Newly named WES Early Careers Board embraces variety of routes into engineering


The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Young Members’ Board, has announced that it will be officially changing its name to the WES Early Careers Board (ECB) as of 11 February 2020.

The change of name now reflects the diverse and inclusive nature of the board and the projects it runs. The new title is also more appropriate to the stages of career and personal ambitions of the group’s members, further clarifying the group’s vision and open mindset.

Sophie Hutchins, the current chair of the WES ECB comments,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“.

Also supporting the change, Dawn Childs, WES President adds, WES continually strives to ensure that we are delivering in the most effective way for our Members and Partners. The change of name to reflect ‘Early Career’ as opposed to ‘Young Members’ ensures that we include Members who have come to engineering through different pathways - such as transferring from a different sector - thus allowing a broader pool of our Members to join and deriving mutual benefit for both us and them.”

The Women’s Engineering Society Early Careers Board comprises 12 WES Members in the early stages of their career, pursuing their personal passions through suitable outlets supporting WES ethos and mission statement. They represent the voice of early career WES Members and act as role models for women and girls who are considering a career in engineering. The WES ECB creates and supports projects which promote both inclusivity in engineering and career opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

In the three and a half years 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 taking place on 21 March. This event invites engineers to take part and compete by designing an interactive exhibit to showcase their innovative area of work. The winners will have the opportunity to turn their idea into reality and receive £1,500 to make this happen. To find out more and keep up to date with social media activities, WES ECB can be followed on Twitter at @ECBWES1919 and can now be contacted via email at