In July 2017, we were sad to hear of the passing of Annette Williams, founding Director of the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (the UKRC).
Her experience as the only woman when she re-trained as a motor mechanic fuelled a fierce determination to challenge the cultures which exclude women from fully participating in science, engineering and technology and to improve support for women to enter and flourish in these areas of work.
Annette stepped down as Director of the UKRC in 2011, having acquired the WISE campaign and negotiated transition funding from the Department of Business which enabled us to build WISE into the thriving, independent social enterprise it is today – supporting our members to improve gender balance in STEM, from the classroom to the boardroom.
We owe her a great deal, as do the countless women who found fulfilment in a technical area of work thanks to the opportunities Annette created. We are all proud to continue her legacy.
Annette set up an innovative programme to train women in non-traditional trades at Bradford College, where she taught from 1988 until 1992