Durham High School will be hosting a NCYW conference with the theme The Road Less Travelled for girls across the North East in June 2019. The aim of the conference is to develop networking and leadership skills as well as confidence in public speaking.

Girls from schools across the north will be joining pupils from Durham High and members of NCYW for the event, which will include keynote speeches from prominent local women who have succeeded in areas often seen as male preserves:

Prof Sue Black OBE of Durham University: a computer scientist, academic and social entrepreneur who has been instrumental in saving Bletchley Park.

Dr Yitka Graham: a Senior Lecturer in Health Services and NHS Engagement at the University of Sunderland. She is an Honorary Specialist Lead for Health Services Research and the Specialty Group Lead for Health Services Research for the NIHR North East and North Cumbria Clinical Research Network.

Amy Wright: Senior Site Engineer with Farrans Construction who has worked on projects including the new Eldon Square complex in Newcastle and the new Wear crossing, Sunderland. Former Durham High School pupil, Amy is a ‘Top 50 Women in Engineering Under 35’ award winner.

A networking session will be conducted by Jeni Banks, a business support specialist at Sunderland Software City, and who is currently undertaking research at Durham University on her networking hypothesis.

The school hopes to raise aspiration and encourage the ‘can do’ attitude which will help these local young women succeed.