More about Marie-NoŽlle Barton

After teaching French in five secondary schools in Lincolnshire, Marie-NoŽlle trained in careers guidance and worked in Lincolnshire, Yorkshire and Surrey advising adults and students in their career choices.

She joined The Engineering Council to lead its WISE (Women Into Science and Engineering) campaign where for eighteen years she worked closely with school students and teachers, academics, key professional bodies, multi-national organisations and smaller employers, government departments, politicians and the media to promote the cause of women in these male-dominated sectors. She was the Director of WISE and a member of the WISE Board until 2006.

Marie-NoŽlle is regularly interviewed on national and local radio and TV. She has given evidence to the Science and Technology Select Committees of the House of Commons and the House of Lords on topics relating to women working in science and engineering. She is co-author of a handbook, Engineering Equals, aimed at parents, teachers and lecturers. She has sat on various committees including the Stewart Committee, which looked at the safety of mobile phones. She was twice a judge for the Great Britons Awards.

She was awarded an MBE for her work in promoting science and engineering to women. She was also the winner of the London Woman of the Year Award. She received an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the University of Staffordshire and became an Honorary Fellow of Cardiff University for her campaigning work. She was made a Champion of the Make Your Mark Campaign.

Marie-NoŽlle, who has dual French and British citizenship, was educated at Nice University in France where she studied for an English Literature and English Language degree. She has lived in the United Kingdom for over 35 years.

Marie NoŽlle is also known as Marie-NoŽlle Witty.