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Top water industry figures make Women in Engineering list

Three senior engineers from the UK's water companies have been named on a list of the top 50 most influential female engineers to mark Women in Engineering Day.

Northumbrian Water CEO Heidi Mottram was among the female engineers namedNorthumbrian Water CEO Heidi Mottram was among the female engineers named

Heidi Mottram, Chief Executive of Northumbrian Water, Belinda Oldfield, General Manager of Scottish Water and Helen Samuels, Chief Engineer at United Utilities, all made the list which was compiled from a Daily Telegraph and the Women’s Engineering Society. A panel of experts chose from more than 900 nominations for the list, which was aimed at celebrating the growing role of women in the profession and promoting engineering careers.

Others in the list included Alison Baptiste, Director of Strategy and Investment, Flood and Coastal Risk Management at the Environment Agency; Dervilla Mitchell, Director, Arup; Rachel Skinner, Director of Development, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff; Dame Ann Dowling, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering; Naomi Climer, President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology; and Dame Judith Hackitt DBE, former Chair of the Health and Safety Executive and now Chair of EEF the Manufacturers’ Organisation.

Responding to her nomination, Scottish Water’s Belinda Oldfield said: “My degree in Civil Engineering has given me an incredibly rewarding career which I love. To be included in the Top 50 list among such stellar company is an incredible honour.

"In any field, talent is talent and I think we need to get to the point where we won’t think in terms of male engineers or female engineers - just experts who get the job done irrespective of gender. I hope that this Top 50 List shines a light on the incredible careers that girls are missing out on because they perhaps don’t know where engineering qualifications could take them."

Northumbrian Water’s Heidi Mottram commented: “I am honoured to be featured and I hope that this list helps to inspire more young women and girls to pursue a career in engineering. This is a hugely rewarding industry that can not only enhance the lives of those within it, but it also gives people a chance to shape the world around them.”

The full list can viewed here: http://www.wes.org.uk/we50

Author: James Brockett,
Topic: Water resources
Tags: engineering , utilities

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