Trustees and Council Members

Council Executive

Benita Mehra


Having attained an engineering degree over 25 years ago, Benita Mehra has operated in the aviation, housing and health sectors with roles including design and construction of major terminal buildings, used her masters in project management to formalise her on the job skills.

Sarah Peers

Vice President

Sarah is also the Deputy President of INWES (the International Network of Women Engineers and Scientists) and on the board of the new regional branch INWES-Europe; on both she represents WES, a founder member of INWES. At WES she has been leading on the communications strategy and is also Chair of the WES Centenary 2019. To find out more about WES plans for the centenary, contact Sarah on We are looking for partners and collaborators! 

Sally Sudworth

Honorary Secretary

Sally is the lead judge for the eminent Karen Burt award and is also leading on plans for the exciting Centenary Conference in 2019.

Sally is a civil engineer currently working in flood risk management at the Environment Agency, accountable for the delivery of the asset management programme. She is also sustainability lead, driving carbon reduction targets for all construction, maintenance and operational activities.

Alison Carey

Honorary Treasurer

Alison is a qualified accountant and tax adviser, specialising in VAT. She currently works in practice for a large accountancy firm.  A Maths graduate from Cambridge, she has specialised in VAT for over 20 years, having previously worked in a range of fields including, audit and corporate finance. 

Roseni Dearden

Trustee Position

Since graduating over thirty years ago as an electrical and electronic engineer, Roseni Dearden has worked as a design engineer, project manager, and educator  in the commercial, public, cooperative, and not-for-profit sectors. Throughout her career, and through her voluntary commitments, Roseni has pursued an interest in harnessing technology to achieve progressive social outcomes -  whether that's strengthening communities and public sector systems, improving environmental sustainability, or promoting gender equality.

Georgia Kremmyda

Trustee Position

Dr Georgia Kremmyda was born in Sparta, Greece, in 1979. She completed her undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD studies at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Greece. For more than 13 years, Georgia shared her professional career between Academia and Industry. As Researcher she joined on a part-time basis the Laboratory for Earthquake Engineering, NTUA, for 8 years where she contributed on the experimental and numerical assessment of the seismic behaviour of precast RC structures.

Petra Gratton

Trustee Position

Past President

Petra Gratton has a career in engineering education and professional development training that spans three
decades, initially in industry introducing innovative computer-based methods of working and coaching
individuals and small groups, and recently in higher education devising new courses of study and support
programmes for up to 700 students. Her professional goal is to combine positive psychology and engineering
to further equality and diversity in the built environment.

Ordinary Council Members

Ursula Heng

Ordinary Council Members

Ursula is a Programme Manager and Technology Leader for the E-IMEA Region. She graduated with a Masters degree in Chemical Engineering and specialises in Project Management, Process Safety and Initiative Delivery within Supply Chain Manufacturing. Her passions include continual learning, evolving technologies and is a Champion for Diversity & Inclusion.

Carol Morris

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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.

Jo Douglas

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Jo completed a master’s degree in Chemistry in 2013 at the University of Edinburgh before starting a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath. Her PhD is sponsored by Unilever researching fabric cleaning and laundry detergents.  Jo was one of the founding members of WESBath, the University of Bath Student Women’s Engineering society. In its first year she took on the role of Events Officer, which involved organising pub quiz socials and the Christmas Lecture.

Georgina Hunter

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Georgina completed her Biochemical Engineering degree at University College London, and spent one year abroad at the University of Toronto. She was awarded her MEng degree with First Class Honours in August 2017.

Her involvement with the Women’s Engineering Society began after attending the Annual Student Conference in 2013. Since then, she has volunteered for the London Cluster and attended events where she can share her passion for engineering with younger students.

Frances Dixon

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Frances Dixon has been working in the highway maintenance industry for 10 years and am currently a Construction Manger working in the delivery of schemes and major projects on behalf of Transport for London. She is currently working on the delivery of additional super cycle highways within central London. Frances was sponsored through a BEng in civil engineering and is working towards becoming a chartered engineer. She is a STEM ambassador and enjoys talking to young females to encourage them to enter the engineering industry.

Chiara Heide

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Chiara did her undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the ETH (Switzerland) and at the University of Potsdam (Germany) as a scholar of the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. At the end of her undergraduate studies, she joined UC Berkeley (US) for her BSc project about the computation of high-harmonic generation spectra of molecules in the area of quantum dynamics. In 2014, Chiara moved to London to study Advanced Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London. She was awarded the UNIHEAT Award and won the Research Prize for her Master’s project in Heavy Oil Upgrading.

Jacinta Caden

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Jacinta is a qualified refrigeration engineer and has been working in the industry for over 14 years. She has progressed from the practical, hands on side of the industry through to various roles including technical, design, sales and managerial positions and currently lives in the UK. Her role with Integral is to research, source and develop new and existing business with temperature control requirements.

Kati Gastrow

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Kati is a project manager for Automation at the Mars chocolate factory in Slough.

She was awarded a bursary by Sasol in South Africa, which enabled her to study Electronic Engineering and gain solid industry experience as a control systems engineer in Synthetic Fuels / Oil and Gas. She then moved into manufacturing overseeing automation projects and strategies for shampoo and perfume products. Now she is leading food safety projects in chocolate. Throughout her career she has delivered projects working in cross-cultural, cross-discipline and cross-industry teams.

Adriana Vargas-Colwill

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Graduated from UCL with an MSc in Chemical Engineering in 2011, Adriana is currently working as a Technical Safety Engineer at ode Ltd. Adriana has acquired experience in design and development of lab scale education equipment such as bioreactors, and in process safety of offshore installations in the Oil & Gas Industry. She is currently working towards Chartered engineer status. As a STEM Ambassador, she is passionate about promoting engineering to young generations.

Fiona Okonkwo

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Fiona is a Graduate Manufacturing Engineer working for G’s Fresh, one of the largest fresh produce manufacturers in the UK. Fiona studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Birmingham and completed an industrial placement year with Pfizer during her degree. Since graduation in 2013, she has gained a rounded picture of manufacturing spending time in the automotive and FMCG industries working for multinational organizations including Heineken and Benteler Automotive in process engineering capacities.

Betty Bonnardel-Azzarelli

CEng, MBA, MSc, MIET, Prince 2 Practitioner
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Betty is CEO and Founder of AB5 Consulting, a consulting company based in UK specialised in high technological sectors, including satellite, telecommunications, transport and nuclear. AB5 Consulting develops winning strategies and innovative technical solutions, within a managed ecosystem, in order to open new markets. Betty works with the industry, regulators and UN Agencies, in due diligence, system assessment, business development, regulatory and licensing. Betty is an award winning chartered engineer.

Ifeyinwa Rita Kanu

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Ifeyinwa Rita Kanu is a PhD candidate (Civil Engineering) at Heriot Watt University with solid and progressive experience in all aspects of Civil Engineering, specialty in water and wastewater option. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (SMCIWEM). 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. 

Jay Surti

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Jay Surti is a Business Presentation Consultant, Author and Keynote Speaker. Initially graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering, she later qualified as a lawyer and practised for 17 years before moving into speaking, coaching and consulting.

Her clients include business owners, corporate professionals and MBA graduates -  helping senior managers with their pitching/speaking as well as leadership and management skills. 

Katherine Critchley

PhD, MSc, BEng (Hons)
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Katherine 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.

Francesca Donadoni

MEng, MRes
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Francesca is an engineer currently studying towards a PhD in Healthcare Engineering at UCL. After graduating in Aeronautical Engineering in 2014 at Imperial College London, she developed an interest in studying fluid dynamics in biological systems such as the cardiovarscular system. In 2014 she started a Doctoral Training Programme in Healthcare Engineering at UCL sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Research Council.