Rose Winslade OBE
President Winslade talking to the BBC
|Born||22 July 1919|
|Died||16 December 1981 (aged 63)|
|Other names||Rose Winslade|
|Employer||Council of Engineering Institutions|
|Known for||President of the Women's Engineering Society and a governor of University College, Nairobi.|
Winslade was born in London in 1919 to Alice Margaret (née Harris) and Charles James Winslade. She left school at fourteen, starting work in a factory. She became fascinated by the engineering processes she saw in the factory and decided to make engineering her career.
Winslade joined the Women's Engineering Society in 1946. She was a keen member and she was the chair of the London Branch.
Winslade came to notice in 1960 when she was one of two engineers funded by the Caroline Haslett Memorial Trust founded by the British Electricity Authority. They were to investigate the role of female engineers in the USSR. At the time she was a senior sales engineer at Research and Control Instruments Ltd and she was accompanied by Lesley S. Souter who was employed in Harlow by the AEI Research Laboratory. She continued to work for Research and Control Instruments Ltd becoming an assistant manager in 1960 and between 1962 and 1965 she held a higher managerial position as Joint Manager (Technical) of their electronics division. It was noted that this was unusually high for a woman.
Winslade was employed by the Council of Engineering Institutions in 1966 when she was serving as President of the Women's Engineering Society to which position she was elected on 4 September 1965. At that time the BBC reported that there were 400 women engineers in the UK. Winslade appeared on the BBC as she reported on a week long international conference she presided over. The BBC also interviewed Elizabeth Laverick who was to takeover from her as WES President.
She working as an Assistant Secretary the Council of Engineering Institutions looking after their overseas links including the British link to the European Federation of National Association of Engineers. In 1969 she was appointed for two years as a Governor of University College, Nairobi. Her first meeting there was held during a three week visit in April where she also visited other colleges.
Winslade was awarded an OBE for services to women in engineering in 1969.
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