On 23 June 2016, National Women in Engineering Day, the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) announced the formation of their Young Members’ Board (YMB). The WES YMB consists of twelve women under the age of 30 who are working, training or studying in an engineering field.
The aim of the YMB is to make WES more accessible to younger members, to reflect their concerns and priorities and provide input to the WES Council, allowing the voices of younger women engineers to be heard. The women making up the YMB will also act as role models for young women considering engineering and applied science. The YMB will enable younger WES members to influence the direction of travel of WES, with the opportunity for personal, professional and leadership development through board experience and involvement in projects and strategy setting.
Board Members, left to right starting on the top row are:
- Khadejah Begum, TfL
- Emma England, Airbus
- Sophie Hutchins, Leonardo
- Maeve Higham, Instron
- Jo Douglas, University of Bath (Chair)
- Holly Goodwin, Scottish Power
- Yasmin Ali, Premier Oil
- Emma Herbert, Arcadis
- Caroline Carslaw, SSE
- Sharon Ross, Mars
- Annabel Downing, University of Leeds
- Kate Mactear, BAE Systems
The Board sets their own agenda of projects and activities in line with WES vision, and will be given the task of supporting the “100 for 100” campaign, part of the WES Centenary activities. As part of “100 for 100”, WES will ask one hundred companies to commit to a stretching set of actions to support diversity and inclusion in engineering during 2019, the one hundredth anniversary of WES.
At the launch of the YMB, Benita Mehra, WES President explained “We are super excited to have finally created the WES YMB. Traditionally we have encouraged younger members to join the WES Council, but we have increasingly felt that we needed a board to enable younger members the freedom to challenge the more established Council members and to grow and develop the WES agenda. As we all know, today’s YMB will be tomorrow’s WES Council. I look forward to working with the YMB!” Jo Douglas from the University of Bath who is chairing the Board worked with Board Member Yasmin Ali from Premier Oil to draft the Board aims, and took the lead in the search for the first set of recruits. Jo said: “We have a wonderful group of people on the YMB; and collectively we have a lot of ideas, and are raring to go.”