SOE Women in Engineering event to be hosted by Channel 4 News presenter, Cathy Newman

02 October 2019

SOE Women in Engineering event-November-12-2019

Journalist & Channel 4 News presenter, Cathy Newman will host a SOE Women in Engineering event & panel discussion in London this November.

Engineering is changing beyond recognition – and it's a positive change that will see engineering roles diversify. But that message is only just starting to reach young women in a meaningful way. The panel discussion will explore how that narrative is being changed and what else can be done to increase the number of women in the UK’s engineering workforce.

Organised by the SOE (Society of Operations Engineers), panellists from across the engineering world will convene in London to discuss the role of schools in promoting positive messages about modern, cutting-edge engineering and career opportunities within engineering-related sectors.

Hosted by journalist & Channel 4 News presenter, Cathy Newman, on the panel to discuss and debate how to attract more women into engineering are:
•    Ann Watson, Chief Executive of skills body for engineering & manufacturing, Semta
•    Amanda Foster CEng FSOE FIRTE, SOE Trustee Board Member and Lead for Women in Engineering
•    Pauline Dawes, CEO/Founder of Somi Trailers and winner of the 2017 UK Women in Innovation Award
•    Sir John Parker GBE FREng HonFIES HonFIET, SOE Patron
•    Nada Issa, Senior Mechanical Engineer at building services engineering & environmental design consultancy, Chapmanbdsp
•    Pamela Wilson CEng MIET, Engineering Manager at BAE Systems
•    Polly Williams, Head of Diversity & Inclusion at Royal Academy of Engineering
•    Dani Rathke, PCV (passenger carrying vehicle) Engineer and IRTEC (an independent accreditation that validates the competence of technicians in the commercial vehicle, trailer & PCV industries) Assessor

Bruce McGill, SOE Chief Executive said: “We are approaching a time of significant technological progression in the UK and the demand for engineering skill sets has never been greater. Now is a great time to join the profession, but the sector needs much greater diversity to thrive, and that means changing the narrative that says engineering is more suited to men.

In order to take the necessary steps towards greater inclusion, we have brought industry-leaders to this event to find some real solutions to this ongoing problem that the industry faces. We will hear from experts who are making a real difference increasing the number of women in the UK’s engineering workforce,” added Bruce.

Members of the audience will be encouraged to participate in the discussion, which will address the business case for a diverse workforce and how to promote a culture of inclusion. It will debate the need for rebranding engineering careers and correcting the misconceptions that have damaged the industry and continue to create barriers to entry for young women.

The event, which takes place in central London (at Cathedral View, 2 minutes’ walk from Victoria tube station) on November 12, will begin with lunch and networking at 11.30am, before the panel starts at 12pm. A Q&A session will take place at 1.45pm and the event will close at 2.15pm.

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