Improving Female Representation in Engineering - Progressive Recruitment & WISE Campaign Webinar

Tuesday 23rd November

12pm-1pm GMT

Online virtual webinar via Zoom

Join us for our virtual engineering event where we will discuss how to improve female representation in engineering. Our event will cover the following:

  • Some of the challenges the engineering sector is facing due to the skills shortage
  • Potential reasons why there is low representation of females in the sector
  • What can firms do to try and combat female representation?
  • The WISE 10 steps diversity and inclusion programme

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Meet our panellists

We are delighted to introduce our expert panelists Dimitra Christakou and Shaun Vyfhuis from WISE campaign. WISE is a Community Interest Company which provides Business to Business (B2B) services to get more women into all levels of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) roles. Gender balance in STEM benefits the individual, company performance and the economy. WISE’s unique, data-driven programme can help you to build a more diverse, inclusive, and accessible company. You can read more about Dimitra and Shaun's important roles within WISE below: 


Dimitra Christakou

Commercial & Services Director

Dimitra joined WISE in April 2017 to support WISE’s efforts to increase women’s participation contribution in STEM. She brings along a strong background in leading revenue and relationship management teams combined with lengthy experience in designing though leading services.

Dimitra is also the co-founder and director of Sustainable Blueprints, an intellectual property and strategic analysis consulting firm. In the past, she was the Head of Water Insight Services at Bloomberg New Energy Finance responsible for the product’s overall strategy and direction, and a global team of water analysts. Also, she has held positions at Accenture and the Corporate Finance Practice of the Corporate Executive Board.

She received her Bachelors degree in Physics from the University of Crete in Greece. Dimitra holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College of London and an MBA from London Business School.


Shaun Vyfhuis 

Business Development Manager

Shaun joined WISE in March 2021 as our Business Development Manager. He has over 15 years of Sales and Business Development experience behind him working with clients within the Private and Public sectors. With a passion for knowledge sharing, Shaun can take complex information and delivering it clearly and succinctly. This ensures what has been promised will be delivered.

Working closely with the Development Team and Marketing Manager, Shaun’s focus is to build the relationships between WISE, new and existing strategic partners and event sponsors whilst raising awareness of the importance of employing women in STEM roles and the value they add to the workforce.


Our Host

Sarah Watkins

Customer Success Business Partner

Sarah is a Client Business Partner at Progressive (part of the SThree Group) with extensive knowledge of the Engineering and Tech space. She is focused on building long lasting and valued relationships with our current customers, understanding their challenges and ambitions and supporting them to develop their strategies around talent.

Sarah is part of the Customer Success Function who work across the STEM sector in the UK&I. She has experience of hosting events and building networks, focused on bringing skilled people together to build the future.