Pro-Women Discussion Group
We can't wait to welcome you to our next bi-monthly discussion
This time we're delighted to be joined by Brenda Warrington, Leader, Tameside Council and Pam Smith, Chief Executive, Stockport Council - joint Chairs of the Women and Girls' Equality Panel.
The panel brings together a 20-strong group of diverse and informed women from across our 10 boroughs with the aim of accelerating gender equality, enabling women and girls to live their best life in Greater Manchester.
Through their work the panel will advise on new policies and activities, ensuring that gender equality is actively considered by GMCA and public services in decisions made to help make the city-region a better place to live, work, study and do business.
The panel wants all women and girls, across the ten boroughs of Greater Manchester, to have equality of opportunity to start well, live well and age well, and ensure that a differentiated approach is adopted where appropriate.
Members meet on a quarterly basis and are developing a detailed two-year action plan ensuring a focus on priority areas for intervention in addressing gender inequality within Greater Manchester. The Panel has agreed to initially focus on two areas: Education, Skills and Employment, and Gender Based Abuse.
As usual, we will dedicate time to breakout into groups so that we can discuss the latest themes and topics and have an exchange of views and top tips and enjoy the same level of passionate debate that we always do.
We want to explore the issues that matter most to you and the progress made in relation to our pledges. Your suggestions are always welcome.
About the Speakers:
Nichola is a partner with Ward Hadaway specialising in Commercial Litigation with extensive experience of high value complex litigation for both International and British companies This has included litigation conducted in the British courts and also arbitration (domestic and international). She is also experienced in using different forms of ADR especially mediation
Nichola sits on the National Executive Committee of the Forum of Insurance Lawyers (“FOIL”) and is a FOIL’s representative on the Law Society Council and on the Law Society Civil Justice Committee.
She has been involved with pro-manchester for a number of years and very much enjoys her involvement on the Committees she sits on and is also the Chair of the pro-women group which forms part of the pro-manchester EDI committee.
Pam Smith is the Chief Executive of Stockport Council. Pam was previously Chief Executive at Burnley Council and has worked across a number of Greater Manchester [GM] authorities. She has also worked for the Audit Commission.
Pam is Greater Manchester’s Lead Chief Executive for ‘Age Friendly Greater Manchester’ and the Equalities portfolio, which includes the GM Women and Girl’s Equality panel which aims to accelerate gender equality across Greater Manchester’s ten boroughs to enable women and girls to live their best lives through equal opportunities.
With Climate Change and environment sustainability a key worldwide priority, Pam is delighted to be the Lead Chief Executive for the GM Green City Region. She is also the SOLACE lead spokesperson for Housing.
Pam’s main passion is to build strong teams, which have residents at the heart of everything the council does. Her focus is to ensure Stockport continues to be a success regionally, nationally and internationally.
A key driver for Pam is for residents to embrace new ways to seek advice, guidance and support from the council. Stockport is taking an innovative approach to creating new and better online services by ensuring residents are involved in the design process and have access to digital skills training.
Pam is proud to be working as part of GM and the GM Mayor’s office to establish the first Mayoral Development Corporation of its kind; driving the creation of a new urban village of up to 3,000 new homes and supporting social infrastructure – making Stockport a destination of choice to live, work, play and connect.
Councillor Brenda Warrington became the Leader of Tameside Council on January 31, 2018.
Brenda is the first female chair of the Greater Manchester Pension Fund in its 95-year history, the largest Local Government Pension Scheme in the UK at £23 billion.
The Denton West Councillor was first elected in 2002 and became executive member for Adult Services in 2008.
She has served as the council’s lead member for Health and External Relations and Scrutiny as well as being chair of the Personal and Health Services Scrutiny Panel. Under that role she was responsible for the integration of health and social care and merging Tameside Council and Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group.
Brenda served as Deputy Mayor in Tameside in 2008 to 2009 and Mayor in 2012 to 2013.
She has held roles and been involved in many organisations and community groups, including as a school governor at Denton West Primary School and Two Trees Community College, continuing that role when it merged with Egerton Park College to become Denton Community College, and helped establish Friends of Granada Park and Friends of Thornley Park.