Speaker Biographies 

Dr Mark McBride-Wright CEng MIChemE

Dr Mark McBride-Wright CEng MIChemE
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. He is a recognised leader in diversity and inclusion in the engineering and construction industry. He is chair and co-founder of InterEngineering, an organisation which connects, informs and empowers LGBT+ engineers and supporters. Under Mark’s leadership, the organisation has become the leading organisation addressing LGBT+ inclusion in the engineering and construction sector engaging prominent engineering institutes and employers, with a membership of over 500 engineers. Mark authored a report for the UK Government on tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in engineering and is working with the UK Government on implementation of the recommended measures.

Mark is a Chartered Engineer with the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) and is a founding member of the IChemE Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. Mark has direct experience working in oil and gas, government services and defence. As a health and safety specialist, he is passionate about helping businesses overcoming challenges and barriers to create a positive health and safety culture. There are many parallels embedding an inclusive corporate culture and the intersection between health & safety and diversity & inclusion is a critical aspect to get right to unlocking positive results in both people and performance.

Mark has spoken at numerous events including the launch of Rolls-Royce LGBT Network PRISM alongside world-renowned gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, London Business School’s 2015 and 2016 EUROut conference for LGBT MBA students, and the UCL Institute for Engineering Education conference on inclusion in engineering.

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Juergen Maier
Chief Executive Officer, Siemens UK

Juergen Maier was appointed Chief Executive of Siemens UK on 1 July 2014. He has been a member of the Siemens UK Executive Board since 2008, and held senior roles within Siemens in the UK and Germany including Managing Director of Industrial activities for the UK and Manufacturing Director of the award-winning Drives factory in Congleton.

Juergen joined Siemens in 1986 with a BSc in production engineering from Nottingham Trent University, on a Siemens-sponsored graduate programme. He was made an honorary professor of Engineering at the University of Manchester in March 2014.

Juergen is a passionate advocate of the UK rebalancing its economy and supports many UK-wide initiatives championing manufacturing, improved infrastructure and engineering skills. Juergen was appointed as a non-Executive Board member of the Government department BIS in 2014, is Chairman of the North West Business Leadership team and a board member of Greater Manchester LEP.

Juergen is a passionate advocate of the UK rebalancing its economy and supports many UK-wide initiatives championing manufacturing, improved infrastructure and engineering skills. Juergen was appointed as a non-Executive Board member of the Government department BIS in 2014, is Chairman of the North West Business Leadership team and a board member of Greater Manchester LEP.

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Nike Folayan
Technical Discipline Leader -Communications & Control (Rail) at WSP Chair of Association for Black & Minority Ethnic Engineers (AFBE-UK)

Nike Folayan is Chartered Electronics Engineer with a doctorate in Electronics engineering. Nike is currently Associate Director and the Technical Discipline Leader for Communications and Control within the Railways Division of WSP, an engineering consultancy where she leads a team of telecommunications engineers working on a variety of projects within the transport industry including railways and the highways projects in the UK, Australia, Middle East and Africa. Nike has also worked for Parsons Brinckerhoff, Mott MacDonald and Harada Limited. Nike’s interest lies in the evolution of Radio and IP Networks and its application within the transport industry.

Nike chairs AFBE-UK a not for profit organisation which aims at challenging and inspiring people of BME origin to enter the field of Engineering and make enhanced contributions to their respective fields, and to local communities using Engineering as a platform. She is also a Trustee at the Engineering Development Trust (EDT), on the Advisory panel of CareersReady at Lambeth College, on the diversity panel of the Science Council and the Royal Academy of Engineering, Transport for London Diversity Steering group, on the Strategic Planning Committee of University of the West of England and very recently joined engineering industrial panel at the University of Kent.

 

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Dr Victor Olisa QPM
Former Head of D&I of Metropolitan Police
Victor joined Surrey Police in 1982 straight from university, where he studied Biochemistry.  He worked both in uniform and criminal investigation department up to the rank of Sergeant.

He transferred to the City of London Police in 1990 where he worked in various roles and departments that included operational uniform Inspector and the Fraud Squad, as a detective inspector leading criminal investigations into large scale corporate and financial fraud in the UK and abroad.

In 2003 he went on secondment to the Home Office to work on Stop and Search as part of a small team in the Office for Criminal Justice Reform.  During the two and a half years at the Home Office the team's work was influential in developing models for improving the effectiveness of stop and search. He worked directly with government Ministers and senior civil servants from different government departments

In 2005 he was awarded a PhD in Criminology by the London School of Economics and Political Science.

He transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service in April 2006 on promotion to Superintendent and worked in a variety of senior management roles.

From 2009 to 2010 he led the work on one of the Commissioner's strategic priorities to deliver safety and confidence to Londoners: Professionalism.

In December 2010 he took on the responsibility for leading the MPS Stop and Search Team. The role included working with other forces in the UK to set strategic and operational directions on improving the use of the tactic and gaining community trust.

In April 2012 he was promoted to Chief Superintendent and posted to Bexley Borough as a Borough Commander.

In 2013 he become Borough Commander of Haringey, where he worked for three years before taking up the position of Head of Inclusion and Diversity for the Met, between 2016 and 2017.  

In 2017, Dr Olisa was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished police service.

In October 2017 he retired from the Police Service and is currently carrying out research into police leadership as a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science and working as a Governor at Treloar’s and Director of Safeguarding at Surrey County Football Association.

 At EDF Energy Fiona leads in a role that brings together Diversity and Inclusion and Employer Branding.

She is a founding member of the EDF Energy Women’s Network, which she established early in 2009, introducing her to the world of diversity and inclusion.  She is an advisory member for EDF Energy on the RAE Diversity Leadership Group and the National Equality Standard.

She is the Deputy President of Women in Nuclear, whose mission is to address the industry’s gender balance, improve the representation of women in leadership and to engage with the public on nuclear issues.

In her spare time, she is also interested in developing young female talent as she is proud to have been involved as a leader in Girlguiding UK for over 20 years.

Fiona Jackson
Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Employer Branding, EDF Energy

At EDF Energy Fiona leads in a role that brings together Diversity and Inclusion and Employer Branding.

She is a founding member of the EDF Energy Women’s Network, which she established early in 2009, introducing her to the world of diversity and inclusion.  She is an advisory member for EDF Energy on the RAE Diversity Leadership Group and the National Equality Standard.

She is the Deputy President of Women in Nuclear, whose mission is to address the industry’s gender balance, improve the representation of women in leadership and to engage with the public on nuclear issues.

In her spare time, she is also interested in developing young female talent as she is proud to have been involved as a leader in Girlguiding UK for over 20 years.

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Elizabeth Rickard MIET MIoD
Head Engineer & Finance Director, Highwire Ltd Height Safety Engineers, Senior Member, Women’s Engineering Society (WES)

She’s a structural engineer and champion of women in engineering and construction. Her company specialises in safety at height on some of the UK’s largest building projects. She has been interviewed on BBC North West Tonight and BBC Radio Manchester as well as various other media organisations
Liz began her career in the construction industry 24 years ago as a graduate engineer with a consulting engineers company in Manchester, where she gained significant experience in structural design and assessment, client liaison, project management, loss adjustment, CDM supervision and tender assessment. Specifically, in relation to historic building remedial works and conservation, an area in which she still undertakes some private consultancy work.

In 2003, Liz was appointed as Financial Director and Head Engineer of Highwire Ltd, as well as being a co‐owner. Highwire Ltd is a specialist subcontractor providing structurally‐proven safe access at height.
Liz consolidated the company’s financial and legal status and ensured that the correct support systems are in place to achieve a consistent high quality service whist expanding the company.

As a member the British Safety Industry Federation height safety group, advising the on BSI and HSE on  industry standards, Liz is actively working to raise standards and awareness within the height safety sector. For over 10 years she has worked with top international experts studying the dynamic engineering principles utilised in height safety products.

From early in her career Liz has been actively interested in improving the image of the construction industry, and skill retention in the sector. She guided Highwire Ltd through the process of piloting the BEFaIR framework for the Construction Industry Training Board and as a senior member of The Women’s Engineering Society is working on a BSI committee for Diversity and Inclusion within the workplace.

In 2017 Liz had the privilege of judging for the WICE awards and headed up a successful trailblazer application to formalise competency and raise standards in her specialist sector.

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David Pearson
Director of Global Inclusion & Diversity at KPMG

David Pearson is Director of Global Inclusion & Diversity at KPMG, supporting inclusion for more than 200,000 people in 154 countries. His background is in KPMG’s Corporate Finance practice. David has led KPMG’s award-winning LGBT network since 2014, during which time the firm has moved up the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) Top 100 rankings from 155, to 44, to number 10 in 2017. David has shared best practice on inclusion and diversity with organisations such as Stonewall, Westminster Briefing, Macquarie Bank, Sainsbury’s, Marsh, Lloyds of London, GSK, Colt Technology, JP Morgan, London Business School, EY, BLP, Common Purpose (Streetwise MBA), Centre For Synchronous Leadership and the Financial Ombudsman Service. He is a past Chair of the InterEnergy LGBT network. David is co-author of KPMG’s submission to the APPG on Global LGBT Rights. He is a Patron of Freedom to Donate, a Trustee of LGBT mental health and wellbeing charity ELOP, a member of Out on the Street’s OutNEXT cohort of emerging LGBT leaders and an alumnus of the Stonewall Leadership Programme. He sits on the Economist Global Pride & Prejudice Advisory Board and the Advisory Council for Radius Business. In 2017 he was named a NatWest Top 10 Diversity Champion. He is a past regional and national winner of Boston Consulting Group’s Business Strategy Competition.

Twitter: @magnuspearson

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-pearson-a68a082/

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Rav Shawe
Senior Legal Counsel, Siemens plc

Rav Shawe is a Canadian Barrister & Solicitor, obtaining her LL.B from Windsor Law School in 2003 and her LL.M in IP & Technology law in 2012 from Osgoode Hall Law School (Canada). Rav joined Siemens Canada in 2011, and has since worked in a number of roles with Siemens in Canada, Germany and the UK, including Senior Counsel, Local Compliance Officer, and assistant Company Secretary. Prior to joining Siemens, Rav worked in private practice and for the Ontario government for over six years. She joined Siemens plc in March 2016 as Senior Counsel supporting their Digital Factory & Process Industries and Drives Divisions. Rav is also a Diversity & Inclusion Champion for Siemens plc, and currently serves as a member of the D&I Steering Committee. In recognition of her commitment to the advancement of women in law and the mentorship of young female lawyers, Rav is also a recipient of a 2013 Lexpert® Zenith Award Celebrating Leading Women Lawyers in Canada.

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Rob Cookson
Deputy Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation

Rob has worked in the 3rd Sector for almost twenty years. Much of this time has been spent working in Greater Manchester in a variety of leadership roles. Rob was CEO of both Stockport Council for Voluntary Service and Tameside 3rd Sector Coalition, both Infrastructure Organisations helping to build the capacity of the local sector.

A real passion for Rob is equality. In his role as Deputy CEO for LGBT Foundation, he works both locally and nationally to help improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. Part of his role at LGBT Foundation involves leading on a range of programmes and initiatives, including developing new innovations for sexual health services.

Rob recently got married to his husband Rich. At the weekend they can often be found walking in the hills with their (often naughty!) little Jack Russell Cross, Ruby.

Simone Davina
General Counsel and Member of the Board, Siemens plc

Simone Davina joined Siemens in the UK in August 2016 having served as General Counsel and Company Secretary for Siemens in the Netherlands since 2012. Simone is also the Diversity and Inclusion Ambassador in the U.K. and Ireland.

Having first joined the Company in 2008 Simone worked in a number of roles for Siemens in the Netherlands including Lead Lawyer for Siemens Healthcare and Deputy General Counsel, before being appointed to the role of General Counsel and Company Secretary in the country in 2012. Prior to joining Siemens Simone worked in private practice for ten years.

Simone is a graduate of Nyenrode Business University, Kings College London and Radboud University, and has served as a member of the Supervisory Board of G-Kracht, a mental health institute based in Netherlands, and a member of the Managing Board of Littéraire Sociëteit de Witte, a long-established social club located in The Hague which serves to promote the education of its members in the arts, literature and science.

Simone is married with three children; her favourite family pastime is to go sailing.

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Joscelyne Shaw
Executive Director, Mates in Mind, British Safety Council

Joscelyne Shaw is Executive Director of Mates in Mind, a charitable programme launched by the Health in Construction Leadership Group in 2017 to improve and promote positive mental health within the construction industry.