The WES ECB (Early Careers Board) consists of twelve WES Members who are working, training or studying in an engineering field and consider themselves to be early in their career. The board was originally formed in June 2016 as the WES Young Members' Board and changed its name in February 2020.
Sophie Hutchins, Chair of the WES ECB, commented of the name change: “The move to describe the board by career stage, rather than the age of its members, is hugely important for us. We welcome anyone who would consider themselves to be in the early stages of their career. The board was formed three and a half years ago to bring more voices to the forefront of WES, and it has been very successful in doing this. This name change will strengthen the board by providing a focus on a broader range of voices in early career roles“.
The aim of the ECB is to make WES more accessible to younger members, to reflect their concerns and priorities and provide input to WES Trustees and staff, allowing the voices of younger engineers to be heard. The Members making up the ECB also act as role models for young women considering engineering and applied science. The ECB enable early career WES members to influence the direction of travel of WES, with the opportunity for personal, professional and leadership development through board experience and involvement in projects and strategy setting.
Since the WES ECB was formed, it has been both a partner and inventor of many projects including the WES Lottie Tour, WES 100 Violets Challenge, Draw an Engineer, Essay Competition, ‘Engineering a Better World’ poster and has created its own YouTube channel of STEM challenges for the Year of Engineering. The next exciting event the WES ECB is looking forward to is the WES 100 Violets Challenge. This event invites engineers to take part and compete by designing an interactive exhibit to showcase their innovative area of work.
To find out more and keep up to date with social media activities, WES ECB can be followed on Twitter at @WESECB1919, on Instagram at @WESECB and can now be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The board members are:
- Carmen Zaragoza, Siemens
- Sophie Hutchins, Leonardo (chair)
- Susie Little, ARUP
- Kim Everitt, Aston Martin
- Sotira Georgiou, Ramboll
- Annabel Downing, Network Rail
- Kate Mactear, University of Bristol
- Victoria Barbour-Smith, Arup (vice chair)
- Deborah Harris, Rolls Royce
- Laura Davies
- Vera Ngosi, Arup
- Jennifer Glover, Loughborough University
About the ECB
View the ECB video for an insight into the purpose of the board and some of the individual views of the members of the inaugural board in 2016
The Board sets their own agenda of projects and activities in line with WES vision, and is supporting the “100 for 100” campaign, part of the WES Centenary activities.
WES Lottie Tour
- Give Yourself the Edge : Essay Competition for School Students Aged 11-18
- Draw an Engineer : Competition for School Students Aged 4-11
Visit our YouTube Channel
If you would like to contact the board please e-mail email@example.com