WES Clusters

WES regional activity is organised through a network of Clusters run by WES members throughout the UK, it aims to re-invigorate the regions of the UK, increase the number of women engineers we can reach and support, encourage girls into engineering, help Engineering Companies improve their diversity agenda, and generally increase our strength and influence at a local level.

A number of activities for the cluster co-ordinator to look after have been identified:
• Know the engineering scene in your area, and make contacts. Get yourself known as the WES ambassador for the locality, and engage with companies with a view to: Organising visits; Using their facilities for evening lectures/ networking events/ Council meetings/ conferences; Solicit members; Help them with their diversity agenda; Advertise jobs locally; Get sponsorship for funding local events.
• Distribute local information to your members.
• Increase membership. Advertise locally.
• Link with other local relevant organisation, and where relevant join together to organise events, and contribute your contacts to a national register of WES partners
• Engage with local schools and FE colleges to see whether they need help with encouraging girls into engineering, and make use of the STEM ambassador programme to help provide the resources
• Choose a new name for your cluster, if you want to change it.
• Make your own agenda for change, and be as active as your imagination (and time) allows.

Daphnet The mailing list for and about women in science, engineering and technology, including women returning to paid work after a career break. Great for advice and discussion.

Cluster Groups

The Cluster regions are listed below, but these are not fixed and can be changed as appropriate, depending on local knowledge, so please don’t think that these are set in stone.

  • Cumbria and Lancashire Facebook Cluster co-ordinator: Sophie Dent (email: cumbria@1919.wes.org.uk)
  • Herts, Beds and Bucks Facebook Cluster co-ordinator: Kim Everitt (Email: weshertsbeds@gmail.com)
  • Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and Somerset Cluster co-ordinator: Nicola Grahamslaw (email bristolandbath@1919.wes.org.uk)
  • London LinkedIn Cluster co-ordinator: Margherita Matronico (email: weslondoncluster@gmail.com)
  • Manchester Twittter Cluster co-ordinator: Liz Rickard (email: manchester@1919.wes.org.uk)
  • Merseyside and Wirral Cluster co-ordinator: Elaine Meskhi (email: merseyside@1919.wes.org.uk)
  • Midlands Cluster co-ordinator: Adrienne Houston (Email: midlands@1919.wes.org.uk)
  • Nottinghamshire (Facebook) Cluster co-ordinator: Suzanne Smith (Email: notts@1919.wes.org.uk)
  • Scotland (Facebook) Cluster co-ordinator: Rebecca Niell (Email: WES.Scotland@gmail.com)
  • South Coast (covering Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire) Cluster co-ordinator Helen Hadlington (Email helen.hadlington.wes@gmail.comWebsite
  • Thames and Chiltern Cluster co-ordinator: Pamela Farries (Email: thames@1919.wes.org.uk)
  • Wales Cluster co-ordinator Milada Williams (Email: wales@1919.wes.org.uk
  • Yorkshire Cluster including Sheffield (Facebook | LinkedIn) co-ordinator Clare Walsh (Email: yorkshire@1919.wes.org.uk)

Norfolk and Suffolk
Surrey and Sussex
West Country (Taunton, Devon, Cornwall)
Heart of England (Coventry, Warwickshire, Hereford and Worcestershire)
Northern Ireland
East Anglia

Any enquiries related to these vacant cluster areas should be directed to Cath at the WES office: info@wes.org.uk

If you would like to volunteer as a cluster co-ordinator, or to help your local co-ordinator, then please contact the WES office on info@wes.org.uk.