Dr Mark McBride-Wright CEng MIChemE
Founder & Managing Director
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.
Awards & Accolades
- Recipient of 2022 Rooke Award, Royal Academy of Engineering for the promotion of engineering to the public.
- Winner 2016 “Corporate Rising Star” British LGBT Awards
- #2 in 2015 Financial Times Future LGBT Leaders list (#6 2016)
- Shortlisted, “Young Chemical Engineer in Industry”, 2016 IChemE Global Awards
- InterEngineering, “Highly Commended” at 2015 Inclusive Networks Awards
- InterEngineering, Shortlisted for “LGBT Community Group of the Year”, 2016 National Diversity Awards
- InterEngineering, Shortlisted “Corporate Equality Award”, 2016 PinkNews Awards
Fayon Dixon is a broadcaster, host and facilitator who has remained committed to the motivation and inspiration of others over 15 years of projects. Her versatility in presenting includes LIVE events, TV broadcasts, STEM networking events, online seminars and virtual hybrid hosting.
An advocate for equality and diversity in engineering careers, Fayon has worked on a number of projects with EqualEngineers and is now a permanent member of the team as our Engagement Manager.
Fayon keeps a hand in broadcasting as a newspaper reviewer on Talk Radio, and weekly contributor across BBC local radio stations, motivating the nation with her ‘Winning Over Wednesday’ feature. Fayon is the proud creator, host and producer of the award-winning ‘The Kids Are Alright Show’ on Riverside Radio, and co-facilitator of a radio club for local teens to develop their confidence and learn skills to achieve an accreditation in radio production.
Fayon has delivered workshops in schools across the UK which encourage creative learning techniques. Over this time, she has also been a reader and workshop leader to stroke survivors in hospitals and in the community, supporting them to regain their voices and confidence.
Programme & Events Associate
Luigi is a graduate from the University of East London, with experience in digital training, events, admin roles, and mentorship programmes. He has been involved in a wide range of projects to upskill and digitalize the BAMEcommunities. Luigi is a Programme & Events Associate and supports delivery of our digital events such as our employer insight sessions, panel discussions as well as maintaining the EqualEngineers websites, social media presence and mailing list communications to our members
Christopher Brown is the current Recruitment Associate for Equal Engineers having formerly worked in recruitment across the technology and engineering spaces where he built up his passion, knoweldge and expertise in the fields.
Having graduated from De Montfort University Leicester with a bachelor’s degree in Business & Management, Christopher has gone on to be a powerful and energetic force in the workplace who with a background over the last few years consisting of sales and recruitment uses his positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage and support fellow colleagues across Equal Engineers, help clients find the right employees for their needs and help candidates find their next career!
Liza is a 22-year old student who is in her third year in B.Eng Robotics & Autonomous Interactive Systems at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Liza co-runs the HWU Robotics Society which she co-created during her 1st year and in September 2020 she worked the Watt Women in STEM society, and she became a Student Ambassador for Equal Engineers. Through these contributions, she believes she will be able to make the world of STEM a better place for the younger generation. As she is herself deaf, working in a company promoting diversity and inclusion is very close to her heart.
A former Royal Navy Education & Training Specialist and now a Maritime Reserve Instructor. Her most recent role (#Force4Inclusion) was to engage with communities and individuals who don’t traditionally engage with the Armed Forces in a bid to raise awareness about what the Armed Forces do, how they do it and how they contribute to society, alongside myth busting about women’s roles in the modern military.
She has a passion for sport and team work underpinned by being a former footballer (Royal Navy and Plymouth Argyle) and hockey player, she is a huge advocate for more diverse participation in all sports and regularly mentors younger members of the hockey family on team ethos, respect in success and bouncing back from defeat.
Her advocacy of diversity, inclusion and social mobility is threaded through both her professional and personal life and underpinned by robust values. Her interest spans the generations and she is currently collecting Oral Histories from women who have served in the Armed Forces over many decades. She is also an Ambassador for the Association of Wrens, WRNS Benevolent Trust and a Trustee for the very dynamic educational charity Diversity Role Models.
Dr Victor Olisa QPM
Victor joined Surrey Police in 1982 straight from university, where he studied Biochemistry. He worked in uniform and CID. He transferred to the City of London Police in 1990 and worked in several roles including Detective Inspector in the Fraud Squad.
In 2003 he was seconded to the Home Office to work on Stop and Search. In 2005 he was awarded a PhD in Criminology by the London School of Economics.
He transferred to the Metropolitan Police Service in April 2006 as Superintendent. In April 2012 he was promoted to Chief Superintendent was in charge in Bexley and Haringey as Borough Commander. In 2017, he was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished police service.
In October 2017 he retired from the Police Service. He was a Visiting Fellow at LSE. He is a Governor at Treloar’s and Director of Safeguarding at Surrey Football Association.
Fiona’s varied career has spanned both commercial roles in energy pricing, costing and front office trading analysis along with roles in leadership, learning & development and recruitment.
Her expertise in D&I was advanced during 6 years as Head of Diversity and Inclusion at EDF Energy. Whilst here she held strategic advisory roles on the RAE Diversity Leadership Group and the National Equality Standard. In early 2020 she finished a 3 year term as the Vice President of Women in Nuclear.
She now works as a D&I consultant, delivering inclusive leadership training, developing D&I strategies and carrying out diversity audits primarily across Energy, Construction, FMCG and Government sector organisations.