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Kirsten Bodley

Chief Executive,
Women’s Engineering Society (WES)

After graduating with a Chemistry degree from King’s College, London, Kirsten started her career as an Industrial Development Chemist with Courtaulds (Coatings). She then gained an MBA (Innovation) from Imperial College, London and joining KPMG Consulting as a Management Consultant specialising in R&D in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. In 2005 she joined STEMNET as a Director becoming CEO in 2010 for 6 years. Kirsten became Chief Executive of WES (Women’s Engineering Society) in 2016. She is also a Trustee at Founders4Schools.

  • Identifying the major challenges facing the STEM sector including a widening skills gaps and the slow progress in strengthening workforce diversity, with the engineering workforce consisting of less than 10% women
  • Supporting students and raising the profile of women in STEM through International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) to support the development of the talent pool of the future
  • Developing the ‘MentorSet’ mentoring scheme to provide tailored support and advice for women seeking to advance their careers at the top levels of science, engineering and technology
  • Launching the ‘STEM Returners Programme’ to improve access for professionals who have had career breaks or are seeking to re-train to enter engineering careers