Young women living in across south Wales are being encouraged to apply for a chance to gain board level experience, thanks to a free 12 month programme.
Chwarae Teg and partner organisations have launched their latest ‘Step to Non Exec’ opportunities aimed at getting more young women into Non-Executive Director roles.
Applications are sought from women aged 21-30 who have an interest in such positions, have a passion for new challenges and want to make a difference to people’s lives.
The programme will provide practical experience and skills training on the role of a Non-Executive Director, including one to one mentoring, shadowing opportunities and chances to attend board meetings and planning events.
Participants will learn how Non Executive Directors provide leadership and governance and work as part of a board to set the strategic direction of an organisation to meet its objectives.
The organisations, alongside Chwarae Teg (Cardiff office), who are offering opportunities will be Pobl Group (Newport and Swansea), ateb Group (Haverfordwest), Merthyr Valleys Homes (Merthyr Tydfil) and Awen Cultural Trust (Bridgend ).
Women interested in applying and finding out more information should visit www.chwaraeteg.com/step-to-non-exec. The deadline for applications is Monday 1 July 2019.
Emma Tamplin from Chwarae Teg, said:
“At Chwarae Teg we work to inspire, lead and deliver on gender equality in Wales. We recognise the need for, and benefits of, more women working at the top level of organisations.
“It’s vital that women from all walks of life are visible and influential across all sectors of the economy, society and public life.
“Boards with a gender balance simply work better, so I’d urge women with a passion for leading change to get their voices heard by taking on non exec roles. This programme will enable women to gain the practical experience and they need and provide them with the skills and confidence to apply for future positions in public life.”
Umulkhayr Mohamed, Step to Non Exec participant 2017-2018, said:
“Throughout the scheme I came to learn not just about the role of a Non Exec Director, and the kind of NED I would like be, but also a lot about Pobl as an organisation and the sectors the Group is a leading force within. This process of learning about an organisation from the position of a NED, through site visits and at a strategic level, is one of the key takeaways I will have from taking part in this scheme. Taking part in this scheme has been on overwhelming affirming experience that I feel have place me in a good position to confidently apply for board positions.”