WISE KSE: Intersectionality in Gender Balance
For Diversity & Inclusion efforts to be truly impactful, we all need to better understand and apply the concept of intersectionality. Want to learn more about intersectionality and why it matters? Join WISE as we take a look at intersectionality in gender balance.
This 1-hour KSE is for WISE members at Core level and above.
Director, Equate Scotland
Lesley joined Equate Scotland as Director in June 2020. Prior to joining Equate, Lesley had a wide-ranging career holding senior roles in local and national government, as well as global private sector organisations. She also has previous Board experience. She has been a long time campaigner and advocate for STEM, women’s rights and the extension of local democracy. Lesley’s role as Director of Equate Scotland focuses on leading a highly rated and dedicated team committed to gender equality for women in STEM, as well as leading on external affairs through partnership and collaboration with industry, academia, policymakers, and wider government agencies.
Culture, inclusion and engagement lead, TW
Vice Chair, Surrey and North Hampshire, CIPD
Educated with a Masters degree with distinction in diversity, performance management and knowledge management Sarah is also CIPD qualified with distinction, IoD qualified in the role of the company director and the board, holds the CII foundation certificate in insurance, the market, legal and regulatory. Sarah additionally has an NVQ in coaching, NLP diploma, is an IiP qualified internal reviewer, Hay Job Evaluator and PRINCE2 qualified project manager.
Sarah has 20 years experience in HR, OD, diversity and inclusion, leadership learning and development in both the public and private sectors, and is a fellow of the Society for Education and Training (FSET), fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM) and has held membership with the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) for the past 10+ years.
Education and professional memberships
• Masters degree (M.Ed) with distinction in diversity
and performance management
• CIPD (HR) qualified with distinction
• Fellow – Society of Education and Training
• Fellow – Institute of Leadership and Management
• Internationally published author
• Attracting and retaining diverse talent within the Water
Industry (Institute of Water 2020)
• Managing and motivating diverse talent (Edge 2012)
• Multi-agency gold incident command (International
Journal of Disaster Prevention and Management 2014)
Loraine Martins MBE FRSA
Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Network Rail
Loraine is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail, which maintains and develops Britain’s rail infrastructure. With some 42,000 employees, it is the fastest-growing railway in Europe. Loraine leads a centre of expertise that supports Network Rail’s ambition to be a more open, diverse and inclusive business.
Previously, Loraine lead a multi-award-winning team, delivering a programme of equality and inclusion and employment and skills in the construction of the its infrastructure, venues, and facilities on the Olympic Park for London 2012. For this work, Loraine was awarded an MBE.
Loraine was the vice-chair of the Trust for London, a grant-making body which tackles inequality and poverty in the capital and chaired the working group that funded the London Living Wage campaign. Loraine is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In October 2019 Inclusive Boards and the Financial Times announced that Loraine has been included in the top 100 women influencing engineering in the UK. In November 2019, Loraine was awarded the Mike Nichols Award (Association of Project Management APM) which recognises contributions to transformational change for the world and society.
Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce and member of the WISE Young Professionals Board
Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at Rolls-Royce. Starting her engineering career in 2013, Frida joined Rolls-Royce as an apprentice. Three years later, she concluded the apprenticeship achieving a Level 4 Extended Diploma and then attained a first-class degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2017. Since January 2020 Frida has been working as an Engines & Modules Manufacturing Engineer. This role consists of developing, implementing, and improving methods that can be used to assemble and disassemble the engine. Outside work, Frida founded Edu-Cater Global in 2019, a non-profit social enterprise that acts as a catalyst in bridging industry and education through inspiring, energising, and developing individuals to harness the power STEM to make tangible differences to their communities and economies. Frida is also a WISE Young Professionals Board Member, advocating for women in engineering.
UK Diversity Recruitment Manager, EMBRACE (race and ethnicity) and Global Disability Confidence Network Employee Resource Group, Core Lead Team, HR Advisor
Deb started her career as an Scientist within Analytical Research and Development before moving to a DMPK Scientist role. In 2004 she changed career paths to work within scientific agency recruitment before joining GSK HR, in 2006 as a Recruitment Account Manager. In 2015, she moved to her current role, UK Diversity Recruitment Manager, GSK HR Operations, where she established a UK diversity recruitment strategy as an enabler to support the hire of underrepresented diverse individuals.
Deb holds a BSc in Chemistry and Chemical Technology from the University of Bradford, a Master’s degree in Chemistry (Biological) from the University of Kent, an REC Certificate in Recruitment Practice and a Certificate in Equality and Diversity.