Women's Engineering Society
 2023 update
The WES Annual Conference brings together women and allies from across all disciplines for a two day conference. The event will showcase inspiring role models and demonstrate how organisations are striving to improve diversity and empower women in engineering. For further information visit https://www.wes.org.uk/events/wes-annual-conference-2023
The full programme for 2023 will be available shortly in the meantime confirmed speakers include:
- Alison Baptiste CBE, Director of Public and Security Services at the Infrastructure and Projects Authority.
- Kerry Evans A55 DBFO Operations Manager, CIHT Cymru Wales Regional Representative and Trustee, Principal Highways Lead
- Dr. Manisha Morais, Non-Executive Director | Energy Industries Council discussing Cyber Security Best Practices
- Amy Sadro, Eversheds Sutherland Vice Secretary of the Health and Safety Lawyers’ Association and Committee member of the Women in Health and Safety Network
The Women's Engineering Society (WES) is a charity that supports the United Kingdom’s network of women engineers, scientists and technologists. The organisation’s mission is to see “...a nation in which women are as likely as men to choose to study and work in engineering, and one in which there are enough engineers to meet a growing demand.” It was the first such organisation for women in the engineering profession.
 Early history
The Women's Engineering Society was formed in 1919 as an initiative to help organise women who had worked in engineering roles during the First World War and wished to continue in technical professions. It was founded by Lady Parsons (Katharine Bethell) and six other influential women, including her daughter Rachel. Both Lady Parsons and her daughter had worked as engineers during the war and could understand the frustrations other female engineers were experiencing in the workplace.
 Modern day activities
With a focus on education, the organisation offers scholarships to candidates pursuing careers in engineering. It also has an extensive archive tracing the role of women in the engineering profession.
- To support members and women engineers in general.
- To encourage women to study engineering and pursue careers in the field.
- To promote a wider corporate view of gender diversity.
- To represent the collective voice of women engineers.
 WES Annual Conference 2022
The WES Annual Conference 2022 is on 28 and 29 April, and presents a line up of women from all industries, discussing everything from the future of energy to the invention and innovation In sustainability. It also offers the opportunity to network with women from all engineering paths.
To view the agenda and book a place please visit; https://events.hubilo.com/wes-annual-conference/register
- Boardroom to building site skills gap survey.
- Celebrating women in engineering.
- Diversity in regeneration.
- Diversity in the construction industry.
- Gender pay gap in construction.
- Inclusivity in engineering.
- International Women in Engineering Day 2020
- International Women's Day 2017.
- International Women in Engineering Day 2018.
- Interview with Paloma Hermoso, Senior Project Manager CIOB MAPM, Baker Ruff Hannon.
- Recruiting and retaining talent in the construction industry.
- The Retention of Women in the UK Construction Industry.
- To attract the right talent, offering flexibility and work-life balance will be essential.
- Why so many women leave engineering.
- Women in the construction industry.