In Conversation with rugby pioneer Gill Burns MBE

8th Mar 2021, 4:00pm - 5:00pm


Gill Burns Portrait

Honorary Doctorate, Gill Burns

To mark International Women’s Day and the 150th anniversary of rugby union, join Women’s Rugby World Cup winner and trailblazer for the sport, Gill Burns MBE, for an empowering talk where she shares her ethos on why you should never let gender stand  in the way of your dreams.

Rugby has seen a significant shift in gender equality over the years, with now more than 2.4 million women and girls playing rugby at all levels and accounting for more than a quarter (26%) of players globally. Gill had a staggering influence in the field and will talk about how her passion and determination has seen her drive up female representation in this traditionally male dominated game.

Described as a pioneer and a sporting heroine in women’s rugby, Gill has been instrumental in breaking down stereotypes in the sport by being the first woman to referee at Twickenham and one of the first six women to be indicted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2014.

Hear about the highs and lows of Gill’s astounding international career representing England between 1988 and 2002, which saw her win 73 caps for her country and a rugby competition be renamed the Gill Burns County Championship Cup in 2017 in her honour. Edge Hill University also celebrated Gill’s sporting achievements and championing women in rugby by awarding her an Honorary Doctor of Science in 2019.

Tune in and enjoy Gill’s personal musings on her rugby years and inspirational journey to success in a male dominated sport.

*This event will be hosted on Microsoft Teams – you will be emailed a link upon booking*

If you’d like to submit a question in advance for consideration to ask Gill at the event, please email by 19th February

This event will be chaired by Jackie Weaver
Jackie Weaver image







Jackie is an experienced local government  professional who is passionate about encouraging diversity in local councils. She shot to fame in January 2021 after a heroic effort to keep order at a chaotic parish council meeting, which subsequently went viral. Jackie will chair our Q&A session with Gill Burns and will also take a few questions herself at the end of the event.