The LEADING WALES Awards 2013


Nicola Flower

Nicola Flower Category: Women in Leadership


As an Inspector for South Wales Police, Nicky has successfully fought to represent the role of women in the forces. Having taken over as Chair of the Female Police Association in 2010 her hard work and determination succeeded in bringing the International Association of Women's Police conference to South Wales in August 2015 for the first time.


The Female Police Association was on the verge of being non-existent when Nicky took over as Chair in 2010. It was viewed an "inclusive club" by some male employees but Nicky wanted to prove the inclusiveness of it; she invited members of other Associations to attend the meetings and men are also invited to attend development seminars if the topic is appropriate.

The Association addresses issues that affect female employees in the workplace. One example is women returning from maternity leave where limitations can exist such as little part-time or flexible working or limited ability to transfer work locations. The Association decided to manage this impact by holding force-wide coaching sessions on a one to one basis with both male and female employees.

Nicky also recognised that many women within the police force need a mentor and coach and she worked hard to find the best way to deliver that, conscious of time and budget restraints. To date approximately 400 employees have been coached via specific courses which were bespoke designed. Nicky has also personally coached and mentored over 50 police officers and police staff on a one to one basis and referred over 20 staff for individual coaching and mentoring to qualified members of the coaching and mentoring cadre.

In 2011, Nicky was nominated and won a Mentoring Award at the International Association of Women's Police in Kentucky, USA. As a result of attending this conference she believed that the Female Police Association of South Wales Police could also host a similar event. This had never been considered before so she put together a detailed business case and won the bid. The conference for approximately 1,000 female delegates from across the world will take place in Cardiff in 2015.

Nicky is a role model to others and leads by example, she is positive in her outlook and forever the optimist. She never rests on her laurels and constantly asks for feedback on her performance from peers and colleagues. She encourages others to self develop recognising that her enthusiasm and positive can-do attitude is cheering them on.

What is your top leadership tip?

Make sure you have a true belief in what you are doing and in yourself.

List three attributes that you consider important for good leadership.
A decision to take action; a heartfelt belief it will happen; don't give up until its achieved.

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Rachel Clacher of Moneypenny with winner Inspector Nicky Flower