Equality in Education Webinar

4th March 2021
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Date(s) - 04/03/2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm


CSA Catapult is pleased to present its next webinar in celebration of International Women’s Day.
Part of our work involves supporting the development of future engineers and this year’s IWD theme feels particularly relevant, as we #ChooseToChallenge the status quo, look to create opportunities, and encourage more women to consider careers in engineering, innovation, and other STEM subjects.

You’re invited to join our HR Director, Clare Gunning as she chairs a panel discussion with Heba Bevan OBE – CEO and Founder of UtterBerry LTD, Caroline O’Brien, CEO of Kubos Semiconductors, Siwan Smith, Knowledge Transfer Manager- Diversity and Inclusion at KTN and Dr Tanya Trajkovic, Founder and CEO of Camutronics, as they discuss creating more space for women in engineering and innovation, gender equality in education and routes into the industry.

Our accomplished panel will share experiences that have influenced how they’ve navigated their careers so far, as well as key skills they would advocate. The session will close with a Q&A – we welcome your questions for our panel.

Please note: this webinar will be recorded.

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Event Panellists:


Clare Gunning – HR Director, CSA Catapult

Clare Gunning joined CSA Catapult in 2018 as interim Head of HR, later to be appointed as HR Director in December 2019. As HR Director, Clare strives to build a positive, diverse and inclusive workplace at the Catapult. After graduating as a French teacher, Clare decided to embark on her HR career back in 2004. With over 16 years’ experience in the sector, Clare is a Chartered Fellow of the CIPD, and is passionate about promoting a healthy workplace for all employees. Her positive work in supporting mental health and wellbeing, and implementation of those strategies, has previously won her awards and was highly commended in CIPD’s National Awards. One of Clare’s aims for the Catapult is to help build a pipeline of talent for STEM careers. Her background in education and skills development has allowed her to create an innovative People strategy for the company, ensuring that professional development for staff is at the forefront of her work. Since Clare joined the Catapult, the HR team has grown the organisation from three to 70+ talented and skilled employees, in just over a year of business. In her spare time, Clare is also a WI advisor and was Chair of the Women’s Institute Home Economics and Craft Committee.

Heba Bevan, OBE – CEO and Founder, UtterBerry LTD

Heba is a highly motivated business leader with a track record of technical innovation and technology deployment on large infrastructure and construction projects. She is passionate about technology design, STEM education and the expansion of hi-tech manufacturing in Britain. Heba’s technical expertise includes artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, blockchain, optics, semiconductors, compound semiconductors and communication systems. She has in-depth knowledge and experience in embedded software markets, networking, wireless sensors and cyber security. Heba cultivates strong customer and partner relationships, enabling parties to maximise contributions in their respective areas of knowledge.

Caroline O’Brien, – CEO, Kubos Semiconductors

A semiconductor industry specialist, Caroline O’Brien is CEO at Kubos Semiconductors and brings over 25 years of experience in the technology sector, where she has developed a broad knowledge of working with VC-backed businesses and blue-chip multinationals. She has held senior commercial and executive positions in several companies and start-ups, including HiWave Technologies, Pyreos and Oxford Semiconductor.

Caroline has dedicated her career to developing ‘deep tech’ solutions with a focus on commercialising new technologies and products. She holds a B.Eng in Electronics and Electrical Engineering from Swansea University and an MBA from the University of Bath.

Siwan Smith, Knowledge Transfer Manager ‑ Diversity and Inclusion, KTN

As Knowledge Transfer Manager for Diversity & Inclusion, Siwan works to promote diversity and inclusion in UK business innovation. Siwan leads on KTN’s activities for Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation and Young Innovators programmes, as well as working alongside colleagues to ensure diversity & inclusion is embedded in all KTN activities.

Passionate about gender equality, social mobility, and youth development, Siwan has designed and delivered workshops and events for over 6,000 business innovators during 2020 alone.

A graduate from the University of Chester, she has worked across several technology sector areas and has more than 8 years of expertise in strategic and tactical marketing for B2B and B2C organisations, as well as extensive events management experience, and a background in PR.

Siwan is also a mentor for the Like Minded Females Network mentoring programme, where she supports diverse individuals to develop their careers, and has previously volunteered for organisations such as Manchester Pride.


Dr. Tanya Trajkovic, Founder and CEO, Cambridge Microelectronics Ltd (Camutronics)

Dr. Tanya Trajkovic is a founder and CEO of Cambridge Microelectronics Ltd (Camutronics) and also a Senior Research Associate at the University of Cambridge. She obtained a PhD degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and has spent more than 20 years working in both academia and industry, developing state-of-the-art high voltage products and technologies. She worked at CamSemi for 10 years as a Director of High Voltage Devices and Technologies where she led the team that developed very high-volume products for consumer electronics.

Tanya is equally passionate about solving technical challenges and finding the most viable commercial solutions. She has successfully led several collaborative projects with industrial and academic partners from Europe, China, Taiwan, Korea and the US, on subjects covering power electronics applications from 20V to 10kV, in Si, SiC, GaN and Diamond. Tanya has served as a member of the Technical Committee of the ISPSD conference and is currently a member of the EDS Power Devices and ICs Technical Committee representing the UK. She has published more than 40 papers and is the co-inventor of 10 patents and patent applications.