Trustees and Council Members

Council Executive

Benita Mehra


Having attained an engineering degree over 25 years ago, Benita Mehra has operated in the aviation, housing and health sectors with roles including design and construction of major terminal buildings, used her masters in project management to formalise her on the job skills.

Milada Williams

MSc, Ing, BEd, IEng, MIED, FWES
Immediate Past President

My career spans diverse areas of industry, education and gender equity agenda. I started my engineering education in Czechoslovakia, as it was then, by attending my local Technical College from the age of 14 - 18, then Technical University before moving to UK following the Soviet military invasion of Czechoslovakia. I have faced many obstacles in my engineering career in the UK during the late 60s and early 70s and my career in engineering did not take off until later in Germany. There I was able to work flexibly part time whilst raising two small children.

Sarah Peers

Vice President
Sarah’s current main work is in developing a world first festival of energy and climate change, EnergyUnearthed, highlighting Cumbria's unique place and role in energy.

Estelle Barrois

Honorary Secretary

Estelle has a General Engineering Degree from France. She has been working in the UK since 2006 to complete her degree in an Aerospace Maintenance company. As a manufacturing engineer, she was working with the lean tools such as 6S, waste reduction and workplace reorganisation. Following an interest in design engineering she moved to a different position to write repair procedures for “out of the books” damages in aircraft nacelles.

Alison Carey

Honorary Treasurer

Alison is a qualified accountant and tax adviser, specialising in VAT. She currently works in practice for a large accountancy firm.  A Maths graduate from Cambridge, she has specialised in VAT for over 20 years, having previously worked in a range of fields including, audit and corporate finance. 

Ordinary Members

Roseni Dearden (Trustee position)

Ordinary Council Members

Since graduating over thirty years ago as an electrical and electronic engineer, Roseni Dearden has worked as a design engineer, project manager, and educator  in the commercial, public, cooperative, and not-for-profit sectors. Throughout her career, and through her voluntary commitments, Roseni has pursued an interest in harnessing technology to achieve progressive social outcomes -  whether that's strengthening communities and public sector systems, improving environmental sustainability, or promoting gender equality.

Anne-Marie Toseland

Ordinary Council Members

Anne-Marie is a Systems Engineer, graduating from the University of Huddersfield with a degree in Software Development.

Anne-Marie is currently applying for CEng and is a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) assessor and mentor with the BCS.

Vanessa Diaz

Ordinary Council Members
Vanessa obtained her degree in Mechanical Engineering from University Simon Bolivar (Venezuela), where she was awarded her MEng degree with First Class Honours. She finished her PhD in Automatic Control and Industrial Informatics, that she obtained with “Les Felicitations du Jury”, from Ecole Centrale de Lille, France in 2003, her PhD work focused in lumped parameter models, simulation and optimization of cardiac dynamics.

Ifeyinwa Rita Kanu

Ordinary Council Members

Ifeyinwa Rita Kanu is a PhD candidate (Civil Engineering) at Heriot Watt University with solid and progressive experience in all aspects of Civil Engineering, specialty in water and wastewater option. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (SMCIWEM). A pioneer of Heriot Watt Female in Engineering and Science forum, a platform dedicated to encouraging young females to develop an interest in and excel in STEM related fields. 

Jay Surti

Ordinary Council Members

Jay Surti is a Business Presentation Consultant, Author and Keynote Speaker. Initially graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering, she later qualified as a lawyer and practised for 17 years before moving into speaking, coaching and consulting.

Her clients include business owners, corporate professionals and MBA graduates -  helping senior managers with their pitching/speaking as well as leadership and management skills. 

Francesca Donadoni

MEng, MRes
Ordinary Council Members

Francesca is an engineer currently studying towards a PhD in Healthcare Engineering at UCL. After graduating in Aeronautical Engineering in 2014 at Imperial College London, she developed an interest in studying fluid dynamics in biological systems such as the cardiovarscular system. In 2014 she started a Doctoral Training Programme in Healthcare Engineering at UCL sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Research Council.

Katherine Critchley

PhD, MSc, BEng (Hons)
Ordinary Council Members

Katherine graduated from Coventry University in 2002 with a PhD in Process Analysis Software for the draw bending of small diameter thin walled tubes.  Prior to this Katherine had gained an MSc in Computer Aided Engineering (1992) and an Honours Degree in Engineering (1991), from Coventry University.

Jo Douglas

Ordinary Council Members

Jo completed a master’s degree in Chemistry in 2013 at the University of Edinburgh before starting a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath. Her PhD is sponsored by Unilever researching fabric cleaning and laundry detergents.  Jo was one of the founding members of WESBath, the University of Bath Student Women’s Engineering society. In its first year she took on the role of Events Officer, which involved organising pub quiz socials and the Christmas Lecture.

Adriana Vargas

Ordinary Council Members

Graduated from UCL with an MSc in Chemical Engineering in 2011, Adriana is currently working as a Technical Safety Engineer at ode Ltd. Adriana has acquired experience in design and development of lab scale education equipment such as bioreactors, and in process safety of offshore installations in the Oil & Gas Industry. She is currently working towards Chartered engineer status. As a STEM Ambassador, she is passionate about promoting engineering to young generations.