Dr Katherine Critchley


Dr Katherine Critchley graduated from Coventry University in 2002 with a PhD in Process Analysis Software for the draw bending of small diameter thin walled tubes. Prior to this she gained an MSc in Computer Aided Engineering (1992) and an Honours Degree in Engineering (1991), from Coventry University.

Dr Critchley started her career in Engineering through an course aimed at getting more women into engineering and joined this course based at Jaguar Cars on the technician apprentice training program. This led to other technician training mainly within the automotive sector in Coventry, gaining a BTEC in Engineering which allowed her to successful join a degree course in the same.

Katherine has had a varied career, within Automotive and Aerospace Engineering, mainly in the area of Computer Aided Engineering, which included some career breaks. She has spent time lecturing, and has been industry based more recently. She is currently the Engineering Capability Lead at Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land (RBSL).  Previously Katherine was the Global Expert in Configuration Management & Process at Safran Seats, where she changed the business processes to enable a part centric approach to the engineering design process, and ensured continuity during a global roll out.

Katherine is a member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology. She is enthusiastic about promoting Engineering as a career path for all, as well as promoting ways to help and support women who have had significant career breaks to find a pathway back into a career in engineering.  She is an active member of the WES Wales cluster and helped organise their WES Centenary conference in Senedd in 2019. In 2022, Dr Critchley was awarded the Isabel Hardwich Medal, the highest honour bestowed on a WES Member from the Women's Engineering Society.

Dr Katherine Critchley