WES Annual Conference 2016: Skills and Competences Update

The WES annual conference 2016 took place on 22 April 2016 at the newly refurbished IET premises at Savoy Place, London.

Further details and Registration HERE


09:30 Registration

10:00 Session 1. Continuing Professional Development

  • Professional Competence: Deborah Seddon, Head of Policy and Standards, The Engineering Council
  • Continuing Professional Development at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET): Dick Bacon, Manager, Professional Development, The IET
  • Professional Registration - Why do it? From an Employer Perspective: John McCollum, Head of Engineering Performance Excellence, BAE Systems

Session 2: Top Level Skills and Competencies

14:00 Session 3: Other Skills

Session 4: Balance at Work

Workshop Sessions

10:30-11:30 Introduction to Negotiation Skills: Sam Macbeth, Senior Consultant, Scotwork UK. Registration Required

This session will look at putting negotiation into context alongside other forms of conflict resolution, understanding the balance of power and development of key negotiating concepts. An Advancing Negotiation Skills Open Course place (value of c£2,000), will be drawn for one participant attending the workshop.

14:00 Mentoring Training for MentorSET Mentors and Mentees. Jacqui Hogan, MentorSET. Registration Required. Please email info@wes.org.uk 

Speaker Biographies and Summaries can be downloaded here.


  • WES Members: £60
  • WES Member concessions: £40
  • Non-WES Members: £100
  • Non-WES Member Concessions: £75

Concessions are available for students and non-earners. REGISTER HERE

(*Note that a small ticketing cost will be added to each ticket by Eventbrite.)

Why Not Join WES?

WES Membership is open to men and women and costs £52 per year for a full member or as little as £10 for a student member. Further details here.

The conference will be followed by a meeting of the WES Centenary Committee to make plans for our 100 year celebrations in 2019. If you would like to join this meeting please email Sarah Peers.

The exhibition Women as Engineers in the Great War and After, will be taking place at the Dana Centre in London on 23 April 2016. This is a free event and further details can be found here.