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WISE Conference Speakers

Meet the inspirational speakers at the WISE Conference 2016

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Alexandra Bowen-Opoku

HR Business Partner

Alexandra joined Hitachi Rail Europe in November 2012, with responsibility for supporting the development of the people strategy and organisational design.

She leads on diversity and inclusion, talent management, employee relations and succession planning activities to build high levels of people capability and create an environment where everyone at HRE can thrive.

Alexandra is passionate about increasing diversity within the engineering industry and has over 8 years’ experience in HR. Alexandra has previously worked for Southern Railway, Parliament, City of London Police, Lambeth College and Peninsula Business Services.

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Amanda Hall

Engineering Expert (Systems), Network Rail.

After a masters degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Amanda joined British Rail’s graduate training scheme. Now a chartered engineer with over 20 years’ experience in railways, Amanda is the Engineering Expert (Systems) for Network Rail.

She leads GB and European railways groups responsible for the development of Whole System approaches, remote condition monitoring and autonomous intelligent systems.

Amanda’s other role is mother to her seven year old son, Henry.

Amanda Hazeldine

Generation Executive Support Lead, EDF Energy Generation.

People Like Me quiz results: Trainer, Supporter & Manager

I started off in the nuclear power industry as a reactor desk engineer and senior authorised person at Hinkley Point B power station, so my job, after two gruelling years training, was to split atoms and make electricity safely and compliantly. Then I took a secondment to the USA at Oyster Creek Power station, just an hour south of New York, where my role was to assess other people splitting atoms and making electricity…you will spot a trend here soon. My current role, which I have been in for 18 months is in the executive support team, where I do everything I can to ensure the executive team and directors get the right information, at the right time and at the right quality. It’s a brilliant and demanding job.

Angela Morgan

Angela Morgan

Program Manager, Software Project Management UK, Cirrus Logic.

People Like Me Quiz results: Regulator, Service Provider, Trainer & Policy Maker

I graduated with a BEng Hons Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and then continued to work at Rediffusion Simulation (my sponsoring company) in Embedded Software Engineering working on Air Traffic Control simulation software and Power Monitoring software.

From here I moved to a Software Consultancy Company, where I worked on a wide range of projects including CAD SW, Commercial overnight update SW, Military Defence SW, Compilers and Automatic code generation for On-Screen TV display Graphics. During this time I moved from being a Software developer to Technical leadership, Project Management and Quality Management.

For the last 10-15 years I have been working and a Technical Project / Program Manager in the Telecoms and Audio industry.

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​Annie Stubbs

European HR Manager, Nissan Europe

Annie is an European HR Manager for Learning and Development responsible for developing skills and Talents across all functions at all levels in Europe totalling 17,000 across 27 Countries. Annie’s background however is in R&D where she was responsible for Recruitment, Graduates, L&D and Talent. This is where she developed her passion for promoting Women in the Automotive industry, and introduced a number of initiatives promoting females in technical roles in R&D.

Nissan in the UK is spread between its Sunderland Plant – the largest of its type in the UK, its European Technical Centre in Cranfield and its European Design Centre in Paddington, London.

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Ariam Enraght-Moony

Head of Talent Management – Winton Capital

Ariam Enraght-Moony is Head of Talent Management at Winton and is responsible for designing and implementing strategic initiatives to help attract, develop and retain the talent of the firm.

Before joining Winton in 2016, Ariam was the HR Business Partner to the Managing Director of Google UK, responsible for the people strategy and operational execution within the Ad Sales business. Prior to that, Ariam spent 4 years at Goldman Sachs where she was a Vice President in the Talent Management function, focusing on diverse professionals across the firm. She started her career at Accenture in 2000, consulting in Change Management and subsequently in Talent and Organizational Performance, serving clients across industries and geographies.

Ariam holds a degree in political science & international development from Queen’s University, Canada.

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Athene Donald

Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Cambridge and Master of Churchill College, Cambridge

Athene Donald did her first and second degrees in Cambridge. After 4 years postdoctoral experience in the USA she returned to Cambridge. She became a Professor in 1998 and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1999. Her research is in the general field of soft matter and physics at the interface of biology; she has published over 250 papers in these fields. She has chaired many committees within Cambridge and beyond and has served on University Council (2009-14) and as the University Gender Equality Champion (2010-14). She is currently a member of the Scientific Council of the ERC and a Trustee of the Science Museum. As well as various prizes from the IOP and Royal Society, she won the 2009 L'Oreal/Unesco Laureate for Europe award. She was appointed DBE in the 2010 Birthday Honours for services to Physics. She took up the role of Master of Churchill College in October 2014.

Professor Averil MacDonald OBE

Averil Macdonald OBE - WISE Board member

Professor Emerita, University of Reading

Averil Macdonald is Professor Emerita at University of Reading and leads Diversity and Impact strategies for the South East Physics network (SEPnet). Alongside membership of the Board of WISE, she also sits on the Boards of the Science Museum Group, the Cheltenham Festival and AgeUK Winchester. She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work popularising Physics and supporting women and girls in STEM.

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Camilla Barrow

Rail Systems Deputy Project Manager, Bechtel Ltd

Camilla has ten years of international construction and engineering experience on mega-infrastructure projects. Camilla has held various leadership roles within project management, construction, contracts and project controls. Camilla graduated from the British Army Officer College and has a Masters Degree in Civil Engineering. She is a passionate advocate of STEM assisting with the running of a local Girl Guiding Brownie pack and leading her local school through to the Lego League finals.

Camilla Ketchen

Procurement Engineer, Supply Chain, EDF Energy

People Like Me quiz results: Entrepreneur & Supporter

Graduated in 1992, Mechanical Engineering BEng Hons

  • 1992-1997 – Systems Engineer at Sizewell B Power Station, Nuclear Electric
  • 1997-2002 – Team Leader at Rolls Royce Naval Marine (Ministry of Defence submarine support contracts)
  • 2002-2003 – Maintenance Manager with BAE Systems – Astute Class Submarine project
  • 2003-2005 – Project managing conversion of our 17th Century barn into our family home
  • 2005-2006 – Temporary engineering teaching post at South Kent College, Ashford & worked for an Estate Agent
  • 2006 to present day – Procurement Engineer within Supply Chain at Dungeness B Power Station
Married with three children. My daughter has just graduated with a BSc Hons in Biology so the family STEM continues! In my spare time, I am training and backing my young horse.
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Professor David Hand

Chief Scientific Advisor, Winton Capital Management, Senior Research Investigator and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College, London

Professor David Hand is Chief Scientific Advisor to Winton Capital Management and Senior Research Investigator and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Imperial College, London, where he formerly held the Chair in Statistics. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries, and has served (twice) as President of the Royal Statistical Society. He is a non-executive director of the UK Statistics Authority, is Chair of the Board of the UK Administrative Data Research Network, and sits on the joint Royal Society / British Academy Working Group on Data Governance. He has published 300 scientific papers and 29 books, including Principles of Data Mining, Information Generation, Measurement Theory and Practice, The Improbability Principle, and The Wellbeing of Nations. In 2002 he was awarded the Guy Medal of the Royal Statistical Society, and in 2012 he and his research group won the Credit Collections and Risk Award for Contributions to the Credit Industry. He was awarded the George Box Medal in 2016. In 2013 he was made OBE for services to research and innovation.

Deb Westfield

UK Diversity Recruitment Manager

Deb Westfield is a UK Diversity Recruitment Manager within the HR Centre of Excellence TL&OD Talent Acquisition Leaders and has been with GSK since 2006. In Deborah’s current role she consults with key business leaders to develop and embed strategic diversity recruitment plans for the UK

Prior to GSK Deb gained experience in Scientific Recruitment from entry to Executive level across the Pharmaceutical, FMCG and academic industries. Deborah has worked in number of scientific roles within DMPK, Analytical Chemistry and Bioanalysis.

Deb holds a BSc in Chemistry & Chemical Technology and an MSc in Chemistry .

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Fay Best - WISE Associate

People Like Me trainer

The session will be delivered by Fay. Fay has considerable experience in delivering training to companies and organisations in her capacity as an independent consultant, specialising in gender equality in STEM. Fay has a background in both engineering and teaching

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Gillian Arnold

WISE Board

"WISE gets my support because I am convinced that the UK will be a much better place when the innovation and profit that diversity can bring is realised in the STEM sectors in the UK. Women bring key skills to the UKs industries and WISE supports them as they choose their directions, start their training, and as they progress through their careers, and eventually, we show them off as role models to ensure that they help other women up the steps!"

Gillian Arnold is the Managing Director of Tectre, an IT staffing and training organisation which is enabled by her 30+ years working in the technology sector.

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Helen Wollaston

Chief Executive

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

Jane Basson

Jane Basson

Chief of Staff to the CEO, Airbus

Jane Basson was appointed Chief of Staff to the CEO of Airbus Group in July 2016.

Jane worked for KPMG, other small French and US law firms, and the Business and Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD in Paris before joining Airbus’ media relations department in 2000. In 2002 she set up a new corporate communications department to produce all editorial material required for the directorate’s media, internal, internet and audio-visual activities. In 2003 she was appointed head of internal communications, coordinating teams across Europe, China, Japan and the US, and in 2008 she transferred to HR, reporting to the Group CHRO, to develop and deliver a culture change programme for Airbus in support of the company’s business transformation strategy Power8. In June 2012 she was appointed Senior Vice President Leadership Development & Culture Change for Airbus and the Group with responsibility for all of the group’s leadership development and assessment activities alongside diversity management, employee engagement and support to business transformation – all drivers of the overall culture change programme. In this role she set up and ran the Group’s Leadership University.

Jane studied Philosophy and English Literature at London University, Nursing and Arabic at Edinburgh University, Law at Paris Nanterre and graduated magna cum laude from the American University of Paris with a BA in International Communications, Journalism and Business Administration.

Mother, wife and results-oriented leader, Jane is committed to orchestrating collective intelligence that spans hierarchies, feeds pertinent business strategy and adds value to the bottom line. She has proven operational experience of building, leading and reframing multi-disciplinary multi-cultural teams to deliver efficiently and enthusiastically in complex and changing environments. Jane is 47, has French, US and South African nationalities and lives in Toulouse, France with her husband and daughter.

Dr Jess Wade

Dr Jess Wade - WISE Young Women's Board member

Visiting Researcher, Imperial College London & Senior Outreach Officer, King’s College London

People Like Me Quiz results: Supporter, Policy Maker & Explorer

In 2015 Jess won the Institute of Physics (IOP) Early Career Communicator Prize and “I’m a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here!”. She is an educational consultant with the Institute for Research in Schools and has recently won grants from the UK Space Agency and Royal Academy of Engineering to run educational programs for school students. Whilst at Imperial, Jess established the Imperial College London Women in Physics group. Jess is on the Women in Science & Engineering Young Women’s Board, the UK Space Design Competition and advisory board and the Horizon 2020 project “Hypatia” studying gender diversity in STEM across the EU. Jess loves to work with the IOP Girls in Physics and Diversity Groups, and is on the IOP London & South East Branch committee.

Jia Yan Gu

Jia-Yan Gu -WISE Young Women's Board member

Executive Director in Technology, Goldman Sachs

People Like Me Quiz results: Developer, Explorer & Investigator

Jia-Yan Gu is Executive Director at Goldman Sachs and leads a team of software engineers in the Technology division to build systems that optimise trading activities for best efficiency. Jia-Yan joined as a Technology Associate in 2013 after working at BT as a Senior Research Scientist where she used semantic web technology to develop business intelligence applications. Jia-Yan is a member of the WISE Young Women's Board and actively promotes opportunities for women in Technology.

Jia-Yan graduated from Cambridge University in 2008 with a master's degree in Electrical and Information Engineering. She was awarded a place on a prestigious international exchange programme at MIT where she joined CUER on the founding team that built UK's first road-legal solar electric car and raced 3000km across Australia in the World Solar Challenge 2009. She became an ambassador for One Young World after representing UK on world development issues at its annual global Summit in 2011. Jia-Yan won a WISE Award and an AWA Award in 2012 for technology leadership and contributions to social causes.

I am a creative developer of technology. I feel very lucky to have chosen a career as an engineer because I’ve had some incredible experiences from building solar cars and racing across the Australian Outback to now be building exciting software platforms to optimise trading activities in the fastpaced industry of investment banking.

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John Hayes MP

Minister of State at the Department of Transport

John Hayes was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Transport on 15 July 2016. He was elected Conservative MP for South Holland and The Deepings in 1997.

Hear from the minister about the importance of gender parity, particularly in the wider context of the skills challenge facing the country. His speech will highlight what the government is doing to address the historic under-representation of women in transport and engineering.

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Kendra Stonehouse

Learning and Development Manager, Hitachi Rail Europe

Kendra Stonehouse, Learning and Development Manager at Hitachi Rail Europe, is an experienced HR and Training professional. She was instrumental in the development of the national Industrial Cadets accreditation scheme after meeting HRH The Prince of Wales whilst at Tata Steel.

Kendra started her career in IT and has worked in various multinational companies as well as local government. Her passion is to inspire the next generation and as well as managing apprentices and graduates at Hitachi Rail she also currently manages the employer group at the new South Durham UTC.

Laura Barnard

Early Talent Recruitment

Laura Barnard is part of the Early Talent Recruitment team at GSK, within HR Services and supports the attraction, assessment and selection of diverse candidates into GSK’s Apprenticeship Schemes, “Future Leaders” Graduate Programmes and Graduate Internships.

Laura joined GSK in 2014, initially supporting recruitment into GSK’s UK Manufacturing & Supply sites – including Engineering, Technical and Scientific specialties.

Prior to joining GSK, Laura had extensive experience in entry- to executive-level recruitment across the Pharmaceutical & Medical Industry in Australia.

Laura has a degree in Pharmacology, and has also worked in Medical Affairs within the Pharmaceutical Industry in the UK.

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Mark Stewart

General Manager and Human Resources Director, Airbus Operations Ltd and HR Director Airbus Group UK

Mark Stewart was born in 1962, in Glasgow and became Human Resources Director of Airbus UK in April 2001, after having previously been Head of HR for Airbus UK Manufacturing and the Wing and Pylon Centre of Excellence in France and Germany.

After completing his Honours Degree in Industrial Relations and a Postgraduate Diploma in Personnel Management in 1985 from the University of Strathclyde, Mark joined British Aerospace’s Commercial Aircraft business at Prestwick as a Personnel Officer. Mark is also a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

During his time at Prestwick, Mark held a variety of roles including Employee Relations Manager, before being appointed as Head of HR in 1995 for the newly created Aerostructures Division. Following this Mark joined Royal Ordnance and held a number of roles before joining Airbus in 1999.

Mark is also a member and chair of various bodies e.g. Non Exec Director SEMTA, Aerospace Growth Partnership Steering Committee, chairman of the Aerospace Growth Partnership Skills Group, chairman of the SEMTA Remuneration and Benefits Committee, Member of the ADS (Aerospace Defence and Security Industries) Commercial Aircraft Board, Trustee of BAe SYSTEMS Pensions Scheme, Chairman of the BAe SYSTEMS Pensions Audit Committee and Member of the Air Business Academy.

In November 2007 and in addition to his current role as HR Director for Airbus and EADS (now Airbus Group) in the UK Mark was appointed General Manager with additional responsibilities for compliance with all national regulations such as environment, alignment of the business’ goals in the UK for health and safety and data protection obligations.

Mark is married with one daughter and one son and is a keen football supporter, golfer and collects CDs with a passion.

Michael Rowley

Michael Rowley

Hearst Group. Managing Director, Brands

Since joining Hearst in 2012, Michael has been Group Publishing Director of its Weeklies portfolio and added the Lifestyle titles to his responsibilities before becoming Managing Director, Brands in 2014. In his role, he is responsible for the publishing strategy across Hearst UK’s magazine and digital brands.

Michael helped create digital strategies for Hearst’s Weeklies and Lifestyle portfolio. His current focus is to continue revenue growth by using Hearst’s content creation expertise to drive brand and product development.

Michael has an extensive commercial and publishing background across print and digital businesses including consumer magazines, B2B and national press. Prior to joining Hearst, he ran his own commercial consulting business advising a variety of print, digital and mobile sectors including national newspapers, PR agencies, and magazine companies.

Before this, he was Managing Director of Northcliffe Digital and was responsible for the publishing and commercial strategy to deliver over 100 websites based around 20 key geographical areas. Michael was previously Classified Director at IPC Media, the Evening Standard and Metro.

Michele Dix

Michele Dix CBE

Managing Director, Crossrail 2

Michèle joined Transport for London in 2000 as co-director of Congestion Charging.

She started her career at the Greater London Council and became a chartered civil engineer through their transport planning graduate scheme. She later went onto work for Halcrow Fox, where she became a board director.

In 2007 Michèle became Managing Director of Planning. She was responsible for leading the planning strategy on the future transport needs of London, coordinating the implementation of local plans and borough partnerships, and developing major scheme initiatives.

In February 2015, Michèle left Planning to become the Managing Director of Crossrail 2 and is now responsible for developing Crossrail 2 and gaining funding and powers for it.

Myrtle Dawes

Myrtle Dawes

Planning & Dispatch Director, UK Energy Supply & Services, Centrica

Myrtle has recently been appointed as Planning & Dispatch Director for Centrica’s UK Energy Supply & Services business. She has more than 20 years’ experience in the energy industry, having worked in project development and execution, operations, engineering and process safety. She has all-round experience, having managed development and modification projects for BHP Billiton in the UK, amongst others. She joined Centrica in 2009 as Engineering Manager for the UK and Netherlands Exploration & Production business, before holding a similar role in the Norwegian business. Myrtle returned to the UK as Projects Director for the UK and the Netherlands in 2013.

Myrtle is also a board member of IChemE.

Sir Phillip Hampton

Sir Phillip Hampton

Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline

Sir Philip Hampton is Chairman of GlaxoSmithKline, a post which he has held since January 2015. Previously, he was Chairman for Royal Bank of Scotland, J Sainsbury, Group Finance Director for Lloyds TSB Group, BT Group, BG Group, British Gas and British Steel.

He gained an MA in English from Oxford University, and then started his working career as a chartered accountant working in London and West Africa. He took an MBA from INSEAD from 1980 to 1981, and returned to join Lazards investment bank for nine years. Working on mergers, acquisitions, business restructurings and capital markets; in 1986 he was seconded to Lazard Freres, New York, and also worked extensively with Lazard Freres in Paris.

Since July 2016 Sir Phillip and Dame Helen Alexander, Chair of UBM, have led a team of influential leaders from a diverse range of industries from banking to engineering to undertake a review on improving female representation in leadership positions of British business, broadening the ambition to the entire FTSE 350 and raising the target to 33% of women on boards by 2020.

The review focusses on ensuring the very best of female talent make their way up the pipeline by removing barriers to their success, and continue to drive forward the momentum from Lord Davies’s work - which pushed the numbers of females on FTSE 100 boards up from 12.5% to 26%

Away from work, Philip is a keen sailor and has taken part in the ARC transatlantic yacht race.

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Sarah Hannis

EDF Energy Education team.

People Like Me quiz results: Communicator, Persuader, Supporter, Trainer

There is a lot of talking, persuading and helping people in my job. The favourite parts of my job are persuading young people to see where science and maths fits with their aspirations and helping volunteers to share experiences. Much of my job is about building relationships and joining people together to work more effectively – can’t do that without communication skills

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Sharon James

Senior Vice President, Global Head of R&D

Sharon is a high performing executive with over 20 years’ experience in leading and transforming large R&D teams in the Pharma and FMCG sectors. She is passionate about promoting the role of women in Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), and fascinated by the enormous potential that personalised genomics and big data have to improve the daily lives of people around the world.

She has been Senior Vice President, Global Head of R&D at RB since 2012 where she leads the global R&D organisation that focuses on consumer driven discovery. Prior to this, Sharon was Vice President of R&D at RB, leading teams that developed a range of innovative products across all RB categories of Health, Hygiene and Home.

Through the use of innovation, consumer-centred technology and product development, Sharon strives to make a difference by providing people with innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes.

Earlier in her career, she worked for GSK, where she was involved in the development of medicines across gastrointestinal and central nervous system-related disease areas.

Sharon has a BSc in Medical Biochemistry from Royal Holloway, and a PhD in Neurobiology from University College London.
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Moderator - Siân Cleaver - WISE Young Women's Board member

Mission Systems Engineer, Airbus

Siân Cleaver is a Mission Systems Engineer in the Defence and Space division of Airbus and works predominately on the design and development of future European Space Agency exploration missions. At present she is part of the systems engineering team for PLATO, a future medium-class ESA mission which aims to find and study extrasolar planetary systems. Siân has a Master’s degree in Physics and Astronomy from Durham University, and her interests lie mainly in the fields of astronomy, space science and human spaceflight.

As well as her role at Airbus Defence and Space, Siân is an active STEM ambassador with a focus on encouraging and supporting other young women into STEM careers. She is also an inaugural member of the WISE Young Women’s Board: a group of young female professionals who are selected from the WISE membership on the basis of their passion and commitment to representing the sector. The WISE Young Women’s Board informs strategy and provides insight to the main WISE board.

Dr Toni Lilly

Manager Technical Outreach, Assurance Operations, AWE.

Toni works closely with AWE’s Chief Scientist, technical staff, research councils and academic partners to develop collaboration opportunities and partnerships across a broad range of science and engineering disciplines. She has responsibility for formulating the AWE Technical Outreach strategy, the day-to-day management of AWE’s strategic relationships with academia and reporting on AWE’s Technical Outreach activities to MoD. Toni originally trained as a Chemist obtaining both her BSc and PhD from the University of Sheffield. She joined AWE in 1996 and has undertaken a variety of technical and managerial roles within AWE; she took up her current position in 2012.

Troy Easthorpe

Troy Easthorpe

Deputy Director LU Stations, Bechtel Ltd

Troy has twenty plus years’ experience in Engineering and Construction. He has held key management positions in project management, construction, field engineering, commercial, contracts, procurement, and project controls. He has worked in engineering offices and on construction projects around the globe, on four continents and across many industries and business sectors. He is passionate about creating an inclusive environment in the industry and promoting the benefits and opportunities to all genders and backgrounds. He has two teenage daughters with the eldest just embarking on a degree in neuroscience. He is hoping the second will look to be WISE but it may be a hard sell!

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Trudy Norris-Grey

Chair of WISE

Trudy Norris-Grey, Chair of WISE, is currently Managing Director of Microsoft’s Public Sector business in Central and Eastern Europe. Previously Trudy held senior executive positions in BT, Sun Microsystems, Oracle and Eastman Kodak. She has also chaired the CBI Innovation, Science & Technology Committee and was Chair of UKRC before merging with WISE, and is included on Computer Weekly's 2016 list of the top 50 most influential women in UK IT.

Zipporah Stephen

Zipporah Stephen - WISE Young Women's Board member

Business Analyst in IT, Intel Corporation

People Like Me Quiz results: Supporter, Persuader, Manager & Entrepreneur

Growing up I wasn’t always good at Math but I made the conscious decision to get better at it. I later went on to do Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics for my A/L, holding a Private Pilot License at 18 and graduating with a BSc first class honours in Mathematics with Computer Science with Professional Practise. I currently work at Intel Corporation as a Business Analyst in IT.

Being very passionate about Mathematics and Science, I motivate and encourage others with my infections energy and never let ‘You can’t do that! You are a girl!!’ hold me back. In fact I go against the grain when told I can’t do something, whether it be picking the harder musical instrument, to the path less travelled. My journey in STEM has been an interesting and rewarding one and I want girls and women to realise their hidden potential. But more importantly to discover their inner strength, especially among adversity and to believe in themselves.

The UK has a decreasing number of women in technology due to the lack of aptitude in STEM subjects. Going into local schools and working with girls I know the potential they hold and the barriers that hold them back. Technology companies need women not just for the detail oriented dedication they bring but to also improve diversity and thereby increase productivity. As much as we need to make girls aware of STEM and the opportunities available with it as a career path and lifestyle, we also need to retain the women we have in STEM by creating a fulfilling environment where they can grow, thrive and develop.

I believe one step at a time we can make a difference and I want to be part of that revolution.

When you believe, the sky is not a limit.

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Lightning Talk #1 - UKESF

Stewart Edmondson (MA MBA BSc CEng FIET) CEO, UK Electronics Skills Foundation

The UKESF lightning Talk presentation is available to view in the WISE member area here.
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Stew has been the CEO of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF) since June 2015. The UKESF is a not-for-profit organization whose goal is to to encourage more young people to study Electronics and to pursue careers in the sector.

After reading for a degree in Electronics at the University of Salford, Stew was commissioned into the Royal Air Force as an Engineering Officer in 1986. He served almost 24 years; initially specializing in operational Communications-Electronics systems and then subsequently holding senior positions responsible for policy and strategy. His military career culminated as the Commanding Officer of Number 1 Radio School, which delivered the training and education for all of the RAF’s ICT specialists.

After leaving the RAF, he continued his interest in training and technology with a role at QinetiQ. Further commercial experience has been gained through management roles in HR Services at Xchanging and then BAE Systems, where he focused on the development and delivery of early careers programmes for both graduates and apprentices.

He has been a Charted Engineer for over 20 years and was elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology in 2009.
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Lightning Talk #4 - DLA Piper

Jane Hannon, Partner

Jane Hannon is an experienced employment law practioner, advising private and public sector employers on the full range of issues arising in the employment lifecycle including employment policies and procedures, disciplinary and capability matters, workforce diversity, redundancy and termination issues.

Jane regularly advises many of her clients on international projects including as global restructures and change programmes.

Jane has particular experience in advising businesses and public sector bodies on outsourcing and corporate transactions including the application of TUPE/Acquired Rights Directive.

She acts for a broad range of employers, with a particular focus on those in the financial services and technology sectors.

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