Jenny Fortune (Treasurer)
“I trained as an architect as a mature student because I was motivated and inspired by the women’s liberation movement that I could make a difference as a woman to our built environment.
I have specialised ever since in gender equality in the built environment, moving from 20 years as a practising architect to another 20 years as a university lecturer. This brought me into contact with WEST.”
“I was the first full-time female student to study engineering at Sheffield College. After employment as a draughtsperson and engineering project manager, I have worked in education since 2004. I am now teach engineering and am responsible for schools outreach work at the AMRC training centre.
I joined WEST because I believe passionately that we need to actively change women’s perception of STEM careers – and men’s perception of women in engineering! There is a world of opportunity out there for young women and we are missing a lot of talent.”
Pat Morton (Chair)
“I spent 20 years in the construction industry as a surveyor and another 20 years in Higher Education working in equality – particularly gender equality – in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) and built environment.
When Ros Wall died we wanted to do something active to remember her. She was a real activist so we decided to set up WEST and support a cause dear to Ros’s heart.”
“I undertook a foundation course in engineering at Sheffield College / Sheffield Hallam University, followed by a degree in engineering, and then a postgraduate certificate. I’m now a senior lecturer in mechanical design engineering.
I love developing and inspiring the next generation of engineers and especially keen to see more women becoming engineers, which is why I got involved with WEST.”
“After doing science A levels, I studied law at university and eventually qualified as a solicitor. I worked as a housing lawyer for 20 odd years before moving to teach at Sheffield Hallam University.
Ros Wall was one of the first people I met when I came to Sheffield as a student. We shared a house for a while and were friends and comrades for over 30 years until her death.”
Ros Wollen (Secretary)
“I worked as a mechanic in the AA, taught motor vehicle skills and then managed a project that ran classes in construction skills.
I am passionate about WEST because I believe that learning a trade that is normally done by a man is empowering to women – and helps us work towards a more equal world.”