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:
  • Working with employed women working or living in Wales to develop skills, and confidence to progress in the workplace.
  • Working with small to medium sized businesses to develop effective recruitment, working practices for better retention and developing a diverse workforce.
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

For information on our Agile Nation 2 Business Programme go to:

2nd Apr 2021
AN2 Business Programme
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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

As part of the Career Development Programme, you will enhance your strategic thinking and leadership skills to become a confident, future focused and inclusive leader manager, who is motivated to succeed as an individual with the ability to evolve with the changing landscape of the 21st Century workplace.

Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to reflect on your leadership strengths, build on your self-awareness and develop a positive mindset to achieve your career goals. All of this within an environment that is supportive, fun and positive with likeminded women

Watch our promo video for some inspiration.

Karen Neill
Learning Development Partner

Karen Neill

Learning Development Partner

I moved into the third sector over 10 years ago, having held various HR Manager roles. Providing access to professional level training, to people for whom this was a fresh experience, brought a great deal of personal satisfaction.

I have the privilege of working with many women – each from a broad range of backgrounds but all seeking personal development, be it skills or confidence building. I know how lucky I am, to travel with these women, whatever their journey might be, to witness them grow in confidence and skills, each tapping into talents they didn’t realise they had and to become the very best that they can be – it doesn’t get much better than that!

Rhian Walstow
Learning Development Partner

Rhian Walstow

Learning Development Partner

With over 25 years’ experience in education, I am a firm believer in the concept of life-long learning. Whether it’s a formal qualification or learning to develop confidence and self-awareness, it is something that I enjoy sharing to help people feel more empowered.

My main areas of interest and expertise are leadership, teamwork and psychology. With expertise in fitness and outdoor activities too, I believe that health and well-being is part of becoming more self-aware; and can help develop confidence that contributes in many ways.

I thoroughly enjoy delivering our learning modules and it’s great meeting all the participants and learning about their work and experiences; and particularly, helping them to realise their potential.

Andrea Garrett
Learning Development Partner

Andrea Garrett

Learning Development Partner

I worked for 25 years in the Banking and Finance Industry, progressing to Team Leader, First Line Manager, Head of Department and Project Manager. I gained a Post Graduate Degree in Business whilst working in this industry.

I worked for Chwarae Teg on Agile Nation until 2014, and returned to work in the ILM team for Agile Nation2 in 2017. I recently took on the LDP role, delivering our accredited ILM training and non-accredited learning modules.

Kath Foot
Learning Development Partner

Kath Foot

Learning Development Partner

I have been a careers-educator, trainer and coach for nearly 20 years. Working in Higher Education, small businesses and the third sector means that I am able to bring my life and work experience to Chwarae Teg.

Known for my sunny disposition, and ability to bring training to life (I have been told on more than one occasion that I make potentially boring subjects interesting and fun) I deliver Accredited ILM training, assess reflective reviews and deliver our non-accredited learning modules. I also spend time producing up-to-date and engaging content, ensuring that our learners get the very best learning experience. I love seeing the positive impact of our training on the women we support.

Beth Baldwin
Learning Development Partner

Beth Baldwin

Learning Development Partner

I love working with and empowering women to take ownership of their careers. For over 15 years I have worked across all sectors in Sales and Training roles, and have supported, trained and developed hundreds of women. I am passionate about equality, inspiring the next generation and opportunities for all. My mission is and always has been to support women to find their purpose and be fulfilled in the choices they make. I’m told I’m an inclusive and engaging trainer who brings learning to life and challenges thinking and perspective. I have a Pride of Britain award for charity fundraising and a dedication to making my life count by encouraging our participants to do the same.

Julia Matthews
Learning Development Partner

Julia Matthews

Learning Development Partner

My background and experience has been predominantly in the education sector, having previously worked as a curriculum manager and lecturer within a further education college where I managed and delivered a diverse range of courses for adult learners.

As a Learning Development Partner at Chwarae Teg, I deliver the ILM accredited programme and additional learning modules throughout North Wales.

Cara Lloyd
Career Development Partner

Cara Lloyd

Career Development Partner

I completed the Agile Nation Programme around 9 years ago and was impressed by the organisations professionalism and passion for fairness and equality. Chwarae Teg’s Vison, Mission and Values are perfectly aligned to my own.

I am an experienced Manager with 19 years of experience in Career Development and Project Management. My role here at Chwarae Teg is a Career Development Partner in the Womens Strand Team. I possess professional qualifications in Leadership and Management, Project and Change Management and Advice and Guidance.

I feel extremely privileged and lucky to carry out this role, meeting so many incredibly Strong and Passionate women who Inspire me to be the best version of myself each day. I am rewarded by supporting women to gain the skills and confidence to reach their potential and to become Strong Leaders in the workplace.

Mair Rowlands
Co-ordinating Partner - Women

Mair Rowlands

Co-ordinating Partner - Women

I joined Chwarae Teg with an extensive background in administration and finance, having worked in retail and for a local catering supplies company. As project co-ordinator, I support the successful delivery, reporting, monitoring and continuous improvement of the Women’s Programme. I am proud to be supporting programme delivery through proactive administration and co-ordination of activities across the Agile Nation 2 project.

Cheryl Royall
Career Development Partner

Cheryl Royall

Career Development Partner

As a Career Development Partner on the Agile Nation 2 Programme, I have the pleasure in meeting many wonderful women in Wales for their initial meeting. I deliver training and provide support throughout their time with us while they are completing the programme, and I help to celebrate their successes and witness the amazing changes they achieve for themselves.

I see, first-hand, how the programme helps women to improve their skills and confidence, which allows them to develop and move their careers forward. I have the best job satisfaction I have ever had, knowing that what I do plays a small part in making a difference to our participants.

Sian Davies
Career Development Partner

Sian Davies

Career Development Partner

I joined Chwarae Teg in 2017 with extensive experience in management, education and advice and guidance. My role as Career Development Partner within the women’s Programme has allowed me to utilise my experience, skills and knowledge to support women in their learning and career journey. I am passionate about my role and gain extreme satisfaction from being a part of the career development programme, witnessing first-hand the positive impact that the programme has on women. From the initial Getting to Know You meeting to the review upon completion of the programme, my role is to support women to recognise their skills and strengths, develop their confidence and to encourage them to define and plan their career goals.

As a busy mother of two, I appreciate that it is sometimes difficult for women to have the chance to reflect on their career journey and to focus on their career development and I am proud to be part of a programme which actively promotes this and has such a positive impact on the lives of women.

Janet Halliwell
Career Development Partner

Janet Halliwell

Career Development Partner

I have over 20 years’ experience in training and people management, with qualifications in Coaching, NLP Practice, Change Management and an array of training and learning subjects. Prior to Chwarae Teg, I set up a number of small businesses, which has given me a whole new area of experience to draw on.

As the North Wales CDP I conduct our Getting To Know You meeting, which is when we spend time finding discussing their role at work, and which elements of work they feel most and least confident with, and focusing on their career goals for the near future. I love this part of my job, and have met many amazing women from a variety of backgrounds.

Helena Cannon
Career Development Partner

Helena Cannon

Career Development Partner

I am a qualified Career Coach with over 20 years experience of supporting individuals to make educated decisions about their careers and helping them to make positive changes for the future. I joined Chwarae Teg in 2018, after 15 years as a Careers Consultant at Cardiff Metropolitan University. In my role as Career Development Partner, I work collaboratively with colleagues across Chwarae Teg to effectively deliver and support women in our funded and commercial programmes. I feel passionately about helping women to prosper within their careers, develop their confidence and self awareness and achieve the good work life balance they deserve.

Cara Lloyd, Career Development Partner, discusses the programme

Rhian, Engagement Partner, discusses the programme

The Programme is well worth doing, you learn new skills, new ways of thinking and you get a recognised qualification at the end. You also discover a lot about yourself, your strengths and existing skills, which you may not have realised previously. I have more belief in myself!

Vilash Sanghera
Senior Systems Engineer at General Dynamics UK Limited

It has taught me to go for things in life, don’t worry about what people think and you have nothing to lose. It’s given me so much more confidence in all aspects of my life.

Anna-Jayne Davies
Department Manager, Leekes

I honestly never thought at 51 I would have confidence and motivation to change careers and to come this far, Chwarae Teg has given me the confidence to grow and learn new skills

Susan Lee Clements
Project Support Officer