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Registrants recognised among ​2021 Top 50 Women in Engineering: Engineering Heroes (WE50)

Published: 24/06/2021

Montage of WES Top 50 Women in EngineeringThe Women's Engineering Society (WES) has published its list of the Top 50 Women in Engineering 2021, on International Women in Engineering Day (INWED). The Engineering Council is pleased to congratulate the registrants among these "engineering heroes" on their achievement.

By becoming professionally registered, all Chartered Engineers (CEng), Incorporated Engineers (IEng) and Engineering Technicians (EngTech) have demonstrated their competence and commitment against an internationally recognised standard. This includes a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession, and the environment.

Head Judge, Professor Catherine Noakes OBE CEng FIMechE FIHEEM said of the awards, “2020 was a year unlike any other and remarkable times call for remarkable people. That is why, in 2021, the Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards celebrate the engineering heroes who have responded to the challenges of an ever-changing world, from healthcare and climate change to infrastructure and championing diversity, with inspirational innovation and leadership. With over 230 nominations, only the exceptional made it to the top 50. The standard of nominations received was outstanding. It was wonderful to read about the achievements of these extraordinary women and the impact that they are making on society with their talent, hard work and dedication. The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted how truly important science, technology and engineering are to the health of our planet. The 2021 WE50 personify the inventive and inclusive thinking needed to build a sustainable future. If there was ever a time that we needed these heroes in engineering, it is now.”

Congratulations to all those included on the Top 50 Women in Engineering list, including the following registrants:

  • Claire Bennett CEng MICE, Senior Geotechnical Engineer, Arup
  • Jackie Carpenter CEng IMechEDirector, Friendship Cohousing
  • Dame Jo Da Silva CEng MICE MIStructE FREng, Global Sustainable Development Leader, Arup
  • Kate Grant CEng MIGEM, Director of Network West Midlands, Cadent Gas Limited
  • Debbie Janson CEng IMechE, Senior Lecturer, University of Bath
  • Emma Kent CEng FICE MIStructE, Director - Construction, Metropolitan Police
  • Dr Suk Kinch CEng MIMechE, Senior design and development engineer, Renishaw Neuro Solutions
  • Caitlin McCall CEng MIMechE, Engineering Doctorate Student, Swansea University and icmPrint
  • Linda McVittie CEng MCIBSE, Sales Manager, Scotland, J & E Hall Limited
  • Dr Helen Meese CEng MIMechE, Founder & CEO, The Care Machine Ltd
  • Dr Cristiana Pace CEng MIMechE, Founder, E-novation
  • Dr Tannaz Pak CEng MIMMM, Senior Lecturer in Energy and Environmental Engineering, Teesside University
  • Andrea Pearson CEng MIChemE, Senior Engineer – Operations, Sabic UK Petrochemicals
  • Jyoti Sehdev CEng MICE, Group EDI lead, Costain
  • Era Shah CEng MICE, Senior Engineer - HS2 Enabling Works, Costain Skanska Joint Venture (HS2 Enabling Works)
  • Dr Larissa Suzuki BSc MPhil PhD CEng FRSA MIET AFHEA, Data/AI Practice Lead, Google
  • Sue Threader CEng MICE, Bridge Clerk (Chief Executive), Rochester Bridge Trust
  • Julie Wood CEng FICE, Director, Arup

The full 2021 Top 50 Women in Engineering list is available on the WES website and profiles of each engineer have been published on The Guardian website.  

For press enquiries: 

Kate Webster, Engineering Council – 3206 0567

The Engineering Council holds the national Register of Engineering Technicians (EngTech), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Chartered Engineers (CEng) and Information and Communication Technology Technicians (ICTTech). It also sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of these titles. By this means it is able to ensure that employers, government and wider society, both at home and overseas, can have confidence in the skills and commitment of registrants. For more information visit: