Meet the judges for the 2018 WISE Awards

Monika Biddulph

ARM, VP, Planning and Delivery

Since joining ARM in 1998, Monika has worked in a variety of technical and commercial positions, including most recently as general manager of software and systems group, as general manager of partner enablement group, and in IP and tools licensing, product marketing and application engineering. She has been an ARM STEM Ambassador and is a passionate advocate for Women in Engineering.

Prior to ARM, Monika completed her PhD in experimental high energy physics at ETH Zurich, Switzerland. From July 2014 to July 2015, Monika was a non-executive director on the Board of Linaro

Richard Carter

BASF, Managing Director UK & Ireland

Richard assumed the role of Vice President in charge of BASF’s UK/Ireland Unit, as well as Managing Director of BASF companies in the UK and Ireland in 2016. Up until then Richard had spent his entire 30-year chemicals industry career outside of the UK, working for Bayer in Germany and Taiwan before joining BASF in 1988, where his roles have seen him based in Europe, Asia and America. Before returning to the UK he was based in Germany as Vice President, Global Key Account Management for BASF’s Home & Personal Care Business in Europe & Asia Pacific.

Allan Cook, CBE

Chairman of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult and co-chair of the Defence Growth Partnership

Allan Cook was a non-executive director and chairman of WS Atkins from September 2009 until July 3rd 2017 when Atkins was acquired by SNC-Lavalin. He was chairman of Helios Towers plc until March 2018. He is a chartered engineer with more than 40 years’ international experience in the automotive, aerospace and defence industries. He was chief executive of Cobham PLC until the end of December 2009. Prior to this he held senior roles at GEC- Marconi, BAE Systems and Hughes Aircraft. He was deputy chairman of Marshall of Cambridge (Holdings) Limited until December 31st 2015 and is a member of the operating executive board of J.F. Lehman & Company based in New York.

Sam Hubbard

The Institution of Engineering and Technology Trustee, System Engineer at Urenco UK

Sam is a part of a new team of System Engineers at Urenco, a Uranium Enrichment Company in Chester. Sam has been with the company since 2014, initially as the Lead C,E & I Engineer and now enjoying the more technical role learning about the various systems and applying engineering knowledge to improve them. Previously Sam spent over 20 years in paper manufacture from completing her apprenticeship to developing and leading a Process Engineering Group.

“I am honoured to be a guest judge for these series of awards, they are very important to me as they have enhanced my career, opened new opportunities and networks and increased my confidence and visibility. I would like to be a part of that for others too!”

Sue Husband

Education and Skills Funding Agency, Executive Director of the National Apprenticeship Service

Sue Husband is the Director of the National Apprenticeship Service at the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), an executive agency of the Department of Education (DfE).Sue is responsible for two of the customer facing services of the ESFA; the National Apprenticeship Service and the National Careers Service.The National Apprenticeship Service supports the delivery of apprenticeships and traineeships in England, supporting employers and individuals to realise the benefits of apprenticeships.The National Careers Service provides impartial careers information and adviceand guidance to adults and young people to support their decision-making about learning and work.

Louise Kingham, OBE FEI

Energy Institute, Chief Executive

Louise Kingham OBE FEI is Chief Executive of the Energy Institute (EI), the leading professional body for energy, which promotes excellence by developing knowledge, skills and good practice in the global energy sector. Louise has spent 25 years working with energy professionals around the world. Louise is currently a Council member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Energy Studies and a Board member of the Powerful Women initiative. In 2006, she received a Global Leadership in Energy Award and in 2011, the OBE from HM Queen for services to the energy industry. In 2017 she was awarded an Honorary Science Doctorate from the University of Bath.

Ann Watson

Semta Group, Chief Executive

Ann Watson has been the Chief Executive of Semta Group since 2014 and works strategically with engineering employers to identify and develop solutions to the many skills challenges within the sector. As part of her role Ann represents employer views to Government departments and stakeholders such as the Institute for Apprenticeships to ensure that skills policy reflects the needs of engineering sector employers.

Emily Wilson

New Scientist, Editor

Emily spent 18 years as an editor at the Guardian before joining New Scientist in April 2018. Her jobs at the Guardian included running its Sydney operation.

Helen Lightbody

Head of Central Services, Babcock International Group

Helen graduated in Manufacturing Engineering and Management from Strathclyde University and over a 27 year career has held a variety of positions in manufacturing and project management in the commercial and defence sectors and in a diverse range of industries including electronics and heavy engineering. She joined Babcock at Her Majesty’s Naval Base (Clyde) in 2005 as the Business Planning Manager. She has recently taken up a new role as Head of Central Services, responsible for developing and implementing a new function to provide a range of critical services to support the customer’s operational and maintenance programmes. She is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Mona Seeberger

Helicopter Technician, Babcock International Group.

Mona Seeberger is a 20 year old Helicopter Technician at Babcock International Group plc based in Augsburg, Germany. Mona started her career at 16 years old as an apprentice for Babcock. During her 3.5 years of training as a technician, she also completed her private pilot license (PPL-H) on a Cabri G2 helicopter. Since her apprenticeship started, Mona has worked on a range of helicopters, including the H155, AS365, AS350, R44 and Cabri G2 models. From the beginning of May 2018, Mona gained her Certifying Staff License for Line Maintenance of the Cabri G2. She has found the experience of working on helicopters in a technical capacity has improved her confidence and comfort in flying them.
Since she was a young girl, Mona has had an avid interest in flying helicopters and in 2016 she started filming her piloting experiences and uploading them to YouTube to raise awareness of female pilots and inspire other women to learn to fly. Mona hopes to get her commercial pilot license (CPL-H) within the next year.

Wg Cdr Glynis Dean

RAF, Wing Commander

Wing Commander Glyn Dean is responsible for Royal Air Force Youth Engagement and the development of STEM and Diversity strategies that will deliver a sustainable RAF workforce that is more reflective of UK society. She is the author of gender and BAME research that has underpinned a series of engagement strategies that will address under-representation from these key groups and ensure that the RAF continues to attract talented young people. Glyn’s work places particular emphasis on improving the recruitment of women into the engineering and technical specializations of the Service and she is responsible for award-winning programmes in the STEM Youth space.

Andy Baker

HR Lead - Early Careers Programmes - Recruitment, MBDA

Having started his career as an apprentice with MBDA UK, as he points out, many years ago. Andy has over 22 years’ experience working in a variety of recruitment roles, primarily within the engineering and defence industry both onsite and across with some of the leading recruitment companies. Prior to his current role he spent 6 years managing the MSP (subcontractor Recruitment Programme) on behalf of MBDA UK. He has been in his current position as HR Lead within Early Careers Recruitment for just under 2 years and remains committed to encouraging women/girls into engineering and STEM through the many outreach programmes and education initiatives the business currently support.

Chloe Le Grand

Mechanical Design Engineer, MDBA

I joined MBDA as an apprentice in 2013, where I gained a HNC in mechanical engineering. I loosed off the scheme last September into the ‘In Service Support team’ as a mechanical design engineer where I support day to day production queries as well as running design investigations and using CAD software to analyse designs. I am also involved in a number of STEM activities through MBDA, including robotics tournaments and an outreach program designed to encourage more young girls to consider STEM.

Clare Bye

EVP Human Resources, AVEVA

Clare has over 25 years generalist HR experience gained across a variety of sectors working both nationally and globally. Prior to joining AVEVA in 2015, Clare ran her own HR consultancy for 5 years. Clare has held senior HR leadership roles with Marks and Spencer, RAC and Munters AB. She is member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and has a Post Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management.

Katie Hannaford

Senior Software Engineer, AVEVA

Katie is a Senior Software Engineer at AVEVA, working on the system to create 2D engineering diagrams from a 3D model designed using other AVEVA products. She joined the AVEVA graduate scheme in October 2013 after graduating with a degree in Mathematics from Warwick University. Upon finishing the graduate scheme Katie became a Software Engineer and has recently been promoted to Senior Software Engineer. For the last year she has taken on more responsibility by also becoming Scrum Master for two scrum teams following Agile methodologies.

Shelley Caton

Head of Culture & Diversity, BAM Nuttall

Shelley was appointed at Head of Culture & Diversity after 12 years working for BAM Nuttall in a variety of HR related roles. Shelley started out as a Recruitment Advisor, became seconded into Learning and Development and has since moved through roles in Learning and Development & HR. In this time, she has been influential in the strategic direction of their Women@BAM group and the broader diversity agenda. Shelley was one of the original members of this Women@BAM group which seeks to improve the gender balance in the organisation, particularly with the issue of getting women into senior roles. Now heading up a team of 3, Shelley now manages the Culture & Diversity at BAM Nutatll, working both internally and across the industry externally.

Daryl Charlton

Site Engineer, BAM Nuttall

Daryl is a Site Engineer, she joined BAM Nuttall over 4 years ago as a summer placement student from Liverpool John Moore’s University, upon graduation Daryl has worked on a variety of exciting fast paced projects including the world’s first “Float and Submerge” Gravity base offshore windfarm.
Daryl is currently site based but has a very heavy hand in the roll out of digital construction works packages across the company, she has recently won the “Keep your eye on this one” award at the BIM Show Live Awards 2018.
Daryl is an ICE & STEM Ambassador and has played an active role within the ICE over the past few years delivering presentations, technical debates, lectures and workshops to local schools encouraging young people to join our fantastic industry.
A very outgoing young woman, Daryl enjoys cycling, Mountain walking and socialising with her friends and family.

Andrew Randewich

Chief Scientist, AWE

After completing a PhD in plasma physics, he joined the company in 1997 in the High Altitude Nuclear Effects Team where he developed a novel capability to model Artificial (Nuclear Induced) Van Allen Belts. He also worked to improve AWE’s understanding of and capability in Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) phenomenology, and won the Discovery Award for Early Career Scientific Innovation.
Andrew later worked on thermonuclear burn modelling in support of Inertial Confinement Fusion (ICF), and as a Team Leader for transport algorithms in the Computational Physics Group. Since then, Andrew spent two years managing the Physics Certification programme, and in 2009 moved to lead the High Performance Computing Group where he was involved in the procurement and installation of some of the largest computers in the UK. After 6 months as acting Head of Design Physics, Andrew was appointed Head of Plasma Physics in November 2011.
The Plasma Physics Department’s main role is using high power lasers to underwrite high energy density physics simulations. As part of the role, Andrew was Asset Manager for the ORION laser, one of the largest science capital investments in the UK. Andrew also managed several other science facilities such as the ASP neutron accelerator.
Also in 2011, Andrew became Head of Profession for Physics with responsibility for the Continuous Professional Development of all Physicists at AWE, and the company’s interactions with the Institute of Physics.
Andrew became AWE Chief Scientist in 2013 in which role he Assures AWE Science and Capability and leads the company’s Strategic External Outreach with Universities, Industry and OGDs. Andrew is a Chartered Physicist and a Fellow of the Institute of Physics. He was also appointed as a visiting Professor at Imperial College, London in April 2012.

Sophie Duong

Graduate Systems Engineer, AWE

Sophie joined the company in September 2017 as part of AWE’s graduate scheme after completing her BEng (Hons) degree in Materials Science and Engineering at Queen Mary University of London. She is now part of a Technical Engineering group working within the Systems Engineering and Integration team. Sophie’s first project at AWE was to design an emergency response procedure. Currently, she is working on future capability development. Sophie is one of the AWE Engineering Graduate Programme Induction Team members and actively endeavours to improve the engineering graduate scheme for future intakes.

Gareth Hedicker

Head of Development & Experimental Engineering – Civil Aerospace, Rolls Royce PLC

He started his career as a graduate trainee in Lucas Aerospace having completed a degree in Aerospace Systems at Coventry University, before moving into mechanical design within Lucas Aerospace and then TRW. He subsequently held a variety of engineering project and functional leadership positions related to engine control systems and power electronics for flight control systems within TRW & Goodrich. Following this Gareth held positions in programme management looking after both NPI and in-service products before moving into a number of operational roles. This position led to Gareth moving back into engineering in his current role with a value stream that includes Engineering, Programme Management and Operational teams.

Stephanie Newman

IPT Leader HP & IP Turbine Blades, Rolls Royce PLC

Stephanie joined Rolls-Royce in 2009 after graduating from Cambridge University with a Masters in Aerospace Engineering. She joined the Rolls-Royce Engineering Leadership Graduate Scheme which allowed her to do a variety of roles across engineering in a number of business sectors including 9 months in the Electrical Systems research group in Singapore. After completing her graduate training she moved to Montreal, Canada for 2 years to work in the Energy Gas Turbine sector before returning to the UK as Airframe Integration Manager for the Trent 1000 engine on the Boeing Dreamliner Aircraft. Last year she was selected for a secondment as the President of the Defence Business’s Technical Assistant.

Vanessa Yiu

Global manager, Security Platform Reliability Engineering team, Goldman Sachs

Vanessa is the global manager of the Security Platform Reliability Engineering team at Goldman Sachs. She serves as a senior sponsor of Goldman Sach's European Women in Engineering network, with focus on technical and career development. She is also a member of the firm's Campus Recruitment Committee, and mentors a number of engineers across the division.

Ria Biggs

Associate, Security Incident Response Team, Goldman Sachs

Ria Biggs is an Associate in the Security Incident Response Team at Goldman Sachs. She first joined Goldman Sachs in 2012 as a Work Placement during her penultimate year at De Montfort University, Leicester. Following graduating with a First Class BSc(Hons) in Forensic Computing, Ria re-joined Goldman Sachs in 2014 on the Graduate Scheme. Since this date, Ria has held various roles within the Security Incident Response Team covering Threat Intelligence, Incident Response and Cyber Threat Hunting. She is also currently studying for a Masters in Information Security at Royal Holloway University, London.

Megan Stowe

Procurement Director, Corporate Strategic Procurement and International Supplier Diversity & Inclusion Program Manager, Intel Corporation

Megan has been at Intel for 20 years working in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK during this time. She started in Sales and Marketing in Australia working in PR and events management and then moved to Hong Kong to start up their SMG site procurement in Asia During this time she has covered a variety of roles including Sales & Marketing, Travel, relocation, immigration & HR procurement areas. She has predominantly held Global positions, setting global procurement and Supply chain sustainability strategies, performance metrics and managing global teams (LAR, NA, APAC and EMEA) She has worked and lived in Asia Pacific (10 years) and EMEA (10 years).

Abi Vocking

Talent Acquisition Manager for EMEA, Intel Corporation

Abi has over 20 years experience working in the field of HR, Strategic Sourcing and Talent Acquisition. Abi started her career in recruitment, followed by a move to HR which took her to live in Munich and then Prague working for a busy European start-up company.
Abi has been at Intel for over 10 years having initially joined as a commodity manager in the strategic sourcing team supporting temporary and permanent staffing suppliers globally. Abi then transitioned to support Intel’s IT services outsourcing companies and in that time was successful through leading the design of a transformational program to save Intel $25m over 3 years. For this initiative Abi was awarded Procurcon’s “Rising Star” award in 2014.
Abi recently moved into the Global Talent Acquisition team and currently manages a team of recruiters who support Intel’s hiring across EMEA. One of Abi’s key focuses is to take on the challenge of increasing the numbers of diverse hires Intel employs to make diverse hiring part of Intel’s DNA. Currently the work she has been doing on this has led to Intel hitting their diversity hiring targets for technical females for Intel’s software development and engineering fields in Europe.

Jane Whitney

Maintenance Manager at Cottam Power Station, EDF Energy

Jane is currently the Maintenance Manager at Cottam Power Station, a coal fired plant in the East Midlands. She is responsible for all aspects of maintenance required to keep the 2000MW plant available to provide safe reliable generation to the UK energy mix as demand requires.
Jane joined EDF Energy in 2009 as a graduate engineer with an MEng (Hons) degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Manchester.
She spent 7 years working at Heysham 1 Nuclear Power station in both Engineering and Maintenance roles before moving to Cottam Power Station in 2017 to diversify her experience within the company. She is now responsible for a department of over 200 company and contract staff accountable for delivering multi million pound project and routine maintenance work.

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