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Dr Hayaatun Sillem to Present to TWI’s Tipper Group

Wed, 29 July, 2020

Dr Hayaatun Sillem, the CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering, is due to present at a Zoom-based talk to TWI’s Tipper Group on 12 August 2020.

Originally formed in 2016, The Tipper Group works to promote diversity and inclusion across TWI and the engineering sector in general. The aims of the group are to create and promote an inclusive culture that inspires, attracts, recruits and supports career development of people irrespective of gender, ethnicity, age, sexuality, beliefs, (dis)abilities, and socio-economic background.

The objectives of The Tipper Group include creating an awareness of unconscious bias, developing confidence, supporting career progress and peer-to-peer learning, supporting and improving work / life balance, mentoring, peer support, and seeking quotas in shortlists for senior roles.

The group was invited to join the Royal Academy of Engineering’s diversity and inclusion progression framework implementation steering group and so is proud to welcome Dr Sillem for her presentation.

About Dr Sillem

Dr Hayaatun Sillem is the Chief Executive of the Royal Academy of Engineering, which brings together the UK’s leading engineers and technologists to promote engineering excellence for the benefit of society.

Hayaatun has extensive leadership experience in UK and international engineering, innovation and diversity and inclusion activities.

She is a trustee of the London Transport Museum and EngineeringUK; member of the Made Smarter Commission and chair of its Expert Stakeholder Panel; chair of judges for the St Andrews Prize for the Environment; chair of the Strategic Advisory Group for UKRI’s Circular Economy programme; and a member of advisory groups for Lloyd’s Register Foundation and accelerateHER.

She has been named as one of the ‘Inspiring Fifty’ women in tech and one of the most influential women in engineering. She previously served as Committee Specialist and later Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Science & Technology Committee.

Hayaatun has a Masters in Biochemistry (MBiochem) from the University of Oxford and a PhD in signal transduction from Cancer Research UK/University College London. She is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and an Honorary Professor at UCL’s Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy. She was made a CBE for services to International Engineering in the 2020 New Year Honours List.

Tipper Talk Details

The lunchtime talk will begin at 12pm on 12 August 2020 and conclude at 1pm following a Q&A session.

The timetable is as follows:

  • 12.00-12.05 Welcome
  • 12.05-12.35 Presentation from Dr Hayaatun Sillem
  • 12.35-13.00 Q&A session

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