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#9PercentIsNotEnough Conference and Workshops

Overcoming barriers to inspire, attract, recruit and retain more women in engineering and technology

23 June 2017 | IET Birmingham: Austin Court



Friday 23 June 2017


Registration and coffee


Opening Remarks from the Chair

Elizabeth Hill, Chief Product Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover


Welcome address

Jeremy Watson, President, IET


Opening panel discussion:
How senior leaders are driving real change from the top

  • Why having more women in engineering is now a business imperative
  • Lessons learnt when creating a modern, dynamic and inclusive workforce
  • Improving gender diversity with approved strategies, business plans and budgets
  • Setting clear and realistic objectives, measurements and KPIs
  • Having champions who want to make a real difference

Panellists: Mark Elborne, President & CEO, GE UK & Ireland
Nadia Savage, Director, Laing O’Rourke
Clare Wildfire, Chair, Advance Network and Global Practice Lead for Cities, Mott MacDonald
Dawn Elson, Group Engineering Director, Merlin Entertainments
Peter Flint, Chief Executive, Building + Places EMIA, AECOM


Developing a progressive approach to stem education resulting in a mutually beneficial relationship with industry

Dr Louise Clayton, Head of Science, Alton Convent School


Launch of the new apprenticeship toolkit to attract more female stem apprentices

Helen Wollaston, CEO, WISE


Morning networking refreshment break


Interactive workshops - Discover solutions to your challenges:

Workshop A

Workshop B

Workshop C

Overcoming the recruitment challenge

  • Creating a recruitment strategy specifically aimed at balancing the gender gap
  • Demonstrating how attractive a career in engineering can be
  • Practical examples of best practice recruitment
  • Becoming an employer of choice

Facilitated by:

Richard Kirkham, Project Director, LM JV

Imogen Graves, Graduate Engineer, Laing O’Rourke Murphy LMJV

Embedding female talent retention and re-attraction strategies

  • Developing practical strategies to ensure female engineers stay and grow over the long term
  • Creating a returners programme to engage female engineers who have taken a career break
  • Creating opportunities to flourish which inspire long-term retention

Facilitated by:

Marguerite Ulrich, Chief HR Officer, Veolia UK and Ireland

Bridging the gap between female educational attainment and workplace entrants

  • Assessing the reasons why many female engineering students don’t take up engineering as a career
  • Can the challenge be overcome by creating new paths to an engineering career?
  • Role of universities and the collaboration between corporates and academia

Facilitated by:

Professor Alison Hodge MBE, Professor of Engineering Leadership, Aston University


Networking lunch


Interactive workshops - discover solutions to your challenges:

Workshop D

Workshop E

Workshop F

Inspiring a generation: how to work with schools to interest more 5-19 year old girls with a career in engineering

  • What practical strategies can be employed to create a bigger female engineering talent pool from the next generation of schoolgirls?
  • Challenging stereotypes, preconceptions and unconscious bias
  • How to work with the schools sector to inspire girls in the class room

Facilitated by:

Eva Fryc, Employer Support Manager – Midlands, EngineeringUK

Amanda Murphy, Senior Future Talent Acquisition Consultant, Jaguar Land Rover

Rosa Wells, Director Employment and Skills, Solihull College & University Centre

Creating more female engineer role models within your organisation

  • What makes a good role model - The criteria for having exceptional female engineers as role models
  • How female role models can motivate, inspire, coach and mentor the next generation of engineers
  • Case studies examples of female engineers being supported by the organisation and moving across different roles

Facilitated by:

Dawn Elson, Group Engineering Director, Merlin Entertainments

Learning from different countries and international organisations

  • Benchmarking the UK against other countries
  • What lessons can be learnt from successful countries?
  • What can organisations with multiple sites across different territories do to increase the figures for the UK?
  • Best practice from international organisations

Facilitated by:

Cristina Data, Director of Spectrum Information and Analysis, Ofcom


Afternoon networking refreshment break


Interactive workshops - discover solutions to your challenges:

Workshop G

Workshop H

Workshop I

Managing maternity transitions

  • The importance of planning to keep in touch and how to make the most of kit days
  • Best practice for easing the transition
  • How you can make flexible working work for you, your returner and the rest of the team
  • How to build your colleague’s confidence through feedback and performance conversations
  • What you can do to fuel your returning team member’s career progression

Facilitated by:

Jessica chivers, founder, the talent keeper specialists

Utilising apprenticeship schemes to drive up the number of women in engineering

  • The changing role of apprenticeships in the engineering and technology sector
  • How can apprentice schemes work for your organisation?
  • Developing the scheme for your business?
  • Making apprenticeships work for young women

Facilitated by:

Kevin Benson, Senior Training Manager, GE Power

Jennifer Brett, Digital Technology Leadership Program, GE Digital

Develop leaders in engineering who happen to be women

  • Are different strategies and practices needed to develop female leaders vs male leaders?
  • Case study: learn how Siemens are developing high-potential female engineers to reach senior leadership positions
  • What about the men? - engaging and influencing wider stakeholders in the debate

Facilitated by:

Julie Holyland, Learning and Talent Development Lead, Siemens

Rebecca Hourston, Managing Director and Head of Coaching Programme, Talking Talent


Closing panel discussion: women in engineering and technology 2027

  • Assessing the realistic chances of increasing from 9% to 15% in 10 years’ time
  • What single act can your organisation do to increase the number of women in engineering and technology?
  • Key practical takeaways from the conference


Nike Folayan, Chairperson, Association For Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers
Professor Alison Hodge MBE, Professor of Engineering Leadership, Aston University

Richard Chapman-Harris, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Mott MacDonald
Denise McGuire, President, Prospect
Dawn Bonfield, Director, Towards Vision


Closing remarks


Evening networking drinks reception

Spend the evening in an informal environment networking with fellow attendees discussing the take away solutions from conference.


Close of networking drinks reception

Programme is correct at time of publication. Topics and speakers are subject to change.

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