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Elizabeth Donnelly

Chief Executive,
Women's Engineering Society (WES)

After an early career in IT, Elizabeth graduated from the Open University, specialising in systems thinking. She was awarded Membership of the Royal Aeronautical Society as a result of her work with Rolls-Royce and went on to lead skills policy in the aerospace industry. Elizabeth chaired the RAeS Education and Skills Committee and was Deputy Chair and founder member of its Women in Aviation and Aerospace Committee. Elizabeth also founded the RAeS Amy Johnson Named Lecture. Later, Elizabeth established her own consulting company, graduated with an MSc in Systems Thinking in 2017 and in 2018 was appointed CEO of the Women’s Engineering Society.

  • Assessing how female peer to peer mentors in the workplace can encourage women to apply for senior level positions and prevent dropouts
  • Sharing the success of the ‘MentorSet’ mentoring scheme in creating female role models for women in the work place and demonstrating how women can support each other throughout their career
  • Discussing strategies for the recruitment process to attract more women to apply for STEM positions, and then to ensure their retention and promotion
  • Encouraging employers to recruit women on re-training schemes, return to work schemes and technical apprenticeships programmes after a career break