The 2017 Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50)

The 2017 Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50) in association with The Telegraph 

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In 2017, the theme was: The Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35, the winners were:

  • ​Kimberley Abbott, Customer Innovation & Strategic Growth Developer, Thales UK          
  • Dr Nadia Abdul-Karim, Lecturer, Cranfield Forensics Institute, Cranfield University
  • Lucy Ackland, Senior Development Engineer, Renishaw plc
  • Pavlina Akritas, Associate, Arup
  • Maela Baker, Civil Engineer, Pick Everard 
  • Camilla  Barrow, Deputy Project Manager, Bechtel Ltd   
  • Chloe Branston, Advanced Apprentice (CAD Designer) , Cavendish Nuclear  
  • Victoria Brown, Maintenance Apprentice Coordinator, EDF Energy 
  • Kerrine Bryan, Chartered Electrical Engineer / Author, Butterfly Books Limited
  • Abi Bush, Technical Advisor, Field Ready
  • Angela Carr, Mechnical Engineer, EDF Energy   
  • Kim Cave-Ayland, Control Engineer, UK Atomic Energy Authority
  • Helena Conceicao, Senior Project Manager, Carillion  
  • Sophie Dent, Systems Engineer Graduate, BAE Systems - Submarines  
  • Priyanka Dhopade, Senior Research Associate, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford 
  • Frances Dixon, Construction Manager, Colas Ltd.
  • Louise Ellis, Senior Engineer, Ove Arup and Partners Ltd    
  • Ozak Esu, Electrical Engineer, Cundall     
  • Lidia Galdino, Research Associate, University College London   
  • Claire Gott, Design Manager and UK Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, WSP 
  • Louise Hall, Commercial Services Manager, Environment Agency
  • Nikita Hari, Doctoral Scholar & Social Tech Enterpreneur , University of Cambridge    
  • Sophie Harker, Aerodynamics and Peformance Engineer, BAE Systems 
  • Gemma Holmes, Site Manager, JN Bentley Ltd   
  • Jodie Howlett, Product Definition Engineer (Year in Industry Student), Rolls-Royce    
  • Abbie Hutty, Lead Spacecraft Structures Engineer, ExoMars Rover, Airbus   
  • Nada Issa, Intermediate Mechanical Engineer, ChapmanBDSP   
  • Jessica Leigh Jones, Engineer, Sony      
  • Lynsey Lennon, Performance Team Leader, Scottish Water  
  • Nan Li, Lecturer, Imperial College London
  • Eva Linnell, Senior Engineer, Atkins   
  • Susan McDonald, Senior Consultant in Infrastructure & Capital Projects, Deloitte    
  • Orla Murphy, Forward Model Quality Engineer, Jaguar Land Rover 
  • Áine Ní Bhreasail, Geotechnical Engineer, Arup
  • Kimberley Norris, Systems Engineer, Leonardo MW Ltd  
  • Hiteshree (Tesh) Patel, Software Manager, Dyson 
  • Victoria Richardson, Structural / Bridge Engineer, Arup 
  • Victoria Roots, Senior Systems Engineer, BAE Systems 
  • Sharon Ross, Senior Cluster Engineer, Mars Petcare       
  • Marie Sebban-Lee, Associate (Environmental), ChapmanBDSP   
  • Lauren Shea, Arkwright Scholar/TeenTech Ambassador/A-level Student, Alton Convent School  
  • Lara Small, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Rolls-Royce & British Army Royal Engineers  
  • Jennifer Stables, Senior Engineer, AECOM       
  • Lorna Tasker, Head of Rehabilitation Engineering, Morriston Hospital, Swansea 
  • Samantha Thompson, Project Engineer, Dooson Babcock 
  • Katy Toms, Infrastructure Engineer, AECOM   
  • Elizabeth Waterman, Senior Engineer, PDL Solutions (Europe) Limited  
  • Simone Weber, Technical Project Manager at Airbus Helicopters UK and Researcher at Cranfield University
  • Dr Catrin Ffion Williams, Ser Cymru Research Fellow, Cardiff University School of Engineering (High Frequency)  
  • Amy Wright, Senior Site Engineer, Farrans

About 2017's Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35

On 23 June 2017, the full list of the winners of the Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35 in association with the Telegraph was published in a special supplement in the Telegraph. ​The list, compiled in collaboration with the paper, featured the UK’s top rising female stars of engineering chosen from more than 500 nominations.. The supplement was a great celebration of the young female engineering talent we have and contained interviews with some of the winners. 

Click here to see the 2017 supplement.

Kirsten Bodley, Chief Executive of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), the organisation that founded International Women in Engineering Day, commented: “​We had a very high response to the campaign this year and were hugely impressed with the entries. This list of inspirational younger women shows the breadth and depth of talent and innovation across all engineering sectors. It is a great way of encouraging the next generation to enter the engineering and allied sectors and for women to succeed there.” 

The Judging Panel

Dr Pete Thompson, CEO, NPL
Peter took up his present role as CEO of The National Physical Laboratory in 2015.
Following a PhD in molecular electronics, Peter undertook a variety of technical roles in MoD before becoming the Head of the Counter Terrorism Science and Technology Centre. He has held Executive Director roles in Dstl including Deputy Chief Executive and spent a period in the MoD headquarters, leading Science and Technology strategy.

Gillian Arnold, Director, Tectre
Gillian has extensive experience in the IT industry and setup her own Recruitment company, supporting women to find positions in STEM roles in 2009.  She sits on the board of directors for the British Computer Society for WISE, supporting women in STEM. Her long involvement with work for Women in IT includes chairing BCSWomen and currently leading the European Taskforce for Women in IT for CEPIS.  Gillian won the 2012 Cisco/Everywoman award for 'Technology Inspiration of the Year'.

Clare Lavelle, Associate Director, Arup
Clare is a chartered mechanical engineer and Associate Director who leads Arup’s energy consultancy business in Scotland.   Clare has extensive experience in the development and delivery of major energy projects including mature and emerging technologies in offshore wind, marine renewables, and oil and gas decommissioning. Clare was awarded the Karen Burt memorial award by the Women’s Engineering Society recognising technical excellence and promoting the engineering profession.   

John McCollum, Head of Engineering, BAE
John McCollum, Head of Engineering, BAE Systems Plc, is a chartered engineer with more than 25 years’ international experience in the defence and security sector. He is passionate about creating an inclusive work environment in order that people are valued for their differences, and can fully contribute to the Organisation’s success. John is also an active supporter of WES MentorSET.

Benita Mehra, WES President
Having attained an engineering degree over 25 years ago, Benita Mehra has operated in the aviation, housing and health sectors with roles including design and construction of major terminal buildings. She then took on the responsibility of the runaways at Heathrow airport.  She attained her chartership at the IET and attained an MBA.  Following this, Benita moved into social housing and health where she is responsible for their property portfolio and its strategy. 

Kirsten Bodley, WES CEO
After graduating with a Chemistry degree from King’s College, London, Kirsten started her career with Courtaulds before gaining an MBA from Imperial College, London and joining KPMG Consulting as a Management Consultant specialising in R&D in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Later she joined STEMNET as a Director before becoming CEO for 6 years. She is a Trustee at Founders4Schools.

Isobel Pollock-Hulf, WES Patron
Isobel Pollock-Hulf OBE is Master of the Worshipful Company of Engineers, Visiting Professor at the University of Leeds in the School of Mechanical Engineering, Honorary Fellow of the Institution of Engineering Technology (IET), and serves on the University of Huddersfield Council. She promotes Engineering, Measurement and Manufacturing following a successful career with large Yorkshire based multi-nationals including 10 years at ICI Huddersfield and DuPont Howson in Leeds. Isobel works as a consultant focusing on Technology Roadmapping with SMEs.