Ella Barrington

Award-winning business owner and reformed engineer who carved her career in the ambitious world of motorsport

Ella Barrington (she/her) is an award-winning business, project and operations director, who carved her career in the ambitious world of motorsport. An advocate for diversity and inclusion in STEM, she is also an active volunteer and engaging speaker for hire.

Ella spends her time as a consultant and contractor specialising in commercial project management making things happen on time and budget. She likes to make hard things look easy for her clients.

Ella gained a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Leeds, and then returned to Oxfordshire to study for a Masters of Science in Racing Engine Design at Oxford Brookes University.

Since graduating, she has worked in the relentless world of professional motorsport and engineering in a variety of technical and commercial roles. She began consulting in 2016 to bring the fundamental things she learnt in motorsport to businesses across all sectors.

Ella want to dispel the myth that technical things can only be understood by people who are good at maths. And that engineers don’t “do feelings”.

She has since joined the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at her local alma mater as an Associate Lecturer. If Ella can keep the attention of hungover students on a Friday afternoon, she can probably keep yours too!


International Women's Day 2022 - #BreaktheBias

In response to the global IWD theme for 2022 - #BreaktheBias - Ella has reflected and written her unique take on bias, busyness and how we can break the glass ceiling.

#BreakTheBias -  Slowing down to win the race for gender equity

In the ever accelerating world of professional motorsport, speed is central to success on and off the track.

It was only when engineer Ella slowed down that that she realised the impact of bias had on her career as an engineer, manager and business owner, and how her own biases were holding her back.

During this talk she’ll share her journey from globetrotting engineer to yoga-practicing STEMinist, and how mindfulness is a winning formula when it comes to equality and inclusion.


Previous talk topics:

- Why you should put diversity and inclusion in pole position
- We don’t have safety shoes in that size… why inclusion is more impactful than diversity alone
- What on earth is a STEMinst? My STEM career story
- From the starting grid to start up life; what racing cars can teach you about running a business
- #ChooseToChallenge -  How to engineer our way to inclusive choices

Away from professional topics, Ella also speaks on bereavement and grieving. Her signature talk - “An engineer’s guide to grief” - combines her professional perspective, with my deeply personal story.


What do you get out of working with Ella?

Her talks are always a mixture of anecdotes, explainers and takeaways. Not the yummy kind. The kind of that leaves your attendees with things to think about, and put into action afterwards.

She doesn’t rinse and repeat her talks. So if you ask her to come and speak at your event, she’ll tailor her message to make sure it hits your marks.

You’ll get a fresh face and a sense of humour. Ella is not your typical motorsport engineer; less than 9% of UK engineers of any description are women. Ella is not your stereotypical business owner; only one in three entrepreneurs are female. She was bereaved at the age of 24. She only discovered she was a feminist at 28. Ella really loves wearing leopard print and jazzy trainers to important meetings. She think all of this makes her more of an interesting storyteller, rather than less of one.

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