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18th Nov, 12-1pm: Leading the Change

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Studies of LGBTQ+ inclusivity, such as the one undertaken here at Cambridge last year, are useful in identifying specific ways in which LGBTQ+ people can be more fully integrated and included into the core work of the university. At the same time, there is an increasing focus on developing new types of research cultures in STEM subjects. Is QSTEM an area where these two questions merge, and what is the role of leaders of departments, labs, faculties or teams in creating more diverse, inclusive and non-traditional research cultures?

Please join us for this discussion about Q+STEM as a site of leadership change and opportunity!

Panelists: Neil Reavey, Astra Zeneca, Lenna Cumberbatch, University of St Andrews, Sarah Cawley, Reaction Engines

Chair: Professor Sarah Franklin, University of Cambridge 

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Neil Reavey is Associate Director of Research Assurance for AstraZeneca at their headquarters in Cambridge U.K. Neil began his career in AstraZeneca in 1997 as a Junior Research Technician, progressing to the role of Senior Scientist before switching direction to focus on research ethics. He is a graduate of Business Management and MSc in Organisational Change & Strategy, this underpins his keen interest in organisational culture. For more than 15 years Neil has been driving the Inclusion and Diversity conversation in the workplace, and co-founded AstraZeneca's LGBTQ+ Employee Network AZPride. In addition, he is the External Insights Lead on the AstraZeneca Global Inclusion and Diversity Council. Outside of work, Neil is on the board of trustees for Cambridge LGBTQ+ youth charity The Kite Trust, and is Co-Chair of the Proud Science Alliance, a global cross-sector consortium to further LGBTQ+ inclusion in life-science and healthcare.


Lenna Cumberbatch BA MBA FRSA is a diversity and inclusion (D&I) strategist with experience of working in education, the public sector and corporate environments in both the UK and USA. She is a D&I advisor to the Wellcome Trust and sits on the evaluation panel for the Inspiring Science Fund sponsored by UKRI and Wellcome. Lenna is a Trustee (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) for the British Pharmacological Society and Non-executive Director (Diversity, Inclusion & Respect) at Goodman Masson. For the Research Executive Agency at the European Commission Lenna audits, reviews and monitors multi-million Euro grant applications and projects as one of their team of gender experts. She has worked and volunteered in roles across the diversity spectrum for organisations such as the Royal Society, the University of Cambridge, The Terrence Higgins Trust and various small businesses. Training sessions that she has run on D&I have included clients such as architecture firms, one of Her Majesty’s Prisons and Secondary Schools. She has a broad experience base having worked in healthcare, information technology (IT) and as a research assistant in a lab. Recent projects have included the Parent Carer Scientist book, the associated #AndAScientist campaign and the “Understanding Unconscious Bias” animation used internationally. Lenna is regularly invited to speak in public including Dundee Pride, BBC Scotland, the Women of the World (WOW) festival in both London and Cambridge and Pecha Kucha night. She keeps up her public speaking skills at her local Toastmasters Club. Lenna is a Patron of Switchboard the LGBT+ helpline and is a volunteer for Diversity Role Models who work with schools to prevent bullying related to gender identity and sexual orientation. Lenna’s first degree, a Bachelor of Arts, is a double major in English and women’s and gender studies. Her MBA dissertation subject was on revalidation, the appraisal system for doctors in the UK. She is currently undertaking a PhD at the University of St Andrews where she is researching D&I strategic change.


Sarah Cawley: I have worked in Aerospace engineering for 24 years having graduated from Leicester University in 1995 with a BSc(Hons) in Physics. During my career I have worked in spacecraft operations, integration & testing, systems engineering and project management and I’ve been fortunately enough to work on missions to Mars and Mercury and have worked with ESA and NASA/JPL as well as several commercial customers. In my current role as a Project Manager at Reaction Engines, I am responsible for managing a team of engineers developing cutting edge technology to enable next generation propulsion systems for hypersonic flight and access to space. Having identified as transgender for most of my adult life but keeping this separate from my work life, I finally decided to come out in the workplace 6 years ago and during that time my experiences as a trans woman in a traditionally male working environment have been (mostly!) positive. I am also working as part of a team within Reaction Engines working to develop our Diversity & Inclusion practices and hope that my experiences can help to demonstrate that aerospace can be an LGBT friendly working environment!

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lgbtQ+@​cam is an initiative launched in 2018 to promote interdisciplinary research, outreach and network building related to queer, trans and sexuality studies at the University of Cambridge.

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