Making the Difference

On 5th March 2020 Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, supported by National Fire Chiefs Council, are hosting a conference celebrating and exploring women leading the way in making a difference.

The day will be made up of a number of inspirational presentations and interactive sessions including a keynote address from Eleanor Fairford from the National Centre for Cyber Security who will share her own fascinating journey to a high profile position, the barriers she faced as a woman in a male dominated environment and how she overcame them.  We are also delighted to provide 2 interactive workshops focusing on women working with men to eradicate period poverty and reduce waste and exploring the Art of your own Brilliance. Other fantastic contributions to the day include a session from lead development coach Graham Ravenscroft and an interview with Sonja Braidner on her Churchill Fellowship research report, Igniting Inclusion; Moving beyond the Brass Ceiling in Australia.

The conference will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire on 5th March.  Tickets cost £100 plus VAT per person.

To celebrate the difference we all make every day please join us?  

Event Times:  0900 (8.30 registration) until 1600


Welcome from Staffordshire Commissioner Matthew Ellis

CFO Becci Bryant, Staffordshire FRS - Scene Setting

Sonja Braidner FCPHR CF ‘An audience with’  Sonja was awarded a Churchill Fellowship Award (New South Wales Australia) for her research - Igniting Inclusion.  Her work explores inclusion practices in Emergency Management; how this impacts diverse employees, workplace culture; and public safety outcomes.  Her study took her to Japan, USA, UK, Iceland and Germany.   Becci and Sonja will be engaged in a virtual conversation about her findings and recommendations.

Graham Ravenscroft Lead Performance Coach ‘What quali(ties)fications do I need to be a manger?’   Graham has spent the past 30 years developing skills in the world of coaching, most of which was initially gained through working in athletics and during that time he has supported the development of athletes at every major global championships, including the London Olympics.  Graham will be enlightening us about the how the principles of coaching whether it be world class athletes, ourselves, our teams, or a whole organisation the theory and practice are the same.


1 - ‘Art of Brilliance’

2-  Period Power

Hayley Brackley, Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service Learning and Development ‘Great minds don’t think alike’  Hayley works in the Learning and Development department at Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.  Over the past 11 years she has worked across two Fire and Rescue Services in four different roles.  Hayley lives with AD(H)D and Dyslexia and she will challenge our thinking that AD(H)D is a myth to excuse naughty children which is short lived and child specific.   She will be sharing her past experience to assist us in developing and maintaining a culture that embraces neurodiversity and the abilities that come with it.

Eleanor Fairford, National Centre for Cyber Security - 'With the right mix of minds, anything is possible' Eleanor is part of the superstructure that keeps us safe in our beds.   Eleanor will hone our leadership ability, from the angle of being at the top of a profession which is readily perceived as a homogenous prototypical workforce


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Hollie Tell, Business and Events Manager
T: 07815 184471

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