At Westonbirt, it is considered very important that students have strong role models. The school is proud to be working with three 'Westonbirt Champions' who support the school and the students through mentoring, attending events and championing careers beyond school life.
This is also celebrated at Westonbirt each year with an annual Inspiring Women's Day which sees many alumni return to school to share their career paths with the Sixth Form students inspiring them with their experiences since leaving school.
We are delighted to be working with Hermione Harbutt, Westonbirt alumni, entrepreneur and successful business owner; Shefali Sharma, engineer and space scientist and, Aimee Neaverson, project and operations manager for international development.
Please click below to read their individual case studies.
Hermione is a British designer and Westonbirt alumni who runs her own successful business renowned for exceptional quality craftsmanship and originality of design. Each Hermione Harbutt piece is entirely unique and created by hand in the UK design studio using the finest pearls,
Swarovski crystals, gemstones and diamonds. The meticulous attention to detail and high calibre workmanship involved in the creation of every piece ensures that Hermione Harbutt accessories are treasured as heirlooms of the future.
Aimee is a Project and Operations Manager for BRACED working at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI). This is a UK Government-funded international development project, the Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters - www.braced.org. BRACED is a multi-million pound project that is supporting 5 million people across 13 countries in South-East Asia, the Sahel and East Africa to be better able to cope with climate-related shocks and stresses, such as droughts and floods.
Shefali works at Oxford Space Systems, a venture capital backed start-up. She successfully completed her undergraduate degree in Aircraft Engineering and later joined Cranfield University for a Master’s degree in Space Engineering and Astronautics. Shefali supports a range of STEM initiatives with the aim of inspiring the next generation of graduates and engineering entrepreneurs.
To listed to Shefali in a recent BBC Radio Oxford Radio interview ahead of the International Women in Science and Engineering Day (13/02). The interview captured Shefali's route to entry into the space industry and how can we get more girls excited about engineering!
Click Here to Listen to the Radio interview via BBC iPlayer.
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