Senior Leaders Breakfast

Official WISE Event

The Senior Leaders Breakfast is an invitation-only event for Chairs/Chief Executives and other executive board members from WISE member companies who have signed up to the WISE Ten Steps or made a public commitment to supporting gender balance in STEM.   

Following 18 months of corporate uncertainty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, senior executives now have an opportunity to strengthen company culture, create a safe and inclusive environment, re-enforce company values and embed new expectations.

This year, discussions will focus around three themes:

Theme 1:  Timely and effective internal communications are critical to the  change management challenge facing executives.

Re-acclimating a workforce in this new reality, many of whom may feel stressed or confused with changes to their working conditions, will present an enormous change management challenge for executives.  A clear top-down communications strategy for employees and all people managers will be critical to ensuring a return to the office runs smoothly.

Theme 2: Establishing an effective hybrid working environment which recognises a diverse workforce.

It is crucial to recognise the long-term impact that the pandemic has had on expected working patterns and the ability to work flexibly from home.  Re-integrating office returners with those who wish to continue to work remotely presents new challenges; in terms of technical requirements, psychological health and cultural expectations. 

Theme 3:  The importance of data analysis of roles, responsibilities and job requirements in effecting a smooth return to the office.

Companies will need to act with sensitivity to staff who may be concerned about a return to the office while identifying and developing plans around those employees that are critical to client-facing work or need to be onsite.

Senior leaders will need to do this with the utmost consideration and openness to ensure that their mission critical workforce remains a balanced, diverse and inclusive group while simultaneously considering how to transition the remainder of their workforce back into a new working model.

Join WISE and senior executives from WISE member organisations to discuss these issues and learn from others’ experiences, plans and best practices.


Danielle Haugedal-Wilson, Head of Engineering, The Co-op

Danielle has worked across the 150 year old Co-op Group for over 15 years, across a multitude of sectors ranging from Food to Funerals. Danielle has predominantly operated in digital strategy, strategy mapping, and enterprise architecture. Danielle has played key roles on programmes as diverse as Co-op Online Grocery Shopping in 2001, first relaunch of Membership in 2006 and its current incarnation launched in 2016, to the first Food mobile app in 2012. Danielle is currently Head of Engineering in Co-op Digital. Danielle was the chapter lead for Ladies Of Code Manchester and is a champion of diversity in technology within and outside of the Co-op as Non-Exec Director of Innovate Her.
Angela Booth, Women’s Network Chair, Thames Water

Angela Booth has been Chair of the Womens Network at Thames Water since its creation in 2018.  Passionate about equity, Angela was key in uniting and mobilising the Womens Network, for which she was awarded a Spotlight on Excellence award for Enabling an Inclusive Culture.  Since then, Thames Water’s Womens Network has numerous achievements including media recognition for gender inclusive recruitment and enhanced parental leave policies, culminating in Thames Water being recognised as a Times Top 50 Employer for Women in 2021.

Recently appointed as Head of Operational Excellence in Wholesale Services, Angela is accountable for driving shareholder value by increasing efficiency of service and improving quality outcomes for customers.  In her seventh year in the water industry, she has delivered sustained change in many business areas including risk and investment, operational management, customer service and most recently complaints and quality of frontline service. 

An inspiring leader, Angela is a firm believer that employee engagement is key to success.  Utilising her BSc in Psychology and servant leader mindset, she empowers individuals by providing clear line of sight between their roles and the wider business performance, ensuring that teams have the autonomy to deliver as required.

Angela is a director of the board for WATRS, and actively supports charities supporting her local community in South East London to reduce food waste and improve sustainability.

To confirm your attendance before 1 September, please confirm your details with WISE Chief Executive Kay Hussain via her assistant Kirstie Whipp.

Event Details

  • 16 Sep 2021 9:00 am -
    16 Sep 2021 10:30 am
  • Organiser WISE

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