England & Wales Welfare and equalities

Women’s representation in local government – Council Officers – Rising to the Top


The Fawcett Society and the LGIU are delighted to invite you to:

Women’s representation in local government – Council Officers – Rising to the Top

12:45 – 15:00  Tuesday 21 February 2017

Camden Town Hall, Judd Street, London WC1H 9JE

Places are limited so please RSVP to [email protected] by Friday 10thFebruary 2017.

If you are unable to attend yourself, we would be extremely grateful if you could share this amongst your colleagues.


When only 33% of councillors and 25% of local government chief executives are women, the Local Government Commission asks: does local government work for women? This is the fifth in our evidence session series. This meeting will examine how the changing shape of local government is affecting women’s progression to and experience of senior roles, and:

  • Discuss the statistics around women’s representation as local government officers in particular in Senior Management and Executive Director roles
  • Examine the pipeline and progression for female officers to senior management
  • Identify the barriers to women taking on the most senior roles and the practices which support women’s progression
  • Ask how does women’s representation in political roles affect the experiences of women officers?

The meeting will be chaired by Dame Margaret Hodge MP. Attendees will hear evidence from an expert panel and be invited to take part in discussions concerning these key questions.

Evidence and discussions from this meeting will feed into the Commission’s final report. To find out more about the Commission please click here.

We are also currently running an open consultation as part of the Commission. Please fill in the survey yourself and do pass round to relevant contacts.

The hashtag for the Commission is #localandequal.

The Local Government Commission is kindly sponsored by the Barrow Cadbury Trust.

Who should attend?
This session is particularly aimed at council officers but is open to anyone working or interested in local government