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Top 50 Women In Engineering

Posted by: Rana Barker 24 Jun 18  | Engineering


Top 50 Women
In Engineering 2018

The Top 50 Women in engineering 2018 #WED50, was announced in the Sunday Telegraph supplement on 24th June. The list includes the UK's Top 50 female engineers making the biggest impact after a career change or break. They have been nominated for their achievements in the engineering sector after some time away. The winning women represent a broad range of routes into engineering covering careers in structural and electronic engineering, health, environment and academia.

Compiled in collaboration with the Women's Engineering Society (WES) the WE50 campaign, raises awareness of the skills shortage facing the industry and the huge discrepancy between the number of men vs. women currently in Engineering professions. The list features the UK's top rising female stars looking to change perceptions and encourage young women to consider Engineering as a viable and rewarding career.



It is no secret that the UK is struggling with a shortage of women in engineering, compared to the rest of the world. The recent publication of The Engineer's Salary Survey 2018, shows a real lack of gender diversity within 11 different sectors of engineering. With Brexit on the horizon, and salaries remaining static compared to last year we still see a huge disparity of pay between men and women engineers, progress is painfully slow.

Kirsten Bodley, chief executive of WES, the organisation that founded International Women in Engineering Day, said: “The nominations this year demonstrated the talent and determination of many inspirational women working in the engineering and allied sectors. It is wonderful to see how their skills support such a wide range of roles, career stages and routes. Congratulations to all who were nominated and to our winners.” 

Benita Mehra, president of WES, commented: “As a returner and a transferrer, I thought my experiences were unique. I am sure there are many of us who operate in this sphere, just get on with it and have been successful in our own right. It is so good to see successful women returners and transferrers recognised. This is a fantastic tribute to worthy women who have often had to overcome hurdles along the way.

The 2018 Top 50 Women in engineering:

  • Katie Atkinson, Materials Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover
  • Kate Black, University Lecturer, University of Liverpool
  • Cheryl Blenkinsop, Lead Engineer – Development, SP Energy Networks
  • Emma Booth, Senior Project Manager, Black & Veatch
  • Karen Britton, Technical Director, AECOM
  • Emma Browning, Environment Manager, Scottish Power Renewables
  • Antje Budge, Design Coordinator, Balfour Beatty
  • Samantha Burchell, Operations Manager, UK Power Networks
  • Isobel Byrne Hill, Senior Engineer, Arup
  • Kate Cairns, Founder, Cairns Consultancy
  • Savina Carluccio, Associate, Arup
  • Dr Fiona Charnley, Senior Lecturer in Circular Innovation, Cranfield University
  • Dr Sarah Chen, Civil Engineer, EDF Energy
  • Dr Lorna Dallas, Graduate Safety Engineer, Babcock International Group
  • Rachael De'Ath, Senior Engineer, Arup
  • Kellie Dillon, Innovation Workstream Lead, UK Power Networks
  • Agata Downey, Engineer, Elliott Wood
  • Karen Friendship, Managing Director, Alderman Tooling Ltd
  • Penny Gowler, Associate Director, Elliott Wood Partnership Ltd
  • Nicola Grahamslaw, Ship's Conservation Engineer, SS Great Britain Trust
  • Hilary Hill, Director of Engineering Operations, KBR UK Ltd
  • Isobel Houghton, Senior Engineer, Atkins
  • Sharon Jones, Eagle Lab Engineer, Barclays Eagle Labs
  • Katie Kelleher, Crane Operator, Laing O'Rourke
  • Louisa King, Project Engineer, Waterco Consultants
  • Keely King, Area Manager—Gas Mains Replacement, Triio
  • Georgina Lockwood, Senior Engineer, Arup
  • Leah Lucien, Graduate Mechanical Engineer, ChapmanBDSP
  • Eur Ing Dr Phebe Mann, Chartered Engineer, Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Stacey Marple, Project Development Manager, Monitor Coatings Ltd
  • Lisa Matthews, Associate, Arup/CEO, HellyHolly
  • Louise Maynard-Atem, Innovation Exchange Lead, BAE Systems
  • Danielle McGrellis, Senior Engineer, Arup
  • Angela McIntosh, Design Project Engineer, SP Energy Networks
  • Carol Morris, Senior Lecturer-Engineering & Innovation, Open University
  • Lisa Montague, Business Intelligence Engineer, BAE Systems
  • Fi Neoh, Senior Consultant, Amey
  • Hayley Oakes, Offshore Project Engineer, ODE
  • Maria Ribera Vincent, Teaching Fellow, Imperial College London
  • Nicole Saunders, Aviation Consultant, Osprey Consulting Services Ltd
  • Professor Emma Sparks, Head of the Centre for Systems Engineering, Cranfield University
  • Sarah Tattersall, Associate, Arup
  • Dr Emma Taylor, Lead Systems Safety Engineer, RSSB
  • Julie Verrill, Junior Technician, Cundall
  • Ruth Voisey, Senior Machine Learning Engineer, Dyson Technology Ltd
  • Catherine Wenger, Director, Arup
  • Tammy Whelan, Apprentice Civil Engineer, Arup
  • Dr Connie Wilson, Senior Systems Engineer, BAE Systems Maritime – Naval Ships
  • Kate Young, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Skanska
  • Ellie Zemani, Project Engineer, Spirit Energy 

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