INWED23 Webinar

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This year we’ll be celebrating the amazing work that women engineers around the world are doing to #MakeSafetySeen.

We’re profiling the women in engineering who are doing amazing work in safety and security, either by making working environments safer, or protecting their colleagues, peers and wider society.

If you want to celebrate INWED 2023 in style, save your seat for the official INWED webinar today.


Friday, June 23, 2023


12:00:00 PM · BST


Dame Dawn Childs DBE FREng

Antony Firth, Head of Marine Heritage Strategy at Historic England

Amanda Creak, EMEA CIO and Head of EMEA Technology, Morgan Stanley

Dr Nina Baker, Engineering Historian

Panel of WE50 winners

Meet our speakers

Dame Dawn Childs DBE FREng

Dawn Childs is the CEO of Pure Data Centres Group responsible for the global portfolio of hyper scale data centres. Before stepping into her current role, she  led a multi-billion transformation programme for National Grid as their UK Change Director across both the gas and electricity transmission businesses.

This followed several senior engineering appointments as: the Group Engineering Director for Merlin Entertainments with responsibility for engineering delivery, standards, practices, and processes across the worldwide portfolio of theme parks and attractions; and the Head of Engineering at Gatwick Airport, responsible for all of the infrastructure and technical services at the airport. She joined Gatwick after 23 years as an Engineering Officer in the Royal Air Force during which time she held posts as the lead engineer on various aircraft platforms including intelligence and surveillance fleets, air transport and air-to-air refuelling fleets and the Red Arrows.

In 1997 she was awarded the RAF Barrie Smart Memorial Award and consequently gained her pilots licence and in 2013 she won a CBI and RealBusiness First Women Award in the Tourism and Leisure Category for being the first female Head of Engineering at a major International Airport. In 2014 she was made an Honorary Doctor of Science by Staffordshire University and then by Kingston University in 2022 for her services to engineering.

She was also recognised as one of the Barclays Women of Achievement for 2014. In 2015 she was awarded the Alistair Graham-Bryce Award by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers for her significant contribution to the encouragement of young people towards a career in engineering and received the WeAretheCity Diversity Champion Award in 2021. She was also recognised on the inaugural list of the top 50 most influential women engineers in the UK in 2016 and is a fellow of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, Royal Aeronautical Society, Institution of Civil Engineers, and the Women’s Engineering Society.

She was honoured with a Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Engineering in October 2020 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the engineering profession and received an iMasons 100 award in 2021 and the iMasons Diversity Champion Award in 2022. She was appointed a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for services to engineering in the King’s New Years Honours 2023. In October 2018 she became the President of the Women’s Engineering Society, she is also the Deputy Chair and a Trustee for World Skills UK and the Chair of the iMasons D&I Committee.

A keen equestrienne, she was the Chairman of RAF Equitation for many years and competed Inter-Services in Show Jumping and Eventing

Antony Firth, Head of Marine Heritage Strategy at Historic England

Antony is a marine archaeologist by background and has been involved in many aspects of marine heritage on land and under the water throughout his career. Antony became interested in the role of women in shipbuilding and other maritime sectors during the First and Second World Wars as part of wider research into merchant shipping on the east coast of England.

Amanda Creak, EMEA CIO and Head of EMEA Technology, Morgan Stanley

Amanda Creak joined Morgan Stanley in November 2021 as Managing Director, EMEA Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and CDRR Transformation Lead.

In November 2022, Amanda was appointed Head of EMEA Technology assuming overall responsibility for leadership and management of EMEA Technology Division in relation to MSI Group. In January 2023, Amanda became the Global co-lead for Technology Risk, Governance and Control functions. She is a member of the EMEA Operating Committee and Co-Chair of the Bank of England CIO Forum.


Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Amanda worked at Goldman Sachs, where she held the role of EMEA CISO and led the Global Technology Risk Governance team.

She has over 30 years of experience in cyber and information security, leading operational security teams, delivering cyber consulting services and regulatory engagement. She began her career in 1991 as a systems developer building and maintaining secure systems for the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence before transitioning to work in the security division and a predecessor to the current NCSC. In 1998, she joined Ernst and Young’s newly formed UK cyber security team, where she played a key role in the cyber leadership team leading the EMEA technical security delivery teams and delivering a wide range of critical cyber security engagements and multi-million dollar investment programs for financial services clients.

Amanda holds an Honours degree in Mathematics from University College of Swansea 1987-1990

Nina Baker, Engineering Historian

Dr Nina Baker has had a varied career, having become a merchant navy deck officer on leaving school and later taken an engineering design degree in her 30s, from the University of Warwick. She then gained a PhD in concrete durability from the University of Liverpool.

She has lived with her family in Glasgow since 1989, working variously as a materials lecturer in further education and as a university research administrator and, until 2017, as an elected city councillor. Now retired from all that, her interest in promoting STEM careers for girls has led her to become an independent researcher, mainly specialising in the history of women in engineering. She is Deacon of the Incorporation of Hammermen of Glasgow for 2022-2023. She has been a Deputy Lieutenant in the Glasgow Lieutenancy since 2017 and was appointed an OBE in the 2023 New Year’s Honours’ list, for services to the history of women in engineering.

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