Winner of the WISE Inspiring Young People Award 2015
12 November 2015
Kris Harrison, Head of Lean Engineering, Selex ES
Alongside her main role, Kris chose to lead the outreach programme at the Luton site. In the past 3 years she has changed the mix of partnered schools to attract a more diverse range of students in terms of gender, socio-economic background and ethnicity. Kris’s efforts have seen the number of girls on the work experience scheme rise by more than 250%.To mark National Women’s Engineering Day, Kris invited 40 year 7 girls from a deprived area of Luton on site. By the end of the day, 65% had decided they want to be an engineer. Kris’s approachable and enthusiastic manner makes her a role model for young women at Selex ES and girls thinking about careers in STEM. Anna, a graduate engineer at Selex, describes Kris as a positive role model: “Her senior position within the company at a young age shows it is possible to succeed and while she has a lot of responsibility, she is very approachable and makes time for people.”
The judges found this winner motivated, thoughtful and a great role model. She demonstrated strategic thinking in her ideas which has dramatically improved results for her company’s outreach and engagement programmes.