WES Clusters

WES regional activity is organised through a network of Clusters run by WES members throughout the UK, it aims to increase the number of women engineers we can reach and support, encourage girls into engineering 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 and networking events
• Distribute local information to your members.
• Increase membership. 
• Link with other local relevant organisations and where relevant join together to organise events
• 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
• 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: Carolina Escudero (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: vacant (Email: WES.Scotland@gmail.com)
  • South Coast (covering Dorset, Wiltshire and Hampshire) Cluster co-ordinator Helen Hadlington (Email helen.hadlington.wes@gmail.comWebsite
  • Surrey and Sussex Cluster co-ordinator: Rhiannon Vaughan-Jones (Email: surreyandsussex@1919.wes.org.uk)
  • 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)

Vacancies
Norfolk and Suffolk
Scotland
Thames and Chiltern - assistant Cluster Co-ordinator sought
Berkshire
Kent 
Tyneside
Essex
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.