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Engineering diversity and inclusion

Challenging companies to deliver equality on all fronts

8 - 9 November 2018 | InterContinental London – The O2

CPD 14 hours


Alex Lawrence  

Alex Lawrence has over 20 years’ experience in the structural design of building structures. Her experience ranges from commercial and residential through to health and education, with several award-winning projects to her name. As a structural engineer, she is interested in a holistic approach to building design and likes to engage with the wider aspects of a project and design team. She is currently responsible for a range of commercial, residential and infrastructure developments in London.

She has developed and broadened her technical skills through post graduate study with an MBA. She is a great collaborator and uses her enthusiasm for our industry to engage and encourage the next generation of engineers to reach their full potential.

Alex has been involved in Ramboll’s EDI journey from the beginning and now has a role split between engineering and talent development and inclusion. She is driving forward Ramboll’s EDI agenda with support from the UK Executive team and directly supports the LGBT+ & Allies network.

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Alison Hodge is now Emeritus Professor at Aston University, having been appointed Professor of Engineering Leadership in 2010. Until recently she was leading Aston’s programme for an Athena SWAN Gender Equality silver award. While at Aston, she was also Associate Dean for Research and External Engagement, and Programme Developer for a Masters programme in Engineering Leadership.

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. 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.

Aimee Welch  

Aimee Welch graduated from Durham University in 2010 and is an experienced STEM engagement professional. She has worked with a range of organisations focusing on issues including social mobility, business engagement in education and inspiring more young people into STEM careers.

Aimee joined EngineeringUK in 2015 as the Employer Support Manager for London. EngineeringUK is a not-for-profit organisation, which works in partnership with the engineering community to inspire tomorrow’s engineers and increase the talent pipeline into engineering.

In her current role Aimee works with a range of engineering companies to facilitate and support employer engagement with schools in a collective drive to inspire the next generation of engineers.

Anne Wilmot  

Anne Willmot is Age at Work Director at Business in the Community. The Age at Work campaign works with companies to help them to retain, retrain and recruit older workers. Its business leadership team chaired by Andy Briggs, Aviva, is the Government’s Business Champion on Older Workers.

Prior to joining the Age at Work campaign in January she spent over 10 years leading BITCs Employment for Excluded Groups campaigns which help people overcoming disadvantages such as homelessness by increasing their access to good quality and sustainable employment. She also undertook a part-time fellowship at Big Society Capital to develop and engage corporate support in the first £15m Business Impact Challenge – developed to catalyse social impact investment approaches within the corporate sector generating interest from over 50 FTSE of the FTSE 100.

Before joining Business in the Community (BITC) she spent 15 years at Boots where she held a variety of commercial roles specializing in Supply Chain and Operations management.

She holds a MA (Hons) in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge and an MBA.

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Barbra Carlisle has been at Arcadis since 2011, initially in the Strategy and Transformation team, exploring the next big thing to influence the design and engineering sectors –digital, globalization, skills shortage etc. Latterly working with the CEO on the inclusion and social value agenda, driving conversations, processes and personalities to create a culture that is accepting of difference and willing to explore how to change.

With a background in social policy consultancy, time as a board member for specialist housing associations and as a mother, and a manager, Barbra sees the connections between productivity, happiness, people and passions. There is so much potential out there it is a crime to ignore it! Her insight and experience is now being applied to the European, Middle East and UK region of Arcadis with the goal of benefiting from cross cultural experiences and the continuing drive to enhance inclusivity across the wider Arcadis group.

Carley Binger  

Carly Binger is an Age and Wellbeing Adviser at Business in the Community. Prior to joining BITC, she had 14 years’ experience in the public and charitable sectors working with the most marginalised groups in society, engaging on the frontline with a large variety of individuals and practitioners in these settings.

Carly’s specialist areas have included; supervising professionals delivering mental health services, designing and delivering violence against women and girls prevention research projects, managing and delivering multiple psychotherapy services, designing a sudden infant death prevention education programme and a long-term NHS consultation community project. Carly worked with a global consultancy firm on their CSR and young people strategy to deliver a comprehensive business mentoring programme to vulnerable young people. Carly is an experienced coach, group facilitator and project manager.

Carly’s enthusiasm and dedication to understanding and building healthy pastoral workplaces for the group and individual was supported by her Masters research, as a result of which she deepened her interest in organisational psychology and gained a registration as a HCPC (Health, Care and Professions Council) state registered Arts Therapist.

Carly holds a BA (hons) in Drama and has trained as a coach and mentor with CIPD.

Debbie Syrop  

Debbie Syrop has over 15 years’ experience working in STEM outreach and public engagement. She has worked with science made simple since 2005 on their innovative science theatre show which has toured to over 20 countries and delivered public engagement training to scientists and engineers across Europe, Africa and Asia.

In 2011, she ran the Royal Institution's schools lecture programme and project managed their prestigious Christmas Lecture series. She has a Masters in Innovation and Engineering Design and spent 5 years developing hands-on exhibits for clients around the world. She is currently undertaking a PhD in how outreach initiatives affect young people’s perceptions of engineering.

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Diane Lightfoot is CEO of Business Disability Forum, a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports businesses of all shapes, sizes and sectors to recruit and retain disabled employees and to serve disabled customers. Business Disability Forum’s 300 members now employ around 15% of the UK workforce and range from FTSE 100 companies and central Government departments to transport providers, construction companies, retailers, higher education providers and public services.

Diane joined Business Disability Forum as in February 2017 after moving from her former role as Director of Policy and Communications for United Response, a leading national disability charity. During her 13 years at United Response, Diane led and developed the charity’s campaigning, public affairs and lobbying activity, with a particular focus on promoting employment for disabled people. She subsequently took on the strategic leadership of the organisation’s employment services as a whole and is passionate about the role that good work has in transforming people’s lives.

Diane meets regularly with Business Disability Forum Partners and Members and also works closely with Government to help shape disability employment policy. She is a member of the Department of Work and Pensions’ Disability Confident Professional Advisers Group, the Disability Expert Advisory Panel for the Civil Service and the new Civil Service Diverse Leadership Taskforce.

Previously Diane has held responsibility for marketing and membership for the National Council of Voluntary Organisations and at the Pre-School Learning Alliance, a national children’s educational charity, after starting her career in local government.

Ed Jarvis  

Ed Jervis is the Head of Serco Global LGBT+ Network and works within Operational Excellence across a diverse range of Public Sector contracts. His commercial background is working in turnaround, consultancy and outsourcing environments.

As an open member of the LGBT+ community Ed has been involved in challenging and shaping the Equality & Inclusion agenda for many years. Ed is passionate about the shared social and corporate responsibility we must take to tackle any form of discrimination, prejudice or intolerance.

“We need to provide our people with environments in which they can be 100% themselves, while providing businesses with the roadmap to create high performing diverse and inclusive cultures”.

Ed specialises in complex transformation and change environments and has a passion for Equality and Diversity. This gives Ed a unique view on how to drive business performance that is delivered through happy, secure and confident staff.

Ellen Simmons  

Ellen Simmons has engaged in (and created her own) outreach initiatives to bring children and young people into engineering careers since her own early years as an undergraduate.

Her university society FemEng will soon celebrate its 5th anniversary of inspiring, mentoring and educating individuals in schools, colleges and universities about engineering as a profession. The FemEng in Rwanda project, which extends this work to universities and schools in Rwanda, has just completed its 3rd year of running, alongside a strong team of students from the University of Rwanda. Thousands of young people have benefitted from these initiatives thanks to the community of students involved in FemEng, which mainly consists of female engineering students.

After graduating with a First Class Honours MEng in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Glasgow in June 2017, Ellen began working as an Engineer within the Medical Technology Division of Cambridge Consultants, a product development and technology consultancy. Alongside her day-to-day work, she spends time visiting school events and organising her own outreach initiatives, in addition to supporting careers guidance activities at her former university. Ellen is also collaborating with seniors within the company regarding their Diversity and Inclusion campaign.

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Evangelia Velentza, Career Development Lead of UK Gender Diversity Network / Safety and Reliability Engineer, Rolls-Royce


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Frances McAndrew is currently the Lead for Diversity and Inclusion at Transport for London responsible for a wide portfolio of work supporting the capital’s transport provider to harness the benefits of diversity for its people, passengers and partners. Formerly Frances was the Strategic Lead for Diversity, Inclusion and Social Integration for the Mayor of London. Within that role she delivered a new long-term strategy to build a capital where everyone is able to reap the rewards of their city’s growth with strong, thriving and connected communities.

In her previous role Frances led on managing a business-wide diversity and inclusion programme within Network Rail. The programme was delivered through a network of local champions and project managers, sponsored by a member of the executive team. The programme delivered the culture, behaviour, policy and system change needed to help the organisation become more open, diverse and inclusive for employees and customers.

Previous experience includes leading a 2-year project to design and deliver the strategy and change processes needed to mainstream diversity and inclusion within Amnesty International. As part of her Executive MBA at Ashridge Business School, Frances was a key player in a prize-winning team who delivered a new marketing strategy for a peer-to-peer microfinance scheme in Beijing. As a consultant, Frances has provided management advice to a range of organisations across the private, public and third sector including project managing the drafting of large sections of the non-statutory guidance for the Equality Act.

Gill Thomas  

Gill Thomas MCIPD is a highly experienced HR professional who has been specialising in Diversity & Inclusion for over 10 years. She has spent a great deal of her career so far at BT where she held a number of different roles within different parts of the business, culminating in a D&I Specialist role working across all the divisions within the company. Here, Gill worked on designing strategy, giving specialist advice and helping the business to move forward with D&I. She had a lead role in reviewing the recruitment process within BT from a D&I perspective.

Gill joined the Royal Academy of Engineering in 2017. She is currently leading a project which is looking at D&I across engineering employment through the largest survey to date that has been conducted solely with engineering employers. She is also working with engineering employers in developing tools that will help increase the diversity of people employed within engineering and has recently facilitated a working group which has developed an Inclusive Recruitment toolkit.

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Hollie Woodard is Head of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (ED&I) for VolkerWessels UK, Hollie has worked in the rail industry for 15 years, moving into a commercial role before progressing into a Project Manager position. Her passion for encouraging more females into the construction and rail industry has led to her current role heading up the ED&I agenda for VolkerWessels UK. Through ‘inspiring the future’ organisation Hollie volunteers in schools talking about the wide range of opportunities for all in the industry and in particular focuses on challenging stereotypes. In her spare time Hollie is also a STEM ambassador and a local school governor. Hollie was voted ‘one of most 20 inspirational women in rail’ by her peers in 2016 and in 2018 was shortlisted in the Northern Power women ‘one to watch’ category.

Jade Fraser  

Jade Fraser joined Serco in 2011. She is an experienced Operations Manager with a background in Justice & Immigration. Jade has worked with both asylum seekers and offenders and is very passionate about the services Serco deliver and the people they support.

Some of her key experiences whilst working as a Custodial Operations Manager included managing the Equality and Diversity services and driving an underperforming provision to one that achieved 100% compliance in Ministry of Justice external audits and in internal Prison audits by implementing a strategy, and most importantly, bringing that to life in a hostile and challenging environment.

Jade is the author of Diversity and Inclusion Training that is now delivered across justice and immigration, as well as being an experienced speaker and trainer within inclusion. She has a wealth of incident management experience, and was selected and trained to assume the position of silver commander, the most senior ranking official to take command in the event of a crisis. Within the Diversity and Inclusion remit,

Jade was also responsible for managing prisoners with a variety of specific needs, such as foreign nationals, vulnerable prisoners as well as working to address the disproportionality experienced by Black and Minority Ethnic prisoners, using targeted interventions and working alongside thought leaders in this space.

James Elfer

James Elfer is the behavioural insights director at MoreThanNow, a behavioural change agency using science and creativity to transform the world of work. Their mission is to bring a more evidence-based, experimental approach to challenges that matter – like inclusion, wellbeing and productivity, while translating the research of leading behavioural scientists to HR and leadership. MoreThanNow partner with organisations including Unilever, Transport for London, Arcadis, Standard Life and Aggreko.

James’ experience is varied, from HR roles at Google and Network Rail to MD of the Employee Engagement Practice at MSLGROUP, his latest position before founding MoreThanNow in 2016. James holds an Executive MSc in behavioural science with distinction from the London School of Economics and does his best to keep one foot in academia and the other in practice.

Dr Jess Wade  

Jess Wade is an excitable scientist with an enthusiasm for equality. She has been involved in several projects to improve gender inclusion in science, as well as encouraging more young people to study science and engineering. Jess won the Institute of Physics (IOP) Early Career Communicator Prize (2015), “I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!” (2015), the IOP Jocelyn Bell Burnell Award (2016), the Institution of Materials, Mineral and Mining's 'Robert Perrin Award' (2017), the Imperial College Dame Julia Higgins Certificate (2017) and the IOP Daphne Jackson Medal and Prize (2018).

Jess sits on the committees of the IOP’s Women in Physics Group, Physics Communicators Group and London & South East Branch. She is on the Council of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and Women in Science & Engineering (WISE) Young Women’s Board. In 2017 Jess was the UK representative on a US State Department International Visitor Leadership Program, travelling across America for a month looking at initiatives to recruit and retain women in ‘STEM’.

Jess co-led the UK Team at the 2017 International Conference for Women in Physics. She is a keen Wikipedian, and is helping to upload the biographies of women, LGBTQ+ and POC scientists - creating one every day in 2018.

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Katherine Mathieson is Chief Executive at the British Science Association (BSA) which believes that science should be a more fundamental part of culture and society. The BSA runs a range of programmes for public and school audiences which enable them to deepen their relationship with science, and for scientists which provide them with platforms for conversations with the public. The BSA also does research & campaigns on the relationship between science and culture.

Katherine previously led a portfolio of projects in science education and enterprise education for Nesta. She has previously held roles at a range of other science organisations, including the Forensic Science Service, Science Line and the pharmaceutical company Merck. Katherine has an MA in Natural Sciences, an MSc in Science Communication, a PGDip in Information Science and a PGDip in Voluntary Sector Management. She is a volunteer for GirlGuidingUK and a Trustee of the Royal Commonwealth Society.

Dr Mark McBride-Wright  

Mark McBride-Wright, PhD, CEng, IChemE is a recognised diversity and inclusion leader.

He is Founder and Managing Director of EqualEngineers, a company focused on connecting inclusive employers with diverse talent in the engineering and technology sectors and offering a wide array of D&I consultancy services alongside annual careers fairs and networking events.

He is also Chair and Co-Founder of InterEngineering, a non-profit industry body that connects, informs and empowers LGBT+ engineers and supporters with a membership of over 1,000 engineers across 4 regional groups across the UK. Mark is Founding Member of the Diversity and Inclusion Working Group for the Institute of Chemical Engineers (IChemE), External Advisor to the Metropolitan Police, sitting on their Strategic Inclusion Diversity & Equality (STRIDE) Board, Diversity Board Member for the University of Kent, and Advisory Member to the Diversity & Inclusion Steering Committee of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Maria Grazia Zedda  

Maria Grazia Zedda is EDI Workforce manager. Maria supports the Human Resources function at HS2 in all matters of inclusion and equality.

Former Diversity and Inclusion Advisor at the LTA and founder of Wideaware Training & Consultancy Ltd, Maria is an experienced Diversity and Disability Access Auditor, Trainer and consultant.

Her passion is delivering training and workshops in EDI and support teams directly in embedding inclusion in the way that they work. Maria provides consultancy services on diversity and inclusion of policies, procedures and processes, undertakes access audits of physical premises and provides comprehensive analysis of diversity in participation through data monitoring as applicable. Maria advises on strategic planning and delivery on goals of equality and diversity, develop internal and external partnerships, training frontline staff, senior managers and Board members.

Dr Martin Hollins  

Dr Martin Hollins is an independent education consultant, with particular interest in the teaching of science at primary level and to learners with special educational needs and disabilities. He is chair of STEMM-DAC, which brings together the professional bodies and learned societies across the sector, to help promote inclusion of people with disabilities in higher education and STEMM careers.

Martin is a director of Books Beyond Words, a charity producing books for those who find pictures easier to read than words, inspired by his son Nigel, who has learning disabilities. He was until recently Chair of Governors of St Joseph’s Special School and College in Surrey. Martin is a trustee of the Primary Science Teaching Trust and an honorary member of the Association for Science Education.

Martin has a BSc and PhD in metallurgy and a PGCE. He taught science and related subjects in schools in Malawi, Surrey and London, and at Roehampton University. He currently teaches at a home school, four groups of learners aged from 4 to 15. He has run a science centre for teachers and has directed school curriculum projects in science education at Bath University and at the BBC. He led the Science and Technology team at QCA from 2003-2005.

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Mónica Lobo leads Tideway’s, the company delivering London’s new “super-sewers”, education programme to change the image of engineering and construction in young people and to widen their future careers prospects.

Tideway programme spans from activities delivered directly by our staff in schools, our offices or construction sites such as practical activities and work experience placements, to educational resources for teachers that link the national curriculum to careers and collaborations with organisations that share our aims.

Mónica has several years’ experience working in different contexts of the STEM eco-system such as in the British Science Association, Amadora Science Museum in Portugal, Portuguese Agency for Scientific & Technological Culture and the European Space Agency in the Netherlands.

Monica Stancu  

Monica Stancu is the Diversity and Inclusion Programme Manager at the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Previously she has worked in diversity and inclusion at Sodexo and F. Hoffman La Roche.

Monica has also worked in international affairs and human rights at the European Medicines Agency (EU agency) and the United Nations.

She holds an MA in Women’s History from Sarah Lawrence College, USA and was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality at Columbia University in the City of New York.

In 2015, Monica has been selected as a Global Champion for Women’s Economic Empowerment by UN Women.

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Nicky Siddall is an Employment Law Specialist with a passion for diversity and inclusion. She works for ISS Facility Services Ltd, a leading global provider of facility services for public agencies and private sector companies, employing approximately 44,000 people in the UK and Ireland. ISS provide organisations facilities management, engineering, energy management, catering, cleaning, food and hospitality, front of house, security and consultancy solutions.

Nicky has previously worked in HR and operational management roles and in addition to her employment law caseload; which includes advising on workplace adjustments, she designs and delivers diversity training, writes a monthly Diversity Diary which amplifies the voices of diverse role models who work for ISS, chairs the ISS Pride steering committee and was a founding member of LGBT+ in FM; a collaboration of FM providers working to make the facilities management sector the most attractive, inclusive and supportive industry for the LGBT+ community.

Nicky’s work was recognised in July 2018 when ISS were presented with awards for ‘Best Overall Private Sector Employer’ and ‘Inclusive Culture’ by the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion (enei).

Nicky loves CrossFit, running, snowboarding and travel and is an active supporter of Stand up to Racism.

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Osita Madu is CIPD qualified; with 15 years Human Resources Management experience. During his HR profession he hasspecialised in Employee Relations, Recruitment & Training and Work Place Mediation. In 2007 he started his career in Diversity Management with Brent Council and have since worked for Basildon Council, The BBC, Nationwide Building Society and now at HS2.

Having joined HS2 in June 2016, he enjoyed the challenge of working for a major infrastructure programme to develop suppliers’ capacity and performance on EDI as part of their contractual requirement.  He enjoys long distance running, cooking, music and football all at the same time.

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Rachel Wheatley, Networking Lead of UK Gender Diversity Network / Capability Acquisition Manager, Rolls-Royce


Rhys Phillips  

Rhys Phillips is an electromagnetism scientist at Airbus in Toulouse. He joined the company at their Newport (UK) campus in 2009 and relocated to the Toulouse hub in April 2018. As well as his main research role, he also leads a gender diversity taskforce within Airbus’ innovation community.

Rhys graduated from Cardiff University in 2008 with a joint honours degree in Mathematics & Physics and is now an honorary lecturer at the School of Physics & Astronomy. He is an award winning science presenter, presenting science stage shows to schools and the general public around the world.

Rhys is also an experienced broadcaster presenting his own weekly jazz and science radio shows as well as being a regular guest on BBC national and regional radio. Rhys volunteers in numerous roles for the Institution of Engineering & Technology and is an ambassador for the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering.

Whilst living in Cardiff, Rhys co-founded both Cardiff Science Festival and Cardiff Jazz Festival. He is also a keen musician, playing the trumpet and occasionally calling ceilidhs.

Sam Daly  

Sam Daly has worked for Jacobs for five years and is an inclusion and diversity lead in their buildings and infrastructure line of business. Her work includes managing client relationships for diversity and inclusion and ensuring project teams receive strategy and delivery support on their contractual and legal obligations.

She works closely with the global community of practice for diversity in Jacobs, sharing best practice and delivering the global strategy in to a European action plan. In addition to her role, Sam leads the Jacobs OneWorld employee network group in Europe that aims to build better cultural inclusion across a global organisation.

She manages Jacobs relationship and work experience scheme with the Social Mobility Foundation and is leading the global business case for better disability inclusion.

Sam sits on external groups such as the steering committee for Women in Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM), Engineering UK Business and Industry Panel, Employer’s Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI) STEM and Social Mobility Industry Roundtables and the Midlands Ability working group.

Sarah Halpin  

Sarah Halpin has more than 7 years’ structural engineering experience, developing specialist expertise designing with cross laminated timber (CLT). She is passionate about how offsite manufacturing can help solve our housing crisis and create homes quickly and efficiently. She has led projects of all types, from complex refurbishments to new build commercial developments. She is currently involved in several retail projects in central London and leads a large residential CLT modular construction project.

Whether she is on site dealing with construction challenges or in a meeting room working with architectural concepts she enjoys tackling difficult design problem and believes that there is always an answer! She is a great communicator, mentor and role model for those she works with.

Sarah is the chair of Ramboll’s LGBT+ & Allies network. Started only last year, 2018 has seen significant achievements including increased network membership, joining #BuildingEquality and marching in Pride in multiple cities across the UK for the first time. Exciting plans for 2019 build on this great start.

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Steven Cox has held a range of executive strategic leadership roles in Fujitsu, until recently being the Vice President responsible for its UK Government and Transport business.

Now as Fujitsu’s ambassador for Diversity & Inclusion Steven has been identifying best practice to incorporate into Fujitsu’s global approach for workplace inclusion and workforce diversity, identifying the role of Boards and executive leadership teams in these areas, as well as considering the ways in which technology such as machine learning and artificial intelligence can have an impact on them.

In this role Steven has worked extensively both externally on behalf of Fujitsu as well as internally, including in company headquarters in Japan with both Corporate officers and Non-Executive Board members.

As a champion for diversity and inclusion, Steven has helped embed a more inclusive culture in the UK company, and he is the executive sponsor of Fujitsu’s Shine LGBT+ and ally group. He has been on the Financial Times top 100, and The Times top 50, LGBT executives in business lists.

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Yolanda Carrillo is from Canary Islands (Tenerife), where she pursued BEng Chemical Engineering studies at the University of La Laguna. She graduated with honours as the first of her class and was recognised as Best Academic Record Certificate of her year. She spent a 3-month research period at the Humboldt University of Berlin thanks to a European scholarship (Erasmus+) and then another 6 months working as a trainee for a biotechnological company (TheraKine BioDelivery).

After almost a year living and working in Germany, Yolanda was awarded with a highly competitive ScottishPower scholarship to pursue MEng Materials Engineering studies at the Technical University of Madrid. She worked as a trainee for ScottishPower (Materials and Failure Investigation team in Madrid) and Airbus (Surface Treatment and Corrosion Laboratory in Madrid). Once she finished the MEng in Materials Engineering, she applied for the Rolls-Royce Engineering Graduate Programme and she joined the company in September 2017.

Now Yolanda works for Rolls-Royce Defence Aerospace (Bristol) as a graduate engineer, being specially interested in taking up management and leadership roles early on in her future career.

She joined the RR Gender Diversity Network in Bristol, shortly after she started with the company, as the Communications and Members Lead in the gender balance committee. Yolanda is responsible for the monthly Gender Diversity Network newsletter as well as organising and running events aimed at promoting and supporting female STEM engagement and gender parity. As a Rolls-Royce representative, she also helps the WISE Bristol Hub committee organising events and activities to engage female members of the Bristol community into STEM.

She is grateful for starry nights and sunny days, a dog lover and a bit of a book nerd.