Inclusive Boards, an executive search company, has released research which shows that women make up only 13% of board and executive positions within the engineering sector.
This lags behind FTSE 100 companies where 24% of such roles are held by women.
The research recognises a number of women across a variety of engineering sectors, including organisations such as Arup, Bilfinger UK, BAE Systems, Dyson and Network Rail.
Jane Atkinson, Executive Director of Engineering and Automation for Bilfinger UK, has been named number one in a list of 100 Influential Women in the UK Engineering Sector. The list is expected to be launched at the Institute of Directors in London at the Inclusive Boards: Women in Engineering Leadership Conference on October 22nd 2019, hosted by diversity in STEM expert, Dr Jan Peters MBE.
Jane Atkinson, Executive Director of Engineering and Automation at Bilfinger UK, said:
‘Having good role models is critical to attracting new diverse talent. In the engineering world, there are many jobs and professions that an engineer can do, getting the public to understand this and show people that anyone can do it will ultimately make engineering more attractive.’
According to the research:
- Just 58% of the top 500 firms have at least one woman in either a Board or executive position, compared with 100% of FTSE 100 companies
- Almost 90% of engineering firms have no women from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds either on their Board or in their executive team. Less than 1% (0.8%) of all executive and Board positions in the top 500 engineering firms are held by BAME women
Development Director at Inclusive Boards Elizabeth Oni-Iyiola said:
‘Engineers have an impact on almost every area of our day to day lives. Those featured today are role models who inspire those around them and demonstrate leadership and influence in the work that they do.’
Some of the other influential women in engineering include:
- Dr Sarah Williamson, Technical Director With Laing O’Rourke
- Susanne Seitz Vice President, Head Of EMEA Region And Member Of The Group Executive Management At Landis+Gyr (Look out for our exclusive interview with Susanne Seitz in the European Utility Week 2019 edition of Smart Energy International)
- Naomi Connell, Board Of Multi-Disciplinary Engineering Contractor, VolkerWessels
- Gwenaelle Avice-Huet, Chief Executive Officer Of Engie France Renewable Energy
- Enass Abo, Co-Founder And CEO At H2GO Power Ltd
- Eva Marie Hinkers, Chair Of Arup In Europe
- Elizabeth Donnelly, Chief Executive Officer Of The Women’s Engineering Society