Join Intuitive, HS2’s Head of Legacy Natalie Penrose, and Atkins Senior Leader Jess Bates, for the Inclusive Leadership Knowledge session.

26th April – 14:30 – 16:30 – Virtual

Be part of a fascinating conversation about leadership behaviours that embed workplace equity, diversity and inclusion. The focus will be on the transport sector – the progress we’ve made, the distance to go and the leadership approaches that will get us there.

The knowledge session will explore two mainstays of ED&I leadership: lived experiences of those at the forefront of diverse teambuilding, plus practical leadership actions that’ll make a difference in equity and inclusivity.

Hear directly from ED&I experts and sector leaders on topics including:

  • Key takeaways from experienced ED&I leaders
  • Leadership behaviours and skills for equitable, inclusive environments
  • How to challenge yourself and the “burning platform” paradigm
  • How to manage resistant mindsets and create new advocates
  • How to progress underrepresented talent into leadership roles
  • Understanding what “doing enough” looks and feels like


Registration for this session has now closed. The full webinar and highlights will be available to watch on the Intuitive Insights youtube channel.

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Session Description

14:30 14:40 Introduction with Intuitive Founder Nina Lockwood
14:40 15:10 ED&I leadership successes at HS2 with Natalie Penrose
15:10 15:30 Leading differently and strategically with Jess Bates
15:30 15:40 Comfort break
15:40 16:00 Speaker debate: what does good progress look like?
16:00 16:30 Live Q&A and thank you



Natalie Penrose

Head of Legacy, HS2

As HS2’s Head of Legacy, Natalie is responsible for Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, Skills, Education and Employment.

Prior to taking on this role in early 2022, Natalie was in leadership roles at HS2 ltd in Community & Stakeholder Engagement.

Before joining HS2 in 2018 Natalie worked in senior roles across a wide range of sectors, including health, education, welfare and public sector audit. She has been leading teams for over 25 years, and is passionate about integrity and fairness.

Natalie Penrose

Jess Bates

Director, Atkins

As a Director on Atkins Senior Leadership Team, Jess is responsible for the Network Rail Regional Programmes portfolio and managing client relationships across England and Wales.

As a friend to the Atkins ED&I and Social Value strategy, Jess is a dedicated, respected and pivotal voice for change in ED&I across the transport sector.

She is on the leadership team for the industry network Rail Unites, is the Atkins Women in Rail signatory and a SEND STEM Governor through the ‘Governors for Schools’ social impact programme. As such, Jess has a major contributing role in sector ED&I strategy – especially the diversity and skills crisis – and uniting transport leaders to champion ED&I progress.

Jess Bates

Nina Lockwood

Founder & Director, Intuitive

Nina has specialised in recruiting talented leaders for over 20 years and has been immensely successful in creating an international network of highly qualified, experienced individuals. Nina leads on non-executive director searches, and supports our team in delivering leading senior management and executive board appointments.

For 6 years, Nina has chaired the Outstanding Personal Contribution category for the National Rail Awards and judged the Outstanding Teamwork category and is a regular face at industry conferences. Nina also sits on the Women in Rail North West Committee, is a mentor for the Women in Transport Mentoring Scheme and an Ambassador for Girls out Loud.

Nina Lockwood


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