As part of our 1 of the Million campaign and in celebration of 20 years of patronage by HRH The Princess Royal, we are excited to announce the WISE 20.

We’ve looked back over our previous WISE Award Winners of the last 20 years and have chosen 20 to represent them. The WISE 20. showcase different backgrounds, industries and stories, but are united in their passion for improving gender balance in STEM. They each have a story to tell – one that can inspire more women to join STEM, encourage allyship and show organisations how they too, can be a role model for change.

Those selected for the WISE 20. include (in alphabetical order):

  • Maggie Aderin-Pocock – MBE, Scientist, Broadcaster and Honorary Research Associate at University College London
  • Professor Helen Atkinson – CBE FREng, Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Cranfield University’s School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing
  • Dr Jackie Bell – BSc, MSc, PhD, FIMA, Senior Teaching Fellow in Equality, Diversity, Outreach and Public Engagement, Imperial College London
  • Dr Bhavagaya Bakshi – NHS GP, Co-Founder C The Signs
  • Dawn Bonfield – BE CEng FIMMM FICE FIStructE FWES, Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor at Aston University; Director
  • Kathryn Boulton-Pratt – Retired Assistant Head, formerly GDST
  • Costain
  • Temilolu Danso – Graduate engineer, JLR
  • Zeb Farooq – MBE, FRSA, CP APMP Bid Manager, Jacobs
  • Eniola Fujamade – Associate Technical Process Professional, KBR
  • Amelia Gould MEng CEng FIET, Naval Ships Combat Systems Director, BAE Systems
  • Jia-Yan Gu – Head of Equities Technology Transformation at HSBC | 11th January onwards: Principal Engineer, NatWest
  • Barbara Jones – Director, StrawWorks Ltd
  • Tom Jones – Chief Executive Officer, Nuvia Limited
  • Dervilla Mitchell – FREng, FIAE, FICE, FIEI , Executive Chair of Arup’s UK, India, Middle East and Africa (UKIMEA) region & a member of Arup’s Global Board
  • Network Rail
  • Professor Yamni Nigam – FRES, Professor and Scientist, Swansea University
  • Dr Marily Nika – Speech AI Product Manager, Google
  • Maggie Philbin OBE – Broadcaster and CEO, TeenTech
  • The Curiosity Box – Renee Watson, Founder, The Curiosity Box

A huge congratulations to all!


Selected by a group of WISE member judges, each of the WISE 20. have been singled out for being a role model who inspires the advancement of gender balance in STEM. Criteria taken into consideration included demonstration of excellent leadership, participation in outreach and engagement programmes, actively working to promote the role of women in STEM, and sharing a stand-out story.

Over the next few months, the WISE 20. will be invited to take part in exciting opportunities that will be planned as part of our 1 of the Million campaign. Through these opportunities, we aim to share more stand-out stories of women and gender balance allies in STEM so that they may inspire others to pursue their own STEM journeys.

If you’re a woman in STEM, we’d love to hear your story! Our 1 of the Million campaign celebrates the faces behind the now 1 million women working in STEM within the UK. If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to upload your photo to our campaign collage and share your story so that you can help inspire the next million women to join STEM.




Find out more about the WISE 1 of The Million campaign!

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