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Meet the team

The Code has been co-created by and for the engineering community.

A governance model has been developed - this model balances the desire for The Code to be led by the community and to deliver it successfully and efficiently.

EngineeringUK

EngineeringUK has been chosen to manage and deliver The Code and its community, and has the responsibility to drive, co-ordinate and develop The Code.

Cat Sturman

Cat Sturman

Senior Code Manager

Cat joined EngineeringUK in April 2021 and in her role as Senior Code Manager, she focuses on the strategic development, management and successful delivery of The Tomorrow’s Engineers Code.

 

Before moving to EngineeringUK, Cat worked in the media and advertising industry and the Higher Education sector, leading on a range of student engagement initiatives including outreach and volunteering projects.

Kim Biddulph

Kim Biddulph

Engagement Manager

Kim Biddulph is Engagement Manager for The Code, which involves managing the sign-up and onboarding process for new Signatories and the online workshop programme for the Code Community. 

 

Kim has an over twenty-year career in engaging young people with curriculum subjects and careers knowledge in museums and charities.

Advisory Board

The Code, and the Code Community, is led by an Advisory Board - a partnership of senior representatives. These representatives decide how The Code contributes to increasing the diversity and number of young people in the UK engineering workforce.

Sir Julian Young

Sir Julian Young (Chair)

Until recently, Sir Julian held the post of Director General Air in the Ministry of Defence, where he was responsible for the acquisition and support of all fixed-wing military aircraft.

 

He also was the Defence Engineering Champion for the past 5 years, where he energized collaboration across the Armed Forces, Government Departments and Engineering Bodies to operationalize STEM and institutionalize professionalization.

Carol Davenport

Carol Davenport

Director, NUSTEM

Carol Davenport is a senior lecturer at Northumbria University and the Director of the NUSTEM outreach group. She is passionate about education and STEM as a way of improving the life chances of young children. Carol’s research seeks to provide evidence of ‘what works’ in STEM engagement and careers-related learning.

 

Carol has worked in education, as a teacher, teacher educator, and lecturer for 25 years. She is also Vice-chair of governors of a large secondary academy, and a trustee and governor at a primary academy. In her ‘spare time’ Carol writes science textbooks, and has recently published a story book for toddlers based on robotic exploration of the solar system.

Hilary Leevers

Hilary Leevers

CEO, EngineeringUK

Hilary joined EngineeringUK as CEO in January 2019 and leads the organisation in its ambition to inform and inspire young people and grow the number and diversity of those coming into engineering. Before joining EngineeringUK she was Head of Education and Learning at Wellcome, building a team to improve science education through research, advocacy, funding and interventions.

 

She is a governor of a 5-16 comprehensive school.

Nike Folayan

Nike Folayan

Co-founder and Chair, Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers

Nike is currently Technical Director and the Technical Discipline Leader within the Transport and infrastructure Division of WSP. Nike is chair and co-founder of AFBE-UK a not for profit organisation which promotes higher achievements in education and engineering particularly among people from black and minority ethnicity (BME) backgrounds. 

Paul Kett

Paul Kett

Director General, Department for Education

Paul Kett has been a Director General at the Department for Education (DfE) since February 2017. He is currently the Director-General for the Higher Education, Further Education, International and Transformation Group. He also chairs the DfE Digital, Data and Technology Committee, is the DfE Head of the Policy Profession and sponsors the cross-Government Policy Innovation Unit and Policy Profession Unit.

 

Paul is the Departmental Race Champion and part of the cross-government Race Champions Network. He was previously Director General for Education Standards, having joined DfE as Director for Teachers and Teaching.

John Yarham

John Yarham

Deputy CEO, The Careers & Enterprise Company

John Yarham has been the Deputy CEO of The Careers & Enterprise Company since 2019, including a year-long period as interim Chief Executive. He has overseen all aspects of the organisation’s operations and delivery, with current responsibility for careers hubs and the enterprise adviser network, digital, data and compliance functions. John also undertakes a non-executive role as chair of the Skills Committee at Derby University and has previously been vice-chair of Careers England and chair of Skills & Education Group Awards. Prior to joining The CEC, John was CEO of The Futures Group, a national social enterprise focused on employment and skills focused.

Kamini Edgley

Kamini Edgley

Director of Engineering and Asset Management, Network Rail

Kamini is the Director of Engineering and Asset Management, having previously acted as Chief Engineer for Network Rail. In her current role she is the guiding mind for Safety and Engineering.  She directs the development and implementation of the engineering strategy and through engineering excellence delivers a whole railway system. Kamini is passionate about STEM, having sponsored the creation of the first STEM lab in Network Rail. She is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of The Institution of Engineering and Technology. 

Anthony Harte

Anthony Harte

Head of Social Performance, Shell UK

Anthony is Head of Social Performance, UK at Shell and leads the Social Investment and Social Performance teams to address pressing social challenges. Prior to joining Shell, Anthony spent 16 years in Investment Banking helping mobilise finance to advance social, economic and environmental outcomes. Anthony sits on a range of not-for-profit boards and has been recognised for his contributions to ESG and Diversity and Inclusion with several industry awards, including the Lord Mayor’s Heart of the City Award.

Dr Alice Bunn OBE

Dr Alice Bunn OBE

Chief Executive, Institution for Mechanical Engineers

Alice is a Fellow of the Institution and took up her role as CEO in July 2021. Working with their highly valued members and staff, she is responsible for delivering their mission of improving the world through engineering.  Alice brings a focus on values of inclusivity, impact, innovation and integrity - in developing future strategy and in the day to day running of the Institution’s business. In her previous role, she was International Director at the UK Space Agency, responsible for increasing the UK’s global influence in science, security and trade through space.

Alice sits on the Board of Engineering UK; is Chair of the Professional Engineering Committee; is President elect of the UKSpace trade association; sits on the Board of Directors at the US Space Foundation as well as on the World Economic Forum Future Council on space technology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and is a trustee at the charity SwimTayka. She is married with 4 children, 1 dog and 1 cat.

Alice also has a PhD in Metallurgy from Darwin College, University of Cambridge. Alice was awarded an OBE in the 2022 Queen's Birthday Honours for services to the UK space sector and to charity.

Thinking Group

An informal ‘Thinking Group’ also exists, this is made up of representatives from a mix of organisations who have a collective passion and insight into delivering The Code. This group also provides EngineeringUK with regular insights to facilitate delivery of The Code.

Hilary Leevers

Hilary Leevers (Chair)

CEO, EngineeringUK

Hilary joined EngineeringUK as CEO in January 2019 and leads the organisation in its ambition to inform and inspire young people and grow the number and diversity of those coming into engineering. Before joining EngineeringUK she was Head of Education and Learning at Wellcome, building a team to improve science education through research, advocacy, funding and interventions.

 

She is a governor of a 5-16 comprehensive school.

Amanda Dickins

Amanda Dickins

Head of Impact and Development, STEM Learning UK

Amanda Dickins is Head of Impact and Development at STEM Learning, working towards a great STEM education for every young person in the UK - her photo was taken on a visit to CERN with winners of the annual STEM Inspiration Awards.

 

She chairs the Data, Evaluation and Impact Group for the National Centre for Computing Education and is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Science and Media Museum. Prior to joining STEM Learning, Amanda worked for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, where her work encompassed skills for research and innovation, apprenticeships and the Perkins Review of Engineering Skills.

Melanie Washington

Melanie Washington

Director of Engagement Projects, EngineeringUK

Melanie has worked within the STEM education landscape for nearly 20 years and been Director at EngineeringUK for two years working towards their ambition to inform and inspire young people and grow the number and diversity of those coming into engineering.

 

Prior to working for EngineeringUK Melanie has held positions at STEMNET, The Royal Academy of Engineering, The Royal Society of Chemistry and also worked as a research scientist at GSK for six years after graduating.

Shane McCracken

Shane McCracken

Director, Mangorolla CIC

Shane McCracken, Executive Director of Mangorolla CIC, has been running online school engagement programmes, such as I'm an Engineer, Get me out of here, since 2003.

 

The company's STEM outreach projects have run in countries around the world including Australia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Kenya, Germany, Spain, UK, Ireland and the USA.

Jo Trigg

Jo Trigg

Director of Communications and Engagement, Royal Academy of Engineering

Jo oversees the Academy’s flagship campaign to encourage more young people to consider a career in engineering, This is Engineering, and the Ingenious public engagement with engineering grant scheme.

 

She has more than ten years’ experience in communications and engagement, although, had she been inspired by effective STEM engagement, would probably have become an engineer.

Emily Dawson

Emily Dawson

Associate Professor in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at University College London

Emily Dawson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at University College London. Her work focuses on social justice in science and society relationships. Her research and teaching explore how science communication, education and engagement practices, from school classrooms, to museums, to watching TV at home, set certain kinds of people up to be successful when they encounter science, while others are set up to fail.

Marianne Shelton

Marianne Shelton

Public Engagement Lead at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

Marianne Shelton is a Public Engagement Lead at UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) with responsibility for programmes to engage young people with research and innovation. She started her career working in scientific research, then moved to the civil service working for 15 years in various science-related roles.

Richard Adams

Richard Adams

Education Programme Manager, Anglo American, Crop Nutrients

Richard oversees Anglo American’s Woodsmith Education Programme in the North of England. Based in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, Richard took up his current post after extensive experience in the Higher Education sector with the Universities of Hull and York St John.

 

His focus is on equipping disadvantaged students to achieve their potential by supporting their personal development, raising aspirations, STEM engagement, and improving learning and attainment.

Fiona Dyer

Fiona Dyer

Social Investment Adviser, Shell UK

Fiona has worked for Shell in several UK and global communications roles including PR and brand and corporate communications. More recently she has managed Shell UK’s national STEM programmes as part of the social investment and performance team. In her early career she worked in financial and business to business market research.

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