Mamta Singhal

Mamta was born in the US, has Indian parents and was educated in Scotland: she holds an affiliated degree in product design engineering from Glasgow University/Glasgow School of Art; an MSc in engineering management from Strathclyde University; and an MBA with distinction from Strathclyde International Business School. In 2004 she was a finalist for the UK’s Young Achiever Leadership and Diversity Awards and, since then, has used her position to empower women and BAME communities, and champion STEM. In 2007  she was the Womens Engineering Society IETs Young Women Engineer of the Year and in 2008 in the top 4 Globally for MBA student of the year. She has worked internationally for firms like Hasbro, Mattel, Mars Chocolate, Polaroid and Dyson.

She sits on the IET Manufacturing Policy Panel with a focus on Sustainability and it on the Management Todays Inspiring Women in Business Advisory board. moreover a recent Ambassador for Dyslexia Scotland.   A force of reason with regards to equality, diversity and inclusion as she herself has see many occasion where she is been viewed as a #hiddenfigure and keen to redress the balance.

She was recently elected to the council for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and featured in Cosmopolitan as part of its award winning Portrait of an Engineer campaign showcasing modern engineers. Over the years she chaired engineering awards and mentored others in fulfilling there potential. A truly passionate person with regards to STEM and drives the connection between creativity, sustainable product development and engineering wherever possible.  She spent nine years in the international toy industry before moving into the food and drinks sector, working as a senior innovation and packaging scientist for the European branch of Mars Chocolate – she has a total of 15 years experiences with roles in manufacturing, project management, engineering, quality, packaging development and sustainability. She currently works for a major drinks firm.

Vicky Hamilton

Vicky Hamilton is the founder of Recoil Kneepads, a new generation of knee protectors for the manual trades and construction industry. They were developed in 2013 for her Dad, a Joiner, who suffers from arthritis and sever knee pain. Recoil utilises a patented spring loaded pressure reduction system to reduce pressure and spread pressure more evenly across the knee. Vicky has overall responsibility for all aspects of the business, and has grown the product from sketch on a piece of paper through to manufactured product which is now manufactured in the UK and sold worldwide.