As an entirely voluntary organisation we rely on our fantastic committee members donating their time, which is why we have a large committee, giving lots of people the chance to take on small tasks. This maximises our ability to promote, support and inspire local women in STEM.

The committee consists of two parts: core members, who each have defined responsibilities (e.g. website, events etc) and advisory members, who typically provide a link between winSTEMplym and other local companies or organisations.

​You can find out about all of our committee members below.

Core Members

Lorna Dallas
CHAIR

Lorna has always loved STEM subjects, starting with Lego™ and a now very well-thumbed book on sharks, which inspired her to do a degree in marine biology at Plymouth. Lorna’s varied job roles have included lab technician, marine biology teacher in The Bahamas, snorkelling leader, and head host at the National Marine Aquarium, educating the public about marine conservation.

After completing her PhD, Lorna was a research scientist at Plymouth University, specialising in the effect of pollutants and radiation on marine life. Her research interests were changes to DNA and cancer-causing chemicals, which sparked a newfound interest in nuclear physics. Lorna likes to think of herself as living proof that the Women in STEM Plymouth approach to networking works – having attended one of our events at Devonport Royal Dockyard thinking ‘I could never work here I’m not an engineer’, she got talking to some inspiring women in STEM and 18 months later had the job she never thought was possible!

Despite her background as a biologist, Lorna also loves maths, coding and building things and is an active STEM ambassador. She loves inspiring the next generation to engage with science, but is also aware of the many challenges that women in STEM careers face and that prevent girls from becoming interested in STEM. Lorna joined the group to try to address some of these issues in her local area.

Lorna took over from Emma as Chair of Women in STEM Plymouth in autumn 2016 and hopes that she can take the group to a new level, expanding our support network and connecting more with our members that ever before.

Core Members

Lorna Dallas
CHAIR

Lorna has always loved STEM subjects, starting with Lego™ and a now very well-thumbed book on sharks, which inspired her to do a degree in marine biology at Plymouth. Lorna’s varied job roles have included lab technician, marine biology teacher in The Bahamas, snorkelling leader, and head host at the National Marine Aquarium, educating the public about marine conservation.

After completing her PhD, Lorna was a research scientist at Plymouth University, specialising in the effect of pollutants and radiation on marine life. Her research interests were changes to DNA and cancer-causing chemicals, which sparked a newfound interest in nuclear physics. Lorna likes to think of herself as living proof that the Women in STEM Plymouth approach to networking works – having attended one of our events at Devonport Royal Dockyard thinking ‘I could never work here I’m not an engineer’, she got talking to some inspiring women in STEM and 18 months later had the job she never thought was possible!

Despite her background as a biologist, Lorna also loves maths, coding and building things and is an active STEM ambassador. She loves inspiring the next generation to engage with science, but is also aware of the many challenges that women in STEM careers face and that prevent girls from becoming interested in STEM. Lorna joined the group to try to address some of these issues in her local area.

Lorna took over from Emma as Chair of Women in STEM Plymouth in autumn 2016 and hopes that she can take the group to a new level, expanding our support network and connecting more with our members that ever before.

Charlotte Holloway
DEPUTY CHAIR

Charlotte is the South West and Wales Area Manager for the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufacturing and Commerce. Previously spending three years as Policy Director for national trade body techUK. Her focus was on creating a better policy environment to help tech companies grow and thrive, and focused on areas such as skills and education, women in tech, regional growth, the future of work, and more.

Earlier this year she was awarded Number 36 most influential woman in UK tech by Computer Weekly. She’s passionate about how to get more women into STEM and how we make sure no one is left behind by advancements in digital technology.

Jo Healy
TREASURER

Jo Healy is a Project Manager at Plessey, she is responsible for providing project management leadership to a cross-functional core team of highly skilled engineering professionals. She joined the Royal Navy straight from school and served on one of the Type 22 Frigates as a Weapons Engineering Mechanic.

Jo started at Plessey in 1999 as a Module Technologist working in the manufacturing clean room area and was later given the opportunity by Plessey to be sponsored for a degree. Jo completed her BSc with the Open University in 2009 and was promoted to engineer status. Later when the business changed from manufacturing CMOS devices to LEDs, Jo moved to her current project management role.

Working in male dominated environments, Jo knows the challenges that women face trying to progress in STEM careers. Jo has joined Women in STEM Plymouth to encourage more young girls/women to consider these career opportunities and gain further information to pursue a career in STEM related activities.

Advisory Members