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Meet Our Youth Board

Take a look at our current Stemettes Youth Board members and learn more about what they do. Do you want to join? Check out our vacancies.

Floriane Fidegnon – Chairperson

Floriane is the Chairperson of the Stemette Futures youth board and trustee for the main charity board. She joined the Stemettes in 2013 as part of their Outbox Incubator programme and has been an active Stemette since – speaking, volunteering wherever possible.  She is passionate about encouraging young people into STEM and is a strong advocate of inclusion in STEM as a means to promote diversity.  At her work, Floriane is also the Head of Industry, Technology and Innovation team at Policy Connect where she oversees the policy work for 3 All-Party Parliamentary Groups: Manufacturing, Design and Innovation and Technology as well as 3 research commissions.

Ayushi Khetani – Vice Chair

Ayushi is the Vice-Chair of the Stemette Futures Youth Board. At work, she is a Software Engineering Apprentice, studying towards a degree in Digital and Technology Solutions at Queen Mary University. She is a member of the Young Apprentice Ambassador Network and has worked with multiple schools to make students aware of the benefits of an apprenticeship.  She has been a part of multiple Stemette events and programs such as the STS Mentoring Scheme. Currently, Ayushi is a Super Stemette and an active member of the Stemette society.

Ramneek Ahluwalia – Accessibility Advisor

Ramneek is an electrical engineering student at City University of London and an aspiring design engineer. As a visually impaired woman in STEM, she has faced a number of challenges, but her resilience and determination has led her to come out the other side much stronger.  In the Stemettes Youth Board, Ramneek is the accessibility consultant and is able to share her story with fellow Stemettes – showing them that regardless of their background, ethnicity and disability, that they can still be a part of the STEM industry. She is also an active advocate for inclusion and diversity within the STEM community, with the help of the STEMazing Stemettes.

Alice Smith – Accessibility Advisor

Alice is a Y12 student studying History, Geography and Politics, attempting to change the world through STEM, sport and the humanities. As a neurodivergent and disabled young woman, she hasn’t taken a conventional route within STEM and wider academics. She attended her first Stemettes event in March 2020 and continued to attend events through the periods of covid restrictions: notably taking part in STS with Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team. Alice is also a wheelchair basketball player and Girlguiding Advocate. With an aim for a career in operations within motorsport, she wants to pave the way for more underrepresented groups to shine within the world whilst making impactful change on a large scale.

Catrina Carrigan – Regional Advisor for the Republic of Ireland

Catrina is the Republic of Ireland regional consultant for the Stemette Futures Youth Board. She graduated with a B.Sc. in Enterprise Computing from Dublin City University in 2020 and is currently studying UX Design at the Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology.  Since 2018 she is a director of the Irish charity Teen-Turn which aims to provide teen girls the opportunity to gain hands-on STEM experience so that they can visualise themselves in those kinds of careers and therefore make third level course choices accordingly.

Jessica Levett –  Regional Advisor for the South West

At work, Jess is one of the youngest Scrum Masters for software development in the world. 20-year-old Jessica Levett has been involved with Stemettes since she was 14 and credits the organisation for the support she received along her journey into a STEM career. Jessica says her other interests include seeing the best in people and she has a passion for creating organic diversity within organizations and seeing the strengths in individuals. Jessica’s uncle signed her and her cousins up for the Stemettes Rise Hack for International Women’s Day in March 2016. From that point, she went on to take part in several events and interventions over the years.

Tara Lekan-Olawoye – Regional Advisor for South East England

Omotara, who usually goes by Tara, is the South England Regional Consultant on the Stemette Futures Youth Board. She is an A-level student in Essex studying Computer Science, Physics, Maths and Further Maths. She hopes to see more of her peers develop an interest in STEM subjects and wants to raise awareness of the opportunities a career in this sector can bring. In her spare time, she enjoys programming, performing arts and watching comedy films.

Elisabetta Trasatti – Regional Advisor for Scotland

Elisabetta is the Scotland Regional Consultant on the Stemette Futures Youth Board. After graduating from the University of Glasgow in 2021 with an MA Economics, she began working as a Technology Associate at Morgan Stanley in Glasgow. She is passionate about increasing young people’s awareness of the wide variety of roles available in technology and, in particular, of the opportunities open to those who don’t have a technical background or education. For the past year, she has volunteered with the non-profit organisation CodeYourFuture as a Personal Development Volunteer, mentoring a group of students from disadvantaged backgrounds as they train to become web developers.

Lella Violet Halloum – Regional Advisor for Yorkshire and the Humber

Lella is British Lebanese, 17 years old and advocates to ensure that no decision about the digital generation is made without her generation. She was named the youngest EVER IBM Z Champion in the programme’s history for her efforts to demystify the tech industry by uniting thousands of young technologists globally to use technology as a catalyst to achieve social good. Through her work, Lella diversifies the industry by creating more opportunities for young people, particularly underserved & underrepresented communities, highlighting the important role young people play in tech and wider society. Her efforts have been recognised through receiving the Diana Award & as a finalist in the Women of the Future Young Star category & as a Northern Power Women ‘One to Watch’.

Eleanor McGahey – Regional Advisor for the East Midlands

Eleanor McGahey is the regional consultant for the East Midlands. She is a final year Bsc (Hons) Biomedical Science student studying at the University of Lincoln, hoping to pursue a career in Science or Technology when she graduates. She has been a member of the Stemettes since 2021 and has been involved in their STS mentoring programme and other activities. She hopes to continue the work of the Stemettes in encouraging interest in STEM subjects and help connect students and graduates with employers. In her spare time, she takes responsibility as a committee member for her University Athletics society and enjoys running, reading, and developing new skills.

Manahil Irshad – Regional Advisor for West Midlands

Manahil Irshad is the West Midlands Regional Consultant for the Stemette society. She is currently studying BTEC Level 3 Engineering, with hopes for a career in aerospace engineering. She is also passionate about opening the eyes of many young/teen girls who would like a career in STEM, especially engineering. Outside of school she is a RAF cadet and a part of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Scarlett Cargill – Regional Advisor for Wales

Scarlett Cargill is currently beginning her GCSEs and hopes to study chemistry in the future. Her aim is to help young people like her find the opportunities to gain a new passion, experience something different, or level up on the skills they already have. She is also part of her local youth council as she likes being part of her community and meeting new people. In her spare time, she does athletics and thoroughly enjoys hurdles.

Rachel Ryan – Regional Advisor for the North West

Rachel is the regional consultant for the North West. She is a GCSE student from Prescot, Merseyside, and a member of the Stemette society who aims to increase the awareness of Stemettes within her region, in the hope that it will inspire a greater interest in STEM amongst young people. Her favourite subjects are maths and design technology, and she was a part of a finalist team for the Design Museum’s Design Ventura competition 2021-22. In her free time she loves to sing, and has grade 6 popular music vocals certification.

Maeve Stillman – Regional Advisor for Northern Ireland

Maeve is a Biotechnology undergraduate at the University of Manchester. In 2019, Maeve was awarded the overall prize and title of ‘UK Young Scientist of the Year’ at the Big Bang Competition in Birmingham. Subsequently, she represented the UK at international competitions in Bulgaria and Phoenix, Arizona. Maeve has been a member of the Stemette Society since 2020 and completed the Leadership Academy and the inaugural Associate’s Programme. She assisted Stemettes recently with the delivery of the About Us coding competition to primary schools in Northern Ireland. Having benefited herself from Stemette programmes, she wants to pass those opportunities on to other young people. Her aim is to engage and empower girls with the skills for a successful career in STEM.

Jaynie Shah – Social Media Advisor

Jaynie is the Social Media Consultant for the youth board. She has been a Stemettes for over two years and is currently in her last year of school studying maths, further maths and physics. Outside the classroom, Jaynie enjoys volunteering at the Young Scientist Journal as Head of Marketing and recently embarked on the Civics Unplugged Fellowship to engage with the fundamentals of personal development, systems thinking and community building. In her free time, she enjoys running, watching movies and being outdoors!

Kareena Cooper – Fundraising Advisor

Kareena is an active member of the Stemettes Society as well as a Fundraising Consultant for the Stemettes Futures Board. She is enthusiastic about pushing forward gender equality in the STEM world as well as spreading education and understanding through past work on webinar series to ensure that the most amount of people can benefit from opportunities.

Summer McNamee – Fundraiser Advisor

As a Stemette, Summer is a believer in the upward direction that her love for science and maths brings. She is now in a unique place to use her experience to inspire and empower other girls to use their own life experiences and technology to solve major social injustice issues affecting our world today. Her passion and drive in STEM is inspiring others and paving the way for future STEM leaders.

Jana Jhaveri – Financial Advisor

Jana is a 19 year old student from Mumbai, India. She completed the CAIE IGCSE and the International Baccalaureate (IB) and is now studying Computer Science (BSc) at Cardiff University where she is also an Academic Student Rep. She loves almost all STEM and technology related topics and thoroughly enjoys coding, designing websites and networking with various professionals in STEM fields. It is her love for STEM that brought her to being a member of the Stemettes Society and constantly looking for opportunities to take part in events they hosted.