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Helen Wollaston

Chief Executive,
Wise Campaign

Since her appointment in June 2012, Helen has transformed WISE into a thriving, independent social enterprise, enabling business and education providers to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in the UK’s scientific, technology and engineering workforce. Helen is an energetic, inspirational advocate for social change, with a track record of transformational leadership across public, business and not-for-profit sectors. She founded her own consultancy company, Equal to the Occasion, after seven years as Director of Campaigns for the Equal Opportunities Commission and previously ran the Yorkshire region for the National Lottery Charities Board. An alumni of the Goldman Sachs 10k small business programme, she now supports enterprise as a member of the Advisory Board for the Management Division of Leeds University Business School. In December 2017, Helen joined the Board of Zero Waste Scotland, an agency supporting businesses in Scotland to increase recycling, reduce waste and create a market for the circular economy. Former Non-Executive roles include Senior Independent Director and Deputy Chair of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of YWCA England and Wales (now the Young Women's Trust).

  • Assessing how all STEM employers can seek to enhance the recruitment, retention and progression of talented women in STEM
  • Evaluating the future STEM education pipeline and discussing how all education institutions can seek to engage more women in STEM subjects
  • Devising an organisational culture with policies, practices and values which enhance diversity and inclusivity within the workplace
  • Outlining the role of the early intervention ‘People like me’ campaign in demonstrating to girls how post-16 STEM education can offer enhanced career prospects and opportunities
  • Reflecting on the future challenges and opportunities in working towards gender balance in STEM