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7 ICE members named in WES Top 50 Women in Engineering

24 June 2019

The theme for 2019 was Current and Former Apprentices.

7 ICE members named in WES Top 50 Women in Engineering

Seven ICE members have made it into this year’s Top 50 Women in Engineering list, which is compiled by the Women’s Engineering Society.

The list, published today, follows International Women in Engineering Day on 23 June 2019.

The seven ICE members in the Top 50 list represented major engineering firms from AECOM to WSP.

Who are the ICE members in the WES Top 50 Women in Engineering?

In alphabetical order, the ICE members recognised by WES were:

  • Jasmine Ewers, undergraduate engineer, WSP – Student member, West Midlands
  • Bethany Holroyd (pictured above), project coordinator, WSP - EngTech, Yorkshire and Humber
  • Kelly Jeffery, civil engineer, JACOBS – EngTech, South West
  • Charlotte Jones, technician, AECOM – Student member, West Midlands
  • Paula McMahon, chartered civil engineer, SIR ROBERT MCALPINE – CEng, North East
  • Tammy Whelan, assistant technician, ARUP - EngTech, Northern Ireland
  • Daniela Zanni, structural technician apprentice, ARUP - EngTech, North West

The theme of this year’s list highlighted current and former apprentices. ICE ‘s focus in the coming year will be to encourage more females to undertake civil engineering apprenticeships.

“Despite apprenticeships being in the vanguard of the government's upskilling programme, the 1.9% female uptake of apprenticeships across the sector is unacceptable and must be engaged with and resolved quickly,” said ICE Director of Membership Seán Harris.

Why ICE takes part in INWED

Activities promoting the role of women in engineering took place all over the world for the sixth annual INWED, with ICE members playing their part.

“Women’s Engineering Society reports 11% of engineers are female with just under 5% of those female engineers professionally registered,” said ICE’s Seán Harris.

“ICE has worked hard to improve the level of female engineers joining the profession and institution and currently records 14% of total membership as female. Encouragingly, the percentage of female engineers on ICE training agreements stands at 21.3% which reflects an increasing proportion of female registrants, and is in line with the percentage currently entering UK universities.

“Perhaps the most encouraging statistic is a doubling of female members between: 2008-2018; we must ensure that it doesn’t take a further decade to see such growth.”

Harris said that the ICE continues to engage in a raft of equality and diversity initiatives, including the Royal Academy of Engineering Progression Framework.

“The Institution collaborates with InterEngineering, WISE, SEMTA and continues to fully commit to International Women in Engineering Day with activities and celebration by our 94,000 ICE members based in 146 countries around the world,” he said.

INWED celebrations at ICE

ICE Yorkshire and Humber celebrated female engineers in the region by asking them about their careers and sharing quotes that summed up their experience.

For example, Michelle Wathen, from Leeds City Council, said: “To engineer a better society, we need women to believe in fairytales … and to learn to build their own castles”.

The rest of the quotes can be viewed here.

In Wales, ICE held a Family Fun Day at the Mountain View Ranch in Caerphilly, to introduce civil engineering to people of all ages. The day saw 174 visitors.

The family fun day in Caerphilly.
The family fun day in Caerphilly.

There was also a family fun day in Plymouth, organised by the ICE Plymouth Club.

A girl takes part in a fun engineering activity at Devonport Guildhall in Plymouth, on ICE Plymouth's Engineering Extravaganza day.
A girl takes part in a fun engineering activity at Devonport Guildhall in Plymouth, on ICE Plymouth's Engineering Extravaganza day.

A number of networking events also took place across the globe, in London, Newcastle, Hong Kong and Malaysia.

  • Anh Nguyen, digital content lead at ICE