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Women In Engineering Forum

Women In Engineering Forum

Be inspired to reach your career goals, learn how the engineering industry is adapting to encourage greater gender diversity, and make a whole host of new contacts at the Women in Engineering Forum!

The Women in Engineering Forum is sponsored by UK Power Reserve and is supported by the Women's Engineering Society. The forum will take place on Friday 31 March at the National Engineering & Construction Recruitment Exhibition.

Offering women at all stages of their career the platform to share experiences, network with fellow female engineers and learn about exciting new vacancies, the Forum provides an invaluable networking opportunity in an industry that remains heavily dominated by men. 

The forum will begin at 12:00 with a keynote presentation from an inspiring female engineer followed by a free networking lunch, giving you the opportunity to speak informally to the speaker, female representatives from exhibiting companies and fellow visitors. 

It is completely free to attend and open to all female engineers. You do not need to book a place for the Forum in advance, but we would recommend registering for your free ticket to the event to fast-track your entry. 

Keynote speaker:

Natalia Pérez Linde, Development Officer,  UK Power Reserve


Dr. Linde currently works for UK Power Reserve’s Early Development Team (EDT) which is responsible for identifying land which is suitable to build small-scale power stations and for delivering new assets at a later stage. As a Development Officer, Natalia has completed a variety of roles throughout the company in her training, engaging with external planning consultants and gas transporters.

After completing a MEng and MSc in Environmental Water Management, Natalia completed a PhD on Flood Management, Hydrology and Ecological Restoration at Cranfield University. The doctorate was funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Her research focused on the integration of both statistics and environmental engineering, particularly in the design of robust monitoring strategies to control floods. Some of the transferable skills which she has developed as part of UK Power Reserve are project management and administration as well as a high level of technical leadership. She has given lectures in the UK as well as internationally and her work was presented as part of the worldwide Society for Ecological Restoration Conference held in Wisconsin (USA). As part of her developing programme, Natalia has completed numerous training courses specific to her role, specialising in modelling and simulation as ISIS-FAST, WinRiverII, Indicator of Hydrology Alteration, Flood Estimation Handbook (FEH) and Flood Defence Consent (FDC) application.

Natalia likes to be challenged, she is exceptionally good at persevering to achieve her goals however complicated they may be, she trusts her intuition and has an adventurous heart. She loves dancing, painting and singing, or any other means to express her creativity. She acted as President of the Music Society at Cranfield University and had her own band for a few years. One of her favorite quote is: “You are not what you achieve, you are what you overcome”


Bethan Murray, Manufacturing System Lead, Rolls Royce

Bethan is the current winner of the WES award at the Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2016.

23 years young, Bethan currently works for Rolls-Royce in compressor components, responsible for Manufacturing Systems in two facilities, which deliver outlet guide vanes, and fan cases to the aerospace build line. Manufacturing Systems ensures they are driving for knowledge based manufacturing with stable processes and automating business processes wherever possible. 

Even though Bethan, loves her job, engineering was not her first choice, she had intended to become a Lawyer but after a trip to the US Space and Rocket Centre she restarted her
 A-Levels as knew she belonged in engineering or manufacturing.

She finished with 6 A-levels when she completed college, at which point University fees were upped to £9000. At this point Bethan changed her life plan of University and took up an Apprenticeship style training scheme with Rolls-Royce and she has not looked back since. 

Having now completed a fully funded MSc in Engineering Business Management, which she completed almost a year early and obtained a distinction grade. Bethan is an accredited Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, ILM Level 3 Mentor and has completed numerous  training courses specific to her role. 

Bethan completed a variety of roles throughout the company in her training, the first role being in Nuclear Submarines. She has enjoyed every minute of her four years with the company working full time, studying part time and being a proud STEM ambassador. 

She still manages to maintain a hectic social life which consists primarily of dancing and wake-boarding.





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