Engineers Ireland member recognised by Royal Academy of Engineering in London

Engineers Ireland member recognised by Royal Academy of Engineering in London

10 May 2011 at 00:00
A leading Engineers Ireland member has been recognised for her achievements at a prestigious awards ceremony held at the Royal Academy of Engineering in London.
 
Dervilla Mitchell, a trustee and board member of the global engineering firm Arup, scooped the top award for Inspiration and Leadership in Business and Industry.
 
Dervilla is Arup’s most senior female engineer and led their involvement at T5 Heathrow, the largest construction project in Europe at the time. She also helped to establish Arup’s women’s network, ConnectWomen and is championing Arup’s Inclusive Leadership Programme.
 
The judging panel, which included Lord Willis of Knaresborough and Miles Templeman, Director General of the Institute of Directors, was impressed not only by Dervilla’s notable achievements in the workplace whilst raising a family, but also by her commitment to encourage women to enter SET professions.
 
Dervilla said: “I am surprised and delighted to have been presented with this award.  It has been an interesting time watching how attitudes towards women in the engineering field have changed. My aim is to keep this momentum going and to ensure that the young women of the future are given as much information as possible regarding their choice of future career and hopefully they will embrace science, engineering and technology.”
 
Dervilla Mitchell and the six other winners have been captured in a series of creative and dramatic portraits which will be displayed in prominent locations across the UK including academic institutions and professional body headquarters.
 
Lord Willis, Chair of the judging panel, is delighted to be able to celebrate female excellence in SET. He said: “The range and quality of nominations this year was exceptional, demonstrating the breadth of women’s contribution and impact across all areas of science, engineering and technology. I congratulate Dervilla as an inspirational leader.”
 
The UKRC is the UK’s lead organisation for advancing women in SET. Annette Williams, Director of the UKRC said: “We received record entries this year and the nominations were hugely impressive. These women, and the growing collection of powerful portraits now being housed in our major institutions, play an important role in increasing the visibility of inspirational female role models in SET.”
 
Stephen Tetlow, Chief Executive of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, said: “Role models play a vital part in inspiring the next generation of engineers. This celebration of outstanding achievement mirrors our commitment to the future of engineering as well as to equality and diversity.”
 
For more information on the Women of Outstanding Achievement Awards visitwww.theukrc.org