Equality in Engineering
Our Equality in Engineering Conference is going virtual for 2021!
This engaging event will bring together engineers in industry and academia, with current students and graduates, discussing the equality and diversity challenges being faced in the engineering and technology industry.
Join our plenary session to hear from ED&I leaders and how they are making a difference to the inclusive culture of engineering. Take part in our workshops focussing on the changes that need to be made to improve race and ethnicity inclusivity, as well as the steps being taken to better understand the mental health challenges of engineers.
Dr Mark McBride-Wright
Founder & Managing Director, EqualEngineers
Mark is a chartered chemical engineer specialising in health and safety with experience in oil and gas, government services and defence. He holds a PhD and Masters in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College London. Mark is a recognised leader in diversity and inclusion in the engineering and construction industry and is chair and co-founder of InterEngineering, an organisation which connects, informs and empowers LGBT+ engineers and supporters. EqualEngineers was founded by Mark in 2017, and with his leadership has organised careers events, provided training, and used his experience to provide consultancy support to organisations. These activities have helped to improve diversity and inclusion within the sector.
CEO, Women's Engineering Society (WES)
After an early career in IT, Elizabeth graduated from the Open University, specialising in systems thinking. She was awarded Membership of the Royal Aeronautical Society as a result of her work with Rolls-Royce and went on to lead skills policy in the aerospace industry. Elizabeth was responsible for the diversity strategy of the East Midlands Regional Development Agency, while a Board Member. She chaired the RAeS Education and Skills Committee and was Deputy Chair and founder member of its Women in Aviation and Aerospace Committee. Later, Elizabeth established her own consulting company, working with charities and universities on change management. In 2018 Elizabeth was appointed CEO of the Women’s Engineering Society. In 2019 she became a Member of the International Council of Systems Engineers UK and in 2020 Elizabeth was invited to become a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce.
CEO, Business Disability Forum (BDF)
Diane Lightfoot is CEO of Business Disability Forum, a not-for-profit membership organisation that supports businesses to recruit and retain disabled employees and to serve disabled customers. Business Disability Forum’s 300 members now employ around 15% of the UK workforce and 8 million people worldwide. They range from FTSE 100 companies and central Government departments to technology, transport and construction companies, retailers, higher education providers and public services bodies.
Diane sits on a number of boards including the Government’s Disability Expert Advisory Panel, Work Autism and the Institute of Coding’s Diversity & Inclusion Board. She is Chair of the Disabled Students’ Stakeholder Group and in her spare time is Chair of the Challenging Behaviour Foundation.
Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK)
Mo is currently Lead Materials Engineer at Baker Hughes, Aberdeen and she previously worked as a Corrosion Engineer at CAN Offshore Aberdeen. She holds a BEng degree in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Sheffield and an MSc in Corrosion Control Engineering from the University of Manchester.
Mo is a professional member of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining (IOM3) and an active participant in the Institute of Corrosion Engineers (ICorr). She is a STEM Ambassador and the Co-coordinator of AFBE-UK Scotland’s NextGen. She is also the Head of Communications for the ‘African Affinity Forum (AAF) at Baker Hughes.
Mo is passionate about teaching and inspiring young people to be the best version of themselves.
Student Volunteers, EqualEngineers
Kyle Anderson, Liza Masson, Michelle Jideofor and Vic Hassan are four of the current cohort of EqualEngineers Student Ambassadors. They will be joining the conference to provide their insights into how equality, diversity and inclusion is being approached at university level.
The EqualEngineers Student Ambassador programme is a great opportunity for students to gain experience in activities outside normal academic education. This voluntary role allows students to develop and improve new and existing skills that will be beneficial in applications for future employment.
The current ambassadors are formed of students studying a variety of disciplines of engineering at universities across the UK.
Fayon is an experienced broadcaster who has supported EqualEngineers as a host for a variety of our other events! This includes our Engineering Talent Award webinar series, and our virtual careers festivals.
Mental Health: What are the challenges that affect the mental health of engineers?
Race and Ethnicity: How can we create an inclusive culture at university and in employment?
Past Conference Highlights:
Our inaugural 2018 conference was held to produce a more meaningful approach to diversity and inclusion across engineering and technology to show that we can engineer the solutions for culture change through proactive and authentic collaboration.
The key workshop themes were:
- Exclusively inclusive: Engaging the majority to build effective allies as a force for good
- Maintaining network group momentum: Establishing a brand within the business
- Culture: Linking diversity and inclusion to health, safety and wellbeing