WES Tyne & Tees Free Webinar: Secure Places and Safe Language

15th June 2023


Secure Places and Safe Language - an event inspired by the INWED 2023 theme

15th June - Free 1 hour session 12-1pm - to book a place please click here

Ahead the announcement of WE50 winners we will showcase women making a difference to keep us safe and secure and help #MakeSafetySeen

Our guest speakers will share how their work contributes to safety and security. We shall be covering a variety of topics covering feeling secure in places including our workplaces and transport systems and feeling safe in the language we use. Real-life examples and ideas will be explored in a Q&A session to further share ideas and discussions to make everyone feel welcome, safe and secure.

This free online event is an open-to-all event which has been organised by Engineering Together in association with the Women’s Engineering Society Tyne and Tees Cluster and Engineering & Manufacturing Network.

Meet our speakers...

HOLLIE CREGAN, Head of Equality, Diversity & FIR, GRAHAM

I started my career in the rail industry in 2004 and progressed into a commercial role as a Quantity Surveyor before moving into a project management role delivering rail signalling projects. I often wondered why I was the only female PM, only female in meetings, no female engineers etc. so I started volunteering through an organisation in schools to challenge stereotypes and try to influence young people about the varied careers in the industry. Fast forward a few years and I was growing more and more frustrated about the lack of diversity in our sector and wanted to help be the change I wanted to see. I approached the senior team and asked to lead on equality, diversity and inclusion for the business, this role did not exist. I was offered an initial 12 month secondment across the group (not just the business I worked for) and three years later I had successfully implemented and EDI strategy, achieved an external accreditation (and gone through re-accreditation) and won various awards. I recently moved to GRAHAM for a new challenge and to join a proactive company who want to drive their EDI agenda forward.

MOLLY HOGGARD, Transport Planner, Mott MacDonald

Molly is an early career transport planning professional. She co-created the award-winning Gender Equality Toolkit in Transport (GET IT) and has worked hard to promote its use to a range of audiences including local authorities, consultants and operators to encourage them to create more inclusive transport systems. She is passionate about creating a more diverse transport industry which supports, retains and empowers women and is also keen to see safer and secure transport services as a result. She also co-chairs the Mott MacDonald Advance Gender Network which works to support the companies gender equality efforts. Molly is an ideal role model for young professionals entering the profession. Having only been in the transport and engineering industry for 3.5 years she is proof to all new transport professionals that you are never too young to make a difference in our industry. In 2022 she was awarded the CIHT Emerging Professional of the Year and is the current chair of the CIHT Emerging Professional Network.

PAULA McMAHON, Founder of The Line

Paula is a high profile multi award winning Civil Engineer who educates many on the need for and advantages of a more equitable and sustainable society. Paula works for Sir Robert McAlpine where she mentors staff working towards professional qualifications and manages the wide reaching and varied social value on the A19 DBFO Project. She is an Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Trustee and Head of UK Regions as well as being the Honorary Editor for the flagship Civil Engineering international journal. Paula also is an active Women’s Engineering Society (WES) member where she has recently has been appointed Chair of the WES Climate Emergency Group. In her spare time Paula set up TheLine to help everyone think about the language they hear and use.