16 February 2022

A hugely exciting day

Our inaugural Women in Football Be Inspired Conference – a full day of information and advice, speakers and sessions to supercharge your career, supported by our lead partner Barclays - will be taking place on Thursday 17 March at Wembley Stadium, London, from 9:30am-5pm. The conference will be followed by a post-event networking reception.

The programme will be jam-packed full of information and advice for all women in football, including those already working in the game as well as those who would like to but don’t know where to start. Sessions will be tailored to your experience and there really will be something for everyone, from newcomers looking for that first opportunity, to those with more experience, who want to meet and network with peers and hear from some fantastic speakers.

If you are attending the conference, please enter via the Club Wembley entrance.

A full agenda of the day's events can be viewed here.

Get your copy of the mobile phone-friendly event programme, full of useful information and features, by downloading here.



Full list of speakers can be found here.

This WIF members only event will be hosted by broadcaster and WIF ambassador, Jacqui Oatley MBE, with confirmed speakers including:

  • Emma Hayes OBE, Manager, Chelsea FC Women

  • Jo Tongue, CEO, Tongue Tied Management and Registered Intermediary

  • Lungi Macebo, COO, Birmingham City FC

  • Rose Read, Director of People and Culture, Brighton & Hove Albion FC

  • Michelle Gull, Head of HR, West Ham United FC

  • Fleur Robinson, CEO, Wrexham AFC

  • Kelly Smith MBE, Former footballer

  • Sian Massey-Ellis MBE, English Football Match Official

  • Troy Townsend, Head of Player Engagement, Kick It Out

Thanks to our lead partner, Barclays, the conference will be free to attend, however, due to significant demand from members in joining us, we have unfortunately now had to close registrations.

Due to demand exceeding supply,  we can't guarantee a place for every member who has requested one – but we'll do our very best to accommodate as many as we can.



Keynote - Kelly Smith, MBE, in conversation with Jacqui Oatley, MBE introduced by Barclays

Panel Session - What glass ceiling? In partnership with Barclays. Meet our all female panel who have all chosen to challenge, pushed the boundaries and excelled in their chosen careers across the world of sport

Breakout A1 - Career planning supported by The Premier League

Breakout B1 - The importance of male allies supported by Arnold Clark

Breakout C1 - Football - not just careers on the pitch, supported by Visa

Workshop A2 - The power of mentoring supported by Mishcon

Workshop B2 - Media training, confidence and presentation skills supported by Sky Sports

Workshop C2 - So, you want to work at a football club? Meet the HR directors and recruiters supported by EISG

Keynote - Session introduced by headline sponsor, Barclays. Jacqui Oatley, MBE in conversation with Emma Hayes, OBE


Work experience opportunities on the day

Women in Football will be offering an opportunity for members to gain some further professional insights and knowledge at the conference by shadowing our team. One way to guarantee your place at the conference is to be selected for one of four shadowing opportunities created to support the next generation of WIF. Members can apply for one of the following opportunities on the day:

  • Photography – working with the fantastic and highly experienced Lynne Cameron (the FA, Lionesses and freelance photographer)

  • Videography - learning from our brilliant videography team

  • Event management - shadowing and working alongside the brilliant Road 3 events team

  • Writing - working with our hugely talented Comms Manager, Pete Green, with the opportunity to have your own byline on a Be Inspired review article on our website

For more information or how to apply, please email, stating which role you'd like to apply for, with your CV and details of any previous experience or expertise you may have.

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