Leadership & Management Development Programme
The EWIM course was developed
by Parity Professionals who have over 23 years’ experience of successfully
delivering leadership and management development programmes across a number of
business environments. The focus of the
programme was to raise skills and unlock potential to help women climb the
career ladder specifically in the food and drink industry.
The National Skills Council
recognising the need to support the development of women in management agreed
to sponsor the initial programme by a 100% contribution.
The first cohort of female
managers from Dovecote Park attended the programme in Sheffield in December 2012 which
included Jo Hardy, Lynn Pilmoor, Trish Parker, Charlotte Mosey and myself. We were joined by delegates from Greencore,
Wiseman Dairies, Muller Foods and Moy Park.
Due to the on-going success of
the programme further funding was made available at a 50% contribution and so
Dovecote Park took the decision to take advantage of this and asked senior managers to
nominate any members of their team to attend this course.
We had an excellent response and the
following all attended: Rachel Marston
- Accounts, Lyndsay Dawson
- QA, Leann Robertson
- QA, Becky Leach
- Livestock, Laura
- Livestock, Harry Allen
– Commercial Graduate and Lorna Smith
- Production. They were joined by other delegates from
Dalehead, Moy Park and Stonegate (all suppliers to Waitrose).This was a four day course spread over 3 months,
with 3 days hosted here at Dovecote Park and a fourth at Dalehead.
The four day programme focused
on the following elements: - Women into Leadership; Power and Influence; The
Business Environment; Managing Change and Assertiveness;and Influencing and
Feedback from the delegates
about the course as a whole was very positive as detailed below:
teething problems with Teamwork (the online portal to download materials
for the course).
professional network of Waitrose suppliers.
coaches, thanks to Cora Robinson, Moraig Fitzpatrick and Lesley O’Hanlan
for sharing their experiences of different organisations and cultures.Enjoyable
content with engaging coaches which facilitated the learning
experience. Delegates left with
ideas to continue to develop skills and build on the learning foundations
and professional relationships. My personal thanks go to all
the delegates who attended all four days, some having to travel some distances
to Dalehead and Dovecote; and also to the Parity coaches who travelled all the way from Northern Ireland. Finally excellent feedback
came from Estelle King, Cepta Marchant and Sarah Gibbs from Dalehead after a
comprehensive factory tour culminating in the Abattoir. They were very impressed and
described the factory as ‘Fantastic’. They were especially impressed by the racking
system and made a special thanks to Simon Peters for his comprehensive
explanation of and tour of the abattoir.
Penny Marlow, Human