The Rt Hon Sir Vince Cable was Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills and President of the Board of Trade (2010-2015). He was Member of Parliament for Twickenham 1997-2015; deputy leader of the Lib Dems 2007-2010 and shadow chancellor 2003-2010. He was the leader of the Liberal Democrats 2017-2019 and served as Member of Parliament for Twickenham between 1997-2015, and 2017-2019.
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Ollie Folayan is visiting professor to the School of Engineering, University of Dundee and Head of Process at Optimus Plus Aberdeen. He is the Co-Founder of AFBE-UK.
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. In 2018 Ollie Folayan was accepted into the Fellowship of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.
Ollie has championed successful outreach programmes such as Making Engineering Hot, NextGen (Scotland), Transition and Real Projects and has co-authored three publications on the influence of role models and on the sustainability of the engineering profession in the UK.
Ollie was awarded the Diversity and Inclusion Award by the Institution of Chemical Engineering (IChemE) in 2021
Alex is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IMechE with over 15 years’ experience of working in Industry. She is the Founder and CEO of STEMAZING – a social enterprise dedicated to inspiration and inclusion in STEM. Alex is passionate about supporting women in STEM to shine as confident, visible role models and inspire our future generations of innovators and problem-solvers. She is also a Visiting Professor with the Royal Academy of Engineering at Brunel University London. Alex won the We Are The City Champions Award in 2020 for her work to champion diversity and inclusion in STEM, and STEMAZING won the Diversity Impact Award at the RAC awards in 2021.
Jenny McLaughlin has worked within the airport industry for over 19 years. The last 14 years have been at Heathrow Airport in a number of departments including Environment, Airside and now Infrastructure as a project manager.
Jenny is the Lead for Heathrow’s Disability Network and brings that to her PM role. Jenny advocates that each person should have an equitable seat at the table and creating a safe environment to challenge and improve the way we interact and build the world around us.
Jenny is dyslexic and has ADHD and believes that “the way that my brain is wired differently is an asset”. Finally, Jenny was recognised by IET for her work on ‘Systematic Inclusion’ in their Celebrating Impact exhibition.
Sam is a qualified business coach and emotional intelligence practitioner, Sam has nearly 20 years of experience as a senior negotiation consultant, advising international private and public sector clients. Originally a senior manager in manufacturing, engineering and the environmental side of oil and gas. He managed regional teams for 10 years, engaging with Blue Chip Oil and Gas companies, leading a number of successful £multi-million World Bank Tenders and turn-key projects. Sam has negotiated commercial deals in more than 20 countries up to C-suite level across Europe, Russia, Middle East and Asia – saving mangrove swamps and glacial tundra along the way.
Abigail Kimber is a Client Development Consultant at social enterprise Mental Health First Aid England, working alongside a team of consultants that manage the organisation’s training courses. MHFA England’s training and new diagnostic service, Startwell, equip workplaces across industries such as construction, public health, and technology, including Skanska, NHS, Deutsche Bank and Samsung, with mental health knowledge, skills, and the tools to build a mental health strategy.
Richard is a qualified business coach who has trained over a thousand people in the dark arts of negotiation in multiple markets around the world – from a gold mine in Ghana to the fastest growing grocery retailer in the USA. Richard is an entrepreneur who’s been in business and navigating conflict from an early age. In the last 30 years he has held directorships and consulted for corporates and created and led multiple SME organisations. He has specialist experience in retail, media services, commercial strategy, and brand development and has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands.
Mark McBride-Wright, PhD, CEng, MIChemE is a recognised diversity and inclusion leader. He is Founder and Managing Director of EqualEngineers, a company offering a wide array of diversity & inclusion consultancy and training services, as well as creative events. Mark has delivered 25 Engineering & Technology careers fairs since 2017 connecting over 10,000 diverse opportunity-seekers with over 100 inclusive employers. Mark also founded the Equality in Engineering conference, and the Engineering Talent Awards, and established the Masculinity in Engineering research theme leading to a new way to deliver more impactful positive interventions on organisational culture change. EqualEngineers has trained thousands of engineers on creating inclusive cultures from front line leaders and operatives to senior leadership and executive teams. Clients include EDF Energy, McLaren Racing, Eurostar, GKN Aerospace, Institution of Mechanical Engineers amongst others.
Mark is also Chair and Co-Founder of InterEngineering, a non-profit industry body that connects, informs and empowers LGBT+ engineers and supporters. In recognition of his diversity work, Mark won the coveted ‘Corporate Rising Star’ award at the 2016 British LGBT Awards and was ranked #2 in the 2015 Financial Times Future LGBT Leaders list (#6 in 2016). In addition, he was ‘Highly Commended’ at the Inclusive Networks Awards (2015), shortlisted for the ‘Corporate Equality Award’ by PinkNews (2016), and is a regular speaker at the London Business School.
He has worked with many Fortune 50 companies on D&I programs and talent engagement strategies and has also authored a white paper for the UK Government on tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in engineering. Mark is a Chartered Engineer (IChemE) by training with a focus on health and safety, having worked at KBR Inc (2013-2017) and ERM (2012-2013) before pursuing his work in diversity. He also holds a doctorate (PhD) in chemical engineering at Imperial College London (2009-2013).
Kevin is committed to widening participation in STEM careers from underrepresented groups. Kevin joined The Smallpeice Trust as CEO in 2013 and led the doubling of the Trust’s reach to 40,000 students a year, and increasing female participation on courses from 32% to 50%. Kevin’s commitment to widening participation was recognised in 2018, when he was a finalist in the (Women in Science and Engineering) WISE Man of the Year Award. Whilst Kevin has spent two decades working for STEM charities, he is a Research Chemist by background, with a PhD in Catalysis. He also holds an MBA. Kevin is Chair of Governors of a Primary School.
Wayne has over 25 years’ experience working in the field of learning and development. He has worked across a number of businesses including large commercial corporations, charities and start-ups.
It was during his time at British Airways and Visa International that he was able to nurture and develop his passion for learning and development. As a learning professional he has worked extensively across the USA, EUROPE and APAC helping organisations to develop their people and improve company performance.
Wayne joined RS Components in 2019 as part of the Grass Roots Education team (The Engineering and Technology Youth Empowerment Team within Electrocomponents).
Today, his main focus is to look at creating valuable learning opportunities for students and young people all round the world. His ultimate aim is to develop young people and bridge any ‘ soft’ skills gaps between the formal education establishments (Universities and Colleges) and the workplace.