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Meet the woman bringing diversity to the top of the engineering agenda
Before taking the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) in June 2017, Kirsten Bodley had already made an impact on STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) related industries.
Graduating with a degree in Chemistry and Management, Kirsten has since held a variety of positions from Development Chemist to Management Consultant at KPMG Consulting. Kirsten then found her passion for teaching and after finishing her PGCE and a year teaching 11 year olds, she joined STEMNET, with a desire to inspire a wider audience of young people.
With more than 30,000 volunteers from business and industry, STEMNET is an inspirational organisation which is having a huge impact by helping the younger generation to understand careers in STEM. As a result, Kirsten regards the success of the STEM ambassador programme as her biggest career achievement so far.
Now in her role as CEO, Kirsten is looking forward to WES’ centenary in 2019:
“We are encouraging organisations to work with us – one of the projects we’re running is 100-for-100, where we’d like to make 100 awards in recognition of progress in terms of companies’ diversity and inclusion, specifically in the gender area. We’d like organisations to come forward and pledge some actions that they can take to improve their policies.”
You can read the full interview on The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining website.
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