2 JULY 2024 | JW MARRIOTT GROSVENOR HOUSE, LONDON
Dr Mark McBride-Wright MBE CEng MIChemE is a recognised diversity and inclusion leader. He is the recipient of the prestigious Rooke Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering in July 2022 for his work in promoting in engineering to the public. In June 2023 he was awarded an MBE for services to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the King’s Birthday Honours. He is a Visiting Professor of Inclusive Engineering Leadership at University College London, and author of The SAFE Leader© (due for release in March 2024).
He is Founder and Managing Director of EqualEngineers, a company offering a wide array of diversity & inclusion consultancy and training services, as well as creative events. Mark has delivered over 50 Engineering & Technology careers fairs since 2017 connecting over 10,000 diverse opportunity-seekers with over 100 inclusive employers. Mark also founded the Equality in Engineering conference, and the Engineering Talent Awards, and established the Masculinity in Engineering research theme leading to a new way to deliver more impactful positive interventions on organisational culture change. EqualEngineers has trained thousands of engineers on creating inclusive cultures from front line leaders and operatives to senior leadership and executive teams. Clients include EDF Energy, SSE, Eurostar, GKN Aerospace, Institution of Mechanical Engineers amongst others.
Mark co-founded InterEngineering, an cross-industry network that connects, informs and empowers LGBTQ+ engineers and supporters. In recognition of his diversity work, Mark won the coveted 'Corporate Rising Star' award at the 2016 British LGBT Awards and was ranked #2 in the 2015 Financial Times Future LGBT Leaders list (#6 in 2016). In addition, he was 'Highly Commended' at the Inclusive Networks Awards (2015), shortlisted for the 'Corporate Equality Award' by PinkNews (2016), was listed in the 2023 LGBTQ+ Trailblazer List from Attitude, and was shortlisted in the Top 10 Outstanding Contribution to LGBTQ+ Life at the 2023 British LGBT Awards.
He has worked with many Fortune 50 companies on D&I programs and talent engagement strategies and has also authored a white paper for the UK Government on tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in engineering. Mark is a Chartered Engineer (IChemE) by training with a focus on health and safety, having worked at KBR Inc (2013-2017) and ERM (2012-2013) before pursuing his work in diversity. He also holds a doctorate (PhD) in chemical engineering at Imperial College London (2009-2013).