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WES Technical Leaders 2012 - Birmingham

Two events: an afternoon workshop and an evening networking event with a panel of inspiring technical women in leadership.

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WES Technical Leaders 2012 - Birmingham

Two events: an afternoon workshop and an evening networking event with a panel of inspiring technical women in leadership.

Conference Duration

Thursday 21st June 2012
The IET Austin Court

Creating and celebrating technical leaders is at the heart of the WES agenda as is connecting students with professionals. In June 2012 the second 2012 regional Technical Leaders Event was hosted by IET.

The afternoon workshop was buzzing with a combination of early career women and 18 students, sponsored by Jaguar LandRover,  from a variety of universities, including Loughborough, Birmingham,  Aston, Gloucester, Manchester and Bath.

Participants arrived having already completed the Gallup on-line Strengthsfinder 2.0 survey and collected their free copy of the book and enjoyed lively interactive exercises and discussions around leaders and leadership and a workbook that helped start their journey to writing a personal intentional learning plan. The activities used were from the HE STEM ‘Set to Lead’ project and the Highways Agency scenario was tested for the first time, with Jill Williams of the Agency presenting the scenario and leading the discussions on stakeholders and how she had led the project for real.

Tech Leader Particpants Participants at Tech LEaders Hilda Blount at IET  Participants at Tech Leaders Working Hard in workshop Participant

Student feedback included:


“I like it that it brings together women from industry and women in university”

“The tasks undertaken really encouraged insightful thinking. Contributions delegates did during discussions were inspiring and highly enjoyable.”

“Being able to meet women in technical roles and talk though each other’s experiences”

“Good overview of leadership behaviours and strengths v. valuable to have access to an assessment of one’s own strengths.”

“The powerpoint and workbook are full of wisdom – tool for leaders! Presenters are great!”

“Very well delivered: comfortable group work and case study. Good slides.”

“The strengths were that the event drew people from the work environment and also students. The real life example of leadership was useful.”

Key messages participants took awa y were:

“Learn to manage yourself as if you cannot manage to do this, you cannot expect others to follow your leadership. Effective teamwork involves drawing out individual talents and galvanising them.”

“That the onus is on oneself to identify and develop leadership strengths and to develop a career plan to follow through.”

Leadership Panel


The afternoon workshop was followed by an evening panel session with speakers Jo Goulding (Highways Agency) speaking about risk management in the Agency, Danella Bagnell (Jaguar LandRover) on her career and leading teams and Jan Peters talking about the Set to Lead project and its learning. The evening was chaired by Jackie Longworth, WES Vice President.

Speakers: Jill Williams, Danella Bagnall,  and Jo Goulding with WES President Milada Williams and Session Chair Jackie Longworth, WES Vice President: 

Jill Williams Danella B Jo G Milada WES President Jackie Longworth WES VP 

Afternoon Workshop 1:30 - 5:15pm

This was a practical, activity based workshop for students and early - mid career technical women, exploring leaders and leadership and the skills needed to advance. Participants will have their own copy of Strengths Finder 2.0 to take home and an intentional learning plan.  Find out more

Evening Panel - registration and refreshments from 5:30 - 9:00pm

Speakers from the Highways Agency and Jaguar LandRover joined the WES panel to explore leadership for technical women and how we can get more technical women on boards. Find out more.

Women on Boards

The Davies’ Review of Women on Boards in 2011 has set a challenge for the FTSE 100 companies to announce their plans to increase their board’s gender diversity. WES is working on the talent pipeline to support women in their technical careers through MentorSET®, supporting the UCL led Set to Lead project and by continuing to develop its Technical Leaders events. 

WES’s Technical Leaders events help to share the insights and wisdom of women in leadership roles in engineering and technology about career, personal and interpersonal management strategies. Above all these women share their passion for technology.