Katie Wood

Katie Wood

Director, Arup

Country United Kingdom

Specialisms Health and wellbeing and the built environment

Career highlights

A day in my life

What I particularly like about my career is that there’s no typical day. I’m always doing different things.

In some phases of my career, I’ve travelled a lot internationally. Right now, I’m responsible for leading a team in London, so my travel is more limited and almost all UK-based. However, I still don’t spend more than a couple of hours at my desk at any one time or more than a day or two a week just in the office.

I juggle leading the team project work, business development, thought leadership, and various internal Arup initiatives.

My career inspiration

No-one. I found my own motivation.

Katie at the Calgary Cancer Centre

Katie at the Calgary Cancer Centre

“​‌

I’m a civil engineer, but I’m also ... an advisory on healthcare and health and wellbeing, a project and programme manager, and a management consultant.

Katie Wood

Director, Arup

What I love about being a civil engineer (that I didn’t know before I became one)

All of it really – when I started, I didn’t have much idea about what it would be like to work as a civil engineer.

The project (past or present) I wish I’d worked on 

I’m not going to be greedy; I’m really happy with the projects I’ve worked on so far!

The civil engineering myth I’d like to bust

The civil engineering profession in the UK is very wide in scope. It’s not just designing or building things in the ground.

I’ve been so pleased that even though my career has developed a long way from where it started, what I’m doing is still “a vital art, working with the great sources of power in nature for the wealth and wellbeing of the whole society”.

I’d recommend a career in civil engineering because

I’m motivated by sharing ideas and contributing to projects and programmes that will result in positive change for people.

What about being a civil engineer gets you out of bed each morning?

I enjoy the complex challenge of the work, the variety and the potential to make a real difference to people.

Education

MEng in civil engineering at Birmingham University

Training agreement with Tarmac Construction, worked on Canary Wharf Jubilee Line Station, among other projects

Became a member of ICE

Fairly short stints with O’ Rourke and Bovis

Started with Arup 2000 and have been with them ever since!

Worked in the project management team on a wide variety of projects

Started working on a healthcare programme for the Department of Health around 2006

Moved to Australia in 2008 to work on the new Royal Adelaide Hospital project, then became healthcare lead for the Australasia Region

Moved to Canada in 2014 to build up the healthcare sector, worked on the Calgary Cancer Centre project, among others

Returned to London in 2016, lead the operations consulting team and currently working on Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre and the Royal St redevelopment in London

I want to become a civil engineer.

See how your studies lead to a civil engineering career

The job you end up with in civil engineering is likely to link back to what you studied at school, college or university. Here you can see your options at any age.

Studying at school

Up to 16 years

School / college

15-18 years

College / university

18 years +

Change career

Any age