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Stantec engineer makes FT most influential women list

25 October 2019

A list of 100 of the brightest stars in engineering was recently published.

Stantec engineer makes FT most influential women list

Fritha Bevin-McCrimmon, a project engineer at Stantec in Newcastle, has been announced as one of the top 100 most influential women in the engineering sector.

She's been named on a list produced by the FT and recruitment agency Inclusive Boards, alongside other ICE members including AECOM engineer Meshi Taka, ICE Vice President Rachel Skinner, ICE South West Board Chair Katy Toms, and Chartered civil engineer Sakthy Selvakumaran.

Bevin-McCrimmon studied civil engineering at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, where, after graduation, she worked for the Earthquake Rebuild Team, after the disaster which struck Christchurch in 2011.

She helped to manage large wastewater, storm water, fresh water, road construction and structural projects. In 2015 she moved to Durham, in the North East of England, where she now designs wastewater infrastructure on the Northumbrian Water AMP 6 Framework.

In addition to her day job, Bevin-McCrimmon sits on the ICE North East Education Panel, and is the Newcastle Community Leader Representative for Stantec, organising school and community engagement. She also edits the newsletter for Engineers New Zealand.

An inspiration to young women

On the announcement of the list of prestigious women, Bevin-McCrimmon said: “I was delighted to learn that I had been included in the Top 100 and to have had an impact on the industry. I hope I can help to inspire young women to consider engineering as a career.”

Stantec’s UK head of engineering, Craig Gerry, said: "It is fantastic to see Fritha recognised for her outstanding contribution to Stantec and the engineering profession and her passion for supporting STEM related events across the community.

"Inspiring young women to consider a career in engineering and the opportunities that exist for them is important for us and our industry. She should feel very proud of this recognition, and we are delighted for her."

Penny Marshall, the ICE’s regional director for the North East, said: “Fritha is a remarkable engineer whose work, even so early in her career, has already proved the value of the discipline.

"It is incumbent upon all of us women in the profession to do everything we can to inspire and support the next, and growing generation of influential female engineers.”

  • Joanne Stephenson, communications lead at ICE