Engineering is changing beyond recognition and it is a positive change that will see engineering roles diversify. But that message is only now starting to reach young women in a meaningful way.

SOE is hosting Women in Engineering panel discussion chaired by journalist and presenter Cathy Newman, on November 12 to further explore how is that narrative being changed and what else can be done to further increase the number of women in the UK’s engineering workforce. The event will be held in Cathedral View, 2 minutes’ walk from Victoria tube station.

The key discussion topics will be:

  • The role of schools in promoting positive messages about modern, cutting-edge engineering & career opportunities within engineering related sectors.
  • The business case for a diverse workforce, promoting a culture of inclusion.
  • The need for rebranding engineering careers and correcting the misconceptions.

Ann Watson - Chief Executive of Semta

Sir John Parker GBE FREng HonFIES HonFIET - SOE Patron 

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 2017 UK Women in Innovation Award

Nada Issa - Senior Mechanical Engineer at Chapmanbdsp

Pamela Wilson CEng MIET - Engineering Manager at BAE Systems

Polly Williams - Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Royal Academy of Engineering

Dani Rathke - PCV Engineer and irtec Assessor


11:30 – Lunch and networking
12:00 – Panel discussion begins
13:45 – Q&A
14:15 – Event closes

Book your place now for this free event as spaces are limited.

Ann Watson

Chief Executive Officer, Semta

Panellist statement

The engineering sector currently needs around 60,000 young people to become engineers and technicians every year.  Attracting as many women into engineering careers as men would add £2bn to the UK economy but we still have a long way to go – as both educators and employers - to show women that they can be great engineers and are desperately needed to solve today’s big societal challenges such as climate change. The sector needs more “girly swots” and it is incumbent on all of us to make this happen. This event and the debate continues the movement towards equality in engineering.

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Nada Issa

Senior Mechanical Engineer, Chapmanbdsp

Panellist statement

It is important to acknowledge that the lack of diversity within engineering is deterring girls from entering and remaining within the industry. Through this event, I want to assist in dispelling misconceptions about working in engineering by sharing my experience and inspire other women to pursue a career in engineering. I would also like to address some of the barriers to changing the narrative about engineering and highlight practices that the industry could adopt to create a truly inclusive environment.

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Pamela Wilson

Engineering Manager, BAE Systems

Panellist statement

Events like this are key to show how diverse the field of engineering is and how diversity within this field helps us to achieve so much more. I am passionate about showing that there are many female engineers, technicians and apprentices who thoroughly enjoy their roles and have exciting careers ahead of them, to help change perceptions and encourage more women into such roles in the future. 

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Cathy Newman to host SOE Women in Engineering event