The UKRC welcomes Jane Butcher as new Director

Posted Sep 9th 2011, 11:32 in UKRC

On 1 September 2011, Jane Butcher became the new Director of the UKRC on an interim basis. The UKRC is the lead organisation working to build gender equality and diversity in science, engineering and technology in the UK.

Jane has many years experience of equality work in the SET sector, with a focus on issues of recruitment, research, service delivery and cultural and organisational change. “We are delighted to that Jane is able to step up to this key role,” says Trudy Norris-Grey, Vice President & Managing Director, Global Indirect Channels & Partners at BT and chair of the UKRC Governing Body and the new Board of Directors for the UKRC Community Interest Company. “This is a vital time in the development of the UKRC, when we are adapting to the changing economic and employment landscape to ensure we continue to deliver expert and professional services to a wide range of organisations wanting to address equality and diversity issues. Jane has the experience and skills to lead the organisation forward into the next phase."

For the last three years, Jane has served as Assistant Director of the UKRC. At the end of August, the former Director, Annette Williams, stood down for health reasons. Annette will join the new Board of the UKRC CIC, and continue to play a key role as an ambassador for the organisation. “We have tremendous admiration and gratitude for all that Annette has achieved in setting up and leading the UKRC,” says Ms Norris-Grey. “We are pleased that she will continue to play a part in the organisation as it moves forward.”

The UKRC is the UK's lead organisation for the provision of advice, services and policy consultation regarding the under-representation of women in science, engineering, technology and the built environment (SET).

We work with employers; professional bodies; education institutions; women's organisations and networks; policy institutes; sector skills councils; the government and many others to promote gender equality in SET. We offer tailored services and support for women at all career stages.

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