Diversity pioneers and inclusion role models among the engineering and technology sector were celebrated at a major awards ceremony in London. EqualEngineers empowers organisations to engineering inclusive cultures to attract, develop and retain talent, and organised the Engineering Talent Awards. The ETAs recognise people with a track record of breaking down barriers to succeed in the industry and celebrate organisations promoting diversity in the workplace.
The ceremony, founded by EqualEngineers director Dr Mark McBride-Wright, was held in partnership with the Metro, Royal Academy of Engineering and McLaren Racing.
Winners included Chrisma Jain, a chartered mechanical engineer who is a senior project leader at Transport For London, who took home the Engineer of the Year prize for her strong advocacy in changing the working environment.
Nabilah Thagia, meanwhile, won the Engineering Apprentice of the Year for her work with Dyson to support amputees and promoting disabilities as a strong Muslim woman in the workplace while Isabelle Pickett, a University of Bath student, won Engineering Student of the Year for her work to mentor young refugees and support undergraduates at scholarships through the establishment of a tutoring agency as a first-generation entry into the sector.
Dr Patricia Xavier, from Swansea University, took home a prize in the innovation category for developing a new course for engineering students to think more broadly about ED&I while Katie Ireland, a senior geologist based in Newcastle and working for Ørsted, won the Engineering Returner of the Year.
There were big wins for corporate leaders like Rolls-Royce, who took home a trophy for the impressive talent acquisition programme, and Siemens UK collected the Large Employer of the Year accolade.
Dr McBride-Wright, who received a coveted Rooke Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering earlier this year – following in the footsteps of British astronaut Major Tim Peake, said: “We celebrated some fantastic role models in the engineering and technology sectors working all across the UK. The Engineering Talent Awards exist to shine a light on success and ingenuity, so I’m really pleased we were able to do that.
“This is one of the major events in the UK that also gives a huge platform to our country’s engineering businesses as well as the organisations nurturing the next generation.
A full list of winners can be found on the ETA website: http://bit.ly/EngTalentAwards
Organisations interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact mark at firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries for 2023 will open on 2nd November 2022.