WISE is proud to launch our new Ambassador programme. This establishes a network of inspirational, influential and diverse women working in science, technology and engineering, to act as role models and to work together to promote gender balance at the highest levels within the UK.
It will build real momentum on creating gender balance in UK STEM by driving the message through organisations across both public and private sectors.
Professor Dame Celia Hoyles
DBE, OBE, PhD, FIMA
I am an experienced leader in the university sector and in schools and have many years of experience giving speeches to large and diverse audiences – teachers, school leaders. policy makers and leaders of industry. I will seek to bring this experience to my role as WISE Ambassador.
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
I bring a passion for science and engineering and experience of a varied career in engineering, higher education and now legislation to the WISE Ambassador programme.
I still think that we don’t manage to instil the same confidence in women and girls about what they can achieve as we do in men. This means that we are missing a huge amount of talent. I would like to help change this, by challenging stereotypes and subconscious bias - in others, but also in ourselves!
Professor Julia Buckingham CBE
CBE, Vice-Chancellor Brunel University, President of Universities UK
As a WISE Ambassador, I aim to influence workplace culture, which I believe has a very powerful influence on the retention of talented women in science and the extent to which feel empowered to break the glass ceiling and realise their potential.
Lady Kitty Chisholm
Chief Operating Officer, Boardwalk Leadership
My aim will be to influence the development of more inclusive cultures, in educational organisations and employer organisations, enabling girls and women to sustain an interest in STEM subjects and achieve their full potential in their subsequent careers.
Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones OBE
Bombardier-Royal Academy of Engineering Chair in Composites Engineering, The University of Ulster
I will bring a passion and commitment to promoting gender equality in STEM from early years education through to industry plus over 20 years of experience in this field.
An objective that is at the top of my priority list is to determine and implement measures to positively influence girls perceptions of their abilities in STEM in pre-school and key stage 1 years.
Financial Times Chief Product and Information Officer (CPIO)
I will bring enthusiasm and deep experience of the global product and software engineering landscape to my role as WISE Ambassador. With aims to make the media and technology industries aware of the issue of gender diversity and inclusion and influence my peers to take action to create a diverse and inclusive working environment.
Dr Nikita Kanani
Acting Director of Primary Care, NHS England and NHS Improvement
I am passionate about increasing the number of girls and women entering medicine and scientific careers and have always been keen to support this in any way I can. I am be delighted to be a WISE Ambassador and that I am able to use my personal experience and profile to support individuals or groups to feel this passion too!
Professor Carole Mundell
Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA) at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office
I bring a wide-reaching experience in diversity leadership – as a role model, manager and academic leader both nationally and internationally– I have been vocal about the barriers faced by women and other under-represented groups in science and the imperative for culture change.
Market Development Director, IQVIA
I will bring vision in respect of how the UK life science ecosystem will change over the next decade and insight into how women in the sector can identify and embrace the changes and create new opportunities in the sector for other women. Such vision will enable me to help support WISE in developing its priorities and help shape appropriate policy at Government level to support women in life sciences.
Professor Tara Moore
PhD FRSM FRSB Hon FFFLM FHEA NTF Research and Teaching Chair in Ulster University and Chief of Research and Development Officer Avellino Labs USA
With over 25 years of research and teaching experience within numerous academic institutions and industry worldwide I have gained a breadth and depth of experience and skills. My research focuses on translation of laboratory findings to patient benefit and my work with industry, in the most part, drives forward innovations at the bench to patient benefit where possible. My innovative teaching developments are focused on healthcare professions sub speciality training.
As a working mother of seven children I hope I can help mentor others interesting in pursuing careers in science, technology or engineering.
Emer Murnaghan OBE
Vice-President of Institute of Civil Engineers, Head of Sustainable Development, Graham.
I bring authenticity and resilience to the role of WISE Ambassador. The challenge is relentless, but there is a huge disruption currently in society. I think the timing is right, the tipping point is within reach.
Head Application Services and Dev Ops ISS, Ministry of Defence
My primary aim is to provide support and empowerment to the next generation of senior leaders to help them develop and grow a diverse workforce that can start to meet the skills gap for STEM roles but more critically maximise mission outcomes. I don’t think it’s the 50 year old ambassadors who are going to shift culture, it’s the “role model like me” in their 20s and 30s who will make and then capitalise on that shift. It is my role to create the opportunities and the permission for them to innovate and change the culture.
Dr Hayaatun Sillem CBE
Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Academy of Engineering
I am a passionate advocate for the importance of diversity and inclusion (D&I), reflecting both the severity of the diversity deficit in engineering and the fact that, as someone who comes from multiple under-represented groups, the sense of being different has been a very significant feature of my personal and professional experience...
Professor Sheila Rowan MBE
Director of the Institute for Gravitational Research, School of Physics and Astronomy
I will aim to influence the public perception of women in science and more broadly, women in public life as well as, where possible, policy supporting inclusive practice in the STEM arena
Dr Alison Vincent
Managing Director, Valiha Consultancy Ltd.
The main aspect I will bring to the role is one of a role model. Having spent many years in male dominated industries and teams I have been able to show what is possible. During my executive career I have coached and mentored many who followed in my footsteps and it is these practical examples of change that can be shared with others.
Chief Executive Officer, NHS Digital
I am absolutely passionate about gender equality and I strongly believe that a key driver of progress in this area is raising the profile of women currently in the sector, providing role models and ‘explainers’ for women considering coming into STEM, and then working directly with those women to ensure their success and progress within the field.
Dr Sheila Kanani
Education, outreach and diversity officer, RAS
My biggest passion is making STEM accessible to all! I think space is an excellent hook, the thing that can inspire all to want to learn more and do more. I have seen the influencing effects of astronomy on humans and I would use that to make people feel better about themselves and the world around them. I have mentored in the past and am mentoring currently, and would enjoy this type of role again.
Professor Penny Endersby
MA CPhys CEng FInstP FCMI, Chief Executive, Met Office
If I could choose one thing it would be to help young women understand how much improvement they can effect in the world and in people’s lives through choosing science as a career. Beyond that it’s about helping people cross the imagination gap from the insecure uncertain people we all start out as to the senior role models WISE ambassadors now represent.