Gemma Cairney announced as Empower Conference host

September 2018

Gemma Cairney headshot

Multi award-winning broadcaster and author Gemma Cairney, has been confirmed as the chair of the Empower Conference 2018, taking place on the 18th of October at the Museum of London.

Gemma Cairney says: “The energy of women and sport combined is always contagiously empowering! I’m proud as punch to be part of this special event celebrating both!”

Ruth Holdaway, CEO of Women in Sport says: “I am absolutely thrilled that Gemma will be chairing the Empower Conference 2018. Not only do her skills as a broadcaster add to the event but her passion for women’s rights, equality and love of being active, make her a fantastic addition to the line-up.

“Gemma will chair the event throughout the day, including getting involved in a couple of the sessions themselves, which we’re really looking forward to.”

Having enjoyed a broadcasting career to date spanning BBC Radio 1, 6Music and BBC Radio 4, Gemma’s award-winning interviews and radio documentaries make her a regular feature on the nation’s airwaves. Her acclaimed television documentaries include History of Feminism, Riots: The Aftershock and Dying for Clear Skin and she is founder of boutique production company, Boom Shakalaka Productions.

Gemma has authored and published two books to date; Open, a toolkit for how magic and messed up life can be (2017) and Hometown Tales: South Coast, a love letter to her adopted hometown of Margate (2018).

Tickets are still available for the Empower Conference, providing a unique insight into how women’s sport is portrayed across Europe.

100 years after women first voted in the UK, the rights and freedoms of women and girls have come a long way. Yet even today, society is yet to become an equal playing field – could sport offer the solution?

The line-up for the conference includes Judy Murray, Helen Skelton, Laura Bates, Rebecca Adlington, Catherine Mayer, Sophie Christiansen, Anna Kessel, Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent, Stephen Lyle and Jennie Price.