ICE members stand out in Telegraph Top 50 Women in Engineering poll

The list of influential women role models in engineering has been revealed - to mark International Women in Engineering Day 2018 - and includes a number of ICE members.

Kate Cairns: one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering
Kate Cairns: one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering
14 members or ICE Fellows, including a current President’s Future Leader, have been named as influential women role models in this year's Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50) list.

The WE50 list is compiled by the Sunday Telegraph newspaper and the Women’s Engineering Society to mark International Women in Engineering Day.

ICE members included on the list are:

•    Emma Booth, Senior Project Manager, Black & Veatch
•    Antje Budge, Design Coordinator, Balfour Beatty
•    Isobel Byrne Hill, Senior Engineer, Arup
•    Kate Cairns, Founder, Cairns Consultancy
•    Savina Carluccio, Associate, Arup
•    Dr Sarah Chen, Civil Engineer, EDF Energy
•    Rachael De'Ath, Senior Engineer, Arup
•    Louisa King, Project Engineer , Waterco Consultants
•    Eur Ing Dr Phebe Mann, Chartered Engineer, Institution of Civil Engineers
•    Lisa Matthews, Associate, Arup/CEO, HellyHolly
•    Danielle McGrellis, Senior Engineer, Arup
•    Sarah Tattersall, Associate, Arup
•    Catherine Wenger, Director, Arup
•    Tammy Whelan, Apprentice Civil Engineer, Arup

The WE50 campaign aims to raise awareness of the skills shortage facing the industry and to address the huge discrepancy between the number of men and women currently in engineering professions.

It also aims to change perceptions and encourage young women to consider engineering as a viable and rewarding career. For 2018, WE50 celebrates engineers who have returned to engineering after a break or who have transferred into an engineering career.

ICE Director of Membership, Seán Harris said: “Once again ICE members are well represented in the Telegraph Top 50 Women in Engineering List. On behalf of ICE I would like to congratulate them and all of the other inspirational female engineers that have made it onto the list.

"Women represent 13.4% of ICE's total membership and female applications to ICE rose by 20% last year. These figures are encouraging and demonstrate that we are making inroads but we must continue to do even more.

“That is why we are proud to support International Women in Engineering Day and continue to work to promote engineering as a career at all levels.

"Last year we worked with SEMTA and WISE to produce an apprenticeship toolkit aimed at helping educators to encourage girls to take up engineering apprenticeships. We have seen further successes in our ‘Civils Comeback’ internship scheme for engineers returning to work after having children and continue to work with schools to help overcome misconceptions about careers in engineering.“

The Top 50 WIE list includes Kate Cairns, ICE fellow and Council member and Chair of ICE’s Fairness Inclusion and Respect Committee, and Louisa King, one of ICE President Lord Mair’s Future Leaders.

Louisa, who graduated as a mature student from Liverpool John Moores University in 2017, said:

“It confirms that it is never too late to follow your dreams - something I am managing to achieve with the support of my employer and ICE.”

Tammy Whelan, a Work+ civil engineering apprentice with Arup in Belfast and ICE Ambassador who promotes STEM subjects in schools, commented: "Receiving this recognition so early in my career as a civil engineer proves that with the right support network and self belief you can do anything."