First top 50 women in engineering list published

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An inaugural list of the top 50 Women in Engineering has been published in the Daily Telegraph today to coincide with National Women in Engineering Day.

The list, compiled by the Telegraph in collaboration with the Women’s Engineering Society will feature the UK’s top influential female engineers chosen from almost 900 nominations.

Dawn Bonfield, chief executive of the Women’s Engineering Society, said: ‘We had a very high response to this campaign and were hugely impressed with the entries. This list of amazing role models is a great way of raising the profile of our talented women engineers and making them more visible both within the industry and to the next generation.”

The list includes many familiar senior engineers’ names such as Dame Ann Dowling, president of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Naomi Climer, president of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and Dame Judith Hackitt, former chair of the Health and Safety Executive and now chair of EEF.

It also includes some names that may come as a surprise, including Steph McGovern from BBC Breakfast, a former engineer who continues to do a huge amount to encourage the next generation into engineering.

And it includes Danella Bagnall, chief product engineer, Jaguar Land Rover; Jayne Bryant, engineering director defence information, BAE Systems; Jacqueline Castle, chief engineer A330neo Wing, Airbus UK; Professor Caroline Hargrove, technical director, McLaren Applied Technologies, and Ying Hu, manufacturing systems engineer, Rolls Royce.

The campaign was jointly co-ordinated by the Telegraph and the Women’s Engineering Society and sponsored by Scottish Power, Mars Petcare, Jaguar Land Rover, SEMTA, IET and BAE Systems.

Meanwhile, the Engineering Council has launched a temporary new web page in support of National Women in Engineering Day. Three board members share their views and experiences as women working in and on behalf of the engineering community, and a handful of talented and inspiring women talk about their careers, achievements and how they discovered engineering. To view the page, which will be available until the end of July, click here.