uk resource centre for women in science, engineering and technology

2009 Collection

WOMEN OF OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT 2009 UNVEILED

                        

 
On 11 March 2009 the UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology (UKRC) unveiled the 2009 collection of photographs of its six ‘Women of Outstanding Achievement’ at an evening reception held at the Wellcome Conference Centre, London.
 
The prestigious unveiling event attracted key industry and academic figures from academia and business and featured speeches from Pam Liversidge, MD of Quest Investments and from previous Women of Outstanding Achievement winners Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Advisor for Scotland, Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, Deputy President and Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Manchester and Professor Uta Frith, Research Foundation Professor, Aarhus University .
                       
Now in its fourth year, the Women of Outstanding Achievement Photographic Exhibition profiles and celebrates pioneering women in science, engineering and technology (SET) as role models in a sector where women are severely under-represented. The successful women each sat for esteemed photographer Robert Taylor with the aim of creating a growing collection of portraits that will inspire and encourage other women to take part in and progress a career within SET.
 
The colleagues, friends and families of the six women named Women of Outstanding Achievement 2009 and some past winners of the accolade were also in attendance to celebrate the success of the following women.
 
After much deliberation of the nominations, the final six women chosen were:
 
For SET leadership and inspiration to others:
•                  Ann Budge, Founder and former Chief Executive of one of Britain’s fastest growing IT companies, Sopra Group and;
•                  Lynne Frostick, Professor of Geography at the University of Hull and known as ‘Hull’s environmental superwoman’.

For SET discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship:
•                  Professor Linda Partridge, leading ageing research expert who holds the Weldon Professor of Biometry at UCL and;
•                  Barbara Jones, Founder and Director of innovative strawbale and ecological building company ‘amazonails’.
 
For communication of SET with a contribution to society:
•                  Dr. Jenny Gristock, technologist and science policy specialist and award winning scientific journalist and;
•                  Dr. Carolin Crawford, the Institute of Astronomy’s Outreach Officer.
 
Speaking at the event, Annette Williams, Director of the UKRC, said: “All of the entries we received this year were extremely impressive but these six outstanding women have been chosen to represent all of those nominated. They are all exceptionally high achievers who have reached the top levels of their professions and have exciting, fulfilling careers, which makes them fantastic role models for all women in SET, who too often come up against barriers in fulfilling their potential.
 
“We now have a wonderful collection of 24 photographs which are beginning to infiltrate our prestigious institutions alongside the portraits of successful men from history. We hope that the collection will continue to grow and inspire women to believe that they can reach the top in what is still a male dominated field.”
 
Professor Anne Glover, Chief Scientific Adviser for Scotland and Woman of Outstanding Achievement 2008, spoke at this year’s unveiling event. She said: “Last year, when my portrait was unveiled, I was completely overwhelmed to be recognised amongst such an outstanding group of women. I feel the same when I look at the women being acknowledged tonight.
 
“This exhibition is significant as, not only does it show women in science smiling – which compared to the majority of the male portraits we see hung at various institutions, is an achievement in itself – but it helps create visibility for women in science and encourages other women to think – ‘she looks like a normal women - if she can do it, so can I.”
 
Previous years' portraits can now be seen hung in a variety of institutions including; The Royal Society, National Portrait Gallery, University of Aberdeen, The Royal Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Physics.

 

 

More Information About our Women of Outstanding Achievement 2009
 
For SET leadership and inspiration to others:
 
Ann Budge, Founder and Chief Executive of one of Britain’s fastest growing IT companies, Sopra Group. Edinburgh-based Ann worked for Scottish and Newcastle brewery as a graduate computer programmer for 12 years before moving to F International - a software company owned by Dame Stephanie Shirley, who was a firm believer in eradicating the glass ceiling for women in SET. In 1985, she set up her own company Newell & Budge built on the values of Dame Shirley, promoting equality in the workforce from the outset. In 2005, Ann sold the company to Sopra Group after growing it into a multi-million pound consultancy.
 
Lynne Frostick, Professor of Geography at the University of Hull known as ‘Hull’s environmental superwoman’. Lynne joined the University of Hull’s Geography department 13 years ago after spending time in East Africa where she was involved in an early man environmental research project. She specialises in two of the most impactful environmental problems facing the human race into the 21st century - water and waste. In 2004, she took on the role of Director of the Hull Environment Research Institute (HERI) and one of her career highlights to date is the vital role she played in the development of a large experimental multipurpose research flume at ‘The Deep’ an award winning subarium in Hull.

For SET discovery, innovation and entrepreneurship:
 
Professor Linda Partridge, leading ageing research expert who holds the Weldon Professor of Biometry at UCL, which has also been held by famous evolutionary biologist J. B. S. Haldane. Her A Level Biology teacher and parents’ encouragement inspired her to do a Zoology degree, which she followed with a PhD in the subject. She has recently been asked to be the Founding Director of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Germany.
 
 
Barbara Jones, Founder and Director of innovative strawbale and natural building company ‘amazonails’. After starting her career in social work, Barbara decided to break the mould and train as a carpenter in the early 1980s. She founded the first ever all woman building collective and, after becoming one of the first two women to gain a City and Guilds qualification in carpentry in Yorkshire, set up her own women’s building and roofing company. In the mid 1990s, she became interested in the revival of the strawbale building method in the United States and won a travelling fellowship and scholarship which enabled her to learn more about it. She brought her skills back to the UK, developed them for the European climate and now designs and consults as well as teaching others through her company’s range of courses. Barbara pioneers truly natural house designs that are affordable and use very little energy, challenging the construction industry to exceed government targets.

For communication of SET with a contribution to society:
 
Dr. Jenny Gristock is a technologist and science policy specialist based at SISSA, the Institute for Advanced Studies in Trieste Italy, and the University of Sussex. She has a long record of communicating science to policymakers and the general public. As well as preparing many policy briefings and reports for government departments, she has published over 700 articles about science for local and national newspapers. For many years she was also host of Brighton’s Café Scientifique and staff at the London International Youth Science Forum. Jenny’s work has touched the lives of tens of thousands of people. www.jennygristock.org
 
Dr. Carolin Crawford, the Institute of Astronomy’s Outreach Officer. Carolin is responsible for communicating the excitement of astronomy and new research in the field to the public. She does much to promote the work of women in science, engineering and technology and is a qualified trainer for Springboard - a career and personal development course for undergraduate women at the University of Cambridge. As a researcher, Dr Crawford's work focuses on working with X-ray, optical and near-infrared data to better understand how massive central cluster galaxies interact with their environment. She is a Fellow and College Lecturer at Emmanuel College, Cambridge.
 
                   
 
 



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