We were pleased to celebrate the role of women across SECAmb by hosting an event to mark International Women’s Day (8 March).

The event, held on 5 March, and hosted by our Gender Equality Network, (GEN), provided an opportunity for colleagues to celebrate the achievements on female staff across SECAmb.

Women now make up more than 58 per cent of our workforce. A significant increase on just 43 per cent in 2010.

The event was opened by Director of Operations, Emma Williams, who talked about the great work that has been taking place to support women reach their potential with schemes such as our Springboard Programme. The programme has provided a great opportunity for many of our female colleagues.

The scheme is just one of a number of programmes being offered by the Trust and supported by our Learning and Organisation Development Department which is keen to provide opportunities for learning and personal growth to underrepresented staff groups.

While the female workforce may account for more than half of total staff, SECAmb is committed to addressing its gender pay gap. Currently, just over 10 per cent of women are in Band 7 or higher positions and of the Band 7 of higher roles, just below 40% are held by women.

Chair, of SECAmb’s Gender Equality Network, Karen Ramnauth said: “I’d like to thank everyone in the network for organising this event. It was a really positive event to bring people together to celebrate the role of women in SECAmb and how we can further ensure they contribution is recognised and they are fairly represented across all levels of our organisation.”