Future female leaders gather in Dundee


HRFCA attended the Al-Maktoum College of Higher Educations’ Summer School Leadership Programme as a guest of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce. 

Funded primarily by the Al-Maktoum Foundation, the Dundee-based college is the first Higher Education establishment of its kind in Scotland, promoting multiculturalism and greater understanding while building bridges between communities through promotion of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies (read more about the college here).

The event took place on 14 June and was part of a four-week summer school that allows students to immerse themselves into an exciting cultural exchange programme.

Women from a range of universities in the Middle East gathered at Al-Maktoum College to discuss leadership as a woman and hear from some of the Senior Leaders in Scotland about their experiences, including Dr Liz Cameron OBE, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce and Andrea Calder, Head of Chief Executive’s Services, Dundee City Council.

Sgt Major Seathwood arrived to show his support.

After a networking lunch, guests heard from local senior leaders in different sectors comprising of Dr Bharti Rajput MBE, PhD, Founder of Sole Body Soul: Dundee’s Multi-Award Winning Foot Clinic, Kelly Fairweather, owner, At Your Service Scotland and our very own Michelle McKearnon, Head of Engagement at HRFCA.

Michelle said: “I was delighted to be invited by Dundee & Angus Chamber to be part of this event. In our workshop we looked at how military leadership skills can apply to the civilian workplace, and the roles of women as entrepreneurs and business leaders. The Q and A session raised interesting questions on managing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the community, and the delegates were very keen to find out more about the work we did. It was a fascinating afternoon with some great international networking.”

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