Women in Engineering


Celebrating women in engineering:

Aircraft Maintenance Engineer for Qantas, Rachel Dudok

In our Summer Being Fearless Edition 2016, we feature British Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Rachel Dudok.  Like a lot of people who develop a love of engineering, Rachel Dudok used to painstakingly take things apart when she was a child. “I learnt very quickly that if I did that, and I wanted to avoid a smack from my parents, I needed to be able to put it back together again, preferably working.”  Rachel’s love of aviation meant that she always firmly knew what she wanted to do with her life; the tricky part was convincing everyone else...read more on Page 44


Jan Ward CBE a powerhouse in the engineering world

In our Spring Flow Edition 2016 we feature mechanical engineer Jan Ward who has been a powerful female asset to the engineering industry for many years, and recently her achievements have been recognised with both an honorary doctorate and a CBE.  Jan Ward has been working in the engineering industry for more than thirty years, and in that time she has managed to develop a successful business, and find recognition and reward amongst her peers. This is no mean feat, given that the industry is both traditionally dominated by men – in 2012 just 6% of the engineering workforce in the UK was female – and that the UK has the lowest proportion of female engineers in the EU...read more on Page 39


Born to Engineer - Born to Rise, Nina Parsons &

Joanna Kennedy's Story

In our Autumn Queens of Industry Edition 2015:  What springs to mind when you think engineering? Engine parts? Construction plans? Structural designs? Not very enticing right? Wrong. Engineering is perfect for the expansion of innovative, creative and entrepreneurial minds.  No matter whether your interests lie in healthcare or sports, engineering can offer such a breadth of career opportunities, that you’ll be spoilt for choice.  We venture into the world of top female engineers: Nina Parsons and Joanna Kennedy...read more on Page 86


Energy, Inspiration & Jaz

Former Sainsbury’s checkout assistant turned Energy Manager at Debenhams and now Starbucks. 

In our Spring Sports Edition 2015 we feature Jaz Rabadia an engineer, a chartered energy manager, a STEM ambassador and the first-ever winner of the Young Energy Professional award. Currently she’s senior energy manager at Starbucks. Here she talks to Women in Trade about the rewards and challenges of her busy career.

“Engineering can make people’s lives better. By studying engineering I can make a difference!” As a professional engineer and energy manager she is making that difference every day. “I look after the energy used across all Starbucks stores in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. That includes managing the electricity used for lighting, the gas for heating and the water for cleaning and washing.”

Since then, she has gone on to be awarded an MBE for her services in the energy industry..read more on Page 68



Roma The Engineer, The Shard London

In our Autumn Gratitude Edition 2014 we feature structural engineer Roma Agrawal who has managed to achieve what few do – making a living out of her two favourite things. A keen enthusiast of both science and design, she finds that her job as an engineer combines the two perfectly. With her design work including projects such as The Shard in London, it is little wonder that she has received a number of awards in the industry, notably including Women in Construction 2014 “Engineer of the Year” award, along with a wide range of media attention. Roma talks to us about her journey, her successes and her influences along the way...read more on Page 40


McLaren joins the drive to boost participation in STEM subjects.


In our Autumn Gratitude Edition 2014

WORDS: HM Treasury and The Rt Hon George Osborne MP

On the 26 June 2014, McLaren Group revealed it will join a government launched campaign to boost participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (the ‘STEM’ subjects).  The campaign – called ‘Your Life’ – was launched by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt. Hon. George Osborne MP, who visited the McLaren Technology Centre in June.  McLaren will continue its efforts to boost the perception of science and engineering amongst young people, by carrying the campaign’s logo on the McLaren Mercedes car for the British Grand Prix, as well as committing to actively support the campaign in the future.

George Osborne said: “The Your Life campaign is part of a long-term economic plan to support our high growth sectors across science, technology and engineering, by bringing together some of Britain’s best businesses and institutions. This fantastic commitment by McLaren will help to inspire even more young people into well paid jobs in these exciting industries that are essential to our economic prosperity.”

Education Minister Elizabeth Truss said:

“The Your Life campaign is about inspiring young people, especially girls, to study maths and physics A-Levels by bringing the subjects to life and any McLaren engineer will tell you that you can’t build a championship winning car without understanding the maths and science behind aerodynamics". Read more on page 30