Meet the confirmed speakers for the WISE Conference 2021
Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FRS FREng
Vice Chair of Committee on Climate Change, Chair of Carbon Trust, STEM Learning Ltd, Crossbench member of the House of Lords
WISE Ambassador, Baroness Brown (Julia King) is an engineer. An academic career at Cambridge University, led to senior business and engineering roles at Rolls-Royce plc, where she was Head of Materials, Director of Advanced Engineering for the Industrial Businesses, Managing Director of the Fan Systems Business and Engineering Director for the Marine Business...
Chief Executive of British Water
Lila is the Chief Executive of British Water, a dynamic trade association with a varied membership of companies covering all sectors of the water and wastewater industry. This includes manufacturers and suppliers of technologies and services to multi-disciplinary contractors and consultants and water companies. British Water works to bring a coherent voice on behalf of the industry and ensure its members have access to information and contacts that they need to enhance their business development and best practices.
Lila has a BSc (Hons) from Birkbeck, University of London in Economics & Social Policy and a Diploma in International Trade. Lila has over 20 years of international experience supporting business growth, policy development and stakeholder engagement in a variety of industry sectors.
Global Director, HR Business Partnering – Royal BAM N.V.
2018 WISE Man Award winner, Alasdair is responsible for putting people and operating culture at the heart of business performance. He is a passionate advocate for purpose-led business, and promoter of business as a force for good in society. Enthusiastic supporter of human interaction as a route to achieving business goals and a strong believer in equality and inclusion, with a particular focus on gender representation and LGBT+ alliances. Engineer by training, inquisitive by nature, driven by a desire to find elegant and balanced outcomes to business and technical challenges.
Professor Penny Endersby
MA CPhys CEng FInstP FCMI, Chief Executive, Met Office
WISE Ambassador, Penny grew up in North London and gained her first experience of scientific research as a WISE Scholar at GEC in her sixth form. She read Natural Sciences at Cambridge, and was sponsored by British Gas, where she researched the then-new area of solid oxide fuel cells. She joined the Ministry of Defence as a Scientific Officer in 1993...
Professor Serena Corr
Chair of Functional Nanomaterials
Professor Serena Corr, from the Faraday Institution, is the Chair of Functional Nanomaterials and Director of Research at the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering at the University of Sheffield and leads the Energy Storage Research Centre.
Her research addresses the real-world challenges of designing, developing and discovering new materials to create pioneering cathodes for batteries that will hold more charge and be better suited to prolonged use...
Co-Founder & Director at Catalyse Change C.I.C
Traci worked for the Soil Association organic food and farming charity and social enterprise for 18 years. During that time she developed and managed many successful and pioneering sustainability change programmes. As manager of their regional office Organic South West she worked with a diverse range of people from farmers, caterers to Local Authorities and community groups. Helping to create a city-wide food partnership in Plymouth and national Sustainable Food Cities Network before leaving in 2015.
After moving back to Bristol from Devon, she started working for herself and set up Sustain-Live Consulting Ltd, a sustainability change agency to help purpose-led businesses thrive. She also leads the Women in Sustainability Bristol hub.
Then in 2016 she co-founded Catalyse Change CIC to inspire, empower and skill girls and young women as changemakers.