Inspiring Engineers with Clare Wildfire, London

3 March, 2017 | 08:00 - 09:30

Inspiring Engineers is a new programme of talks to celebrate diversity.
Inspiring Engineers is a new programme of talks to celebrate diversity.

About this event

Inspiring Engineers, a new programme of events organised by the ICE London and South East England Diversity Taskforce, will kick off with a talk by Clare Wildfire, Technical Director of Mott MacDonald on 'how to use systemic innovation to improve people's lives'.

The programme invites industry leaders to speak on how they have achieved success in their fields, with the aim of inspiring a new generation of diverse civil engineers to follow in their footsteps.

Each month, a speaker will give an informal topic on how they made it in their career. Given in an informal setting, the events will encourage attendees to ask the questions they have always wanted to ask and share their own experiences of the industry.

Come along, network and be inspired by other civil engineers from across the industry!

A light breakfast will be available.


For more information about Inspiring Engineers, contact:

Suzanne Moroney


Clare E. Wildfire, Technical Director, Mott MacDonald

Claire Wildfire

Clare graduated with a mathematics degree and, following a brief stint in computer graphics at The Independent newspaper, she joined a small engineering firm in 1989 and has never looked back. She now leads the European arm of the cities initiative for global engineering, management and development consultancy, Mott MacDonald, and is working with some of Europe's highest profile cities. Her role involves using systemic engineering at both building and city scale to facilitate the accommodation of more people in urban areas whilst consuming fewer resources, improving resilience and achieving enhanced quality of life.

She brings a practical understanding of construction and development drivers and processes at both macro and micro level. Combining this with engagement in policy she is able to bring insight into the technical, political, financial and behavioural aspects of sustainable development. Her role is to help stakeholders understand the influences of future disrupters (such as climate change or Big Data) and then apply ingenuity, innovation and connected thinking to find integrated solutions and resilient outcomes.

Clare is also chair of the Mott MacDonald Advance network, an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiative, which has received industry acclaim in the three years since it was launched including being named winner of the Best Diversity and Inclusion Initiative award at the 2016 Construction Investing in Talent Awards.

Clare says of her background in maths "It gives me the freedom to think from first principles and not be constrained by precedent; my colleagues used to laugh at how much I asked 'why?' but they've learned the value of my need to find patterns, whether patterns in engineering principle or patterns in behaviour."