Max Fordham senior engineer is named woman of the year

Max Fordham, Tamsin Tweddell

Tamsin Tweddell (centre), a senior partner at Max Fordham was named ‘Woman of the year’ at the recent Building Awards. The prize acknowledges and rewards stand-out achievement by a woman in the construction industry, in an effort to highlight positive role models to enhance the sector's appeal for other women.

She said, 'It makes me proud to work for a practice where nearly a quarter of the engineers are women. Engineering has, for too long, been seen as an industry only for men.'

She hopes that this award will help promote the role of women in the industry. 'Diversity is essential if we are to find new ways of thinking about the problems we will face in years to come.'

Tamsin Tweddell joined Max Fordham in 2000 and was recently elevated to senior partner, the first woman to do so at the practice. She is in the sustainability team, specialising in building performance.

Her portfolio of project work includes leading the sustainability programme for the development of Keynsham Civic Centre in its ambition to achieve an in-use 'DEC A' rating.

She is chair of the diversity working group at Max Fordham, helping to extend the appeal of engineering beyond the gender imbalance to other groups that have also traditionally found the industry difficult to engage with.

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