Stella is a Research Associate in the Bristol Leadership and Change Centre with a background in applied social research. She supports a wide range of research project teams within Bristol Business School and also teaches research methods at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. Her expertise includes social marketing and the understanding of psychological pathways for behaviour change in health; gender and inequality in organisations; the gender pay gap; and women working in male-dominated industries. She is a founder member of alta, a mentoring scheme for professional women in aviation and aerospace. She is also a member of the British and European Sociological Association and on the board of the Research Network ‘Gender Relations, Labour Markets and the Welfare State (RN14).
The mentoring scheme extends beyond the boundaries of the participating organisations, to impact on the industry at the national and international levels. After an initial pilot phase, alta was launched to the industry on 8th March, 2019 – International Women’s Day. It aims to empower women to gain confidence by receiving guidance from a more experienced woman in the industry and looks to change the way females are perceived in male dominated industries.
alta is hosted by the Royal Aeronautical Society and is part of their commitment to delivering on the pledges it made as a supporter of the Women in Aviation Charter, which was signed by government and industry representatives in June, 2018. alta is the first mentoring scheme of its kind in the industry and is currently open to professional women in the industry, with the help of financial donations from industry bodies and employers.