2018, 2019 (Chair)
An all-rounded approach to school subjects had always been my practice, so whilst STEM was always something I’d enjoyed, it was by no means a given that I’d end up following a STEM path when the humanities also seemed to have so much to offer. In the end, one woman tipped the scales for me, although it wasn’t until years later that I realized she’d done so...
Fuel Route Engineer, EDF Energy
From a young age, I knew that I wanted to be a scientist and contribute to developing something worthwhile for society. I went to a comprehensive school, where unfortunately there was no emphasis on STEM subjects and in fact Physics GCSE hadn’t even been scheduled into our timetable...
Mastercard, Digital Payments UK&I
90% of new jobs will require digital skills and women are less likely to go for digital roles, so I think it’s vital that we encourage more women to take up STEM subjects and tech roles in order to prepare for the future. During school, I wasn’t encouraged to work in technology nor did I have any idea of what working in technology could be like. I didn’t start a career in technology until I got a job at Mastercard in 2014, and now I love working in tech!
Engineering Support Officer at Babcock International Group, Defence & Security Division
When I left school, I set myself up as a self-employed relief equestrian & farm worker and it was during this work that I discovered my passion for engineering. As I gathered a more established customer base I started to move away from the dairy aspects of the farming and moved more into the agricultural side which got me thinking about the machinery I frequently worked with, how they operated and how the technology was advancing.
Thales, Systems Engineer
I have been working at Thales UK for three years, having started on their graduate scheme after completing an undergraduate Masters in Physics at Durham University. I began work in Basingstoke as a Sensors Engineer within the defence sector before moving into the Systems Engineering discipline, working on helicopter defence systems...
Dr Jess Wade
Final year PhD student in the Department of Physics and Centre for Plastic Electronics at Imperial College London
I graduated from Imperial College London in 2012 with a First Class MSci in Physics where I was awarded the Tyndall prize for most outstanding final year project. Now I’m a final year PhD student in the Department of Physics and Centre for Plastic Electronics at Imperial College London...
Productivity Lead, GlaxoSmithKline
I became interested in science in at secondary school and I remember being totally fascinated by this complex and exciting world. I was not exposed to external STEM events during my time at school, and if I had been, I could have taken a very different path to what I am doing now ...