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New Equality in STEM network launches

Writtin on 5 March, 2021
New Equality in STEM network launches

The Equality in STEM network is the brainchild of CQ Strategic Marketing, Managing Director, Jackie Cook who has worked in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) sectors throughout her career.

Over the last 4 years, Jackie attended many women in STEM events and read various pieces of research to better understand the issues facing the sector and identify how both individuals and businesses could be better supported to increase the diversity and inclusivity in what has been traditionally very white male dominated industries.

To find out more about the vision for Equality in STEM and why Founder, Jackie Cook wanted to set up this initiative click here.

Who is behind Equality in STEM?

Jackie who runs her own marketing consultancy specialising in manufacturing and engineering, CQ Strategic Marketing had many conversations with colleagues Peter Chapman from digital technology business Spotlight Studios and Angela Taylor, business development professional from AT Management Solutions who both were keen to support the initiative.

Peter as well as having over 10 years experience in website design, hosting, SEO, digital animation and gaming is also programme leader for the Film and Visual effects course in Animation, Games Development and Web Technologies.

Angela has over 25 years of building sales for engineering and manufacturing businesses across the UK, Europe and USA and has worked with global clients including the Oil & Gas, Petrochemical, MoD, Renewables industries, general engineering including owner managed SMEs.

For more on the Equality in STEM team click here.

The newly formed Equality in STEM team have teamed up with South Yorkshire based charity The work-wise Foundation to support their work working with schools to attract young people into STEM sectors. Jackie has worked with The work-wise Foundation for a number of years providing work experience placements, as part of the organising committee for their annual Get up to Speed with STEM careers showcase.

For more details on Equality in STEM supporters click here.

Equality in STEM Launch – 26th March 2021

The Equality in STEM initiative held a virtual launch event on Friday 26th March, the recording of the event is available here on our YouTube channel

12.45pm   Welcome
12.50pm   Equality in STEM – why do we need it? – Jackie Cook, Equality in STEM
1.10pm      An Engineering Career Journey – Heather Clarke, Vice President, IMechE and Non-Executive Director, MTC – Manufacturing
Technology Centre
1.30pm     Q&A
1.35pm      Women in Leadership and Organisational Culture Change – Victoria Clarke-Brown CDir, Chief Financial Officer for Custom Solar Ltd, Chair of South Yorkshire branch of IoD, Member of Company of Cutlers of Hallamshire.
1.55pm      Q&A
2.00pm    Close


Heather Clarke CEng FIMechE FWES
Heather is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and is currently their Vice President. An engineer for over 28 years her experience includes 7 years in the Oil & Gas industry and 20 years in the rail industry, where she held a variety of technical management roles across the UK and Internationally. She has worked on projects such as on mainline and metro which included the introduction of Eurostar, modernisation of London Underground and multi discipline line upgrades. She is passionate about supporting others in their careers through the Brightside mentoring programme.

Victoria Clarke-Brown CDir
Victoria is the Chief Financial Officer at Custom Solar Ltd and Chartered Director with over 20 years experience in various global manufacturing organisations, key skills include corporate governance, risk management, stakeholder engagement, positive culture development, cost control, cash generation and development a long term strategy.

She is a Member of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, Chair of the South Yorkshire Committee of the Institute of Directors, NED for the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and was recently appointed as Independent Chairman of the HLM & LD Employee Ownership Trust.