Women in Leadership within the Outdoor Industry


Wednesday 9th November 2022  13:00-14:00

We are delighted to be hosting our first ever webinar, exploring the topic of gender representation in leadership roles within the outdoor industry.

Join us on a fact-finding mission to explore the importance of diversity in senior roles and the benefits it brings. We’ll also be discussing the potential barriers and obstacles that stop talented women in our industry from progressing further within businesses.

Everyone is welcome, from both within the outdoor industry and beyond, so we can learn together and understand how to create a better balance to benefit us all.


– Introduction and Welcome – Andrew Denton, CEO OIA
– Why Diversity Matters – Ronnie Legg, Alpkit
– Keynote Speakers – Kath Hipwell, Association of British Climbing Walls; and Sarah Fowler, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
– Panel Discussion – Sam Fernando, Keela; Sabina Voysey, Camping & Caravanning Club; Liz Beverley, Ordnance Survey, Kath Hipwell and Sarah Fowler
Women in Leadership within the Outdoor Industry


Kath headshot

Kath Hipwell

CEO Association of British Climbing Walls

Kath is passionate about sport and its powerful positive impact on body and mind. She has loved the mountains and climbing since she was a child and is now enjoying introducing her own young children to her friendly local wall.

Kath’s professional background is in brand strategy; working with brands such as The Times, Hyundai and Exodus Travels as well as broadcasters around the world from the BBC to TV New Zealand. In her role as CEO of the ABC, she is responsible for the development and execution of the association’s strategy: working with the management committee and partners to promote the professionalism, health and growth of indoor climbing.

Sarah Fowler

CEO Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
Sarah works to inspire everybody to connect with and care for our natural world and realise the benefits this brings for people and nature. She started her career working on The Wildlife Trust’s Water for Wildlife campaign across Wessex. Most recently she was Chief Executive of the Peak District National Park Authority, where she led the English National Parks work on nature recovery and developed the acclaimed National Parks Experience Collection, showcasing sustainable tourism offers from businesses across National Parks. Sarah joins WWT as they focus on the role that wetlands play in helping meet the most pressing challenges of climate change, biodiversity loss and our own plummeting well-being.
Sarah Fowler