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04 July 2024


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


The Lady Chapel, Llandaff Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Cardiff CF5 2LA

Llandaff Festival 2024 presents an incredible line-up of trailblazing women for a free panel event – Women Leading the Way – chaired by the editor of Legal News Wales.

We will be joined by the following influential female professionals and entrepreneurs from a diverse range of sectors, including STEM, sports, academia, charity, business and the arts to share their stories and highlight the positive impact of investing in women – for society and the economy.

Don’t miss out on this momentous occasion to honour women’s accomplishments and drive positive change both in and outside of the workplace, to network and share your own stories with each other.

Everyone is welcome to join and we look forward to seeing you there.

The panelists:


Professor Laura McAllister CBE

Laura is an Executive Committee member and Vice President of UEFA Women’s Football Committee as well as Professor of Public Policy at Cardiff University. She is an expert on devolution, Welsh politics and elections, public policy and the representation of women in politics.

She is a former Chair of Sport Wales and board member of UK Sport, a current Director of the Football Association of Wales Trust, and former Wales international captain with 24 caps.

She was awarded CBE in Queen’s Birthday Honours, 2016.

Rhian Mannings MBE

In February 2012, tragedy struck Rhian’s family when he son, George died suddenly with no sign of illness. Just days later Paul, her husband and the Daddy to her three children, took his own life traumatised by the loss of their son. Motivated by a desire to ensure others would not have the same devastating experience after losing a child suddenly in hospital, Rhian set up the child bereavement charity ‘2Wish’. To date the charity has raised over £1,800,000 exclusively from small public donations and local fundraising and 2wish is now an All Wales organisation helping hundreds of families every year who experience sudden and traumatic loss.

Rhian is also very passionate about mental health and regularly speaks about her own struggles since losing her boys. She took part in a BBC documentary in 2017 ‘Mind Over Marathon’ raising awareness of mental health and speaks out about mental health in men and following sudden bereavement.

Professor Haley Gomez MBE

Haley Gomez is Head of School, Physics and Astronomy. She works on using the most sensitive infrared cameras in space to reveal the origins of the building blocks of life – cosmic dust grains – and has published over 85 papers in the last 10 years. Her research has been recognised with an award from the Royal Astronomical Society for noteworthy contribution for an early career researcher.

In 2015 she was also awarded a prestigious and highly competitive grant worth €1.8 million to measure the dust content of galaxies since the Big Bang. Throughout her career, she has also taken a leading role in bringing research to the public and, in particular, encouraging girls and children from disadvantaged backgrounds. She received an Inspire Wales Award in 2014 for most inspirational person in the Science and Technology Category for this work.

Elizabeth Rees

Elizabeth a local Cardiff designer and the founder of ElizaEliza, a purpose-driven, sustainably conscious fashion brand, devoted to enabling you to ignite conversations on the causes dear to your heart. Founded in 2016, she developed ElizaEliza’s mission to support and empower you in making meaningful connections with the issues that hold significance in your life.

Recognising the power to make a difference, ElizaEliza began partnering with charities, starting with Unseen UK in Spring 2017. Subsequently, they launched our acclaimed V Collection with The Eve Appeal and The B Collection supporting CoppaFeel, amplifying important causes while inspiring conversations.

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Tickets are free, registration required. Click here to book your place!

A collection will be taken at the end on behalf of Women’s Aid Wales.

Llandaff Festival 2024

The Llandaff Cathedral Festival is an annual celebration of culture, music and heritage. In 2022, the festival was regenerated and over the course of four days, there were 27 events, with 22 of them free to attend.

The full programme for the Llandaff Cathedral Festival 2024, hosted from the 3 – 7 July, is available to view here.