Award marks centenary of Women’s Engineering Society

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Joanna Robinson

As part of the campaign to attract more women into engineering professions, BESA is launching the Outstanding Woman in Building Engineering Services Award. It also marks the 100 anniversary of the founding of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) The Award will be presented at the BESA National Conference and Awards at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London on November 21st 2019.

It will recognise a woman who has made an outstanding contribution to engineering in the built environment and is a fitting role model for women in the building engineering workforce.

WES chief executive Elizabeth Donnelly will present the award. She says: “There has never been a better time for parents to encourage their girls to embark on a career in engineering. The career potential has never been greater because, alongside a very real skills shortage, there is growing understanding of the positive way women are contributing to this male-dominated sector.”

The new award will build on the success of women like Joanna Robinson, managing director of Mansfield Pollard. As well as running a large, international business, Joanna is chair of BESA’s Ventilation Group.

“A large part of my work with BESA is to promote women in engineering, and am committed to empowering the next generation of female engineers – highlighting the potential career opportunities in manufacturing and engineering,” she said.

Nominations for the BESA Outstanding Woman in Building Engineer Services award are invited via the Association’s website (see link below).

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