We were delighted to support WISE member ICE (Institution of Civil Engineers) in two of their regional debates.
13 May 2015
'Is more than positive action required to get more women into engineering?'
ICE Yorkshire and Humber's debate on the 7 May 2015 drew a large audience to see a Network Rail's Claire Grint and NCE's Mark Hansford speak for the motion and Hyder's Jamie Scott and Suzy Firkin from WISE against the motion. The outcome was a large swing towards accepting that positive action was all that was required BUT required all companies and individuals to be playing their part more emphatically. The audience rejected the need for quotas and further legislation.
'Does Diversity Matter?'
ICE's Northwest event on 12 May 2015 also featured a panel debate was similarly well attended. The debate was chaired by ICE North West Regional Chair, Kathleen Harrison. The panel consisted of Professor Marcus Ormerod, University of Salford Tamsin Silvester, Transport for Greater Manchester and Helen Wollaston, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE).
A reminder to revisit NCE's Mark Hansford's call to all CEO's in the Construction sector to declare "I am a feminist"