Lynn has made a significant contribution to gender diversity in Electronic Engineering through her work at the UKESF. For over 10 years she worked tirelessly to promote Electronics amongst young people.

The prestigious IET Gender Diversity Ambassador Award 2022 has recognised Lynn Tomkins, co-founder of the UK Electronics Skills Foundation (UKESF), for her outstanding impact in Electronic Engineering at The Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards.

Announced at a ceremony that took place at the IET’s Savoy Place on 1 December, the Gender Diversity Ambassador Award recognises the tremendous work being carried out by passionate individuals to change the perception of women in STEM.

Stewart Edmondson, CEO, UKESF, said: “I am so pleased for Lynn to receive this Award; it is really well-deserved. It reflects more than 10 years of tremendous commitment by Lynn in support of the UKESF. As Co-Founder, Director and then latterly Chair of Trustees, she has worked tirelessly promoting Electronic Engineering among young people. During this time, she has been an outstanding ambassador for gender diversity and inclusion in the Electronics sector.”

Under Lynn’s direction, addressing the gender imbalance in the Electronics sector became central to the UKESF’s work. She was instrumental in the development of our award-winning Scholarship Scheme, and has championed a number of initiatives which has resulted in the number of Awards being made to females increasing from 15% to 24%. Lynn oversaw the introduction of Girls into Electronics, an initiative that helped to inspire over 300 girls between the ages of 15 and 18 with Electronics; and she supported the launch of our Award for Female Undergraduates, specifically for young women at the beginning of their undergraduate degree, which is now in its fifth year.

Engineering UK recently reported that between 2010 and 2021, the number of female Electronics Engineers had increased by over 12% to 15.4%. This is a significant increase and is, in part, down to the work of Lynn, who has been an exemplary ambassador of gender diversity in Electronics.

Further details about the IET Gender Diversity Ambassador Award are available here.