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Women in Engineering Panel 2019, Cardiff

  • Lecture
  • Cardiff
  • 25 June 2019
  • 17:30 - 20:00
Women in Engineering Panel 2019, Cardiff

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International Women in Engineering day is an international awareness campaign to raise the profile of women within the engineering professions and to highlight the opportunities that STEM careers can offer. For 2019 ICE and IStructE invite you to join them in an evening to hear from local professional women (Civil, Structural Engineers and others) on their career journey and their take on the future.

Each of the six speakers will give a short presentation charting her journey and experience within the industry.

A Q&A session and networking opportunities will follow. Refreshments will be provided at 5.30pm prior to the start of the presentations at 6.00pm.


For further information, contact [email protected]


Sarah Jones

Chief Civil Engineer – Hinkley Point C

Sarah Jones

I am a specialist civil engineering consultant in the nuclear sector, advising clients on UK regulation of nuclear safety in the fields of civil, structural, external and internal hazards. My current role is Chief Civil Engineer for Hinkley C Nuclear Power Station.

Previously I worked as HM Inspector for Civil Engineering and External Hazards within the Office for Nuclear Regulation, as Senior Engineer with Arup Cardiff, Allott & Lomax Manchester and BNFL Warrington. I am also the Immediate Past Chair of ICE Wales Cymru.

Tara Sirati

Jacobs, ICE Wales Cymru G&S Chair

Tara Sirati

I studied Civil Engineering at Swansea University followed by a taught MSc in Civil Engineering at Cardiff University. I joined Arcadis in 2014 as a graduate engineer and helped the company reinstate their Graduate Forum committee by designing and implementing training sessions for the graduates across the UK offices, as well as overseeing the Graduate Forum as a lead representative.

I joined Jacobs in May 2019 as an Assistant Geotechnical engineer and I am currently working on the M4 Smart Motorway Programme. During the course of my career I have been worked on various types of projects from highways, rail and water.

I was a member of the G&S committee in Swansea during my studies and have been an active member of the Cardiff G&S committee and GSNet rep. I am very excited about my role as the G&S Chair and look forward to the experiences this role will offer.

Aneesah Irshad

Arup, ICE Wales Cymru Chair’s Apprentice

Aneesah Irshad

I am a Graduate Engineer in my second year with Arup, working in the Transport Planning team. I graduated from Cardiff University in June 2017 with a master’s in civil engineering (MEng). I have gained a wide range of experience including WelTAG Appraisals on the local Highway Network such as the A470 and M4, Junction Modelling in both LinSig and Junctions Nine, Transport Design, and Public Transport Integration with bus and rail.

I joined the ICE as a student member and now as a graduate member - starting my path to Chartership. I am excited to be the Chair’s Apprentice over the year and look forward to making the most of my time and extending my involvement with the ICE, helping to raise its profile.

Helen Westhead

Environmental consultant

Helen Westhead

I am an Associate at Arup, leading the environment team in Cardiff, and managing the delivery of major energy infrastructure projects. I studied Geography at degree level, followed by an MSc in Energy and Environmental Management. Since joining Arup I have also gained a Post Graduate Diploma in Energy Transitions, and Chartered Environmentalist accreditation.

Previously I worked at ScottishPower Renewables as a wind farm development project manager and led the Wales portfolio of onshore wind farms. As part of my work with industry bodies, government and public sector I advise on policy and strategy for decarbonisation, across the energy and transport sectors. I also sit on Arup’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group.

Charlotte Room

Curtins Student Engineer

Charlotte Room

I am an Undergraduate Engineer studying Civil and Architectural engineering at the University of Bath. I am currently spending a year in industry in the structures team of Curtins Consulting in Bristol.

This year in industry has given me a real insight into the construction sector and the role of a structural engineer and I am looking forward to using what I have learnt this year during my final years of study.

Rebecca Fea

IBI Architectural Technician

Rebecca Fea

My initial education in Italy was in subjects varying from philosophy and maths to history of art, but I came to realise that I was far too practical to continue my education on theoretical and factual subjects, so I moved to Wales to pursue a degree in Architectural Design and Technology at Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Once I had begun to get a grasp of what construction (a subject I never really knew anything about before starting university) was about, I packed my bags once again to study in Denmark for an additional year to gain further understanding of how other countries approach construction and design. On my return to Wales I was enthusiastic and excited to finally begin working in “the real world”; and it is with that attitude that I got my job with IBI Group where I have been working for the past 4 years.

Event venue

Cardiff University, School of Engineering
Trevithick Building Room T2.09
The Parade
Cardiff CF24 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Keith Jones

e: [email protected]