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Engineering Success

Arrmeila Jeyanathan Podcast

Arrmeila is an Industrial Engineer in Rail and Control Systems and Signalling.

From being introduced to STEM at school and getting involved in science competitions Arrmeila was inspired to study Integrated Engineering at Cardiff University.

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Kemi Akinola

Kemi has BSc and MSc degrees from Imperial College London and over nine years' experience in the UK Water Industry.

Through her career to date she has contributed, inter alia, to the design; and enhanced operation of several water treatment works by providing process engineering expertise for major capital projects and day-to-day site operation.

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Philippa Jefferis

Philippa has been lucky to explore the world through engineering.

Starting in the UK, she soon found herself involved in road maintenance in Sydney Australia, before a brief stint back home in the UK managing roads her.

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Mo Oyetunji Podcast

Mo previously worked as a Materials & Corrosion Engineer within the Oil and Gas Industry for over a decade and is very much passionate about teaching and inspiring kids about STEM subjects.

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Laura Giddings Podcast

Laura founded The STEM Project so that she could continue to work with like-minded people who had a passion and enthusiasm to inspire the current and next generation into STEM and more.

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Erusa Adizie Podcast

Working for a sustainable building materials company Erusa's role involves supporting and developing the roadmaps that will allow the hard to decarbonise industry to reach net zero targets.

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Floriane is currently working on the Royal Navy contract, helping them to correctly identify and translate operational problem areas.

She has a background in manufacturing engineering and public policy, having worked in a manufacturing production environment, a public policy thinktank and the charities sector.

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Caitlin McCall Podcast

Caitlin is a Chartered Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Previously, she was a Materials and Manufacturing Engineer at Swansea University where she worked towards her ESPRC funded Engineering Doctorate in printed electronics for flexible packaging.

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Dr Roy Bitrus Podcast

Dr Roy Bitrus is a Royal Society of Edinburgh RSE - Unlocking Enterprise Fellow with technical, entrepreneur and intrapreneur skills working as a director of sales at TenzorGEO Ltd to provide micro seismic data acquisition and interpretation services to the oil and gas companies in the North Sea and internationally aimed at maximising economic recovery and monitoring reservoirs.

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Jessica Clark Podcast

Jess has over 5 years' experience as a Civil Engineer and a STEM Ambassador.

Jess was the winner of the ICE NE STEM Ambassador of the Year Award 2022, being recognised for her work supporting her local community throughout lockdown and driving STEM throughout the workforce.

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Zainab Adigun Podcast

Zainab studied BEng in Civil Engineering at Brunel University then an MSc in Structural Engineering on a Women in Engineering full scholarship.

Zainab designs new buildings and small refurbishments projects across all sectors.

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Amber Oliphant Podcast

Amber chose technical subjects at school and studied general engineering at college before gaining an apprenticeship as a Toolmaker. During her apprenticeship Amber worked in various departments including Machining, Die Maintenance and Ancillaries.

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Dr Margi Vilnay

Dr Margi Vilnay is a Lecturer in Structural Engineering and the Director of Public Engagement and Outreach for the School Of Science and Engineering at the University of Dundee.

Margi completed her BSc (Hons) followed by a Research MSc (Cum Laude) in Structural Engineering, investigating the protection of historic structures as part of an EU funded project.

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Emma Yhnell

Dr Emma Yhnell is an award-winning science communicator and she is making it her mission to make science more accessible, inclusive and fun for everyone.

Emma is a first generation academic and a regular contributor to local radio and television as well as a commentator for the Science Media Centre.

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Ayo Sokale Podcast

Ayo Sokale is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Presenter and Keynote Speaker, ICE President's Future Leader and ICE Super Hero ECO Warrior.

Ayo graduated with a Masters in Civil and Coastal Engineering from Plymouth University in 2016. She is also a professionally qualified Project Manager at the Environment Agency.

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Lisa-Jayne Cook

Lisa is on the Board of Trustees for the Institute of Refrigeration, a member of the Women's Engineering Society, a Director at ACRIB - the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Industry Board and a STEMazing Woman.

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Dr Nike Folayan MBE

Dr Nike Folayan MBE is a Chartered Engineer and gained a PhD in electronics engineering at the University of Sheffield.

Nike is a Technical Director at leading Engineering and Consultancy firm WSP but is more widely known as the co-founder of AFBE-UK (Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers)

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Simran Dhadda

Simran has a unique hybrid skillset in marketing and engineering.

Graduating from Imperial College London with a masters degree in Mechanical Engineering she then worked at Airbus, the worlds largest aircraft manufacturer.

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Ellie Carter

Ellie has always wanted to be a pilot from a very young age. The physics and mathematics of flying always fascinated Ellie.

When Ellie was eight she became fascinated with high altitude flight and an aircraft called the U2.

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Alexandra Knight

Alexandra is a Fellow of The Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of The Institute of Asset Management with over 15 years experience in Systems Engineering, Asset Management and Project Management.

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Georgia Thompson

Georgia is passionate about personal leadership and an advocate for changing cultures in diversity, inclusion and innovation.

Currently a Design Delivery Co-Ordinator at BAM Nuttall, Georgia is responsible for the pre-construction delivery of railway bridge renewals.

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Sophie Harker

Sophie is one of the youngest engineers to have achieved Chartered Engineer status at just 25 years old.

She works at the forefront of aerospace technology, developing advanced designs and concepts for new generation fast jets and aircraft that operate in space. 

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Having always known she wanted to work in construction, Michelle started out life wanting me become an Architect.

While studying for her BA(Hons) in Architecture she soon realised that she was much better placed for a career in project management.

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Mamta Singhal

Mamta is a chartered engineer, Council Member at The institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), on a UK Manufacturing Policy Panel and was Women of the Year ToyNews 2015 finalist.

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Gemma Darroch

Gemma has several years' experience providing expert advice across the interior design and modular housing sector.

As Head of New Projects at Ideal Modular Homes Gemma has a proven track record of devloping successful business relationships with existing and prospective clients.

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Jo is an accomplished Equality, Diversity and Inclusion specialist with more than 9 years' experience in the profession.

Jo currently works at EDI Lead for the Institution of Engineering and Technology, one of the largest professional engineering societies in the world.


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Josie Rothera

Josie is a Chartered Engineer, an Associate of the Association of Project Managers, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Early Career Researcher.

Josie has also recently been appointed as a Panel Member for the Institution of Apprentices and Technical Education.


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Chiara Armandi

Chiara is the President of the first Society of Women in Space Exploration in Europe and loves everything about space.

Keen to be involved in the space industry she wants to help make discoveries that will change our lives and advance our knowledge.

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Sarah Peers


Sarah's route into engineering is a little unusual; her background is mathematics, having several degrees, but she has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from University College London.

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Vicki Reynolds

Vicki has worked closely with stakeholders of every level of seniority and experience to deliver BIM and Digital Construction across a number of major projects in the UK.

In her current role as a Digital Manager at Multiplex Construction she works on the

pre-construction digital strategy and digital skills development across the organisation.

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Fred Mills

Having worked with a leading UK contractor, Fred Co-Founded The B1M in 2012 to upskill the construction industry on Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The award-winning "BIM For Beginners" series went on to gain several million video views and is now embedded in over 500 organisations worldwide.

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Mark Farmer

Cast is a real estate and Construction Consultancy business with a strong heritage within the UK property development and investment sector.

Mark has 30 years experience in construction and real estate and is a recognised international commentator on a variety of industry and policy related issues.

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Patricia Moore

Patricia leads a team of over 2,000 experts with an annual turnover of c.£250m and drives the continued growth of the UK business across real estate, infrastructure and natural resources.

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Nick Russell

Nick is qualified as both a chartered structural and civil engineer and has vast experience from a 36-year career.

His significant projects span town centre developments, educational establishments, urban regeneration, site remediation and complex alterations to existing buildings.

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Julie White

Under her stewardship, Julie has invested heavily in training and apprenticeships spending five times the industry average and wrote an article for the Huffington Post on the importance of apprenticeship training.

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Kevin Lyons

Kevin has many years' experience in the design and delivery of a wide range of structures. His early career saw him working on the drawing board before training on historical buildings.

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Steve is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers with over 35 years' of varied engineering experience working on numerous high profile projects.

He is a past Chairman of ACE's Midland Region and an active participant in ACE activity generally.

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Ian joined Bryden Wood in 2013 and is responsible for the management of the Building Services team. He retains a hands-on approach to project work and retains responsibility for design, construction and commissioning for a wide range of projects.

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Emma Lewis

Emma has been pivotal in establishing RGS as a leading Geotechnical Engineering practice.

After obtaining a Law degree Emma capitalised on her skills to provide a solid commercial foundation for the business.

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Douglas McCormick

Douglas has over 30 years’ experience in the engineering and construction industry.

During his 18 months in the role Douglas established a period of improved stability, creating significant value for shareholders.

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