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Celebrating women 
in engineering

Three of our female engineers have been named in the Women’s Engineering Society Top 50 Women in Engineering, run in partnership with the Daily Telegraph.
Image of 2018 WES Top 50 women in engineering in partnership with The Telegraph
 
Louise Maynard-Atem from Applied Intelligence, Dr Connie Wilson from Maritime and Lisa Montague from Air were selected from nearly 200 nominations from across the UK. 
 
This year’s list features women who have either returned to engineering after a beak or transferred to engineering from another sector.    
 
As a company we are dedicated to attracting and retaining the best engineering talent and developing a more diverse workforce.  I congratulate Louise, Connie and Lisa; we are very proud of their achievements that have led to receiving this award

John McCollum

, Engineering Director
 
All 50 winners were awarded their trophies at an International Women in Engineering Day Afternoon Tea event held by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), hosted at the Royal Academy of Engineering.   
 
Presenting the awards, Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive of WES said:
 
“The nominations were all amazing. For the Top 50, we looked for women who had overcome hurdles and returned to or transferred into/or across roles in engineering. In addition, they have all demonstrated that they are doing something to help support and inspire other women to succeed and progress in engineering whether it is working within their organisation through mentoring or inspiring young women through STEM activities for example.”
 
You can read profiles of our winners here:
 
Image of Connie Wilson

Dr Connie Wilson

As a BAE Systems Senior Systems Engineer on Type 26, Connie is responsible for the Meteorological and Oceanographic system which collates and analyses the environmental information that the ship is operating in.
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Image of Lisa Montague

Lisa Montague

Lisa completed a degree in Applied Biology before working as a receptionist at a small software house in Yeovil.
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Image of Louise Maynard-Atem

Louise Maynard-Atem

Louise completed her academic studies in chemistry and materials science before joining the Government Operational Research Fast Stream scheme working as an analyst associated with various government policies. 
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On 23 June, we will be celebrating International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) 2018 across our business, and highlighting engineering as a great career choice for all young people.


 
This year, we’re proud to be a sponsor of INWED, an annual event developed and coordinated by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate the achievements of women in engineering and inspire younger generations.
 
International Women in Engineering Sponsor logo
 
Each year we invest around £90 million in education and training in the UK, including apprenticeships and graduate opportunities for the next generation of highly skilled engineers. In 2017, 27% of our apprentices and 33% of graduates were female. This represents the highest proportion of females in both our early career programmes since we began recording the gender of our graduate and apprentice recruits.
 
We are committed to bridging the historical gender gap in our industry by encouraging more women to join the company, celebrating our women engineers and promoting development to increase the number of women in senior executive positions. We want to create an inclusive environment with a diverse workforce, which reflects the communities we work in.
 
Nigel Whitehead, Chief Technology Officer for BAE Systems, said: “The evidence supporting gender balance and greater workplace inclusivity is clear: organisations with a good mix of gender, ethnicity and skills achieve improved business performance and growth. 
 
“Gender balance drives diversity of thought, perspective and capability; this creates better workplaces and businesses that are more representative of the communities in which they operate and the customers they serve.”
 
In the UK, we’re also pleased to launch a new toolkitInspiring the next generation’. The toolkit, developed in partnership with the Women’s Business Council, aims to help small businesses play a part in inspiriting the next generation of female engineers and STEM talent.
 
The project will also involve procurement professionals in our business becoming STEM Ambassadors. This will involve working with suppliers to encourage them to use the toolkit and deliver activities to engage young people.
 
Here we get a perspective from three women engineers across our business:
 
Image of Katy Pilkington

Katy Pilkington

"I think the fact that I had such positive role models in my life made it possible for me to believe, at eight years old, that I could do anything I wanted."
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Image of Dawn Rayson

Dawn Rayson

Women can and will achieve in a man’s world – in the words of Bob Dylan “Times, they are a changing.”
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Image of Sally Hulse

Sally Hulse

"My favourite subjects in school were maths and science and I always used to help my dad, who is an electrician, when I was younger, so a career in engineering always seemed to be on the cards."
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Samantha Holliday

"There really is no limit to where you can go if you’re determined enough."
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