovation Group. She co-founded InDialogue, curating international conferences and residencies, supporting over 600 artists from over 15 countries since its inception. She founded the company S.H.E.D, a pop-up public arts space. Accolades include: finalist for Universities Alliance Award (2022), Shed of the year finalist (2020), UK Green Gown Awards: Benefiting Community (2021). She has been selected as a social regenerative entrepreneur and Social Impact and Catalyst Grant holder from, the Royal Society of Arts (2023-4). She is a published academic author with Intellect, Taylor and Francis and Routledge. She works closely with SOCTIM on their Towards Connect Place: Insights into Actions as invited participant at St Georges House, Windsor Castle (2024) and is a guest speaker at SOCTIM Presidents Conference, June 2024. She is guest panellist for Women in Leadership :Compassionate Leadership & Eco-stewardship with CHEAD and published a working paper published with CHEAD and University of Huddersfield (2024). She is leading on Public Engagement with successful S.H.E.D bids with Barnet Local Authority (2024) and Derbyshire County Council Local Nature Recovery Strategy (2024).

  • Dr Rowan Bailey
    Dr Rowan Bailey
    Reader in Cultural Theory and Practice, University of Huddersfield
  • Kai Syng Tan (she/they)
    Kai Syng Tan (she/they)
    Associate Professor in Arts and Cultural Leadership, Winchester School of Art

    Kai is Associate Professor in Arts and Cultural Leadership at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. Kai’s portfolio as an artist-academic-agitator is hyperactive and tentacular. Kai’s current research – re-imagining leadership as a co-creative, neuro-queered practice centring anti-oppression, decolonisation and futurity – draws on Kai’s background as a neurodivergent migrant from a working-class up-bringing.

  • Philipa Duthie
    Oceania Director, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
  • Professor Catherine Dormor
    Professor Catherine Dormor
    Head of Westminster School of Arts, University of Westminster

    I am currently the Head of Westminster School of Arts, University of Westminster, having previously been Head of Research Programmes at the Royal College of Art and Senior Lecture in Fashion at Middlesex University.

    I am an experienced manager, teacher and academic, my own research specialism being across textile practices and feminisms. This research focuses around the capacity of textile practices to act as metaphor and material for thinking through what it means to be community in a transnational context. I have two recent publications that speak into this research: A Philosophy of Textile: between practice & theory (Bloomsbury 2022) and Transnational Belonging: Female Agency in the Arts (edited collection; Bloomsbury 2022).

  • Rosie Nicholas (they/them)
    Co-Director of EDI, Edinburgh College of Art and Design
  • Shelley McNulty
    Shelley McNulty
    Head of the Department of Design, Manchester Metropolitan University

    Shelley McNulty is the Head of Design at Manchester School of Art, part of Manchester Metropolitan University, where she oversees the strategic direction of the department’s research and educational activities. She champions the role of designers as leaders, highlighting the transferable skills inherent in the creative process that contribute to effective leadership and is dedicated to mentoring and coaching female colleagues to help them succeed in academia.

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