The UK local group was founded in 2016. Because the UK community is spread around the country, our goal is to organise events across the many sites of our members, allowing us all to see the full range of UK activities and meet new contacts from across the country, with the auspicious to form more local(ised) groups in the future.

The current aim of the group is to bring together the UK Space Community in support of a more diverse and equal workforce.

The group will initially focus on three areas:

  • De-mystifying Unconscious Bias; 
  • Networking/Mentoring;
  • Creating a Network of Experts.

WIA-E UK LOCAL GROUP CHAIR: Elizabeth Seward - Airbus Defence and Space

WIA-E UK COMMITTEE: Ana Raposo - UKRI STFC, Chiara Palla - Imperial College London, Clare McNamara - Engage to Move Ahead, Eva Gonzalez – Inmarsat, Henrieta Sanislova - Westcott Business Incubation Centre, Jane Ford – UKSpace, Karen Rogers - PO Consulting, Kerry Sanz - Neptec UK, Mamatha Maheshwarappa – QinetiQ, Portia Bowman - Thales Alenia Space UK

For more information please contact the committee at
To join WIA-Europe, use the form here:

To sign up to the WIA-Europe UK Local Group mailing list (non-members welcome), use the form here.

Ongoing networking events are organised throughout the year. You can follow them at the following link:

Visit our Programmes section to keep up with all what WIA-E can offer about Awards/Grant/Mentoring/Training.


Vision: We envision a world where we Europeans collaboratively create an aerospace sector with an inclusive representation.