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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

 

Speakers

Kevin Benson (photo)  

Kevin Benson

Senior Learning and Development Manager GE

Kevin Benson is a Senior Learning and Development Manager in GE and responsible for employees personal development, career development and competency within GE Power Services.

Kevin also chairs different external committees for governing bodies, including Chair of the ECITB Midlands region, where he continues to help, influence and develop skills in the Power sector.

With an education in Psychology and psychometric assessment, he has been working in the field of Learning and Development for over 20 years, with broad knowledge and experience in the development of employees, trailblazers and government funding.

 
Jennifer Brett (photo)  

Jennifer Brett

Jennifer Brett, Digital Technology Leadership Program at GE Energy Connections. Former graduate of the University of Birmingham, Economics BSc and former STEM Ambassador.

Jennifer started her career at GE after attending a large technology event for women in technology in 2014, where she was lucky enough to meet some fantastic inspiring female leaders from the GE technology and engineering organisation who encouraged her to apply for a role.

Following this she became a technology intern at GE Corporate, which then became part of the brand-new software business of GE Digital; enabling her to take part in GE’s journey to becoming the first digital-industrial.

Following this, Jennifer took a full-time role on the Digital Technology Leadership Program, a program made up of six-month global rotations in the Energy business utilising information and digital technology to implement innovative software and manufacturing solutions that improve engineering products, while offering graduates leadership training and technical experience.

Since joining GE she has become actively involved in volunteering to promote diversity across GE and particularly in technology and engineering as a STEM ambassador and by running technical intern/leadership program recruitment. In the midlands, she has been working closely to support female-run societies for business and engineering, and recently received an award for efforts, subsequently recruiting a large pool of female interns into IT, business and engineering.

In effort to continually work to promote and support diverse talent throughout the workplace, Jennifer has taken Leadership in a number of committee’s; Women in Technology (Midlands Lead), UK Steering (Digital, Commercial & Branding Lead) responsible for running the UK GirlsGETSET Program (a program which partners with UK schools actively helping to educate about and promote girls to join the world of engineering) and more recently; GE GLBTA UK and Ireland which hope to support both internally and externally to help fully utilise and demonstrate the potential talent and value that can stem from diversity in the workplace.

 
Dawn Bonfield (photo)  

Dawn Bonfield

Dawn Bonfield MBE is Past President and former Chief Executive of the Women's Engineering Society (WES) and now runs her own consultancy to promote diversity and inclusion in engineering, Towards Vision.

She is a materials engineer by background having studied Materials Science at Bath University and has worked at AERE Harwell, Citroen Research Centre, British Aerospace, MBDA, and the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

In 2014 she founded National Women in Engineering Day (now International Women in Engineering Day) and during her time at WES she was the founder of the inaugural 50 Women in Engineering List with the Daily Telegraph, the Magnificent Women schools outreach project, and the Sparxx project to support students in CRESTA (Creativity, Engineering, Science, Technology and Art).

In 2015 she won a WISE Award, an Association Congress Award, and was also a finalist of the 2016 GEDC Airbus Global Diversity Award for this work.

She won the SEMTA award for Diversity in Engineering in 2016 and in the same year was awarded an MBE for services to the promotion of diversity in engineering. Dawn is a Chartered and European Engineer and Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, a Fellow of ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers), IOM3 (Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining) and WES (Women's Engineering Society.

She now works on projects in collaboration with the Women’s Business Council, Royal Academy of Engineering, and various universities, and is in the process of establishing – with a colleague - a platform for inclusive engineering, IncEng, as well as an ambitious project to commission a sculpture for Waterloo Bridge.

 
Richard Chapman (photo)  

Richard Chapman

Richard is a leading, global diversity and inclusion specialist with a wealth of experiences across the public, private and charity sectors. Shortlisted as Diversity Champion of the Year with the European Diversity Awards, Richard has also been listed in the Economist’s Global list of Top 50 Diversity Professionals in Industry. Richard has been shortlisted as Diversity Champion with the British LGBT Awards and is recognised in the Telegraphs Out at Work Top 50 LGBT Executives.

Richard is the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Lead for global consultancy and engineering firm Mott MacDonald. He has previously worked for Business in the Community (BITC) where he managed a diverse portfolio of clients including Goldman Sachs, Linklaters, the Royal Navy, and Transport for London. Before BITC Richard worked with the British Transport Police where he coordinated their Equality, Diversity and Human Rights Strategies (EDHR) across the UK and led on delivery of Diversity and Leadership training. He has also worked in graduate recruitment with leading agency Milkround.com, sourcing top talent through unique student engagement strategies.

A qualified coach and learning facilitator, Richard is especially adept at engaging stakeholders. His passion is creating dynamic organisational change interventions to connect with clients, customers or colleagues. He enjoys writing personally and professionally, his Manifesto for Modern Leadership published by the Guardian’s Women in Leadership and a recent item on EDI and Innovation for The Sunday Telegraph.

In his spare time, Richard is working on his second novel which is based on Caribbean folklore. He served on the Advisory Panel for PACE’s Lottery funded Risk and Resilience Project and lives with his husband and their dog Daisy in East London.

   
Jessica Chivers (photo)  

Jessica Chivers

Jessica Chivers is the founder of The Talent Keeper Specialists (www.talentkeepers.co.uk) and author Mothers Work! How to Get a Grip on Guilt and Make a Smooth Return to Work (Hay House, 2011).

A science graduate who chose business over a PhD, she started her career in the City in learning and development at Barclays before pursuing a career as a coaching psychologist. Jessica worked with The Mind Gym for nearly a decade, designing and delivering development programmes for managers from blue-chips to SMEs in a variety of industries.

With the business world’s growing interest in gender diversity and identification of maternity as key stalling point in women’s careers, she founded The Talent Keeper Specialists. Initially focused on shaping inclusive cultures and easing the transition of women back into the workplace, The Talent Keeper Specialists now works with clients to support the engagement, performance and onward career progression of all employees returning after any extended break. BRE, Carillion, Veolia and Anglia Ruskin University feature among their client base.

Jessica bangs the drum for output-focussed workplaces that embrace flexible working, most recently on BBC Breakfast (https://vimeo.com/191629835).

She describes herself as a running evangelist (check the hashtag #RunWithASmile on Twitter); a feminist who wonders why any right-minded person wouldn't be and politico (elected to St Albans City & District Council, May 2015). She has two sparky children and is a loved-up whippet owner. Follow her @jesschivers and @TalentKeepersUK.

   
Dr Louise Clayton (photo)  

Louise Clayton

Dr Louise Clayton is Head of Science at Alton Convent School, Hampshire.

Louise's teaching experience spans over 16 years across co-educational, girls and boys schools. She is currently spearheading the TeenTech initiative across Alton Convent encompassing children from 3 years old to 18.

Louise is passionate about opening the eyes of all - pupils, parents, and teachers to the wealth of opportunities in the science, technology and engineering sectors. The school is a TeenTech Centre of Innovation and Creativity (gold).

 
Cristina Data (photo)  

Cristina Data

Cristina is the Director of Spectrum information and analysis, Spectrum Group at Ofcom. Cristina currently leads the Spectrum Mobile Data Strategy programme with a particular focus on assessing the implications of growing demand.

Prior to working on 5G, Cristina led the development of a new spectrum sharing framework, and launched Ofcom open data policy. In particular Cristina was responsible for the release of the UK Interactive spectrum map and the release of information on spectrum use in open format.

Prior to joining Ofcom Cristina held various marketing and strategy roles at Telefonica O2, EE (then Orange), and Ericsson (then Red Bee Media). Cristina holds a Master Degree in Management Engineering from the Politecnico di Torino university in Italy.

 
Mark Elborne (photo)  

Mark Elborne

Mark is President & Chief Executive Officer of GE UK and Ireland.

GE has 22,000 employees in the UK and Ireland, with 60 major sites, of which more than 40 engage in R&D, manufacturing and servicing high technology products in the energy, aviation, marine, defence, healthcare, oil & gas and transportation sectors. The UK is also home for the Global HQ’s of GE Oil & Gas, GE Healthcare Life Sciences and GE Capital International.

Mark has been in his current role since 2009. Mark joined GE in 2004 as EVP and General Counsel of GE Insurance Solutions (ERC), based in Kansas City, MO. In 2006, Mark moved to Brussels as VP and General Counsel, Europe for GE International Inc.

Mark graduated with Honours in History & Politics from Exeter University in 1979, attended the College of Law in London (1979-81) and qualified as a solicitor in 1983. He spent 24 years with Cameron McKenna in London before joining GE. Mark was admitted to the Missouri Bar in September 2004.

Mark is 59, and is married with five children. He lives in the UK.

   
Dawn Elson (photo)  

Dawn Elson

Dawn Elson is the Group Engineering Director for Merlin Entertainments Group with responsibility for engineering standards, practices and processes of the worldwide portfolio of more than 100 theme parks, resorts and attractions.

Prior to Merlin she was at Gatwick Airport as the Business Transformation Leader, leading a series of transformational airline terminal moves and capital projects and previously the Head of Engineering, responsible for all of the infrastructure and technical services at the airport.

She joined Gatwick in 2012 after 23 years as an Engineering Officer in the RAF; which meant not only the transition from military to civilian business, but also the transition from aeronautical engineering to infrastructure and services support.

During her time in the RAF she held various positions including: Head of Engineering at RAF Waddington looking after the Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance aircraft fleets; Deputy Chief Engineer for the Air Transport and Air to Air Refuelling aircraft fleets; Logistics Transformation Programme Lead for Air Command; and the Senior Engineer for 216 Squadron.

Dawn has an MBA from Cranfield University, an MA in Defence Studies from Kings College London and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Bath University. She is also a Fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, the Institute of Civil Engineers, the Royal Aeronautical Society and the Women’s Engineering Society and works as an Ambassador at Alton College.

In 1997 she was awarded the RAF Barrie Smart Memorial Award and consequently gained her pilots licence and in 2013 she won a CBI and RealBusiness First Women Award in the Tourism and Leisure Category for being the first Head of Engineering at a major International Airport.

In July 2014 she was made an Honorary Doctor of Science by Staffordshire University for services to engineering and she was also recognised as one of the Barclays Women of Achievement for 2014.

In June 2015 she was presented with the Alastair Graham Bryce Award by the Institution of Mechanical Engineering for her contribution to the promotion of engineering to children, students, young adults and particularly women.

A keen equestrienne; she was the Chairman of RAF Equitation for many years and competed at the Inter-Services level in Show Jumping and Eventing.

   
Nike Folayan (photo)  

Nike Folayan

Nike Folayan is Chartered Electronics Engineer with a doctorate in Electronics engineering. Nike is currently Associate Director and the Technical Discipline Leader for Communications and Control within the Railways Division of WSP, an engineering consultancy where she leads a team of telecommunications engineers working on a variety of projects within the transport industry including railways and the highways projects in the UK, Australia, Middle East and Africa.

Nike has also worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff, Mott MacDonald and Harada Limited. Nike’s interest lies in the evolution of Radio and IP Networks and its application within the transport industry.

Nike chairs AFBE-UK a not for profit organisation which aims at challenging and inspiring people of BME origin to enter the field of Engineering and make enhanced contributions to their respective fields, and to local communities using Engineering as a platform.

She is also a Trustee at the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), on the Advisory panel of CareersReady at Lambeth College, on the diversity panel of the Science Council, on the Strategic Planning Committee of University of the West of England and very recently joined engineering industrial panel at the University of Kent.

 
Peter Flint (photo)  

Peter Flint

Chief Executive, Building + Places EMIA

Throughout his career at AECOM, Peter has worked in many countries across most sectors and has gained significant experience with commercial, retail, education, healthcare, residential, and leisure developments within the UK and abroad, delivering multi-disciplinary services.

As Chief Executive of the AECOM Buildings + Places team in EMIA, Peter leads an unrivalled team of architects, designers, engineers, economists, planners, cost consultants and project and programme managers with a proven track record of delivering excellence on some of the most complicated and challenging projects and programmes around the world.

   
Eva Fryc (photo)  

Eva Fryc

Eva is responsible for supporting employers across the Midlands region as they engage with EngineeringUKs’ Tomorrow’s Engineers network. Her role involves working closely with STEM employers to support them with their work engaging with schools.

Before coming to EngineeringUK Eva worked for some of the UK’s leading charities including; Prince’s Trust, Media Trust and UnLtd. Her roles have always been focused around supporting young people to access opportunities and supporting organisations across a range of sectors to do the same.

   
Imogen Graves (photo)  

Imogen Graves

Graduate Engineer, LM

Having undertaken her studies at the University of Nottingham in Civil Engineering and then completed the graduate trainee scheme with J. Murphy and Sons, Imogen was offered the opportunity to join the LM Joint Venture between Laing O’Rourke and J. Murphy and Sons that is delivering the Enabling Works North contract on the largest infrastructure project in the UK, HS2.

Along with her daily tasks and overall responsibilities as graduate Engineer on the project, Imogen has proactively become involved with the EDI and SEE teams, offering her time to engage with and support young people considering careers within construction, as well as promoting diversity at all levels within the organisation.

Imogen is convinced of the commercial benefit of this emphasis to the business, and believes personally in the importance of bringing creativity and non-traditional solutions to drive the industry forward.

 
Elizabeth Hill (photo)  

Elizabeth Hill

Elizabeth Hill, Chief Product Engineer, has developed a wealth of automotive experience having worked in a variety of roles in her 15 years with Jaguar Land Rover.

She joined the company in 2002, initially working as a Subject Matter Expert in the manufacturing division at our Solihull facility. Here she gained extensive experience, working in all areas of the plant, including Body, Paint, Trim & Final and Logistics, whilst also helping the leadership team create a team vision and develop lean production techniques.

Elizabeth moved to the Product Development team in 2005 where she specialised in large SUVs, developing future strategy, driving them from initial concepts, through to development and finally launch. In her current role as Chief Product Engineer, Elizabeth oversees the entire product development process, managing the cross functional teams that deliver the vehicles into launch.

Elizabeth uses her wealth of experience to inspire the next generation, sharing the benefits of a career in engineering.

She is an active advocate of initiatives and organisations attracting and retaining more women in science and engineering, giving up her time to mentor female graduates and apprentices.

Additionally, she helps to identify and develop future leaders that are already within the business, using her skills and experience to coach them as their career with the company progresses.

 
Alison Hodge (photo)  

Alison Hodge

Alison has been Professor of Engineering Leadership at Aston University since 2010 and is currently leading Aston’s programme for an Athena SWAN Gender Equality silver award.

Alison’s earlier career included pioneering research, management of applied research and strategic direction of specific programmes for the Ministry of Defence. As a Department Head, she recruited, trained and developed research staff in the former MoD research laboratories, then Agency and QinetiQ plc. Latterly, while QinetiQ University Partnerships Director, she built her reputation nationally for her work on knowledge exploitation between businesses and universities. She was Interim Chair of the EPSRC User Panel and Member of Council, and Chaired the CBI Inter-Company Academic Relations Group.

Alison has been an enthusiastic ambassador for women in science and engineering and the need for these STEM skills, since her own days as a physics student. She has been a member of Council of both the IET and IOP, and also at Reading University and Aston University. She is a Governor at Dudley College of Technology and Welbeck Defence Sixth Form College. Her MBE was for Services to the Institute of Physics.

 
Julie Holyland (photo)  

Julie Holyland

Learning and Talent Development Lead, Siemens

Julie’s expertise and passions lie in learning and development and enabling people to reach their potential. Julie has been with Siemens plc for 12 years and leads the Learning and Talent Development team.

She works at a UK, regional and global level on strategic initiatives to support the growth of the organisation through it’s people. Julie supports organisational development, leadership learning, high potential identification and development, and is a champion for gender diversity in Siemens.

Julie is a qualified coach and prior to Siemens she co-founded a learning and coaching consultancy which she ran successfully for a number of years. Subsequently she joined the US leadership development organisation, FranklinCovey, where she partnered with organisations to enable their employees and leaders build personal and interpersonal effectiveness.

Originally from Yorkshire, Julie has lived in London and the South East for many years. She and her husband now live in Hertfordshire on the edge of the beautiful Chiltern hills.

 
Rebecca Hourston (photo)  

Rebecca Hourston

Managing Director – Head of Coaching Programmes, Talking Talent

Rebecca is an inspiring, highly credible, warm and dynamic Executive and Leadership Coach, Speaker and Programme Facilitator with a blue-chip Marketing background. A senior, qualified coach for 12 years, she has worked with individuals and groups at CEO to senior manager level from numerous top-tier organisations.

Clients say she brings both energy and intellect to her work, find her extremely grounded, straight-talking and easy to open up to, like her focus on practical and directly applicable action, and appreciate her sincere caring for them to succeed.

Having pulled out of an interview to become a spy, Rebecca embarked on a career in Marketing with L’Oréal, principally managing leading cosmetics brands ranging from Lancôme to Maybelline.

In 2004 she set up her own coaching company, Move Mountains, which she ran successfully for over a decade, alongside working as Director of Programmes for Aspire. She has an international outlook, having lived in Kenya, Paris, Rome, London... and now Bath, where she's just emerged from a major house renovation with her husband and three boys aged 9, 6 and 3.

 
Richard Kirkham (photo)  

Richard Kirkham

Project Director, LM

A consummate industry professional and respected project leader, Richard has masterfully steered a diverse range of infrastructure projects. These have typically involved complex enabling works – from the award-winning Heathrow Terminal 2A (Laing O'Rourke/Ferrovial JV, HETCo) to Melbourne's Regional Rail Link in Australia.

Acting with integrity, his collaborative leadership of large, multidisciplinary teams boosts engagement between clients, delivery teams and the supply chain – uniting all parties to overcome challenges and identify the most innovative solutions for delivery.

He is skilled in nurturing behaviours to align each team individual and deliver on the promises made.

A tenacious problem solver and high achiever, he inspires his team members to challenge inefficiencies and drive continuous improvement that deliver transformational safety performance and standards of quality – balancing the challenges of construction delivery while focusing on client's key requirements.

 
Denise McGuire (photo)  

Denise McGuire

After graduating in Chemistry with Business Studies, Denise joined Plessey as a scientist, moving to BT a few years later. Work roles were varied, covering network planning, marketing, international relations, business excellence, account management and people programmes. During her career, Denise has also been active in her union, elected to the national executive at 27 and becoming President at 37. After a merger with Prospect in 2010, Denise joined the Presidential team and is now President.

Prospect, the union for professionals, represents over 140,000 members working in areas as diverse as agriculture, broadcasting, defence, energy, environment, heritage, media, shipbuilding, telecoms and transport.

Denise has always been committed to the equalities agenda and in 2008 she was elected as the World Women’s President of UNI global union, representing more than 20 million workers from over 900 trade unions in 150 countries in the fastest growing sectors – skills and services. Denise was re-elected unopposed to this role in 2014.

Denise is very proud of the partnership between Prospect and the IET, showing how both organisations can work collaboratively to benefit people in the careers.

 
Amanda Murphy (photo)  

Amanda Murphy

Senior Future Talent Acquisition Consultant, Jaguar Land Rover

Amanda made a decision to change her career path back in 2009, returning to university where she graduated in 2011 with a First Class (Hons) in Human Resources.

During the last year of study, Amanda undertook a recruitment role within Barclays bank where she remained for a couple of years. In order to broaden her HR experience and skill set Amanda progressed to join Wragge & Co (law firm), undertaking the role of the Recruitment and Induction Officer
In 2012 Amanda joined Jaguar Land Rover in the Experienced Hires team. After a very short period of time she was given the opportunity to take a lead role in Apprentice Recruitment within the school leaver market.

Since undertaking this role, Jaguar land Rover has recruited over 900 apprentices across the two areas of Advanced and Degree Apprenticeship programmes. Amanda has played a pivotal role in this achievement from attraction to hire, including the implementation of new process to ensure Jaguar Land Rover are leaders in best practise and are the owners of award winning recruitment campaigns.

Amanda now sits in the Centre of Expertise function where she is responsible for the development of strategies that underpin Jaguar Land Rovers award winning apprentice recruitment and apprenticeship programmes.

 
Nadia Savage (photo)  

Nadia Savage

Project Director, High Speed Rail, Laing O’Rourke

Nadia joined Laing O’Rourke in early 2015, to lead the company’s approach to the UK’s High Speed 2 programme.

She has over 20 years’ experience in complex project, programme, engineering and operational management, in both the public and private transport sectors, and most recently, was programme manager on the £1bn Metrolink expansion for Transport for Greater Manchester.

Nadia spent the first 15 years of her career at British Rail and Babcock Rail where she held a variety of roles, joining as a technical officer and finishing as a senior project manager. Subsequent to this was head of programme management for a £1.5bn rail investment programme for Transport Scotland.

 
Marguerite Ulrich (photo)  

Marguerite Ulrich

Chief Human Resources Officer, Veolia

Appointed as HR Director in April, 2013, Marguerite manages all human resource functions for the 14,000 people that we employ within the UK and Ireland including our award winning Campus Veolia training and development centre.

Marguerite was formerly Vice-President of Human Resources for Veolia Environmental Services (Technical Solutions) in the USA. She took the lead on various business projects related to people, which included learning and development from 2006. Marguerite was also chair of the Veolia North America Diversity and Inclusion and co-initiated programmes like ‘Women in Leadership’ and ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’.

Over a career spanning 25 years, Marguerite has gained considerable experience in all facets of human resources. As HR Director she uses her breadth of knowledge and expertise to lead the One Veolia ‘HR Resourcing the World’ strategic plan, which reflects Veolia’s commitment to our people and social value.

She is committed to promoting a safe, diverse and respectful working environment as well as is the one of executive sponsors for the ‘Leveraging people’s differences for innovative growth’ project.

 
Jeremy Watson (photo)  

Jeremy Watson

President, Institution of Engineering and Technology

Jeremy Watson is President and Fellow of the IET and Professor of Engineering Systems and Vice-Dean (Mission) in the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, based in the Department of Science Technology, Engineering and Public Policy at University College London.

He is also Chief Scientist and Engineer at the Building Research Establishment (BRE). Until November 2012, Jeremy was Chief Scientific Advisor for the Department of Communities & Local Government (DCLG). He worked as Arup's Global Research Director between 2006 and 2013. Jeremy was awarded a CBE in the Queen's 2013 Birthday honours for services to engineering.

An engineer by training, Jeremy has experience as a practitioner and director of pure and applied research and development in industry, the public sector and academia. He has held research and technical management roles in industry and universities plus voluntary service with the DTI and BIS. His interests include interactions in, and the design of, socio-technical systems, emerging technology identification, development and deployment, and strategic innovation processes.

Jeremy is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Jeremy is a former Board member of the UK Government Technology Strategy Board (Innovate UK), and a founding trustee and Chair-elect of the Institute for Sustainability. He chairs the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Innovation Advisory Board and BuildingSMART UK, and until recently, served on the Council of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

 
Rosa Wells (photo)  

Rosa Wells

Director Employment and Skills, Solihull College and University Centre

WISE Hub Lead West Midlands

Rosa Wells, a former Aerospace Manufacturing Engineer, has been delivering employer responsive training for the engineering sector for over ten years.

As a firm advocate for flexible training solutions to ensure learning opportunities linked career development are available to employees of all backgrounds, she has become more closely involved in supporting engineering employers with their recruitment process.

The WISE West Midlands Hub was launched in Autumn 2016 and is working create a network of female role models who can work closely with schools in the region and encourage more girls to choose an engineering or STEM based careers and particularly raising awareness of apprenticeship opportunities.

 
Clare Wildfire (photo)  

Clare Wildfire

Clare graduated with a mathematics degree and, following a brief stint in computer graphics at The Independent newspaper, she joined a small engineering firm in 1989 and has never looked back.

She is now Global Practice Leader for Cities with global engineering, management and development consultancy, Mott MacDonald, and is working with some of Europe’s highest profile cities. Her role involves using systemic engineering at both building and city scale to facilitate the accommodation of more people in urban areas whilst consuming fewer resources, improving resilience and achieving enhanced quality of life.

She brings a practical understanding of construction and development drivers and processes at both macro and micro level. Combining this with engagement in policy she is able to bring insight into the technical, political, financial and behavioural aspects of sustainable development. Her role is to help stakeholders understand the influences of future disrupters (such as climate change or Big Data) and then apply ingenuity, innovation and connected thinking to find integrated solutions and resilient outcomes.

Clare is also chair of the Mott MacDonald Advance network, an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiative, which has received industry acclaim in the three years since it was launched including being named winner of the Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative award at the 2016 Construction Investing in Talent Awards.

Clare says of her background in maths “It gives me the freedom to think from first principles and not be constrained by precedent; my colleagues used to laugh at how much I asked ‘why?’ but they’ve learned the value of my need to find patterns, whether patterns in engineering principle or patterns in behaviour.”

 
Helen Wollaston (photo)  

Helen Wollaston

Chief Executive of WISE

Helen joined WISE in June 2012, combining the legacy of a publicly funded UK resource centre on women in science, engineering and technology with the WISE brand to form a unified campaign, promoting female talent in STEM from classroom to boardroom.

WISE has a growing national profile, with over 100 organisations and 3,600 individual members, working with us towards a shared vision that 30% of the UK’s STEM workforce should be women.

Along with campaigning expertise, Helen brings experience of leadership across public, business and not-for-profit sectors. Prior to WISE, she ran her own consultancy company, Equal to the Occasion, was Director of Campaigns for the Equal Opportunities Commission and ran the Yorkshire region for the National Lottery Charities Board.

An alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10k small business programme, she now sits on the Advisory Board for the Management Division of Leeds University Business School. Former Non-Executive roles include Senior Independent Director and Deputy Chair of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of YWCA England and Wales (now the Young Women's Trust).

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