Agile Nation2 is funded by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government. Delivered by Chwarae Teg the project has been developed to improve the position of women working in the private or third/voluntary sector.

The Agile Nation2 project was established as women continue to be underrepresented at a managerial level across Wales. It is designed to improve this situation by:
The programme was developed as a direct response to a body of evidence showing there is a clear need for positive measures to be taken to support the progression of women in Wales.

This evidence includes:

  1. National figures show that 8% of employed women in wales are in management compared with 12% of men
  2. Women are underrepresented in key STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) industries, particularly in apprenticeships and management
  3. By balancing the participation rates of men and women, more than 10% could be added to the economy by 2030

Join the thousands of women across Wales who have gained promotions, pay increases and the confidence to succeed.

Ideal for women looking to take the next step towards team leading, supervisory or managerial roles. The programme is fully funded by the European Social Fund through Welsh Government, and is available to women who:

  • Are currently employed and work or live in Wales
  • Work in the private or third/voluntary sector (public sector employees are not eligible)
  • Current role is not funded by any other European programme

Watch our promo video for some inspiration.

Become an Agile Nation2 FairPlay Employer!

Accessing the business support programme can bring many benefits to your small business. With the focus on equality and diversity, the business support can help you:

  • Achieve a FairPlay Employer Award and take your business forward as an employer of choice
  • Develop a diverse workforce to increase growth and profitability
  • Improve staff engagement and productivity, reduce staff sickness and attrition, and save on recruitment costs
  • Develop your management team on key practices through our fully funded workshops

You get:

  • Up to 42 hours of free consultancy and workshops
  • Value of approx. £4,200

Eligibility criteria:

  • SME based in Wales
  • 10 – 250 employees
  • Max. turnover of £35M
  • Working within the private, third or voluntary sector

As a direct result of the programme Avia has added a revenue stream and enabled the growth of the business to sustain a new member of staff.

Hayley Pells
Director, Avia Sports Cars Ltd
Gemma Littlejohns
Senior Business Partner - Business

Gemma Littlejohns

Senior Business Partner - Business

Gemma is an experienced HR professional and has partnered with over 80 businesses across Wales, to implement improved working practices. Gemma is excellent at spotting opportunities for collaboration and has been known to bring businesses together for mutual benefit. Experienced and qualified in strategic leadership, HR and training, Gemma oversees the delivery of the AN2 Business Programme.

Amanda McNamara
Employer Partner

Amanda McNamara

Employer Partner

Through her advice, training and coaching approach, Amanda supports business leaders to review their policies and procedures and bring about positive, cultural change.

Amanda is an articulate and approachable Management, Strategic HR, Training and Equalities Professional, who has worked extensively with both private and public sector clients across the UK. She has over twenty years’ experience of supporting leaders and managers to improve business and personal effectiveness, fully engaging their workforce, to achieve their strategic aims as an Assessor and Advisor for the Investors in People Award.

Bob Hicks
Employer Partner

Bob Hicks

Employer Partner

Bob is an experienced and qualified HR professional with a proven record of accomplishment in aligning HR policies, practices and processes with business objectives in the UK and USA. He has worked as an IIP Practioner, run his own business of 30 staff and has worked with over 200 SMEs in Wales adapting to a range of management styles. Bob enjoys making a positive difference to organisations’ performance. As an Employer Partner he has improved effectiveness in people management through improvements in gender diversity, recruitment, communications, flexible working, learning and development, performance management and employment law.

Caroline Mathias
Employer Partner

Caroline Mathias

Employer Partner

Caroline is an HR professional with a broad working knowledge of all aspects of business management. Caroline is CIPD qualified in HR consultancy as well as executive coaching. Her experience in commercial business consultancy on HR administration & systems, employment law compliance, employment policies & procedures, recruitment & selection, training analysis & planning and board profiling helps her support our project participants to implement change and best practice procedures that helps get the best for both the business and their people.

Eve Jones
Co-ordinating Partner - Business

Eve Jones

Co-ordinating Partner - Business

Eve has a strong background in Hospitality and Travel and excels in organising people. Eve has been with Chwarae Teg since 2014, working in a variety of administrative support roles in HR, ICT, ILM, and the Women Strand.  Eve has been easing in to her new role from May 2020 as one of the Co-ordinating Partners for the Business Programme, where she supports the delivery of the Business Programme until April 2023.

Hannah Botes
Employer Partner

Hannah Botes

Employer Partner

Hannah is a HR generalist with experience from a variety of industries including; manufacturing, printing, retail, medical, careers service, wine farms, agriculture, hotel and hospitality, tourism and social care. Hannah was brought up in Saudi Arabia, and has worked in Abu Dhabi and South Africa as well as in West Wales.

She has a strong passion for people and Human Resources, and enjoys adding value to her clients by having a strong operational focus in developing people and identifying diversity as a company strength. Hannah has a Business Administration Degree from Cardiff University, and is a member of the CIPD. Her role at Chaware Teg is to help businesses develop their diversity strategies by measuring there current working practices, organisation culture and create an action plan to address shortfalls, implement change and best practice procedure.

Jane Griffiths
Employer Partner

Jane Griffiths

Employer Partner

Jane is a highly experienced HR and Learning and Development professional. Gaining qualification from the CIPD in 1996, she has spent the last 20 plus years working in the HR profession. She has extensive experience working at a senior HR level across several industries and also has a proven track record as an HR consultant. Jane has worked with numerous organisations ranging from “blue chip” to SME’s. She is highly experienced in Performance Management and Learning and Development and has designed and run many leadership programmes for a range of clients. Jane is passionate about developing and motivating the people assets of a business and helping employees be the best they can be. Fully qualified in psychometric testing, Jane understands how supporting businesses to develop their people can lead to real business benefits.

Laura McKeown
Coordinating Partner - Business

Laura McKeown

Coordinating Partner - Business

Laura is one of two Coordinators for the Agile Nation2 Business Programme, and has worked for Chwarae Teg for nearly 9 years. Laura assists the Delivery Team and Lead with the smooth running of the Programme. She supports the journey of the client via our Client Management Systems and ensures that, as a team, we are compliant and able to continue providing a good service to the client and good value to WEFO and Welsh Government.

Michelle Holland
Employer Partner

Michelle Holland

Employer Partner

Michelle is a HR Generalist with strong business acumen and a solid background of working with the business at all levels. Experience of working within a variety of different sectors. Provided a commercially driven HR service, assisting in the delivery of HR initiatives and strategies. Develops creative solutions that contribute positively to the organisation. Played a key role in delivering a full complement of HR processes. A professional who is providing companies positive support by helping implement best practice in businesses across Wales.