The results have been revealed to mark National Women in Engineering day which celebrates the contribution of women to the engineering profession.
A total of fifteen civil engineers were included in the list, thirteen of whom are ICE members or fellows, in a strong showing which followed ICE’s calls for entries to the poll.
The poll, which attracted more than 800 entries, was organised by the Telegraph and is backed by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES). Sponsored by a range of industry partners, the initiative aims to boost female uptake of engineering roles and careers by celebrating the notable achievements made by women in the sector.
The list was compiled by industry experts from WES, and is sponsored by industry big-hitters including BAE Systems, Scottish Power, Jaguar Land Rover and Mars, as well as skills and training experts Semta and the trade union for professionals, Prospect. The organisations are keen to see the gender landscape of engineering change over the coming years.
National Women in Engineering Day
National Women in Engineering Day was created in 2014 by WES to celebrate their 95th birthday in order to focus attention on the great opportunities available for women in engineering. It has never been more important to address the engineering skills shortage and an increase in women coming into engineering careers will enable us to fill the substantial future job opportunities that have been predicted in this sector. It will also increase diversity and inclusion – a business imperative.
ICE are supporting the day with activities across the country including talks, workshops and practical activities at schools, colleges and universities. ICE has also contributed to a ‘Women in STEM’ supplement in the Daily Telegraph where Judith Sykes, Co-author of ICE’s forthcoming State of the Nation: Devolution report and Director at Expedition talks about her experience as a woman engineer. Also included in the supplement is an interview with President’s Apprentice Emma Galley, a Section Engineer at Skanska who also worked on the report.
A selection of short films are also being released to mark the day on ICE’s YouTube channel featuring high profile women engineers discussing their careers.
ICE Director of Membership, Seán Harris stressed the importance of addressing the gender imbalance in engineering:
“Civilisation stands on the shoulders of the civil engineers who build our cities, deliver sanitation and connect people across the globe, and it is vital that we inspire and recruit the next generation of engineers. To do this, we must present ourselves as inclusive and diverse. UK engineering lags behind much of Europe in terms of a gender-balanced workforce, and employers risk becoming increasingly marginalised if they ignore the benefits of attracting more women into the profession.
“Women represent 12% of ICE’s total membership and female applications to ICE are slowly rising, with graduate numbers at 16%. We must continue to reach out to those who dismiss engineering, and better celebrate the success of women in our industry. ICE is implementing a Diversity and Inclusivity plan which aims to tackle unconscious bias within the sector. We are also working with industry to develop internship programmes for engineers returning to work after having children, and working with schools to help overcome outdated perceptions about careers in engineering.”
ICE Members or Fellows who appear on the list:
- Alison Baptiste, Environment Agency
- Michelle Dix, Crossrail
- Dawn Elson, Merlin Entertainments Group
- Louise Hardy, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation and Ministry of Defence
- Karen Holford, Cardiff University
- Ailie MacAdam, Bechtel
- Dervilla Mitchell, Arup
- Heidi Mottram, Northumbrian Water
- Belinda Oldfield, Scottish Water
- Helen Samuels, United Utilities
- Dana Skelley, Transport for London
- Rachel Skinner, WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff
- Katherine Ward, Atkins
Other non-ICE members/fellow civil engineers on the list:
- Linda Miller, Crossrail
- Vicky Stewart, Atkins