Governance Board

Board of Trustees


  • Membership

  • Partners

  • Events

  • Communications

  • Finance

    and Audit

WES Governance

The Women's Engineering Society is a charitable company, so it is governed by the President and the Board of Directors of the Company, who are also Trustees of the Charity.

The Board is supported by the Directors' Committees, established in 2020, which Members may apply to join. There are three Directors' Committees that focus on Membership, Partnerships, and Events and Communications. There is also a Finance and Audit Committee attended by the President, two Board Members and the Chief Executive Officer.

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  • The Board of Directors/Trustees

    The Board consists of the WES President, who is the Board Chair and eight Directors/Trustees who are elected by the Members.

    The Board can appoint (or co-opt) an additional three Directors if they want to add expertise to the Board.

  • How is the Board chosen?

    Since 2020 the Board and President have been elected by and from the Members for three year terms to provide stability for WES. To ensure that fresh voices are added to the Board, a third of the Directors are elected every year for three year terms, to provide innovation for WES.

    For the first three years of the new governance, there are transitional arrangements. In 2020 the President and two Directors were elected for three years, three Directors were elected for two years, and three Directors for one year. The election held in 2021 was for three Directors to serve for three years and one to serve for two years to replace a retiring Trustee. The election to be held in 2022 will be for three Directors to serve for three years. In 2023, every Director will be elected for three years.

    If there are vacancies, the Board can co-opt (appoint) Directors to fill the vacancies, and an election for any remaining term can be held at the annual elections. The Board can also co-opt up to three more Directors to a total of 12 Board Directors if it requires additional expertise.

  • Results of the 2023 Elections for the President and the Board of Directors/Trustees

    At the close of nominations for the President of the Women's Engineering Society, two valid nominations were received. One candidate later withdrew and Dr Katherine Critchley will be declared elected as President at the WES Annual General Meeting on 27 October 2023.

    Three valid nominations for the Election of two Board Directors were received and the election was opened on the 5 October 2023 and closed on the 20 October 2023.

    Paula McMahon and Laura Shrieves were elected to serve a three-year term from the 2023 WES AGM to the 2026 WES AGM.

Board of Trustees

Dr Katherine Critchley

PhD MSc BEng (Hons) FWES


Dr Critchley 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 she gained an MSc in Computer Aided Engineering (1992) and an Honours Degree in Engineering (1991), from Coventry University.  

Laura Shrieves


Laura Shrieves is the Director of Engineering at Thales, leading the digitalization of the UK Transport sector as part of the Ground Transportation Systems (GTS) division. Hailing from a family with a strong engineering background, Laura was inspired by her father and uncle, who served as her early role models. Her engineering journey began with

Paula McMahon



Paula started life as a Civil Engineering Apprentice which earned her a WES WE50 Current and Former Apprentice award in 2019.  Since then she has become an active member of the Tyne and Tees Cluster, a WES Fellow and Chair of the Climate Emergency Group. Her career has been wide ranging and varied and has

Tosha Nembhard

Dr Tosha Nembhard is the aerospace Engineering Programme Director at the University of Leicester, having recently served as an Assistant Professor in Aerospace Engineering at Coventry University. Prior to that, she worked as Head of Advanced Programmes at Collins Aerospace. She is originally from Mauritius, is married to her best friend and they have a

Aniela Foster-Turner

Aniela is a senior legal executive with over two decades of international legal and compliance experience. She is widely recognised as one of the foremost lawyers in highly complex, high-profile transactions within the renewable industry. Aniela was shortlisted for Woman of the Year at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2019 and the Innovative Leader and

Sarah Haslam MBE

MBE, BEng, MSc, CEng, FIMechE

Member of Directors’ Committee

Graduating from Bristol University with a Mechanical Engineering Degree, Sarah has over 25 years of experience within the automotive industry and has held many different roles in Quality, Product Development and Manufacturing. Sarah is currently Chief Engineer, Features and Software Integration for Commercial Vehicles, based at Dunton Campus. In addition to her Chief Engineer role,

Emily Spearman



Emily Spearman  is Head of PMO (Portfolio Management Office) in QHSE for Orsted – the most sustainable energy company in the world. She leads a team overseeing the global portfolio of QHSE projects across offshore wind, onshore wind, solar, bioenergy and energy storage. Part of the QHSE Senior Leadership, Emily plays a major part in

Susan Robson


Susan Robson is a Principal Consultant at National Grid. Building on seven years’ experience as a management consultant with PwC, she works across the National Grid business to help drive the strategic initiatives that will play a key part in enabling the UK’s transition to net zero carbon. Alongside this and in a voluntary capacity,

Mamta Singhal MBE



Mamta was born in the USA, has Indian parents and was educated in Scotland: she holds an affiliated degree in product design engineering from Glasgow University/Glasgow School of Art; an MSc in engineering management from Strathclyde University; and an MBA with distinction from Strathclyde International Business School. In 2004 she was a finalist for the

Paul Cliff



Chrisma Jain



Chrisma Jain graduated from the University of Leeds in 2004 with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering. She is a Chartered Engineer working at Transport for London as a Senior Project Manager. She mobilised and is leading a £220m rail contract to modernise and renew the track and drainage infrastructure on London’s tube. Chrisma is

Professor Vince Pizzoni


Professor Vince Pizzoni has a portfolio career in international business, academia, executive search and career coaching and business mentoring. Alongside an engineering background he spans the whole career lifecycle from school to university, executive and board level, and has made it his mission in life to inspire, motivate and mentor future generations into STEM/Engineering careers

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