North East Women in STEM (NEWS) network meeting

Date: Wednesday, 23rd June 2021

Time: 13:00 - 14:30

Location: Online

Cost: Free


First meeting of North East Women in STEM (NEWS)

About this event


There are lots of AMAZING women working in STEM in the North East and although we are very good at 'joining the dots' we thought it would be a great idea to get all those INCREDIBLE projects, programmes, ideas and support all in one 'virtual' room. As a result the North East Women in STEM (NEWS) network was born!!

This will be an informal get together of North East women all working in STEM to share ideas, make links, support, network and just generally chat about all things STEM! We hope to meet every 3 months, initially virtually but perhaps Face 2 Face very soon!

The first meeting is planned for Wednesday 23rd June from 1:00pm to 2:30pm and our confirmed speakers are;


Passionate about making a difference, Kays professional career prior to WISE focused on improving the health and wellbeing of people in society, through a variety of senior leadership roles in the Pharmaceutical industry, including Managing Director for the UK & EU. Kay has successfully led teams in the development and delivery of strategic and operational plans which have enhanced efficiency, team capability, customer experience and profitability of businesses spanning over 20 years. Experience includes start-ups, new product introduction, optimisation and growth, as well as culture change, rationalisation, outsourcing, remediation, and divestment programmes.

Kay’s volunteering efforts have been aligned to helping others advance their learning and capability to proactively enhance outcomes. Activities include roles as a STEM Ambassador working with local schools and colleges, serving as a Business Mentor and part of the governing body (Educational Standards Committee) for NE Futures UTC, representing the Life Sciences industry as a senior leader in the First for Pharma network, providing private tutoring for students in Sciences and Maths, and serving as a Board Trustee for a mental health and wellbeing charity (Cygnus Support) in Northumberland.


A qualified trainer and facilitator who has delivered STEM and Enterprise activities for over 25 years, Janine has worked closely with teachers, school senior leaders helping them to develop policies for STEM, Entrepreneurship and work-related learning. Janine also works with regional business leaders, encouraging them to engage with schools helping to bridge the gap between education and industry.

Delivering the North East STEM Ambassador programme for over 12 years, Janine’s strategic objective is providing a world-leading education support programme that encourages and inspires the next generation and future workforce. The Hub supports schools, teachers, parents and students from at all stages, as well as establishing effective national and local partnerships with employers and key STEM educational organisations.  Through a network of over 1400 STEM Ambassadors Janine brings together young people and inspiring STEM role models to help them understand the real world applications of STEM subjects and fully experience hands-on STEM activities that motivate and bring learning to life.

With additional experience in coaching and mentoring individuals who are considering self employment and business growth, Janine is also accustomed to helping people overcome barriers to enterprise.  She has developed and delivered workshops to increase entrepreneurial behaviour, motivation and develop skills for business.


Paula is a Civil Engineer who works for Sir Robert McAlpine as a key worker on the A19 DBFO Project which maintains part of the strategic road network. Paula also undertakes a wider role in SRM mentoring and coaching candidates who are working towards professional qualifications.

Paula has for many years volunteered with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and is currently the Teesside Branch Chair and North East Vice Chair. Paula also undertakes national roles chairing the Editorial Panel of the ICE Proceedings: Civil Engineering and is an ICE Lead Reviewer.  She is also the Founding Chair and driving force behind Engineering Together an inter institution group based in the Tees Valley.

Paula was recently recognised as the North East Apprentice Ambassador of the Year and ICE North East STEM Ambassador of the Year.

Paula will talk about how INWED and WES help promote Women in Engineering and why it is important for underrepresented groups to be visible. She will also share her experiences working with many amazing organisations  over the last year. She will also outline some of the ways of working has adapted to the new normal to inspire you to help someone else ’see it to be it’.


Louise is the Project Lead for Maths 4 Girls; a programme run by Founders4Schools. Previously Louise worked as the Lead Science Practitioner and Science Learning Partnership Lead housed within the North Tyneside Learning Trust.  Through this she led several local and regional partnerships of CPD including a Science Learning Partnership programme and DfE funded ‘Aspire to STEM’.

Louise is passionate about supporting educators, families, and employers in raising outcomes for all pupils, particularly girls, to redress the balance of subject and career choices, and ultimately improving the life chances and opportunities for pupils - who are the innovators and change makers of tomorrow.


Sarah Zaman is a primary school teacher of over twenty years who has always had a passion for computing.

She now works as part of a team of Community Outreach Managers for Computing At School (CAS), working hard to increase teacher support networks in computing in the North East.

She also works for the DFE funded National Centre of Computing Education (NCCE), promoting and providing guidance to teachers in the North East on the computing CPD courses and fully funded bespoke support available to their schools and facilitating some of their primary Computing CPD courses

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