The Directors Committees (DC’s)aim to develop and deliver strategy for WES in line with the strategic direction set by the CEO and the Board. Members of the DC’s meet regularly to provide support and guidance to the WES team and to help deliver the strategy and mission of WES.

Members of Directors’ Committees

Dr Katherine Critchley

PhD MSc BEng (Hons) FWES


Dr Critchley 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 she gained an MSc in Computer Aided Engineering (1992) and an Honours Degree in Engineering (1991), from Coventry University.  

Carmen Zaragoza

Member of Directors’ Committee

Carmen Zaragoza is an industrial engineer specialised in energy with a masters in renewable energy technologies. Passionate about the energy sector and its constant evolution, she works as a gas turbine global solutions engineer in an international company. She was initially drawn into Engineering by her curiosity and desire to learn how things work. Carmen

Dr Sarah Chen

Member of Directors’ Committee

Dr Sarah Chen is a Civil Engineer and a 2018 winner of the Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards (WE50) – Transferrers and Returners. Sarah transferred into engineering after a career in medicine and now enjoys a career working for EDF Energy.

Sarah Haslam MBE

MBE, BEng, MSc, CEng, FIMechE

Member of Directors’ Committee

Sarah is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IMechE with nearly 25 years’ experience in Automotive Engineering. She currently holds the position of Chief Program Engineer, Engine Engineering at Ford Motor Company. Sarah is passionate about encouraging the next generation of engineers, and actively promoting STEM careers to girls. Sarah was awarded her MBE

Katherine Kirk


Member of Directors’ Committee

I am an engineering lecturer with Open University and University of Northampton. Prior to that I was Professor of Physics at University of the West of Scotland (2000-2018) including a 2 year break for maternity leave and returning part-time. I have an academic research and teaching background in micro and nano technology, thin film devices,

Kim Everitt

Member of Directors’ Committee

I’m very passionate about the automotive industry and how vehicle systems are developing. My experience in this industry dates back to 2014 where I had my first experience at MIRA Technology Park as a Research Engineer Intern. Fast forward to today, and I have carried out a variety of projects that have all revolved around

Ursula Heng


Member of Directors’ Committee

Ursula is a senior engineering leader with circa 20 years’ experience in the FMCG sector, having applied her skills at Unilever, Kimberly – Clark and Procter & Gamble. Her experience includes leadership for Regional multi-million pound initiatives, driving technological innovation/application as well as strategic plans in both E-IMEA and North America. She serves on the

Natalie Cheung

Member of Directors’ Committee

Natalie Cheung is a TED-Ed public speaker, an award-winning volunteer and civil engineer. After graduating from University of Manchester, Natalie worked as a transportation engineer for a global built environment consultancy. She is passionate about raising young people’s career aspirations and now works to support industry volunteers to inspire the next generation. For her volunteer

Caitlin McCall


Member of Directors’ Committee

Caitlin is a Materials and Manufacturing Engineer at Swansea University where she is working towards her Engineering Doctorate in printed electronics for flexible packaging. She is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is a Member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining. She graduated in 2016 with a First-Class Honours

Jennifer Glover

MEng (Hons), EngTech, MIMechE MWES, AFHEA

Member of Directors’ Committee

Jennifer graduated from Loughborough University in 2018 with a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering and a Diploma in Industrial Studies. During her degree she completed a placement year at ITP Aero working in both jet engine design and certification. Currently Jennifer is a PhD student at Loughborough University researching jet engine noise cancellation through metamaterial acoustic

Sadie Peacock

Member of Directors’ Committee

Sadie studied Physics BSc (Hons) at The University of Manchester graduating in 2014. Since graduation, she has worked for precision measurement company Renishaw in their manufacturing division. Sadie is currently an Engineering Manager of a team that supports the assembly of precision products, resolving issues and implementing improvements to maintain supply of high-quality product to

Emily Spearman



Emily Spearman  is Head of PMO (Portfolio Management Office) in QHSE for Orsted – the most sustainable energy company in the world. She leads a team overseeing the global portfolio of QHSE projects across offshore wind, onshore wind, solar, bioenergy and energy storage. Part of the QHSE Senior Leadership, Emily plays a major part in

Susan Robson


Susan Robson is a Principal Consultant at National Grid. Building on seven years’ experience as a management consultant with PwC, she works across the National Grid business to help drive the strategic initiatives that will play a key part in enabling the UK’s transition to net zero carbon. Alongside this and in a voluntary capacity,

Mamta Singhal MBE



Mamta was born in the USA, has Indian parents and was educated in Scotland: she holds an affiliated degree in product design engineering from Glasgow University/Glasgow School of Art; an MSc in engineering management from Strathclyde University; and an MBA with distinction from Strathclyde International Business School. In 2004 she was a finalist for the

Professor Elena Gaura



Professor Elena Gaura is a Research Institute Director at Coventry University. She draws on 25 years of research experience and a decade of work as a senior manager and leader in engineering. Elena holds several honorary positions that provide her with platforms to speak for and represent women in engineering effectively: EPSRC Champion of Women

Chrisma Jain



Chrisma Jain graduated from the University of Leeds in 2004 with First Class Honours in Mechanical Engineering. She is a Chartered Engineer working at Transport for London as a Senior Project Manager. She mobilised and is leading a £220m rail contract to modernise and renew the track and drainage infrastructure on London’s tube. Chrisma is

Emma Nicholson



Emma was elected to Associate Fellow by the WES Board in July 2020. Emma is an accomplished Chartered Senior Project Manager and Chartered Environmentalist with Board experience, and works as a Development Manager for SLC Rail. She has worked in Infrastructure and the Built Environment since 1998, and was a Finalist in 2018 for a

Professor Vince Pizzoni


Professor Vince Pizzoni has a portfolio career in international business, academia, executive search and career coaching and business mentoring. Alongside an engineering background he spans the whole career lifecycle from school to university, executive and board level, and has made it his mission in life to inspire, motivate and mentor future generations into STEM/Engineering careers

Milada Williams

MSc, Ing, BEd, IEng, MIED, FWES

Member of Directors’ Committee

My career spans diverse areas of industry, education and gender equity agenda. I started my engineering education in Czechoslovakia, as it was then, by attending my local Technical College from the age of 14 – 18, then Technical University before moving to UK following the Soviet military invasion of Czechoslovakia. I have faced many obstacles

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