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Connect–Engage–Network–Celebrate-INWED 2019, Newcastle

  • Networking
  • Newcastle
  • 24 June 2019
  • 18:00 - 20:00
Connect–Engage–Network–Celebrate-INWED 2019, Newcastle

About this event

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ICE North East is hosting a ‘meet and mingle’ event on the 24 June 2019 in celebration of International Women in Engineering Day.

The evening will include discussions in which our panellists from the industry will debate topics and take questions from the audience on this year’s theme #TransformThe Future.

This informal event will provide a great forum to network and engage with engineers (male and female) from across the region.

To begin the evening, event host and panel chair Meshi Taka, Principal Engineer/Project Manager at Aecom will invite the speakers to give opening statements with regards to the following:

“To challenge the status quo we must take one fearless choice at a time, one courageous action at a time. These choices, decisions and actions transform challenges into exploration, risk into reward and fear into determination.”

Each panellist will be invited to discuss how they have approached this concept in their professional environment.

Further questions will be asked of the panel linked to this year’s theme such as

  • How do we identify and overcome workplace obstacles to #TransformTheFuture
  • How does #TransformTheFuture align with environmental and sustainability challenges

The audience will be invited to contribute and ask the panel questions to engage debate.

This event is being delivered in collaboration with with IMechE, IET, CIHT, WES, CIC, IStructE, Northumbrian Water and AECOM.

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Meshi Taka

Panel Chair and Principal Engineer/Project Manager at AECOM

Growing up in Cameroon, my dream of becoming an engineer seemed unrealistic in a culture where value is predominantly put on male children.

Now a Chartered Civil Engineer I am part of the change that is ensuring that more women feel valued in the engineering and construction industry and attracting more girls to the profession.

Penny Marshall

Regional Director, ICE North East and Yorkshire & Humber

When Penny told her mum in the mid-1970s that she wanted to be a civil engineer she was told ‘girls don’t do that’. After graduating from Newcastle University – where she was the only female in her class – she started to wonder whether her mum was right as she struggled to find a job as a civil engineer.

Penny eventually gained a trainee contract at Tyne & Wear County Council and she has since carved out an impressive career as a civil engineer. In 2014, she became Regional Director for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and now works across the North East, Yorkshire and Humber, to support and promote the profession to all.

Danny Coyne

Project Manager, Northumbrian Water

Danny is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Member of the ICE with over 30 years’ experience across different sectors in civil engineering.

Danny started his professional journey in the rail sector, moving on to sea defence work, roads and bridges. He has also worked in waste management including energy from waste and local authority.

Today Danny is an experienced Project Manager in Northumbrian Water’s Asset Delivery team. Danny has worked closely with and alongside women throughout his career, he is a mentor and INWED ally.

Faye Banks

IET Committee and UK Energy Policy Committee

Faye is a Fellow and Chartered Electrical Engineer with the Institution of Engineering and Technology she is also a Fellow and Chartered Manager with the Chartered Management Institute. She completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Electrical Engineering and has gone on to win a number of national awards including UK Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2004, National Higher Education Gold Award 2005, Named in the Telegraph's Top 50 UK Female Engineers list 2016, Open University Alumni of the Year 2018.

Faye has recently been elected onto IET Engineering Council, she is a committee member on UK Energy Policy Committee and a STEM ambassador. After completing her apprenticeship Faye started studying with the Open University and has completed a number of qualifications including MBA and MSc, she is now studying a Doctorate in Business Administration. Faye is a keen runner and has represented England at the marathon distance and has recently been selected to represent England at 10k distance in Birmingham later this year. Faye is passionate about flying and her dream is to become a flying instructor.

Chandra Mouli Vemury

Chandra is a Structural Engineer who runs a small design consultancy in Newcastle. He gained Chartered status through CIHT and is the North East representative on CIHT Council while also being a part of IStructE Northern Regions Committee and CIC North East.

Having served as the chair of a human rights charity called ‘Journey to Justice’ until August 2018, he joined the board of a community organisation called ShareUK. Chandra considers himself to be a non-traditional engineer because of his particular interests in sustainability, spirituality and the human condition!

Jo Douglas-Harris

Trustee for the Women’s Engineering Society

Jo is the Non-Executive Director of Education and a trustee for the Women's Engineering Society. As a member of WES council, Jo founded the Young Members Board and started #WESLottieTour, a social media campaign highlighting the range of careers available within engineering.

Jo completed a PhD in Chemical Engineering researching laundry detergents, and has also worked in sugar production. Now in Product Development at Venator, her focus is on pigments for ink applications.

Event venue

Royal Station Hotel
Balmoral Room
Neville Street
Newcastle NE1 5DH
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Jade Robson

e: [email protected]