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Birmingham to host SWIP 19 Conference

Birmingham is to host the Senior Women in Policing Conference next year which features powerful speakers from MP Jess Phillips to entertainer Ruby Wax.

Coinciding with International Women’s Day, the conference will run Wednesday 6 - Friday 8 March 2019, held in the iconic Birmingham Library Building and the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

The theme of the conference is change, culture, collaboration and conversation. Organisers hope it will be a catalyst for senior leaders to think about change that goes beyond the life of the conference.

It’s the first time the conference has been held in the Midlands and it is hosted by Staffordshire, Warwickshire, West Mercia and West Midlands police forces.

Hosted by TV Presenter Steph McGovern, main stage speakers include:

  • Celebrity author Ruby Wax
  • Labour MP Jess Phillips
  • Civil servant comedian Ayesha Hazarika MBE
  • Feminist Laura Bates
  • Visionary Professor Eddie Obeng
  • Ex-Chelsea first team Dr Eva Carneiro
  • Author Professor Alex Vitale

Chief Inspector Yvonne Bruton from West Midlands Police said: “This conference will be a great opportunity for senior leaders to come together to discuss the current issues in policing and how, in collaboration they might be tackled. We’ve taken a slightly different approach to SWiP19 this year, and it’s lining up to be an incredible three days that will give delegates lots to take back to their workplace.

“Innovation and change feature highly.  We are all under financial pressure but we are confident that this year’s conference will challenge existing thinking and culture.”

“Last year’s conference sold out, so I would encourage anyone thinking about attending to book their tickets without delay.

There will be a diverse range of workshops and plenty of opportunity to make new connections that improve policing for all.

To check out the full programme and book tickets go to