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The Caroline Haslett Lecture and WES Awards 2020

December 10, 2020 at 06:30:00 PM · London
About This Webinar

This year we are honoured to have Amanda Fisher, Chief Executive of Amey, give the annual Caroline Haslett Lecture. This WES annual event will also celebrate the 2020 winners of the Karen Burt Memorial Award for the best female newly chartered engineer, the Men as Allies Award and the Amy Johnson Inspiration Award.

Please join us for this wonderful evening, celebrating the amazing people working to support women in engineering and STEM.

  • 1830 Welcome and Introduction from WES
  • 1840 Presentation of Amy Johnson Inspiration Prize and Men as Allies Award
  • 1850 Caroline Haslett Lecture to be given by Amanda Fisher, CEO of Amey, followed by Q&A
  • 1930 Karen Burt Memorial Prize Winner Presentation and Q&A
  • 2000 Event ends
Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
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Chief Executive, Amey
Amanda Fisher was appointed Chief Executive of Amey in December 2019, having been Managing Director of Facilities Management, Defence and Justice at Amey since August 2017.

Since training at Sandhurst and being commissioned as an Army Officer, Amanda has sought demanding leadership roles throughout her career. She has pursued roles that focus on delivering critical public infrastructure services through senior and board level positions. Before joining Amey Amanda was the Managing Director of Balfour Beatty Living Places, becoming the first woman to reach such a UK senior role within the international construction and services group. She has previously held roles at Alfred McAlpine Business Services, Allied Healthcare Group and ISS Defence and Security.

Her current role sees her leading a business of 17,000 employees. As in previous roles, Amanda champions diversity and the development of employee potential, challenging existing cultures, and promoting clear a business vision, values and strategy, giving employees the Freedom to Perform.
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President, Women's Engineering Society
Dawn Childs is the UK Change Director at National Grid, where she ensures the company can perform over the next regulatory period. This involves heading up a team that identifies change potential within National Grid and helps the company understand how to deliver and harness the value from that change.

Dawn joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) straight from university to follow her passion for engineering. During her 23 years in the RAF she progressed to become Deputy Chief Engineer. She then joined Gatwick Airport and quickly took on a role as Head of Engineering. Four years later, Dawn moved on to theme park operator Merlin, and in 2019, she arrived at National Grid as UK Change Director.

Dawn became President of the Women's Engineering Society in 2018.
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Trustee and Board Director, Women's Engineering Society
Susan Robson is a Principal Consultant in the Internal Consultancy team at National Grid. Building on seven years’ experience as a management consultant with PwC, she works across the National Grid business to help drive the strategic initiatives that will play a key part in enabling the UK’s transition to net zero carbon.
Susan has been instrumental in developing the Women in National Grid Employee Resource Group into a strong team of volunteers across the company who deliver initiatives that have had tangible outcomes in promoting gender equality, inclusion and diversity both internally and externally. With a focus on women in engineering, the team have developed a number of initiatives both to encourage more women and girls into engineering, and to support those already in engineering with their professional development.
Susan has also had a number of voluntary roles in the Education sector, including as a TeachFirst Futures mentor and as a governor on the board of a primary school.
In 2018 Susan was placed top of the Future Leaders list in the Financial Times and HERoes Champions of Women in Business. She served as an expert panellist on the BBC’s The Apprentice 2019, and in 2020 she was named as one of the We Are the City Top 100 Women. Susan was co-opted to the WES Board in November 2020.
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Winner, Karen Burt Memorial Award
Tina Gunnarsson is a Temporary Works Engineer for Balfour Beatty and has also spent time working on a large building project at Canary Wharf. Tina has fundraised then travelled to Rwanda with the charity Bridges to Prosperity to construct a suspension footbridge for a remote community, including developing innovative methodology for safe construction of the footbridge. She has also done some great work to raise the profile of Women in Construction including being awarded Best Woman in Civil Engineering & Most Distinguished Winner at the 2019 WICE Awards. And she is involved in a number of initiatives at Balfour Beatty including Engineer of the Future and a reverse mentoring scheme.