Thank you for initiating and developing such a great network. It feels both useful in terms of contents and nurturing in terms of support and networking.

WINS Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire began in April 2019, with a successful taster event hosted by Keele University.  The network is now thriving and is being embraced by women active in sustainability in the local area.  We provide a space that is collaborative, insightful and friendly and welcome all women who either work in, or are passionate about, sustainability. Women at all stages of their career come along to events, and we particularly encourage local students to take part and find out more about working in the sustainability sector.


Our face to face events are not happening at the moment, but we are planning a programme of online meetings for the Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Hub. If you would like details, please do contact me at the email below:


Future dates:

Keele University will kindly be hosting future live events for the WINS Stoke and Staffs Hub.  We have these dates booked but only time will tell if they are able to go ahead as face to face events.

  • Tuesday 22nd September 2020 – 5.30pm-8pm
  • Wednesday 25th November 2020 – 5.30pm-8pm




Hub Lead

Claire Nicoll

Claire has a portfolio career, being self employed and working flexibly! Claire spent 12 years working at the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management, developing a love of sustainability issues and effective networks, which are so vital for enabling professionals to thrive and learn.  Running the WINS Hub for Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire helps combine these two passions.  She is also an Associate Consultant for MemberWise, a network for membership professionals.

Motivated by her need to do great work flexibly and, after noticing the gap between people needing flexible work arrangements and employers enabling it, is passionate about bridging this void, sustainably of course! Claire works with employers to promote and enable more flexible working, for the benefit of business and staff, through training, events and consultancy. Flexible working helps more women stay in work (especially after starting a family) and can contribute to reduced carbon emissions via home working (reduced car travel!)

She loves time with her family, being absorbed in a good book and camping!

Past Events

  • July 1, 2020

    WINS Stoke on Trent & Staffs: Online Event

    Speak Up for Sustainability: How to Challenge & Influence

    Engaging on sustainability with colleagues who aren’t as passionate about it as you are can be hard. So, how can we engage others – particularly work colleagues – on sustainability in a way that makes a meaningful impact and actually..

  • February 12, 2020

    WINS Stoke on Trent & Staffs

    Sustainability Showcase - Hot Topics and the SDGs

    At this event , we’ll be providing an overview of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), covering what they are, how to understand them, how to use them with some local examples of work towards them. The17 SDGs are a call..

  • November 26, 2019

    WINS Stoke on Trent & Staffs

    Achieving Our Purpose; Making Choices & Sacrifices

    As Autumn approaches, join us on 26th November for a stimulating and informative discussion, a warm welcome and friendly networking. Our event will focus on how, as women, we achieve our purpose, whether that be in our professional life, personal..

  • WINS Stoke On Trent & Staffs September 18, 2019

    WINS Stoke on Trent & Staffs

    The Blue Planet Effect - What Is It & How Can We Use It?

    When Blue Planet II aired in 2017, it brought global high profile attention to environmental issues. This stimulated general public interest in conservation, sustainability and environmental concerns across the sector, creating interest and a demand for action that, previously, had..

  • June 27, 2019

    WINS Stoke On Trent & Staffordshire

    What Can We Learn From Greta Thurnberg?

    Greta Thunberg has made a huge impact in bringing climate change and sustainability issues to public attention. So what can we learn from her to increase our own impact on the sustainability agenda? Join us at The Sustainability Hub, Keele..

  • WINS Stoke On Trent April 4, 2019

    WINS Taster Event at Keele University

    How to Grow Your Sustainability Career

    Would you like to see a Women in Sustainability Hub get established in the West Midlands? Come and join Claire Nicoll, our WINS Manchester Hub Lead, for a taster evening, kindly supported by Keele University. We’ll be exploring how you..