Elizabeth Donnelly

Elizabeth Donnelly


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.

  • Sharing how WES has supported women’s progression and advancement in engineering over the past 100 years and its continuing commitment to inspire women in engineering, science and technology
  • Working in partnership and through networks to recruit, develop and retain talent including STEM returners
  • Outlining the importance of mentors in supporting women in the workplace and encouraging them to apply for senior level positions to inspire future female leaders
  • Raising the profile of women in engineering through International Women in Engineering Day and demonstrating the career opportunities available to girls and women in the industry

Elizabeth Donnelly has been recognised as one of the 100 most influential women in engineering