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Conference Schedule

Tuesday 31st January 2023

Leonardo Royal London Tower Bridge Hotel

09:00 – 09:30

Registration Opens & Networking Breakfast
Tea, Coffee & Pastries

09:30 – 09:40


09:40 – 09:50

Setting the scene
Dr Mark McBride-Wright CEng MIChemE
Founder & Managing Director, EqualEngineers

Session 1 (Opening Plenary) – D&I Leadership Panel – State of the Union
09:50 –   10:25

Chair: XXX 

10:25 – 11:15

Workshop Sessions

Workshop 1

Role Models in STEM and Inspiring Young People – Alexandra Knight, Stemazing

Join us for this interactive talk on the importance of visible role models in STEM, why this engagement needs to start as young as possible and what we can all do to make a difference. Alex will present the work STEMAZING, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, is doing to empower women in STEM to be more confident, visible role models and inspire Primary School children with STEM. Discover how you can get involved and gain inspiration for your future STEM outreach initiatives.

11:15 – 11:40

Coffee Break

11:40 – 12:30

Workshop Sessions

Workshop 1

Engineering Inspiration: Case Study on Overcoming Stereotypes of Who Can Be an Engineer – Kevin Stenson, Chief Executive, Smallpiece Trust

Alongside Creative Access, Equal Engineers, and WES, The Smallpeice Trust is part of McLaren Racing Engage, a strategic alliance of collaborative initiatives to diversify talent in motorsport. The Trust’s role is to inspire, inform and influence students from secondary schools in McLaren’s community that meet EngineeringUK’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion criteria; namely the proportion of students that are eligible for Free School Meals, and the proportion of ethnic minority students. This case study features McLaren Extreme E’s visit, together with McLaren’s first female racing driver, to a school where students thought “McLaren will never come to my school”.

12:30 – 13:30

Networking Lunch 

Session 2: Representation & Accessibility
13:30 – 14:05

Chair: XXX 

  • ???, Disability 
  • XXX ReciteMe 
  • John Bradbury, Operations Director, InterEngineering 
  • Mara Makoni, AFBE-UK 
14:05 – 14:55

Workshop Sessions

Workshop 1

Communication Skills Workshop – Making an Impact! Wayne Hutt

RS Group

 In this workshop, participants will explore the power of verbal communication. In particular, the potency of impactful storytelling!

Participants will experience the benefits of stepping out of their respective “comfort zones”. This short, sharp, high energy session, is designed to be fun, interactive, and ultimately develop participants knowledge, skills, and confidence, on the subject of impactful verbal communication.

14:55 – 15:15

Coffee Break

Session 3: Inclusive Leadership: Creating Inclusive Cultures
15:15 – 15:40

Keynote speaker

15:40 – 15:50

Closing remarks & conference close

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