Feminist Governance & Leadership

Feminist Governance and Leadership Training in partnership with Shirley Otto


ICENA is delighted to announce its new workshop programme dedicated to feminist governance and leadership.

All workshops are online, however face to face training can be arrange.


About Shirley


Shirley has worked with a wide range of organisations in the Community and Voluntary Sectors in the UK. This includes service providers, self-help groups, community arts projects, collectives and housing associations. This work takes in: (i) training, in and out house, on management and governance topics, (ii) facilitation of team development and strategic planning sessions and (iii) facilitating action learning sets. Shirley has a particular interest in values-led governance, the dynamics of boards / management committees and the relationship between paid staff and their volunteer boards. As an activist, indeed as a ‘governance geek’ she is a member of Scotland’s Third Sector Governance Forum and a member of the Working Party that devised the Governance Code for Scotland.


Shirley has a doctorate in organisational psychology from the University of London, based on the study of the roles of chairs of boards and senior staff. She is also the author of a number of publications on governance and management in the voluntary sector.

Feminist Governance Training for Trustees & Senior Managers

This three-hour bespoke online training course focuses on the values and duties of trustees and senior managers.


Feminist Governance Training for Trustees & Senior Managers Course

Feminist Governance Training for Trustees & Senior Managers & Managers

This full-day workshop focuses on; values, duties, roles and responsibilities, and good governance structures.


Feminist Governance Training for Trustees, Senior Managers & Managers Course

Feminist Leadership, New Pairing – Chair & CEO/Director

This six-hour programme is split over three months.

The programme focuses on the roles and responsibilities of a Chair and CEO and how to create the perfect pairing.

Feminist Leadership, New Pairing – Chair & CEO/Director Course

“Thankyou ICENA”

Thank you again for today’s training. I can’t remember the last time I came out of training so inspired and ready for action. So often training is death by PowerPoint and with nothing to take away other than worry and concern that you aren’t able to do something. This was so far from that. On the train, I planned two staff training sessions and worked out a program for our Year class and an individual in particular. Never done that before after training. Both sessions were fantastic.

This learner took our train the trainer – Talking to Children about Consent course

“5 star service all round”

This was an incredibly useful training exercise. Very engaging and informative. 

This learner took our preventing & responding to sexual harassment in the workplace course

“Fantastic service & knowledge”

We really enjoyed the Professional Boundaries and Data Sharing training. It’s enabled our staff team to reflect on working practices and how they can be improved.

This learner took our professional boundaries training course

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