Women Leaders in Communications

About Us

Empowering us and the next generation.

We are a group for senior women leaders in communications. The group facilitates networking among peers to share best practice in order to develop their careers, and to aid the progression of the next generation of women in communications and advocacy.

Ellwood Atfield founded the Women in Communications Careers Network in 2014. This was an invitation only group for senior and high performing women in communications. In 2017 we decided to relaunch the network.


We are entirely run by women giving up their limited spare time. We are fortunate to have an incredibly engaged pool of senior leaders. We have a small Executive Committee to oversee the strategy and delivery of the group and to ensure that the WLC holds to the principles and terms of reference.

We have organised our activities into five core functions, namely:

Membership – To reach out to the full range of functional communications disciplines to build the cohort of senior women. Click here to see the membership team and to either apply for membership or suggest a member.

Events – To build the annual events programmes, which may include workshops, an annual party. The group will also identify and invite talented speakers who can provide a breadth of experience and ideas to ensure that the network’s conversations remain relevant, pertinent and vibrant. Click here to see the events team and past events.

Research – To build on the existing research work to ensure that WLC is able to provide information and support to the industry to enable women’s careers to flourish in communications at whatever point they are entering the profession. Click here to see the research team and the more on the programme of work.

Mentoring – We are in the process of creating a recognisable scheme to connect WLC members with talented, career-minded women in communications and advocacy. Click here to see the mentoring team and activities.

Inclusion – We are in the process of identifying opportunities to build a more diverse pipeline of women communicators with a disability, who are BAME or are from lower-income households. The group will investigate whether this will be a project operated by WLC, or an opportunity to have strategic partnerships with others to achieve this objective. Click here to see the social action team and future activities.


Nicola Bates 

Chairman for WCCN

Director External Affairs for the Portman Group 

Nicola returned to communications as the Director of External Affairs for the Portman Group in 2018. Prior to this she was a board director of Ellwood Atfield, and has previously worked amongst others for MHP Communications and the Institution of Civil Engineers. She stood in the 2010 General Election as a Parliamentary candidate in Sheffield Hallam and is an elected Governor of King’s College Hospital Trust. Nicola relaunched the Women in Communications Careers Network in 2017. To get in touch email wccn@ellwoodatfield.com


Our seminal 2018 events programme featured talks by Catherine May  Leadership Coach and Corporate Affairs Director on the Executive Committees of RELX plc, Centrica plc and SABMiller plc; Ann Furedi, former Journalist and Director of Communications and the CEO for the British Pregnancy Advisory Service; Vicky Pryce economist, author and commentator discussing her book Why Women need Quotas; Baroness Patience Wheatcroft discussing being a NED, editor of a national paper and peer and finally Dame Helena Morrissey on success in the city and founding the 30% club.

Click here to see the future events programme and read the blogs on some of the  talks here:



     Catherine May A call to arms – relaunching WCCN





     Ann Furedi – Learning to step back as CEO





Vicky Pryce Feminism is about economic empowerment

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