Top 50 women in engineering 2018 list announced

The Top 50 Women in Engineering pictured at an International Women in Engineering Day afternoon tea event in London.

The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) celebrated 2018’s Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50) in partnership with The Telegraph at a high-profile event at Royal Academy for Engineering on 26 June. The WE50 winners this year represent the top 50 female returners and transferrers in engineering and allied sectors. 

The WE50 winners represent the very broad range of routes it is possible to follow for a career in engineering. Sectors in which the winning women are employed include structural and electronic engineering, health, environment and academia. The winners are all at very different stages in their careers, varying from early career engineers to senior leadership and from a crane operator to lecturers. The WE50 winners were awarded their trophies at an International Women in Engineering Day afternoon tea event held by Women’s Engineering Society, hosted at the Royal Academy of Engineering.

WE50 winner, Savina Carluccio said of her achievement: “Being recognised as one of this year’s Top 50 women in engineering is humbling and thrilling at the same time. I hope my example will inspire other female colleagues and encourage them not to be afraid to take time off to look after their young families or to take different paths in their engineering career.”

The judges had to make difficult decisions, as WES received nearly 200 high-quality nominations from a wide range of STEM sectors, career stages, career routes and backgrounds. 

Kirsten Bodley, chief executive of WES, commented: “The nominations were all amazing. For the Top 50, we looked for women who had overcome hurdles and returned to or transferred into/or across roles in engineering. In addition, they have all demonstrated that they are doing something to help support and inspire other women to succeed and progress in engineering whether it is working within their organisation through mentoring or inspiring young women through STEM activities for example.”

Top 50 Women in Engineering 2018 Returners and Transferrers

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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