AN Ilfracombe businesswoman has been appointed to a new national committee set up by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).
Kate Brookes, who runs a coaching and development consultancy, now sits on the Women in Management's (WiM) National Advisory Committee.
The committee aims to identify, encourage and support initiatives that enable the representation of women to become more balanced in senior levels of management and leadership. Kate was selected after submitting an application and undergoing a selection interview in London.
Kate brings to the committee her experience as a trainer, coach and business owner. Previously she worked in the Metropolitan Police, Wiltshire and Devon and Cornwall Constabularies and has designed and delivered leadership training courses for senior police leaders.
This has included positive action personal development courses for senior police leaders from minority groups, while her international experience includes delivering the first all-female police leadership course in Qatar.
In her coaching she supports individuals to achieve their goals through their own learning.
This experience gives Kate an informed view of the challenges facing women, which she hopes to address through the committee.
She said: "Although there is representation at the top, many women stop at lower levels.
"So it's about looking at why women fall out of the chain and what can be done to engage and support them to put themselves forward.
"As someone who's worked in a remote rural area, I see that a lot of networking opportunities for men don't exist for women because fewer feature at a senior level."
Through her business, Kate understands that women have different ways of working and that different work styles can help them.
"Coaching for women makes a significant difference. Coaching is a powerful way to make changes in your life and can help women to progress in their careers."
Kate sees her position on the committee enabling her to exert wider influence in addition to her work with individuals.
"The committee has the opportunity to become a point of consultation for government and other organisations on what they can do to address the gender gap," she said.
She believes this is important because of the breadth that diversity brings to how people think and work, making it more likely that an organisation will be successful.
Earlier this year WiM published a white paper on women in leadership. It is also hosting an event on Developing the Talent Pipeline in London on October 9 with speakers including Ann Francke, chief executive of the CMI, and Dr Lorna Gibson, national chair of WiM.
For details contact Kate Brookes at kbcd.co.uk