May 2017
Women's Engineering Society eNewsletter
Welcome to the May edition of the WES newsletter! 

In this month's newsletter we have a special feature on INWED17, as well as updates on WES, upcoming events, job postings and news from our partners. 

Job listings are found in the WES Jobs section below or you can click here.  

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WES Updates and Events

WES Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

WES are delighted to announce the appointment of Kirsten Bodley as Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 June 2017. Kirsten has been acting as interim CEO for the Society since October 2016.

After graduating with a Chemistry degree from King's College, London, Kirsten started her career with Courtaulds, before gaining an MBA from Imperial College, London and joining KPMG Consulting as a Management Consultant. She later became a Director at STEMNET, and then CEO for six years. She also is a trustee at Founders4schools.

WES President Benita Mehra commented, "Having conducted an extensive search and selection process, I am delighted that Kirsten Bodley is joining WES as CEO. Kirsten has considerable experience and expertise and a strong track record of success in running a charity in a complex environment with a multitude of institution, charities and outreach organisations. I am confident that, under Kirsten's leadership, the team will deliver the change and growth necessary to take WES forward and enhance the value for our members".

Kirsten Bodley commented, "I am delighted to be appointed Chief Executive at WES as we are entering a really exciting growth phase for the charity, increasing our reach and support for women in engineering. I look forward to leading the organisation through its centenary in 2019 and into the next 100 years."
WES Young Members' Board

WES YMB met for the second meeting of the year at Glasgow Science Centre on 5th May. 

The meeting was hosted by YMB member Caroline Carslaw and began with an introduction from SSE's Diversity and Inclusion Manager Rosie Mcree which highlighted some of the achievements SSE have made in this area which we all aim to take away and inspire in our own workplaces and networks. This was followed by a tour of the Science Centre itself by Director of Science Robin Hoy - which included some fun and games! 

WES YMB chaired a session at the WES Conference on 12th May - it was a great opportunity to meet other WES members and share knowledge and experiences. 

Do follow us on twitter @YMB1919 and on Instagram @wesymb.
WES Heart of England Cluster Event

WES Heart of England Cluster visit to Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) scenic workshops

A visit has been arranged to the scenic workshops of the RSC, Stratford-on-Avon on Tuesday 27th June 2017 at 2pm. The workshop is where the RSC sets and props take shape, using the drawings and a 1:25 scale model presented by the designer to make the design a reality, creating a set that will last a whole season of performances. 

The visit is limited to 15 attendees, so to book your place please email Helen:
WES Cluster Co-ordinator Kirsten Oliver

Kirsten Oliver, along with a colleague from INTECSEA participated in the WISE (women in Science and Engineering) themed event held at the Warwick School in Redhill Surrey. Kirsten and Sharmila work in the offshore oil and gas industry and were joined by colleagues from Atkins, McLaren, Frazer Nash, BAE, NHS, Black and Veatch, Virgin Airways. 

This half day event enabled nearly one hundred 12-14yr old female students from a newly established Academy group of schools; Warwick School (Redhill), Therfield School (Leatherhead) and The Ashcombe School (Dorking) to interview twenty Engineers from different fields in a speed dating environment. The aim of the event was to share information on what jobs entail and the entry routes that we all followed. A great fun morning was had by the girls and the WISE women volunteers.
WES Past President Jan Peters MBE

A t the end of April Jan Peters had an exciting day at Buckingham Palace collecting her (well deserved!) MBE for services to women in engineering and science. Jan continues to champion inclusion in engineering and is currently working on a report with UCL to reframe how we educate engineers. 
WES Jobs
INWED17International Women in Engineering Day #INWED17

International Women in Engineering Day  #INWED17
 23 June 2017

The sub-theme for INWED17 is #MenAsAllies , acknowledging the efforts of male peers promoting equality and diversity across engineering disciplines.

If you're not already thinking about what you can do for INTERNATIONAL WOMEN IN ENGINEERING DAY #INWED17, then why not start now!   

Resource Pack
Download the INWED17 Resource Pack full of event ideas and ways to get involved in celebrating International Women in Engineering Day in 2017. 

Media Kit
Available shortly the new media kit for event participants and supporters. If you would like to receive the kit email

Event Registration
Help keep everyone up to date with all the events taking place by   registering  your upcoming #INWED17. Send the   Event Notification Form to  and your event will be displayed on the INWED17 interactive map.

Get the Look
Have you seen the latest must-have INWED17 T-shirts and tank tops? If you want to wear your passion on your sleeve and celebrate in style buy direct from our EngiWear online store

Nominations for the Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35, in partnership with The Daily Telegraph, have now closed.  All nominations will be presented to a judging panel from WES, and the top 50 will be revealed next month on International Women in Engineering Day, 23 June 2017. 

UNESCO patronage for #INWED17
UNESCO has approved patronage for International Women in Engineering Day in 2017.
UNESCO welcomes the "initiative which aims, this year, to raise the profile of women in the STEM fields, and more particularly in engineering, across the globe. It will, therefore, contribute to the achievement of the newly-adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to Gender Equality, on of UNESCO's global priorities."

More Sponsors for #INWED17
INWED are delighted to announce that the following sponsors OPTIO, ChapmanBDSP, IGEM and London Fire Brigade have come on board:
WES is hugely grateful to all our Sponsors who who provide invaluable support as our partners for INWED17.

For for more tools and tips check out the website over the coming month. Please help spread the word: follow us on Twitter @INWED1919 and use the #INWED17 hashtag to share your thoughts, ideas and pictures with us.
Upcoming Events
INWES-Europe - Next Board meeting and Colloquium

8-9 June
Montpelier, France

As many WES members will be aware, WES is a founder member of  INWES and the regional network, INWES-Europe.

WES members who are interested in INWES-Europe are encouraged to express an interest in attending as observers the next INWES-Europe Executive Board meeting on the 9 June 2017, at  EPF Eccles d'Ingénieurs followed by a tour of EPF and dinner. On 10 June, a European colloquium "Coaching and women entrepreneurship: what's new!? " open to all members will be held, followed by local visits and networking. Sarah Peers, WES Vice President and INWES-Europe Comms Chair will be talking about the value of mentoring and coaching and WES activity in this area. 

To find out more, email
Advances in Process Automation and Control 2017  

12-14 June 2017 
[members £575, non-members £675, students £175 excluding VAT]
The Vox Conference Centre, Birmingham, UK 

Advances in Process Automation and Control 2017 will examine the technologies that underpin the industrial internet of things, and will explore the implication of the fourth industrial revolution for the process industries that we serve.

The event will encourage the cross fertilisation of ideas, expertise and technologies by bringing together the researchers from our strong academic base, practitioners with in-depth experience of the traditional process control sectors, and representatives from new domains of application and manufacturing sectors.

Who should attend? The conference is relevant to professionals in academia, commerce, research and development who are active in the automation and process control industry including:  UK automation community - academia, industrial end users and suppliers;  policy makers - including research councils and other funding bodies;  European academic base;  international end-users;  PhD students/post-doc research associates. Presentations are designed to appeal to both new and experienced practitioners.

Conference programme and registration
Women in Engineering Wikithon

15 June 2017
Wellcome Library, London

Wellcome Library and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) are joining forces to host a Women Engineers Wikithon. 

Join us to celebrate the women engineers that deserve a more prominent place in the online historical record. You'll hear inspirational talks on some women from the history of engineering, then develop your digital skills and learn how to edit Wikipedia in order to harness the power of the web for public engagement. There'll also be the opportunity to see some interesting archive materials and to explore the Wellcome Collection's Electricity: The Spark of Life exhibition.

If you are looking for materials and references on possible entries then please  contact Nina Baker, Engineering Historian .
#9PercentIsNotEnough IET Conference

23 June 2017
IET Birmingham: Austin Court, UK

Overcoming barriers to inspire, attract, recruit and retain more women in engineering and technology

Only 9% of the engineers in the UK are women. This disconnect will damage engineering and technology companies for years to come if something is not done about it. However, the answer, of course is not a simple one; it is complex, multi-layered and sometimes subtle and unconscious.

The #9PercentIsNotEnough Conference and Workshops event will provide a platform to disseminate their best practice through 9 practical workshops, panel discussions and case studies. There will also be plenty of networking time during the day and into the evening drinks reception.

Planned to coincide with International Women in Engineering Day, the event will provide 3 key benefits for you and your colleagues:
  • Take away practical solutions to help you embed more female engineers to meet the talent crunch of the 21st century
  • Hear from leaders of major engineering and technology companies as they provide advice on how to increase the 9% figure
  • Network with fellow participants to share your ideas and glean those of others to incorporate into your organisation
The Race To Respond!

Saturday 1 July 2017 [£25 per person, £300 per team]
Bletchley, Buckinghamshire 

5 reasons why you shouldn't miss The Race To Respond!

1. MUD IS FUN | Running in the mud will bring out your inner child. It's a way to get down and dirty while hauling, scrambling, climbing and wading your way around the course in order to deliver emergency aid. It's definitely much more fun than a traditional race in the park.

2. STRENGTHEN YOUR TEAM | You have to complete the Race to Respond as a team. For a lot of the obstacles, you need your mates to help you get through it. Doing it with your colleagues is a great way to create a strong team bond, enhancing a team's ability to work closely and efficiently together.

3. NETWORK WITH PEERS FROM THE CONSTRUCTION & ENGINEERING SECTOR | Because of CARE's expertise in providing emergency shelter, we'll have a high number of participants from the construction and engineering sector taking part, as well as participants with similar skills from other industries. This is a great opportunity to informally meet peers from your own sector and exchange information on challenges, experiences and goals.

4. FEEL LIKE A HUMANITARIAN HERO FOR A DAY | Unlike other mud runs, the obstacles will be inspired by the real life challenges faced by CARE's aid workers when responding to earthquakes, typhoons, and other humanitarian emergencies. You'll get the real feel for what it takes to be a humanitarian hero for one day!

5. SUPPORT A GREAT CAUSE | The funds you raise will support CARE International's work around the world, helping vulnerable people living in poverty and families affected by disaster.

More News
The Characteristics of Engineering Apprentices and Undergraduates

The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation have commissioned the research agency ICM Unlimited to carry out this major study, identifying the reasons why people choose to train as engineering apprentices and study for an engineering degree.

They are particularly keen to maximise the number of female respondents and are seeking your help with an exciting and important research study aimed at:
(i) current or recent engineering apprentices (Level 2 or higher)
(ii) current or recent engineering undergraduates
(iii) company HR departments, college admissions, FE or HE engineering schools or any other body or organisation responsible for overseeing or recruiting engineering trainees and students

This work is intended to inform broader activity exploring attitudes, behaviours and cultural influences on career decision-making related to engineering. We hope it will offer suggestions on ways we can improve recruitment of engineering apprentices and undergraduates.

The online survey should take 15-20 minutes and  there is a prize draw of 4 X £25 Amazon vouchers. Please note t he deadline for responses is Friday 19 May.

Network Rail Property Returners Programme

Network Rail is accepting applications for its Property Returners programme. 

Applications are welcome from professional men and women who have taken a career break of two years or more. The programme is open to surveyors of all levels and specialisms located across the UK. The programme runs for 12 weeks from September 2017 with the potential to join on a permanent basis thereafter. The application deadline is 29 May 2017.

For more information on the programme, the opportunities available, and to apply. 
Ford Prize for Women in STEM Study 2017

Recognising that women are traditionally under-represented in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths) studies and the related professions, Ford is delighted to announce the Ford Prize for Women in STEM Study 2017. The prize recognises the achievements of women in STEM, who are encouraging other women to become involved.

In association with the Ford PWN (Professional Women's Network) the prize is to be awarded to a female student who will be starting her second year of a STEM degree in September/October 2017, and who can demonstrate that they are inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and technologists. 

1st Prize £1,000 -  Entries accepted until June 30th 2017 

I f you have been involved in STEM educational initiatives then Ford want to hear from you.  The  Entry Form plus Terms and Conditions can be found here.
Virgin Media Returners Programme

Virgin Media are partnering with Women Returners to launch their first returner programme with opportunities for civil engineers. 

The 6 month, paid programme which starts in September 2017, has opportunities in Birmingham, Manchester, Bradford and Hook (Hampshire). The closing date for applications is the 2nd June 2017. Please click here to find out more.
'Power Players' Initiative 

Leading younger people from across the engineering services sector have a new opportunity to be recognised and rewarded for their achievements, following the formal launch of the ECA's 'Power Players' initiative. 

Power Players is open to entries from anyone aged 39 or below who has achieved innovative or impactful activity in their careers so far. The initiative is open until Friday 23 June. To enter, individuals simply need to submit a short video at

There are a range of top-quality prizes for the two most impressive Power Players, including the opportunity of a lifetime of a business and networking trip to the USA. Other prizes include lunch with business guru Sir John Parker, who is the chair of global mining firm Anglo American. 

Help celebrate women in Engineering & Technology with Where Women  Work & IET

With wo rkplace diversity and inclusion firmly at the top of its agenda, Where Women Work is helping promote the Institution of Engineering & Technology's (IET) programme that celebrates women engineers and technologists via excellent awards, medals and scholarships. 

WANTED: Cool kids who love engineering

The CIA (Children's Intelligence Agency) is a secret, hi-tech intelligence agency run by kids who solve missions globally.

At Imperial Festival in May, the CIA recruited 500 new members but, we have a problem. There is an engineering skill shortage amongst our agents. If you know an aspiring engineer under the age of 16 then sign them-up to join the CIA today for a FREE mission. We are about STEM engagement through stories + humour.

If you want to introduce an inquisitive young kid to the world of coding then check out our flagship story Detective Dot and because we love WES here's a 15% discount code WESROCKS which can be used on all our edtech products. 

Could You Escape?

Channel 4 are still on the hunt for top class engineers and mechanics to escape from  a variety of catastrophic crash sites in hostile environments around the world. If you are aged 18 or over and  have the skills, stamina, enthusiasm and ingenuity to build an escape vehicle salvaged from the debris of a crash site, then  e-mail
WES Partners News
WES is delighted that the following partners have decided to renew their memberships with us for another year: Bureau Veritas and Scottish Power both renew as Company Members; Procter and Gamble renews as a Company Membership Plus member including sponsorship of the WES Student conference; and Queen Mary University London renews as an Education Member.
We would like to thank all our Corporate and Education Partners for their continuing support of WES.

WES' activity and attendance at external events 
  • 28 March, Sarah Peers, WES Vice President, spoke at the All-Party Parliamentary Group Women and Work meeting focussed which on The Industrial Strategy: Women in Underrepresented Sectors
  • 1 April, WES Award winner Bethan Murry spoke at the NECR National Engineering and Construction Recruitment Exhibition
  • 12 April, Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy Careers Fair, Sheffield, attended by Ifey Kanu
  • 27 April, Kirsten Bodley attended the CIGRE event "How to build your networks" 
  • 28 April, Benita Mehra spoke at the New Civil Engineer Breakfast Club
  • 4 May, The launch of a new British Standards Institute Standard on Diversity and Inclusion (D&I), attended by Elizabeth Rickard
  • 4 May, Kirsten Bodley attended the L'Oreal Awards 
  • 5 May, WES - held a YMB meeting in Glasgow 
  • 9 May, Benita Mehra spoke at the Science Careers Question Time
  • 9 May, Kisten Bodley attended the NCUB launch of their "State of the Relationship report 2017"
  • 11 May, Sarah Peers represented WES and MentorSET at the All-Energy Women's Speed Mentoring Event, a collaboration with POWERful Women, held at the Scottish Exhibition Centre
  • 11 May, WES - held a London Cluster Group event
  • 11 May, WES - held a MentorSET event
  • 12 May, WES - held the Annual Conference in London 
  • 17-19 May, WES - Glasgow Cluster Group are having a membership event
  • 21 May Women of the World (WOW)
  • 24 May, Women in Construction and Engineering (WICE) Awards, Benita Mehra is a judge
  • 1 June, Kirsten Bodley is attending the symposium "Leading science engagement in a changing world"
  • 23 June, IET HR Conference, Birmingham
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