Patti Whaley

Agile Teams (B) 2020
Agile Teams (B)
Thursday 11.30 - 12.15

Session type: Lecture

Transforming teams through Feminist Leadership

Feminist Leadership is about capitalising on the ideas and skills of as many individuals as possible by establishing cooperation and group leadership instead of competition and personal leadership; it seeks to develop power “with others” instead of power “over others.” Feminist leadership developed as a way of addressing deep social inequities, but it can also be used to transform the way team members work together. This talk will draw on ActionAid UK’s award-winning experience of using feminist leadership to develop a better governance team.


Patti worked as a computer systems designer with Price Waterhouse and as Director of Information Technology with Amnesty International. She then moved on to COO senior manager posts and, more recently, trustee roles in the charity sector. Most recently Patti served as vice-chair and interim chair for ActionAid UK, where she led the board in the implementation of Feminist Leadership, an innovative approach which won two governance awards in 2018. She is now retired from paid work and is treasurer and trustee of the Food Ethics Council, Safe Passage International, and the Oare String Orchestra,