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I have worked in the education and charity sectors for over five years. After completing a one year marketing internship at King’s College London, I became the Marketing Coordinator for the King’s College London Mathematics School, promoting high-quality STEM education to London’s most talented young mathematicians and scientists. I have also worked at the Royal Opera House (Thurrock), connecting teachers and cultural organisations to deliver inspiring school activities. I graduated from King’s College London with a degree in Geography BA. Aware that my education was enriched by opportunities to 'discover more' through programmes and events lead by various organisations, I now strive to provide those same opportunities to students across the UK and help to discover and follow their passions.
tel: 020 3206 0437 Contact Amy Lawrence here
I support the Big Bang Programme’s digital projects, focusing primarily on the successful delivery and execution of Big Bang Digital.
tel: 07566770218 Contact Ana Basto here
My job is to find new companies (and some charities) to engage with us and support our programmes, either through Big Bang (national and regional), Tomorrow’s Engineers, or membership. I am particularly tasked with finding companies from new sectors that we haven’t engaged with so much previously, to add to the strong connections we have, for example in the Engineering sector.
I’ve worked in the charity sector for about 10 years, initially in Business Development for a Professional Fundraising Organisation promoting Payroll Giving in the workplace, and then 6 years with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) as an Account Manager and Team Leader, where I also had strategic responsibility for corporate consultancy services. I am really excited to be working to promote STEM for young people in the UK and want to encourage as many companies and charities as possible to get involved in this area with us!
tel: 020 3206 0418 Contact Andrew Grazebrook here
I am the Business Partnership Manager, for the Yorkshire and Humber Region. My aim is to establish new collaborative partnerships and networks of employers locally who will work with us to inspire young people about science and engineering and create the next generation of engineers.
By joining forces with others to deliver against this shared ambition, I’m hoping that we will create a wave of change that helps employers secure a pipeline of skilled young people coming into the industry and helps young people secure fulfilling and exciting careers.
Before joining EngineeringUK, I was the Business Development Manager and Government Account Holder for the Nuclear AMRC which is part of the University of Sheffield. My role involved helping companies win new contracts and grow their business in the nuclear sector by working with them to develop their manufacturing capability and sectoral knowledge.
Collaborating with national government, local enterprise partnerships and other relevant organisations featured heavily in my role to maximise the impact of the Nuclear AMRC’s programmes and services.
Prior to this, I worked for the Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward for 9 years, leading, developing and delivering a range of projects and programmes across the region; many of which were focused on the development of workforce skills in key sectors like engineering.
tel: 07714 139305 Contact Annette Valentine here
I lead EngineeringUK’s policy and public affairs function. In this role, I work closely with EngineeringUK’s research team, and communicate our research findings and recommendations to policymakers and other external stakeholders.
I joined EngineeringUK in February 2020. Before then I have been working in the charity sector for over 10 years in a range of policy, campaigning and public affairs functions. During this time, I have looked at a range of issues from women’s representation in politics to improving employment opportunities for disabled people, including access to apprenticeships. I am passionate about improving employment and skills opportunities for all.
tel: 07734 768242 Contact Beatrice Barleon here
I manage the Communications Team, which has responsibility for all aspects of communication for EngineeringUK and its two programmes, The Big Bang and Tomorrow’s Engineers, including media relations, digital communications, marketing and public affairs. The team produces the annual Engineering UK report, our flagship publication into the state of engineering, as well as the engineering careers material which is core to the delivery of our programmes. Our IT developers make sure all of our communications activity works with the digital channels to which our audiences increasingly turn.
I joined EngineeringUK in January 2010 from London Metropolitan University where I had responsibility for all aspects of marketing, communications and fundraising. I spent the first 15 years of my career at BT. Having worked in a range of procurement roles there, I moved into marketing and communications, working with a wide range of Government customers, including spending a period on secondment at the Department of Health. Following that, as the first Director of Membership and Communications at the College of Optometrists, I promoted the importance of maintaining good eye health and raised the profile of the role of optometrists in delivering eye health care via a series of award winning campaigns.
tel: 020 3206 0434 Contact Beth Elgood here
I am responsible for the payroll of the company, management accounts for The Big Bang CIC, VAT returns and other statutory reporting. I also provide HR and pension administration.
Before joining the EngineeringUK I worked in other finance roles in the commercial sector.
tel: 020 3206 0406 Contact Bistra Assenova here
I manage the operational delivery of Energy Quest and the Tomorrow’s Engineers Code. For Energy Quest, I work with delivery partners to enable secondary school pupils to learn about sustainable energy through interactive activities and engineering role models, changing young people’s perceptions on engineering. For The Code, I support organisations that fund, design and/or deliver engineering-inspiration activities to increase the diversity and number of young people entering engineering careers.
Before moving to EngineeringUK I worked in the media and advertising industry and then at King’s College London, leading on a range of student engagement initiatives including outreach and volunteering projects. I have also always been involved in volunteering outside of work, particularly working to engage with and raise the aspirations of young people.
tel: 07566799861 Contact Catherine Sturman here
I work towards our goal of inspiring the next generation of engineers through our new digital platform Neon. As the Content Manager I work closely with our Neon contributors ensuring experiences and careers resources meet our quality standards and are effectively showcased on the platform. I support our network of contributors to further improve their experiences and resources through developing best practice resources.
I graduated from The University of Sheffield, studying International Business Management with a study abroad year at The University of Queensland, Australia. I went on to volunteer in Cambodia for 3 months on a 6-month placement with VSO, leading the setup of business youth clubs in the local area. I volunteered on an environmental programme in the Philippines, presenting on climate issues in local schools.
tel: 07710 967035 Contact Charlotte Gage here
As the events assistant I assist the events manager in operations for the Big Bang Fair.
I have recently completed a master’s in Science Communication, and while there interned at the Imperial Festival, organising an area which focused on the impact of science in society. Previously I worked at the Zoological Museum in Trinity College Dublin, after finishing my undergraduate degree in Zoology.
tel: 020 3206 0404 Contact Chloe Slevin here
I am the Business Partnership Manager for the Eastern region of the UK. I work with employers and local partner organisations involved in the engineering sector. I support and develop employer engagement in inspiring young people in creating the next generation of engineers.
Prior to working with EngineeringUK I worked in the publishing, E-learning and information business sector for over ten years, gaining strong consultative experience in this area. Working on behalf of the IEEE and other engineering publishers in the UK, I have developed my knowledge of the challenges faced in the engineering community, industry and education sector. Through this, I have delivered and supported programmes at corporate organisations and UK universities including women in engineering, career development and research management.
tel: 07395 604683 Contact Christopher Lewis here
My job is to develop and implement the strategic direction of Neon. I work with our partners to ensure that everything we do works towards our goal of inspiring the next generation of engineers.
I spent 15 years working in fundraising, mostly in a community context, before moving into STEM engagement around 5 years ago when I joined the Raspberry Pi Foundation as a Programme Manager. I’m passionate about getting more young people involved in STEM subjects, and previously ran the Code Club at my daughter’s school.
Contact Daniel Powell here
Hilary joined EngineeringUK as Chief Executive in January 2019 and leads the organisation in its mission to inspire the next generation of engineers and increase the talent pipeline into engineering.
Before that, she was Head of Education and Learning at Wellcome, building up a team to improve science education across the UK through research, advocacy, funding and direct interventions.
From 2007-11, Hilary was Assistant Director at Campaign for Science & Engineering working on a breadth of policy issues including: education and skills; government support for public and private research; and its use of scientific evidence.
Prior to that she was an Assistant Professor at the Centre for Molecular and Behavioural Neuroscience, Rutgers, US, exploring early cognitive and language development and developmental disabilities. She gained a DPhil from Oxford in children's reasoning following broader studies in Natural Sciences. She is a governor of a 5-16 comprehensive school.
As Head of Careers, I work with colleagues internally and externally to develop inspiring, accessible careers content for EngineeringUK’s programmes, including Tomorrow’s Engineers and The Big Bang Fair. I lead a careers working group comprising colleagues from the wider engineering community, which collectively develops engaging careers resource materials for our target audiences.
I joined EngineeringUK in 2013. Prior to this I worked for several years as a careers adviser in various secondary schools across London and the surrounding areas. I have also worked as a Connexions Adviser in a community setting, as a primary school learning mentor and as a Maths and English tutor. I really enjoy working with and on behalf of young people, helping them identify and embrace their skills so that they can make informed decisions about their futures and make a positive contribution to society.
tel: 020 3206 0414 Contact Eleanor Eyre here
As Marketing Communications Officer, I work across digital and print media to ensure our stakeholders are kept up-to-date with all EngineeringUK activities. I focus primarily on The Big Bang programme, ensuring our social media channels are engaging, our newsletters are widely read, our events are cohesively branded, and our websites easy to navigate.
tel: 020 3206 0469 Contact Emmanuelle Chazarin here
I'm the Head of Finance, responsible for all aspects of Finance and reporting for the EUK group.
I am an ACCA qualified accountant with nearly 10 years of post-qualified experience. Prior to joining EUK, I was most recently Head of Finance at The Old Vic Theatre where I spent 8 years leading their Finance team. I have also held accountant roles for companies such as Hamleys of London and Clapham House Group, the previous owners of GBK Restaurants. I am an Essex University graduate and spent the years immediately afterwards in Finance Assistant roles for DHL International Ltd and HMV UK.
tel: 07923215778 Contact Folahan Adegoke here
As the Business Development Manager for EngineeringUK, I am responsible for maintaining and building new relationships with companies and organisations of various sizes and sectors across the UK. We are keen to work together to achieve
After completing my masters at University College London in Environmental Geoscience, my career developed in the R&D sector - mainly across governmental bodies and independent organisations. My most recent role involved managing sustainable projects across the construction industry, focussing on sharing good practice on nuclear and defence sites in the UK, and sustainable decommissioning of waste and materials. I have also been responsible for a network which delivered a series of events across UK for the nuclear and defence supply chain, as well as project managing low-carbon initiatives across the built environment and managing a learning network for sustainable healthcare buildings, in partnership with other organisations. I am currently a Fellow of the Geological Society of London and a committee member of their Thames Valley Regional Group.
tel: 020 3206 0427 Contact Gemma Samlal here
As a Research Officer, my main responsibility is to support EngineeringUK's research team on a range of activities, including data analysis and report writing.
Since receiving my Masters in Gender Studies from the University of Sussex in 2015, I have gained experience in the charity sector focusing on initiatives promoting gender equality. Specifically, I have worked in the sport for development sector on challenging gender norms and creating learning opportunities for adolescent girls globally through sport.
Contact Jess Di Simone here
My role at EngineeringUK is to identify, research and engage with organisations we can collaborate with on our programmes Big Bang, Corporate membership and Tomorrows Engineers. I promote the importance of paying forward and investing in young people’s careers education sooner rather than later to help address industry skills shortages.
Before joining EngineeringUK I worked at the British Chambers of Commerce for over three years securing sponsorship for local and national events, publications and digital channels. Prior to this I worked at the Royal College of General Practitioners leading on event sponsorship, and have held various roles in the commercial sector. I’m really pleased to be in a position to be able to utilise the skills I have acquired during my career on a really important issue.
Contact Joanna Henderson Abraham here
I manage the Business & Industry team whose role is to encourage companies from all sectors including Aerospace, Energy, Information Technology, Automotive, Food & Drink, Telecommunications, Construction, Transport etc. to provide their support, both ‘in-kind’ and through their representation on our Business & Industry Panel as a Corporate Member of EngineeringUK; and through sponsorship of our two key programmes, namely The Big Bang Fair and Tomorrow’s Engineers.
I studied Aeronautical Engineering Science at the University of Salford before joining BAE Systems as a Graduate Engineer. I worked on both military and civil programmes including Tornado, Typhoon and Airbus A320. Then, I joined Lucas Engineering & Systems (LE&S), the consulting arm of Lucas Industries, developing Knowledge-Based Systems and Product Introduction related software. I was sponsored by LE&S to undertake a Masters in Business Management Systems at the Warwick Business School and also for a Diploma in Marketing.
After this, I joined Computer Sciences Corporation as part of an outsourcing deal with Lucas Industries and took charge of Marketing and Strategic Planning for the Manufacturing, Aerospace and Automotive sectors. I then joined the Management Consultants A.T. Kearney and managed the Marketing functions at a European level for the Aerospace & Defence, Automotive and Operations Practices. As part of this, I developed and managed a major marketing campaign at a global level for A.T. Kearney’s Global Excellence in Operations (GEO) programme, collaborating with the Financial Times and Fortune.
I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and the Institute of Directors.
tel: 020 3206 0436 Contact John Halton here
I am the Business Partnership Manager for the South West Region. I work in partnership with local stakeholders and key employers who are passionate about inspiring young people to choose a rewarding career in the engineering sector.
I studied Food Science at Leeds University before joining the production team at United Biscuits, for a ten year stint. It was here that I had my favourite job title ever; Hula Hoops Manager.
I then spent an equivalent spell working for Investors in People covering the South West region supporting their team of assessors and advisers plus auditing employment practices in some amazing organisations.
My most recent role as Head of Operations with the South West Business Council involved helping to manage a network of 130 employers, building our membership and the running of regional quarterly conferences, in partnership.
I enjoy being outside, walking my spaniels and growing my own veg.
tel: 07734 605571 Contact Karen Woodward here
I have been working at EngineeringUK since 2012, I started in the role of Programme Manager for Tomorrow’s Engineers, then took over management of The Big Bang UK Young Scientist and Engineers Competition in 2016 and more recently became Community Engagement Manager, managing volunteers for The Big Bang Fair and looking at how we can extend the reach of The Big Bang programmes.
Prior to working at EngineeringUK I worked on the London Engineering Project, liaising with businesses and education providers to deliver a wide range of STEM activities for young people in schools across South and East London.
I have a BA & an MA in English literature. I have always been an advocate for education and whilst studying worked as a student ambassador and a mentor to young female students in South East London.
tel: 020 3206 0432 Contact Laura Mwangi here
I co-lead EngineeringUK's equality, diversity and inclusion strategy implementation. My goal is to ensure that young people from all backgrounds are able to engage with engineering activities and understand the pathway into an engineering career. We conduct research to understand and address the barriers to STEM participation for under-represented groups, implementing evidence-based practices in order to diversify the talent pipeline.
I also work internally to ensure that EngineeringUK is a forward thinking and inclusive organisation.
My work looks to address inequality in STEM engagement and education. I am passionate about improving young peoples' relationship with science; particularly focusing on under-represented and disadvantaged groups. Through addressing inequality in pathways into STEM careers, we not only improve outcomes for the young people involved, but we also contribute to building a stronger society, better equipped to work towards our shared future.
tel: 07566770221 Contact Lauren Crawford here
As a senior research analyst I lead on the Engineering Brand Monitor, a survey of young people, the general public and teachers to understand perceptions of engineering and STEM more generally. I also lead on the FE and apprenticeships side of EngineeringUK's research activities, and support colleagues across the organisation with data needs.
I studied maths at Imperial College, before taking some time out to travel and volunteer overseas in Tanzania with the International Citizen Service programme. I then worked at the Department for Education for just over two years, before completing a short term role in HMRC to help with no deal planning in 'Operation Yellowhammer'! I started at EngineeringUK in May 2019.
Contact Luke Armitage here
After completing my MSc in Applied Statistics at Birkbeck University, I have worked producing public health statistics for the Thames Cancer Registry and more recently at Public Health England where my focus was on tobacco and health inequalities.
Contact Marie Horton here
Whilst studying Business Law at the University of Greenwich, I volunteered for the Metropolitan Police Service for two years in the Missing Person's department and as a Front Counter member of staff. My experiences made me realise the importance of investing back into the community which ignited my passion for the third sector. After my bachelor's degree, I completed a graduate programme where I benefited from three weeks of professional development training followed by a six-month placement at an educational charity. Upon completion, I joined a social regeneration charity where I spent five years developing, managing and delivering a flagship mentoring programme in every secondary school in Islington and supported its expansion into Camden. My role also included creating corporate partnerships in the City of London, delivering safeguarding and child protection training for corporate volunteers and managing a business schools programme that offered a range of bespoke projects to help young people prepare for the world of work.
tel: 07923215780 Contact Marina Khan here
For over 10 years I've been working in educational project management, working on a variety of STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) projects over that time. Before starting at EngineeringUK I was Director of Programme Development at STEMNET, overseeing the management of STEM Ambassadors and STEM Clubs programmes and providing strategic direction for the organisation.
After graduating with a Medicinal Chemistry degree I joined the graduate scheme at GSK where I worked as a Research Scientist for 5 years, developing new drugs in the respiratory therapeutic area. I believe that a career in science, technology, engineering or maths is one of the most rewarding careers you can have and I want to help others to access the opportunities a STEM careers can offer.
tel: 020 3206 0403 Contact Melanie Washington here
I am the Business Partnership Manager for the North East Region. I work collaboratively with engineering employers and partner organisations in the STEM sector to facilitate and support employer engagement with education, in a collective drive to inspire the next generation of North East Engineers.
For the past 20 years I have been working in educational project management on a variety of exciting initiatives including Sunderland Echo’s Newspapers in Education Programme, the Chamber of Commerce network’s Young Chamber initiative linked to North East Chamber of Commerce and Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, Tyneside Economic Development Company’s Enterprise Education Programme and, in more recent times, managing Engineering/Manufacturing focused programmes including South Tyneside Manufacturing Forum’s ‘Made in South Tyneside’ Education Initiative and TDR Trust’s STEM Education Outreach Programme. In that time, I have also been an active member of a number of strategic sub-regional/regional skills groups including South Tyneside’s Learning and Skills Partnership and Curriculum Group, SEMTA’s Apprenticeship Working Group and EEF’s North East Skills Group.
tel: 020 3206 0468 Contact Moira Shaftoe here
As Senior Research and Impact Manager, my role focuses on the development, analysis and delivery of research and evaluation initiatives to support and evidence EngineeringUK’s educational programmes.
My background is in education research, where I have previously focused on identifying and explaining the determinants of educational performance and choice in the UK.
Contact Mollie Bourne here
As the event manager of The Big Bang Fair I am responsible for the development and delivery of the UK Fair working with partners across the STEM sector to ensure that an inspirational and educational event is delivered to our young visitors.
While studying a degree in languages and teaching English in Chile, I never imagined that I would end up managing an event such as The Big Bang Fair, however, after graduating the events industry offered me the perfect opportunity to travel the world and put my newly acquired language skills into practise. After delivering renewable energy exhibitions for 5 years across Latin America, Africa and Asia I moved to EngineeringUK where I have been managing the Big Bang Fair for the last 3 years. It is one of the most exciting and rewarding jobs I have ever had and I love the opportunity we have to inspire the next generation.
tel: 020 3206 0412 Contact Naomi Gilmour here
My role involves writing press releases and news stories to get media interest in how our work and more generally how STEM and engineering can inspire younger generations to reach their potential. As such, I’m the main contact for journalist queries and media interview requests.
I joined EngineeringUK in October 2018. Prior to that, I headed up the press office at Queen Mary University of London and have held communications roles at Imperial College London, Government Office for Science and Defra. While studying for my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Edinburgh, I decided that I more interested in talking about science than doing it and went on to gain a MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London in 2004.
tel: 020 3206 0490 Contact Neha Okhandiar here
I am the Business Relationship Manager for the Midlands. I work collaboratively with STEM employers and partner organisations to support and facilitate engagement with education and inspire the next generation of engineers.
Before joining Engineering UK I worked for the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce as their Skills Engagement Manager. I supported local businesses to attract and retain appropriately skilled workers through work force planning and talent pipelining; Improving links between education and business; enabling inspired, work ready young people for the future in line with the skills agenda.
Previously I had a 16 year tenure as Head of Work Based Learning at a large FE college in the Midlands, specialising in helping employers attract, recruit, train and retain apprentices in to their businesses.
tel: 07763 875174 Contact Nicola Hope here
As Head of the Big Bang programme my role focuses on development, management and successful delivery of the Big Bang programme which includes the UK Fair, Big Bang Near Me and Big Bang Competition.
I have worked in the delivery and development of event programmes across both Healthcare and Education.
tel: 020 3206 0443 Contact Phillip McShane here
I started my career at the BBC and then a digital marketing agency in Brighton, having graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Sussex. After a few years I realised I was passionate about working with people and helping organisations create positive workplaces where employees are able to thrive. I undertook a post-graduate diploma in Human Resources Management, becoming a Chartered Member of the CIPD in 2013. Since then I have occupied senior HR positions in the media/tech industries, joining EngineeringUK as their first Head of People in June 2018.
Contact Rosie Shimell here
My role at EngineeringUK involves managing various business critical areas of the organisation. Our quality management system (which ensures that the organisation is running effectively), learning and development (to ensure that we have the support to manage and develop our people) and I also coordinate all business planning and project management activities within the organisation and provide guidance for individual project leaders.
I have a Masters in Architecture and worked within architecture and the construction industry before moving into the third sector. For nearly five years I worked as Quality Improvement Manager for the Stroke Association after that I moved to the construction industry’s charity CRASH as Projects and Resources Manager managing the charities construction development projects and relationships with construction companies across the UK.
tel: 020 3206 0409 Contact Ryan Richardson here
As Evaluation Manager, I manage the evaluation of our programmes to assess their impact, with an emphasis on groups historically underrepresented in the engineering profession. I work with programmes to embed learning and support the engineering outreach community to evaluate their activity.
I have worked in the charity sector to deliver research and evaluation of programmes for around 15 years. For around 10 years I worked in the mental health field, including completing a PhD in Sociology. Before joining Engineering UK I worked at Unicef UK, evaluating their UK programmes with schools, local authorities and health services.
Contact Sarah Hamilton here
My role is to support the Skills Partnership Programme by co-coordinating our corporate members, creating and managing programme content as well as supporting the further development of tools and resources for our team. Working day-to-day to help shape and coordinate our membership framework, I aim to engage with our partners, and the wider engineering community to bridge the skills gap.
Contact Summer Ochir here
I help ensure that all of Engineering UK’s work engages diverse young people and those who currently are less likely to choose engineering careers. I also help support Engineering companies to reach and recruit diverse young people.
I joined EngineeringUK in September 2020. Previously I have led youth programmes with diverse young people. This has included delivering evidence-based youth smoking prevention work in schools and also enabling vulnerable young people to influence government policy. I also worked for 6 years for the National Deaf Children’s Society, were I led the support service for local charities who engage deaf children and young people. More recently I have worked within a large construction and security business, leading on their Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy. I am passionate about improving opportunities for all young people.
Contact Susi Farnworth here
As Head of Communications I lead the strategic development and manage the delivery of integrated marketing communications across all projects and programmes in support of EngineeringUK’s strategic objectives.
My marcomms career started in 2001 when I joined the Languages NTO in its mission to promote language skills and services to UK businesses. I went on to spend several years in languages advocacy and promotion, running national and international campaigns and projects targeting teachers, employers and learners. Before joining EngineeringUK in September 2014 I spent two years heading up the communications team at Creative Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the creative industries, where I was responsible for developing and ensuring delivery of wide-reaching marketing, communications and PR strategies and campaigns.
tel: 020 3206 0444 Contact Tamzin Caffrey here
Colin Brown was appointed Interim Chief Executive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in July 2018. He had previously been Engineering Director there since 2005. He is also a Director of Five Tribes Ltd, a company looking into stimulating the supply of engineering skills in the UK. He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Engineers and administers their Stephenson Award that recognises achievements in encouraging schoolchildren to study STEM subjects and follow engineering careers.
Colin has had a career in engineering and business management. He has experience of the aerospace, oil and gas and automotive industry sectors through working for Rolls-Royce, BP and Federal-Mogul. He has also been Chief Executive of two small and medium sized engineering enterprises based in the UK but both with international operations.
He graduated from Cambridge University in 1980 with a PhD in fatigue crack growth in titanium alloys. He is a Chartered Engineer, a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Freeman of the City of London
Rashada is recognized as one of the UK’s top 100 Ethnic Minority Leaders (EMpower and Yahoo, June 2020). She is most recognized for her thoughts on diversity in the workplace, employee engagement and helping the next generation of talent reach their potential.
In a professional capacity Rashada is an Enterprise Technologist at Amazon Web Services in the UK. She possesses a strong track record of new business development, account management and consultative selling into Enterprise client organisations.
Prior to joining AWS she spent 9 years with Cisco. Rashada joined as the only black female on the highly competitive Sales academy program which spanned across Europe. She was selected as one of the top 10 graduates in the UK from over 8,000 applicants. It was during this program that she believed more needed to be done to bring more diverse talent into the technology industry.
Rashada co-founded and launched the award winning Your Future, Your Ambition (YFYA) initiative in 2012 as a vehicle to help corporate organisations and students connect and help to bridge the diversity gap in STEAM. To date YFYA has opened its doors to over 7,000 students and has helped to build a successful pipeline of STEAM talent in the UK.
Rashada has been recognised by the UK Prime Minister for her volunteer work and helping the next generation and was awarded a UK Point of Light award in 2018. Recently she has been named as a top 50 most inspiring and influential black voice in UK tech (Tech Nation, 2019) she was a highly commended finalist in the 2019 WinTrade Awards.
Rashada presently sits on the board of the UK’s first black theatre company TALAWA. She is an inclusion ambassador at Amazon, co-lead of the Women@AWS network, and advisor to the Amazon UK Black Employee Network.
Toby King has spent his career building and working in small, hi-tech, engineering companies, predominantly in the medical devices and renewable energy sectors. He is currently CEO of Bowman Power, which develops and sells turbogenerators, which improve the efficiency of large engines by converting the exhaust gas into electricity
Passionate about education and engineering, Toby is often to be found promoting the benefits of a career in engineering to all who will listen, from the Finance department at Astra Zeneca to the cubs and scouts of Hampshire. He has just completed his third term as Chair of Governors of a local school.
Toby has a first degree and a PhD in Medical Engineering from the University of Cambridge. A chartered Engineer, he is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Elaine Roberts joined Lloyds Register in the role of Group Marketing Director in August 2016. As Group Marketing Director, Elaine is responsible for overseeing external marketing, communications and sales activity.
Elaine is a Trustee at Enham Trust, a charity that supports disabled people to live the lives they choose and EngineeringUK, a not for profit organisation, which works in partnership with the engineering community to promote the vital role of engineers and engineering to society.
Prior to joining Lloyds Register, Elaine was Chief Marketing Officer at BCA, Sales and Marketing Director at British Gas Business and Enterprise Marketing Director at Vodafone. She was an officer in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers for 12 years. The application of innovation to improve the customer and employee experience has been a constant theme across her career.
Elaine holds a BSc (Hons) in Mechanical Engineering and a MSc in Defence Technology.
Hayaatun Sillem became Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering in January 2018, having previously held the post of Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director of Strategy since 2006. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, it brings together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. It is active in policy formation, working with engineering bodies in the UK and abroad to influence public policy and encourage engagement in engineering issues. It leads a broad range of programmes across industry and academia to attract more people to a wider range of engineering careers and to enhance the UK’s innovation performance. The Academy receives funding from government, industry and some charitable foundations.
Hayaatun has extensive leadership experience in UK and international engineering and innovation policy and programmes. She is a trustee of the London Transport Museum and Semta, and a trustee and judge for the St Andrew’s Prize for the Environment.
Hayaatun has a Masters in Biochemistry from the University of Oxford and a PhD in signal transduction from University College London. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Jacqui Ferguson is an experienced CEO from the technology industry. Jacqui is the former CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services UK, Ireland, Middle East Mediterranean and Africa, a $3bn P&L and 10,000 people business serving large corporate and mid-sized companies with transformational digital, technology and business process solutions
Jacqui has extensive global experience including living and working in Silicon Valley, California for 3 years with Meg Whitman, Chairman and CEO Hewlett Packard as Chief of Staff focused on a new company strategy and transformation. Prior to Hewlett Packard she worked for Electronic Data Systems, acquired by HP in 2008 and KPMG.
Jacqui is Non-Executive Director Wood PLC, Tesco Bank and Croda PLC. In 2018 she won the NED to watch award in honour of Dame Helen Alexander in the Sunday times NED Awards for her contribution as a NED.
Jacqui is a member of the Scottish First Ministers Advisory Board for Women and Girls aimed at tackling Gender Equality. Jacqui is passionate about what technology can enable, getting young people interested in STEM and advancing more women into executive careers.
Jacqui chaired the public services strategy board for the Confederation of Business and Industry and was a member of the Tech Partnership, the industry body aimed at UK technology skills.
Malcolm Brinded was appointed Chair of EngineeringUK in October 2016.
He was a main Board Director of Royal Dutch Shell plc for a decade until retirement in 2012. His last role was as Executive Director for Upstream International, having previously been Executive Director for global Exploration and Production from 2004, a Managing Director of Royal Dutch from 2002, and Shell UK Chair from 1999. Prior to that he worked in the UK, Netherlands, Oman and Brunei.
Malcolm graduated in Engineering from Cambridge University. He is a Fellow of the UK institutions of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, the Energy Institute, and the Royal Academy of Engineering and has Honorary Doctorates from Aberdeen and Robert Gordon Universities. In 2001, he was awarded the CBE for services to the UK oil and gas industry, and in 2011, HM the Sultan of Brunei appointed him Dato Seri Leila Jasa.
He is currently Chair of EngineeringUK, a Trustee and past-Chair of the Shell Foundation, a Trustee and past-President of the Energy Institute, and Head Judge of the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa prize.
His interests include sailing, cycling and grandfathering.
Nick Baveystock took up the post of Director General of the Institution of Civil Engineers in 2011. Nick is a member of the Construction Industry Council, a non-executive director of Engineering UK, a member of both the Education for Engineering and Engineering the Future boards, and non-executive Vice Chairman of Thomas Telford Ltd.
From an engineering family, after schooling in England and France, Nick joined the British Army in 1985. His early career was spent in Germany, Northern Ireland and the Balkans. He worked for the Director of Military Operations, was personal staff officer to the Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff (Operations), and then the Commander of NATO forces in Kosovo. He commanded Royal Engineer units at all ranks up to Brigadier; deploying on operations in Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Kosovo, and Iraq where he commanded a Regiment, was Chief of Staff of coalition forces and Chief Engineer in Southern Iraq. Nick attended the Royal College of Defence Studies in 2007 before command of the Royal School of Military Engineering, leading the £3.2 Bn RSME Public Private Partnership.
He has, for the last 10 years, been increasingly involved in international post conflict reconstruction and development: roads and power stations in the Balkans; and the repair and management of regional utility infrastructure including water supply, irrigation, oil and gas, sewerage and transport in Iraq. His RCDS thesis, subsequently published, dealt with the challenges of post conflict reconstruction.
Married to Chris for nearly 20 years, he has a passion (but little talent) for golf, reads voraciously, shoots very badly a couple of times a year, and spends much of his limited spare time acting as deputy assistant under-groom to his wife’s horses, or walking his increasingly spoilt spaniel.
Nigel Fine was appointed Chief Executive of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in June 2009. The IET is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technician community, with more than 150,000 members in 127 countries. The IET provides a global knowledge network to facilitate the exchange of ideas and promote the positive role of science, engineering and technology in the world.
Nigel graduated from UMIST in 1978 with a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering and received his MBA from the London Business School in 1984. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the ICE and IET.
His professional career has included working for Experian Plc where he was Managing Director for EMEA and Asia Pacific and he was an Associate Partner at Andersen Consulting (Accenture). His early career was with John Laing and International Paint.
Nigel is a non-executive Director of EngineeringUK and Chairs the Professional Panel of CEO’s representing the licensed Professional Engineering Institutions in the UK, and Chairs the Audit Committee. He sits on the Strategy Board of Education for Engineers and the Technician Council.
Sarah Spurgeon is currently the Head of the Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department at University College London.
After gaining a doctorate in Electronics from the University of York, she held academic positions at the University of Loughborough,the University of Leicester and the University of Kent.. She was appointed as Professor of Engineering at the University of Leicester in 2002 and was Head of their Department of Engineering from 2006-2008. She was Professor of Control Engineering and Head of the School of Engineering and Digital Arts at the University of Kent from 2008-2016. Her research interests are in the area of systems modelling and analysis, robust control and estimation. Her research contributions were recognised by the award of the Honeywell International Medal in 2010 and the award of an IEEE Millenium Medal in 2000.
A Chartered Engineer and a Chartered Mathematician, Professor Spurgeon is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering where she chairs their Ingenious Panel which, supported by BIS, prioritises funding for public engagement projects which put engineering at the heart of society. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineering and Technology, a Fellow of the Institute of Measurement and Control and a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.
Sarah Spurgeon is President of the Institute of Measurement and Control and Vice President of the Engineering Professors Council. She is an independent member of the Defence Scientific Advisory Council (DSAC) which provides independent advice to the UK Secretary of State for Defence on matters of concern to the Ministry of Defence in the fields of Science, Engineering, Technology and Analysis (SETA).
Internationally, she is a member of Council of IFAC for the period 2014-2017 and is the UK representative on the General Assembly of the European Control Association.
Chris Atkin is a professional research engineer turned academic. Chris was President of the Royal Aeronautical Society from 2016-2017 and is presently chairman of the Engineering Council.
After studying at Cambridge, Chris started his career with British Aerospace at the Hatfield and Woodford plants. Chris joined the Defence Research Agency at Farnborough in 1994 and, following the formation of QinetiQ, was appointed Technical Manager for Aerodynamics and Aeromechanical Systems. In 2008 Chris took up the Chair in Aeronautical Engineering at City University, re-building City’s wind tunnel test and research capability and also serving variously as Department Head, Dean and latterly Head of Engineering. Chris was appointed Head of Engineering at the University of East Anglia in January 2020.
Chris’s research interests include aircraft fuel efficiency and he has worked in both the experimental and theoretical domains, with support from UK industry, the Aerospace Technology Institute, the UK Research Councils and the European Union.
Paul is currently Chief Executive of the Institute of Physics, the UK’s Professional Body and Learned Society for Physics. He is also a board member and past-chair of Sense about Science, a charity which champions the use of scientific evidence in policy making and public life, and a Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Reading. He is also is currently the head of delegation for the UK and Ireland to the International Union on Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP).
Following his time as the Met Office’s Chief Advisor to Government, and before taking over at the Institute of Physics, Paul was the Chief Executive of the Royal Meteorological Society. Whilst in that role he was a member of the Board of the Society for the Environment, the Science Steering Group for the UK’s Joint Weather and Climate Research Programme, and the Advisory Board for e-Research South. He was also a member of the Standards Quality Council, and for many years was a reviewer for the Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Further and Higher Education.
He has also led the UK delegation to several UN and EU technical committees on meteorology, as well as a member of the Physics Advisor Panel at the University of Wales, one of the Government’s Science and Society Champions, Chairman of one of the UK’s national e-Science projects, and the founding editor of the international journal Atmospheric Science Letters (ASL).
Paul has also been the General Manager for EcoConnect, a joint-venture between the UK and New Zealand Governments, a Non-Executive Director and Chief Scientist of a City company working in risk management. He was the Chairman of the UK Research Council’s programme on the Flood Risk from Extreme Events (FREE) and until 2009 held a visiting professorship at the University of Salford. Paul is a past board member of the Science Council, and was also a Non-Executive Director and latterly Deputy Chairman of the Board of NHS Berkshire West. Paul also holds an Honorary Degree from the University of York.
Rachel White serves as Global CEO Arcadis Digital Business. In this newly created role, Rachel’s focus is to develop and lead a comprehensive strategy and transformation plan to evolve the business into the digital age. Rachel will take into consideration the impacts and plan for each area of the business and work with the COO to operationalise the change(s).
Her role as CEO for Europe South is to progress a growth plan for developing Countries including targets and acquisitions as well as encouraging collaboration across the whole region to align thinking and share best practices.
Terry is the Chief Executive of CIWEM, and is responsible for the delivery of the Institution’s strategic aims and its services to members and the public interest.
Terry has nearly 30 years’ experience as a River and Coastal flood risk manager having delivered major projects in some of the world’s most beautiful and challenging locations. Previously, Terry managed the rivers and coastal business for Jacobs Engineering and worked in their global business development group.
He is a member of CIWEM and has served the Institution on the committee of CIWEM's Rivers and Coastal Group between 2004 and 2011 and was chair during its 60th anniversary year in 2009. He has also served as a Board Trustee.
Terry has always been active in helping to influence policy and research in flood risk management, exemplified through representing CIWEM and the Institution of Civil Engineers at a number of conferences including an international conference on adaptation to climate change, held in China and a joint conference with The American Society for Civil Engineers held in Canada.
He firmly believes that water should be managed by considering the entire water cycle and all of the demands placed on water.