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College celebrates International Women's Day 2021

HUGH Baird College celebrated International Women's Day (IWD) 2021, by hosting a weeklong series of events. As part of this students took part in a virtual seminar with three inspirational women from the Maritime sector. Amanda Willis, HR Director at Peel Ports; Sue Henney, Marketing Director at KVH Industries; and Eleanor Mante, Training Manager, at Maersk all engaged students with an insight into their career journeys.

This year IWD was celebrated under the theme #ChooseToChallenge, drawing on the notion that a challenged world is an alert world. Individually, we're all responsible for our own thoughts and actions; all day, every day. This was aimed at promoting the idea that we can all choose to challenge and call out gender bias and inequality. We can all choose to seek out and celebrate women's achievements. Collectively, we can all help create an inclusive world.

Hugh Baird College championed these messages with each of the 3 speakers touching on inequalities they have experienced during their careers, in a predominantly male driven sector, and how they overcame them.

Eleanor Mante had advice for the students following the event:- "Combat bias by being a spokesperson for yourself. Represent yourself how you wish to be known and stay true to who you are. Surround yourself with a positive support base whom you can learn from and talk to about experiences you may face. Lastly, do not dull your shine for anyone's benefit as you will not only be doing yourself a disservice, but you will deny an opportunity for growth within the people who need to learn that a new world exists and we are all active members in that world."

Rachael Hennigan, Principal and Chief Executive at Hugh Baird College spoke of the inspirational seminar said:- "It was a pleasure to welcome to the College such an impressive group of female speakers from across the Liverpool City Region specifically within the Maritime Sector. We recognise the importance of International Women's Day and we support equality for all our students and staff. As an organisation, we believe in ensuring our learners leave us fully prepared to embark in the world of work. Talks from inspirational speakers like Sue, Eleanor and Amanda demonstrate how crucial it is that learners not only develop the skills and attitudes employers look for, but also encourage them to feel comfortable to be themselves in the chosen industries. This resilience and determination will support them to achieve their career goals."

Gemma Wynn, Foundation Degree in Mental Health and Wellbeing student at the Hugh Baird University Centre said of the seminar:- "I found the International Women's Day seminar very interesting and inspiring. It was an eye opener to help me realise and believe I can achieve what I want if I put my mind to it!"

Zoe Melling a Foundation Degree in Business and Management student at the University Centre also said:- "All 3 speakers are very inspirational women. They all opened my eyes to the different opportunities available in the maritime sector. Thank you for taking the time and speaking to us all."

Colette Mawdsley, Dean of Higher Education and Access at the Hugh Baird University Centre, commented:- "It was a pleasure to celebrate International Women's Day with Sue, Eleanor and Amanda to hear their inspiring career journeys as women in the Maritime Industry. Thank you for taking the time to speak to the students from across the College and University Centre, sharing your inspirational journeys and bringing home the message to the students that together we can create an inclusive world."

For more information on courses at Hugh Baird College please visit:- HughBaird.AC.UK or call:- 01513534444.

Opportunity to join CCG governing body

NHS South Sefton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is looking for an enthusiastic candidate to join its governing body. A lay representative who will lead on public and patient involvement is needed to join the governing body, which makes decisions about the work of the CCG on behalf of its 30 member practices. As well as attending bi monthly governing body meetings, lay members are involved in the strategic work of the CCG, providing professional advice and support, as well as representing the organisation on cross sector programmes, forums, and committees. The successful candidate will use their knowledge and interest of our communities to make sure the public voice of the local population is heard and that opportunities are created and protected for patient and public empowerment in the work of the CCG.

Current lay representative, Graham Bayliss, is stepping down from the role. He joined the CCG in April 2016, after a long and successful career in local Government, including 23 years with Sefton Council, where he held several senior positions including Director of Corporate Services and Director of Leisure and Tourism. He said:- "I've really enjoyed my 5 years with NHS South Sefton CCG, during a time of great challenge for the NHS. It has been an honour to help ensure the public and patient voice is heard within the local health system. I would urge anyone who is interested in representing our local community within the CCG and beyond to apply for the role of lay member for public patient engagement."

Dr Craig Gillespie, chair of NHS South Sefton CCG, added:- "The contribution made by our lay representative is vital in helping the governing body understand the views of the local population. On behalf of my governing body colleagues, I would like to thank Graham for his valuable contribution to the community and wish him well for the future."

Anyone who is interested in applying for the role can find full details and a recruitment pack online here:- HealthJobsUK.Com . Deadline for applications is Wednesday, 17 March 2021.

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