WES Members Receive Honours

Many congratulations to two WES members Dorothy Hatfield, WES Past President, and Professor Isobel Pollock on their awards in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2014.

Dorothy Hatfield OBE
In 1956 Dorothy broke completely new ground and the culture of the time by becoming the first and at the time only engineering apprentice ever with Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd at Brooklands  She succeeded in a totally male environment to graduate with a 1st class hons degree in Aeronautical Engineering.  She continued with a very full career in the aero industry to a senior position with a Flight Simulation company before retirement.  She achieved career recognition with her election to be a Fellow of The Royal Aeronautical Society. She took a career break of 8 years to bring up a family prior to returning into the aero industry. This required some determination and she used her experience of confronting the prejudicesn to help others in her voluntary work. Her career took her overseas on several occasions, including 6 months in the USA with Boeing Military on secondment from the UK.  Her career culminated with the successful negotiation of a PFI contract with The MOD to provide simulation training at RAF Waddington for the AWACS crews, a great achivement for a woman in a male dominated world.

Dorothy was President of WES between 1990 and 1991. Furtther details of her work for WES can be seen here.

Professor Isobel Pollock OBE
Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor, Engineering and Design – University of Leeds
127th President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (2012-2013)
An experienced consultant and businesswoman, Isobel specialises in multi-disciplinary engineering projects, technology road mapping and Knowledge Transfer Projects.  Working at senior management level with companies such as ICI, DuPont, Robert McBride and Beatson Clark, she has expertise in the chemicals, metal handling, glassware, food, drinks and pharmaceutical industries. Further details here.