Trustees and Members of Directors' Committees

Chart of WES Governance

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. The Directors' Committees focus on Membership, Partnerships, Events and Communications. Find out more about the Membership Directors' Committee here.  There is also a Finance and Audit Committee attended by the President, two Board Members and the Chief Executive Officer.

    The Election for four Board Members opened on the 1 October 2021 and closed on the 16 October 2021. 

    Mamta Singhal, Emily Spearman and Chrisma Jain were elected elected to serve a three-year term from 2021-2024.

    Professor Elena Gaura was elected to serve a two-year term from 2021-2023.

    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. 

    The six duties of the Trustees are as follows This information can also be found at the Charity Commission website here.

    1. Ensure your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public benefit
      • It’s about knowing:
        • what your charity can and can’t do within its purposes
        • how your charity is fulfilling its purposes and benefiting the public
        • what difference your charity is really making
    2. Comply with your charity’s governing document and the law
      • It’s about being:
        • familiar with your governing document
        • up to date with filing accounts, returns and any changes to your charity’s registration details
        • aware of other laws that apply to your charity
      • It’s not about being:
        • an expert - but you do need to take reasonable steps to find out
    3. Act in your charity’s best interests
      • It’s about:
        • making balanced, informed decisions
        • recognising & dealing with conflicts of interest
        • ensuring trustee benefits are allowed
        • being prepared to question and challenge
        • accepting majority decisions
      • It’s not about:
        • preserving the charity for its own sake
        • serving personal interests
    4. Ensure your charity is accountable
      • It’s about:
        • managing risks, protecting assets (reputation) and people
        • getting the resources your charity needs
        • having and following appropriate controls and procedures
        • dealing with land and buildings
        • responsibility for, and to, staff and volunteers
    5. Manage your charity’s resources responsibly
      • It’s about:
        • using your skills and experience
        • deciding when you need advice
        • preparing for meetings
        • getting the information you need (financial, management)
        • being prepared in case something does go wrong
    6. Act with reasonable care and skill
      • It’s about:
        • meeting legal accounting and reporting requirements
        • being able to show that your charity complies with the law and is effective 
        • being accountable to members and others with an interest in the charity 
        • ensuring that staff and volunteers are accountable to the board
        • welcoming accountability as an opportunity not a burden


    Since 2020 the Board and President have been elected by and from the Members for three year terms, instead of the previous year-long term. This will 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. This will 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 elections in 2021 and 2022 will be for three Directors for three years, so by 2023, every Director is elected for three years.

    If there are vacancies, the Board can co-opt (appoint) Directors to fill the vacancies. The Board can also co-opt up to three more Directors to a total of 12 Board Directors if it requires additional expertise.

    Board of Trustees

    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, Susan has significantly contributed to the promotion of gender equity, inclusion and diversity in the company through building, professionalising and chairing the gender diversity employee resource group.

    Mamta Singhal


    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 UK’s Young Achiever Leadership and Diversity Awards and, since then, has used her position to empower women and BAME communities, and champion STEM.

    Paul Cliff


    Paul Cliff is an experienced People Development expert specialising in supporting businesses to retain and develop their people. He is a qualified and experienced Executive Coach focusing on Performance and Wellbeing in his coaching practise.

    Dr Katherine Critchley

    PhD MSc BEng (Hons) FWES

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

    Chrisma Jain

    CEng MIMechE FWES

    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.

    Emma Nicholson


    Emma was elected to Associate Fellow by the WES Board in July 2020.  Emma is an accomplished Chartered Senior Project Manager and Chartered Environmentalist with Board experience, and works as a Development Manager for SLC Rail.  She has worked in Infrastructure and the Built Environment since 1998, and was a Finalist in 2018 for a Quality Excellence Award for the Leeds Art Gallery and Leeds Library roof restoration.  In 2012 Emma worked as an Environmental Manager for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

    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 of whom many are women.

    Dr Pauline Smith


    In the early 1980s Pauline was working as Management Accountant for a hosiery manufacturer when she realised that what she really wanted was the Production Manager’s role! She then went to the University of Nottingham where she graduated with a BSc in Production and Operations Management followed by a PhD in Manufacturing Engineering and Operations Management. She never made it back to manufacturing and has remained in academic roles for 27 years.

    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 setting the organisation's strategic QHSE direction. A far cry from her first role as an engineer working on offshore oil rigs in the North Sea.

    Adriana Vargas-Colwill

    Adriana is a chartered chemical engineer who has worked in the Energy Industry since 2014. She has experience in process and process safety engineering as well as in project management. Prior to energy, she worked as a product developer of lab scale equipment such as bioreactors, extraction columns, heat exchangers, etc. In 2019 Adriana joined the board of WES as a Trustee/Director and has led the Membership Directors’ Committee.  In this role, she is committed to supporting WES and WES members and ensuring that the Society carries out its charity purposes.

    Members of Directors' Committees

    Jennifer Glover

    MEng (Hons), EngTech, MIMechE MWES, AFHEA
    Member of Directors’ Committee

    Jennifer graduated from Loughborough University in 2018 with a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering and a Diploma in Industrial Studies. During her degree she completed a placement year at ITP Aero working in both jet engine design and certification. Currently Jennifer is a PhD student at Loughborough University researching jet engine noise cancellation through metamaterial acoustic liners.

    Caitlin McCall

    Member of Directors’ Committee

    Caitlin is a Materials and Manufacturing Engineer at Swansea University where she is working towards her Engineering Doctorate in printed electronics for flexible packaging. She is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is a Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining.

    Tymele Deydier

    BSc MSc
    Member of Directors’ Committee

    Tymele is currently a Doctoral Researcher in Chemical Engineering at Loughborough University, graduating in 2021. Passionate about health, she works on improving the efficacy of medical treatments by encapsulating drugs into biodegradable polymer microparticles. She also has a Materials Engineering degree from the Université de Toulon (France) and an MSc in Advanced Materials from Cranfield University.

    Natalie Cheung

    Member of Directors’ Committee

    Natalie Cheung is a TED-Ed public speaker, an award-winning volunteer and civil engineer. After graduating from University of Manchester, Natalie worked as a transportation engineer for a global built environment consultancy. She is passionate about raising young people's career aspirations and now works to support industry volunteers to inspire the next generation.

    Sarah Haslam MBE

    BEng, MSc, CEng, FIMechE
    Member of Directors’ Committee

    Sarah is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IMechE with nearly 25 years’ experience in Automotive Engineering. She currently holds the position of Chief Program Engineer, Engine Engineering at Ford Motor Company. Sarah is passionate about encouraging the next generation of engineers, and actively promoting STEM careers to girls. Sarah was awarded her MBE in October 2020 in recognition of services to Engineering and promotion of STEM careers to women. 

    Ifeyinwa Rita Kanu

    Member of Directors’ Committee

    Rita Kanu is the director of IntelliDIgest Limited and PhD researcher (Civil Engineering) at Heriot Watt University with solid and progressive experience in most aspects of Civil Engineering, specialty in water, wastewater and waste to energy systems. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (MCIWEM). 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 which has evolved to become Heriot Watt WES Affiliated Student Group.

    Carolina Escudero

    Member of Directors’ Committee

    Carolina is an Electrical Engineer with a Master’s in Sustainable Energy Technology. With over 10 years of experience in the transmission and distribution of electricity, she now works as a Business Development Manager for Vattenfall Networks and is working towards her Chartership status. She is particularly passionate about diversity and inclusion and has led numerous initiatives including the London Cluster in 2019.

    Dr Sarah Chen

    Member of Directors’ Committee

    Dr Sarah Chen is a Civil Engineer and a 2018 winner of the Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards (WE50) - Transferrers and Returners. Sarah transferred into engineering after a career in medicine and now enjoys a career working for EDF Energy. 

    Carol Morris

    Member of Directors’ Committee

    Carol spent 5 years as an industrial chemist before retraining as an electronics engineer following a career break. She has worked at the Open University for nearly 30 years and is currently Deputy Head of the School of Engineering and Innovation.

    She has extensive experience of equality and diversity issues and chaired the School’s successful submission for an Athena SWAN Bronze award. She was recently awarded Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

    Carmen Zaragoza

    Member of Directors’ Committee

    Carmen Zaragoza is an industrial engineer specialised in energy with a masters in renewable energy technologies. Passionate about the energy sector and its constant evolution, she works as a gas turbine global solutions engineer in an international company. She was initially drawn into Engineering by her curiosity and desire to learn how things work.

    Milada Williams

    MSc, Ing, BEd, IEng, MIED, FWES
    Member of Directors’ Committee
    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.