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Engineering diversity and inclusion

Delivering Equality in the STEM Workplace

7 - 8 November 2019 | GoGlasgow Urban Hotel, Glasgow

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Yetunde Adediran  

Yetunde Adediran, IET

Yetunde Adediran is a Software Engineer and educator, with previous experience as founder, mechanical engineer (within the manufacturing engineering industry).

Yetunde has an engineering degree from Brunel University, and a Master’s degree in Software Engineering from the University of Oxford. She is a member of the IET and a science and technology advocate. Since graduating from Oxford, she has gained over 15-years technology experience working as a freelance software engineer for several corporate firms, including ICL (now Fujitsu), Vodafone, BT and Accenture. She is a pioneer, after being one of the first to work on a Bluetooth device in 2001 while based at TDK in north London. Yetunde has also written a number of science policy papers and contributed to the Westminster Higher Education forum.

Her social enterprise experience using technology & design has led her to successfully create OpenVirtualSTEM™ (formerly known as Open Engineering Solutions). OpenVirtualSTEM™ is a community science project aimed at reaching out to more young people interested in Science & Engineering, particularly young females.

She is currently working on a programming book to highlight the lack of good quality books in education that can be used to assist younger people who want to learn industry techniques.

John Blacklock  

John Blacklock, Design Authority Engineer, Ministry of Defence

John Blacklock is a member of the IMechE Council and their Education Advisory Board. He advises on Strategy and Key Issues such as Education, Diversity and Inclusion of its membership and the engineering profession. He actively promotes the engineering profession to the public through organising events and to schools and colleges by delivering STEM initiatives with organisation such as IET, IMechE and IMarEST.

He works for Jacobs UK and is embedded within MOD(Navy) in support of the Defence Programmes. Previous roles have been with BP, Rolls-Royce, Althsom, DSRL and ABB in over 30 countries between them.

Lorna Bennet  

Lorna Bennet, Mechanical Design Engineer, Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

Lorna Bennet is a Mechanical Engineer in the Operational Performance directorate at the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. She engages with SMEs, organisations and academia to address industry challenges through technology innovation and works with companies to diversify and transfer their technology offering to the wind industry. She coordinates information, access, demonstration and validation testing in and around the Levenmouth offshore Demonstration Turbine in Fife. Lorna has a broad range of skills and over 7 years of experience in the design, manufacture, analysis and project management of offshore systems.

She is also responsible for the STEM engagement strategy and engineering intern recruitment in the ORE Catapult Glasgow office. In 2018 she won a Royal Academy of Engineering Ingenious Award to develop a plan of engagement with local primary schools. In collaboration with a number of local and national charities she has driven community engagement and promoted engineering across the country. This led to Lorna being awarded the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2018 Women’s Engineering Society Prize in December, and becoming an active Ambassador for WES throughout their centenary in 2019, contributing to a key role in the 100th anniversary celebrations.

Lynne Cadenhead  

Professor Lynne Cadenhead, Visiting Professor in Governance and Enterprise, Edinburgh Napier University and Chair, Women's Enterprise Scotland

A serial entrepreneur, Lynne has over 20 years’ investment experience, investing in, mentoring and nurturing a range of early stage technology and retail companies throughout the UK. She has worked with a wide portfolio of technology companies – from pharmaceuticals and polymers, to prosthetics and optics – and has also managed two early stage technology venture capital funds, served on over 30 boards and started up several her own companies.

Currently Lynne is involved with several early stage technology companies as director and investor, mainly in the fields of cyber security, artificial intelligence and emotional management. She is a key influencer on the Leadership in Board Governance Programme at Edinburgh Napier University and in 2017 the University awarded her the prestigious title of Visiting Professor in Governance and Enterprise. Lynne is a long-standing member of two Edinburgh Napier University Boards, a member of Technology Scotland Advisory Board, Chair of UNICEF Scotland Advisory Board and Chair of Women's Enterprise Scotland.

Tom Caira  

Tom Caira, Senior Lecturer, University of the West of Scotland

I spent the first 12 years of my career working in the private sector as a computer programmer and business systems analyst and the last 25 years in academia as a senior lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland. I have worked in a range of organisations from large multi-nationals right through to very small local businesses. I have also been involved in setting up and running a number of computing/IT consultancy companies. I have remained in close contact with industry throughout my time in academia and feel it is essential for universities and industry to work in close partnership. I chair the UWS Industrial Advisory Board for Computing which currently has around 70 industry members, ranging from large multi-nationals through to small and medium-sized West/Central Scotland based organisations.

I am the Employability Lead for the UWS School of Computing, Engineering and Physical Sciences. I sit on advisory boards for ePlacement Scotland, The Digital Skills Partnership, and the Scottish Qualifications Authority. I am a member of the Scottish West STEM Hub and work collaboratively with industry and with a range of independent, third-party and third-sector organisations, including primary and secondary schools and FE colleges, to enhance university student and graduate employability through placements and other forms of industry and external engagement.

Alan Cameron  

Sergeant Alan Cameron, Specialist Engagement Team Scotland and Northern Ireland, Royal Air Force

Formerly a Warrant Officer aircraft engineering technician, Alan worked on Tornado GR1/4, Nimrod MR2 and Sentry AEW E-3D (AWACS) aircraft for a total of 34 years. Became the RAF’s most senior Airborne Technician and team leader. Operational flying tours in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

Alan spent 4 years as a trials and project management officer (Radar) including mentorship responsibility for other trial managers. A qualified electronics warfare officer, aircrew instructor, survival instructor and instructor standards agent for the RAF central flying school. Ground tour as the 904 Expeditionary Air Wing Warrant Officer during operations in Afghanistan, responsible for the Quality Management System, Health and Safety, Error Investigation, morale, welfare and discipline.

An active STEM ambassador, Alan also gained a degree in Psychology through the Open University whilst serving in the RAF.

Katie Carmichael  

Katie Carmichael, Career Coach, Dyslexia Scotland

Katie Carmichael is a career coach within Dyslexia Scotland. Taking a creative learning approach using innovative, multi-sensory practices, she guides clients along a career development process in an accessible way that makes sense to dyslexic thinkers.

Katie’s solution-focussed recommendations on recruiting and retaining dyslexic employees were published in the 2018 Westminster Achievability Commission report ‘Neurodiverse Voices: Opening Doors to Employment.’

Katie was shortlisted for 2019 CDI Career Coach of the Year award. She blogs and writes on supporting dyslexia in a career development context.

Suzanne Doyle-Morris  

Dr. Suzanne Doyle-Morris, Founder, InclusIQ

Dr. Suzanne Doyle-Morris has advised and spoken with 100’s of FTSE100 companies in the professional services and STEM sector on the role of gender balance in innovation. Dr. Doyle-Morris received her Ph.D from the University of Cambridge, where she focused specifically on the experiences of women in Engineering. She is author of both ‘Beyond the Boys’ Club: Strategies for Achieving Career Success as a Woman Working in a Male Dominated Field’ and ‘Female Breadwinners: How They Make Relationships Work and Why They are the Future of the Modern Workplace’ and has also created award-winning e-learning on diversity issues.

A Scotland resident, Dr. Doyle-Morris counts NATS as one of her clients and has advised companies in Scotland and beyond, spanning from Europe to the Middle East.

Ollie Folayan  

Ollie Folayan, Chair, AFBE-UK Scotland

Ollie Folayan is a chartered chemical engineer working in the energy industry and chairperson of the award-winning AFBE-UK Scotland. Ollie graduated with a BEng in Chemical Process Engineering with Fuel Technology from the University of Sheffield in 1999 and then earned a Doctorate (PhD) in Fuels and Combustion from University of Leeds in 2002 authoring five international publications in the field of combustion and engineering. To date Ollie has worked on Major CAPEX Front End Engineering Design, Detailed Design and commissioning Projects.

Ollie has championed successful outreach programmes such as Making Engineering Hot, NextGen (Scotland), Transition and Real Projects and has co-authored two publications on the influence of role models in the transition from academic study to the workplace and on the sustainability of the engineering profession in the UK. In addition, Ollie has also been involved with a number of successful community initiatives through organisations such as Shell and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Ollie has chaired several AFBE-UK annual seminars featuring key industry leaders and politicians and is a regular speaker at events on varied engineering topics.

Ben Hanley  

Ben Hanley, Advisory Board Member, Technology Scotland

Lorna Hay  

Lorna Hay, Teacher, Pitteuchar East Primary School

Lorna Hay is a teacher at Pitteuchar East Primary school in Fife with a passion for teaching engineering. A Glasgow University graduate, Lorna initially began her career as a PR consultant, before re-training as a teacher at the Moray House School of Education in 2007. Lorna became a fully-qualified primary school teacher in 2009.

In 2018, Lorna completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Engineering (STEM) Learning, facilitated by Primary Engineer and accredited by The University of Strathclyde. As part of the course, she interviewed more than 30 engineers from across the UK, about their career inspirations and aspirations. From this field work, Lorna conducted an action research project with her pupils into the development of STEM and employability skills in learners, with a focus on Engineering Habits of Mind and Tinkering.

In October 2018, Lorna won the Scottish Women in Technology’s Primary Teacher of the Year award in recognition of her efforts to engage her young learners in engineering and technology experiences. She has worked closely with Primary Engineer for the last three years, delivering several their programmes to her learners. Recently, she spoke at the launch of the Institutions of Primary and Secondary Engineers at the House of Lords, following her school’s two-year pilot of the initiative. Lorna has also twice given evidence to the Education and Skills Committee at the Scottish Parliament in support of its current inquiry into STEM in early years education. Lorna is also involved in working parties within Fife Council with a focus on developing STEM education across Fife schools.

Jamie Hepburn  

Jamie Hepburn MSP, Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Scottish Government

Yasmeen Hussain  

Yasmeen Hussain, STEM Enhancement Consultant

Following a career as a Design Engineer, in 2006, I began my career in higher education as a Lecturer, later progressing into roles involving working with educational providers and alliances, local authorities and initiatives to support equality charters. As an ardent supporter of opportunities being created to encourage equality and diversity within higher education and the progression of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups into the technology and engineering sectors, I have completed the Aurora leadership development programme and undertaken an international project with technology institutions and employers in South Asia to encourage females to study technology and engineering subjects and progress into related professions.

My roles within higher education involve working with educational partners throughout the UK and overseas at a secondary and tertiary level, career service providers as well as other appropriate government organisations; working with industry and subject related alliances, charities and initiatives to promote higher education and a range of subject disciplines to various demographics to support equality charters. In March 2016 I was appointed to the Board of Directors at Craigholme School. I am also involved with Changing the Chemistry with the aim of increasing diversity on all types of Boards.

I am a Management Committee member of SAMEE (Scottish Association of Minority Ethnic Educators). My role involves supporting UWS’ Widening Access: Scottish Outcomes Agreement relating to ethnicity, the Race Equality Charter and Equalities Act by encouraging the progression of BME young people into higher education and employment.

Kirstie Farmer  

Kirstie Farmer, Training and Development Manager, Equate Scotland

Kirstie is a Training and Development Manager at Equate Scotland. She has worked across a number of different areas including developing good practice guides for industry, leading a project with engineering sector SMEs and supporting the ERASMUS Engendering STEM project. Kirstie previously ran the Skills Development Scotland funded modern apprentice mentoring project and developed an accredited “Training the Trainer” course.

She has significant experience in publication writing and training on equalities and diversity issues. She has previously worked for Scottish Women’s Aid where she was responsible for the national CEDAR network. She has a wealth of experience in monitoring and evaluating project work and interventions to prove they are having an impact.

Anne Law  

Anne Law, HR Business Partner, NATS

Anne Law is the Human Resource Business Partner for NATS looking after Prestwick Centre and in addition supports NATS Operational Teams at Glasgow and Aberdeen Airports. Anne provides support and advice to the Leadership Teams she is part of in order to help drive optimum team and people performance. Anne gets involved with all things people and plays an active role in talent management, succession planning, working together with the Trade Unions, personal case management and performance management.

Anne was previously the HR Director for DB Apparel UK Ltd who manufactured and distributed lingerie brands including Playtex, Wonderbra and Shock Absorber. Anne is a member of the CIPD and holds a PGD in Human Resources which followed achieving BA (Hons) in Hotel Management at Strathclyde University.

Fulton MacGregor  

Fulton MacGregor MSP

Fulton MacGregor was elected as the MSP for the constituency of Coatbridge & Chryston in May 2016 for the SNP party. He had previously been an active councillor for the North Lanarkshire area.

After his election, he was appointed to the Justice, Education & Skills and Equalities & Human Rights Committees and has subsequently been appointed as the Parliamentary Liaison Officer to the Cabinet Secretary for Health & Sport. Mr. MacGregor is also involved in numerous Cross-Party Groups, which range across a wide variety of different issues. He is a member of Cross-Party Groups on matters such as racial equality, children and young people, tackling islamophobia and industrial communities - to name but a few.

Prior to his election as an MSP, Mr. MacGregor worked as a social worker, specialising in children and young people before moving to criminal justice. He maintains a wealth of experience in this area, which has influenced his work and policy vision to date.

Carol Marsh  

Dr Carol Marsh, Deputy Head of Electronic Engineering, Leonardo and Chair, IET Scotland

Dr Carol Marsh is Deputy Head of Electronic Engineering at Leonardo, Chair of the IET Scotland and Past President of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES). Carol was awarded the degree of Doctor of Engineering in System Level Integration from the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt and Strathclyde.

Carol has worked in the field of electronics for over 35 years and is well known for promoting engineering. She is the winner of 3 technical and 4 inspirational awards and has presented at over 30 conferences. Carol is a Fellow of the IET, IESIS, RSSA and WES, a Chartered Engineer, a senior member of the IEEE, a member of the IoP and the IACR and a STEM Ambassador.

Jane McDonald  

Jane McDonald, Head of Diversity and Inclusion, Leonardo

With an extensive background in people focused change Jane developed a strategic data driven approach to inclusion and diversity when Head of D&I with the Law Society. Now with Leonardo - an organisation at the start of its inclusion journey – she has implemented her three pillar programme and in less than a year, has launched a programme focused on Inclusive and Empowering Leadership, increased internal engagement through design of diversity and inclusion portals and is driving work to increase gender equality in the UK business. She also commissioned Leonardo wide “Inclusion – the Imperative” research with particular focus on women/minority populations working with a cross sector group, the report will be published November 2019.

Sarah Morgan  

Sarah Morgan, Director Stakeholder Engagement and Communications, Jacobs

Sarah has worked with Jacobs for 19 years, having started as a geologist from the minerals industry. Her current role includes as Stakeholder Manager and Education Liaison Officer on the A9 Dualling Project for Transport Scotland. Sarah has been instrumental in envisioning the STEM programme delivered from Jacobs’ Glasgow team and in seeking integration with STEM activities across the UK.

Sarah actively participates in a number of school engagements both on the A9 Dualling and in the Cities Strategy, Community Benefits area of Jacobs’ engagement with young people. Passionate about Inclusion and Diversity, Sarah is one of our Glasgow-based Conscious Inclusion trainers and a Positive Mental Health Champion.

Douglas Morrison  

Douglas Morrison, Director, Scottish Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange

Douglas is an experienced educator having worked in the further and higher education sector for 15 years. His areas of interest include STEM, innovation, digital disruption, educational policy, technology enhanced learning and gender equality issues. He is the Associate Director of Innovation and STEM at City of Glasgow College and the Scottish Director of the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange, of which he was awarded Fellowship in 2015. Douglas holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and is a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) candidate researching gender, habitus and occupational segregation in the UK construction industry at the University of Strathclyde.

Douglas is responsible for a range of projects aimed at engaging companies, operating within sectors experiencing significant underrepresentation of women, to be bold on gender equality issues. A regular speaker on gender equality and workplace inclusivity, he holds a number of board and advisory positions relating to gender and has worked with key agencies including Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Government, Skills Development Scotland and The Royal Society of Edinburgh. Douglas is a member of the Board of Governance at the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, championing sector diversity and skills transformation, and also represents the college sector on the Board of Glasgow City of Science and Innovation.

Penny Morton  

Penny Morton, President, FemEng

As president of FemEng I manage the society, oversee the committee and introduce new events aimed at linking together females in the School of Engineering at the University of Glasgow, where I am currently studying Meng Product Design Engineering. FemEng has a number of focuses including outreach work with schools, networking events with industry professionals, social activities and international collaborations. The society aims to bring all genders into the discussion and invites anyone with an interest in the group to join.

Last year as Outreach Convenor my main role was to promote women in engineering to the wider community. I organised various trips to primary and secondary schools, including teaming up with the RAF to provide pupils with an interactive and fun day of giant Meccano, and Handprints to show 3D printed prosthesis. I also organised trips to STEM fayres, Girl Guides, and workshops always trying to encourage as many FemEng members to attend as this is an extremely rewarding experience.

This year I aim to continue to grow the FemEng network through discussion panels, mentoring schemes, school and industry visits with a focus on all inclusive advertising. By increasing our participation with supporting organisations such as Equate, Athena SWAN and WES, and creating new relationships with industry professionals, FemEng strives to encourage diversity and inclusion within the society.

Aileen O'Hagan  

Aileen O’Hagan, Industry Recruitment Coordinator, Equate Scotland

Aileen works for Equate Scotland supporting the recruitment, retention and progression of women in science, technology, engineering and the built environment. Working with employers to implement inclusive recruitment practices and become employers of choice for women in STEM,

Aileen runs the Equate Careerhub, Scotland first job board specifically designed for employers to find qualified women in Scotland’s STEM sector.

Fiona Padbury  

Flt Lt F M Padbury, Officer Commanding - Careers Officer Inverness & Belfast, Royal Air Force

Padbury was born in Morayshire. Awarded a BSc (Hons) in Computing Science from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Padbury worked in the Oil & Gas industry for 4 years prior to joining the Royal Air Force. Graduating from Initial Officer Training in 2009 she was appointed Officer Commanding Human Factors Flight at RAF Cosford as a Training Officer. Wanting to utilise her technical degree Padbury applied for a Branch transfer and went on to successfully complete Engineer Officer training at RAF Cranwell in 2012.

Appointed Officer Commanding Operational Conversion Unit (OCU), 90 Signal Unit, she was responsible for training of over 1000 personal on Communication Systems on operations at home and abroad. Upon posting in 2015, she became responsible for the management and maintenance of all navigational aids and radars at RAF Lossiemouth, Kinloss Barracks and Leuchars Diversion Airfield. Moving into the ICT environment Padbury was appointed Officer Commanding Information Systems Flight in 2017 and undertook the vast challenge of managing major ICT projects across the Station. During a period of maternity (2018-19) she studied and successful qualified as a Secondary Teacher in Computing. Upon returning to the RAF she was assigned to the Armed Forces Careers Office Inverness & Belfast and is eager to inspire and motivate personnel into a career in the RAF.

Wendy Pring  

Wendy Pring, Managing Director, KCP

I was inspired to study Civil Engineering by a very passionate physics teacher and my career began with John Dunbar & Associates in Glasgow, in a small specialist team of civil engineers working in the Water & Wastewater sectors. As an engineer helping a partner develop an environmental division within the merger with Crouch & Hogg and Watermans, I principally worked on undertaking Environmental Impact Assessments and planning operational and capital budgets for projects for a number of clients. I went on to work with LAWDC of 3C waste and then FCC Environment (formerly WRG) where we were assessing the logistics and costs for established treatment centres.

My passion for waste recovery and simple sustainable solutions along with a desire for a better work/life balance led me to found KCP with my husband in 2004. We wanted to use alternative methods of waste management & infrastructure using our wide range of skills and experience, essentially disrupt the market, something we continue to do by offering solution led approaches to any waste problem. During the process of delivering solutions for one of clients, we have designed, now patented a fluid transfer solution, that has the potential to change the way we dredge, disrupting and changing for good a multimillion turnover sector.

Susan Scurlock  

Susan Scurlock, CEO & Founder, Primary Engineer

Susan is responsible for the strategic direction and programme development, government and industry liaison and growth for Primary Engineer. Taking the company from a start-up to a million-pound turn-over with 22 staff, working with over 1000 schools a year and contracts with Teir 1 companies, SMEs Councils and University partners across the UK. Instrumental in the development of Primary Engineers’ Early Years Engineer, Secondary Engineer, Masters Level Programme, Leaders Awards, Institution of Primary Engineers, Institution of Secondary Engineers and Institution of Tertiary Engineers.

Susan has a First Class BA (HONS) in Graphic Design 2018 MBE Awarded in the New Year’s Honours List 2018 for services to Education and Engineering 2018 and is an Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers, Honorary Doctor of Engineering Glasgow Caledonian University for engineering education 2016 and a Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland 2015 Honorary Doctor of the University. University of Strathclyde for engineering education.

Paul Sheerin  

Paul Sheerin, CEO, Scottish Engineering

Paul Sheerin joined Scottish Engineering in March 2018 having previously held the role of Managing Director for B&W Diamond Power Specialty Ltd.
Originally from Thurso in the north of Scotland, Paul studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at The University of Glasgow and joined Nuclear Electric in 1990 as part of the Sizewell ‘B’ project team. After a period of working based in the USA, he returned to Scotland and joined Polaroid at its Dumbarton base in 1996 and became Managing Director from 2005 until March 2017.

Paul has been a keen volunteer and supporter of Young Enterprise Scotland, acting as Schools Business Adviser and Dunbartonshire Area Team Chair, and enjoys opportunities to promote Enterprise, Engineering and Manufacturing within schools.

Mamta Singhal  

Mamta Singhal, Product Design Engineer. Former IET Young Women Engineer of the Year Winner, IET Volunteer

Mamta holds an B.Eng (IMechE accredited) in Product Design Engineering from Glasgow University, MSc in Engineering Management from Strathclyde University and an MBA with Distinction, Strathclyde International Business School. In 2004 she was a finalist for the UK’s GG2 Young Achiever Leadership and Diversity Awards for her work in engineering. In 2007 she won the WES IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year award and follow that she was 2008 Global finalist for MBA student of the Year due her passion for show the role of creativity and engineering in Business. With a passion for Sustainability she scooped up the Strathclyde Supernova Greenest New Product Idea in 2009 which allowed to attend an all expenses trip to a Green thinking conference in Munich. She has a strong relationship with the Woman of the Future Network and in 2009 she was a finalist for her contribution to engineering and in 2014 she was a finalist for the professional woman of the year she is now an Ambassador for the programme and regularly attends engagement events at Embassy’s and Parliament to discuss the role of Woman in Business but also how we are inspire the next generating of young girls into STEM related subjects.

In 2014 she went on to win British India Award for her dedication and commitment to the field of engineering and technology. Over the years has sat on judging boarding including the IET Global Innovation Awards as well as the IET YWE boards. Last was the Year of Engineering and she was active volunteer during this time – she was invited to #10, Westminster Abbey, The House of Commons as well as being the adjudicating Chair for the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year, effortlessly showing the world how important engineering is – she was doing all this while writing blogs and holding down a full time job. Working Globally for 17 years she has spent 9 years in the international toy industry and has worked across EU and out in NY and LA. Recently she has moved in the food and drink industry looking at New Product Development, Supply Chain Development and manufacturing issues.

Appearing on BBC Breakfast, national radio and writing internationally about engineering she is determined to in changing the image of engineering and motivating the next generation in to the STEM related subjects. She also featured in the Cosmopolitan as part of the award winning Portrait of an Engineer Campaign in 2017. In 2018 she was invited to number 10 Downing Street by the PM due to Mamta charity work in engineering and her role as a BAME ambassador. She is a spokesperson for Management Today (Inspiring Women Conference) , Strathclyde University, The Institution of Engineering and Technology and most recently Dyslexia Scotland.

Graham Stow  

Graham Stow, Head of Education, Primary Engineer

Former secondary school teacher and Head of Information Technology/Computing. Former Lecturer in Primary Education, specialising in Computing, Academic and Professional development. Active researcher on the effects of technology on young children. 1st Class Ba Hons Business Administration, PGCE Secondary Education, MA Teaching and Learning, PGC Higher Education.

Jean Tennant  

Jean Tennant, Trainer and Consultant, Dyslexia Scotland

Jean Tennant is a trainer and consultant specialising in disability, especially neurodiversity. She has extensive experience across public, private, and academic sectors, particularly in engineering and oil and gas. During her 20 years in Occupational Health and Disability Services she has supported disabled staff to reach their full potential at work.

Jean is a volunteer for Dyslexia Scotland and is responsible for running the Edinburgh Dyslexia Adult Network and delivering a popular Dyslexia Adult Masterclass programme across Scotland. She is also an Honorary Faculty Member of the Clinical Educator Programme at the University of Edinburgh where she delivers training workshops on neurodiversity.

Jennifer Wallace  

Jennifer Wallace, Technologist, Leidos

Jen Wallace is a senior software engineer within Leidos UK’s Government and Critical National Infrastructure business. Providing technical leadership to development teams, Jen leverages her love of creative problem solving to build software solutions to meet customer needs using a variety of technologies and tools.

Aside from the core responsibilities of her engineering role, Jen is also passionate about creating a more diverse and inclusive tech industry. To that end she has become an active member of the Leidos UK Women’s Network focusing on reaching out to schools and universities to inspire the next female generation into technology.

Outside of work Jen is a creative at heart, spending time upcycling and revitalising reclaimed materials into lamps and other pieces of home furniture. She is an avid board gamer and loves to play with friends, getting lost in the adventure and excitement through creative play.

Lorna Watson  

Lorna Watson, Education Services Director, Dell Technologies

Lorna Watson has spent 13 years in various leadership roles at Dell Technologies and is currently an Education Services Director supporting a team of Training Managers and Trainers based around the globe. Lorna has occupied several people manager’s roles in areas of Dell’s services business such as the Technical Support function before moving into the Learning and Development team.

Prior to Dell, Lorna spent 10 years as a retail manager in a number of sales, customer service and internet shopping functions for supermarket chain Asda, having joined them back in 1996 via a graduate retail management program.

Lorna has an honours degree in Psychology from Glasgow University and a number of coaching and business management qualifications. She is married to Brian, has two teenage sons and lives in Bearsden, Glasgow

Talat Yaqoob  

Talat Yaqoob, Director, Equate Scotland

Talat is the Director of Equate Scotland. She has a background in public affairs, campaigning, social research and training and development across equalities issues. She has previously worked on education rights, women’s representation in politics and tackling violence against women. Before joining Equate Scotland, Talat managed a number of projects in the Third Sector, worked in the Scottish Parliament, focusing on policy and research for a political party, and worked as a consultant for organisations focused on social equality and community engagement.

Her job is to lead the Equate Scotland team and work with the Scottish Government, project partners, industry partners and policy experts to help meet our aims.



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