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International Women In Engineering Day 2019 - 23rd of June 2019

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International Women In Engineering Day 2019 - 23rd of June 2019

In support of International Women in Engineering Day on Sunday (23rd June 2019) every day of the following week, starting on the Sunday, we featured across our special media platforms some of the inspirational women that work at Van Elle in support of our geotechnical engineering processes.

Below are the full stories provided by each of those women, including views about women in construction and engineering, plus experiences they’ve personally had throughout their working lives and here at Van Elle.

It is also massively important to stress that they’re many more amazing women who work at Van Elle and help the business deliver on service, quality and safety across all areas of the business. Some of them have been with the company since it was formed almost 35 years ago.

On International Women In Engineering Day 2019 we celebrate our women’s achievements and roles across Van Elle. As a woman in the civil engineering sector it is important for me to forge a pathway for positive visibility of women within my workplace. Women in engineering day strives to inspire women to achieve their potential as engineers, scientists and technical leaders and it is very difficult for us to do this without strong and relatable role models within the industry. When I first started my career in civil engineering 16 years ago there were very few women in technical or senior roles.

Claire CLAIRE GARRETT, GROUND IMPROVEMENT DIRECTOR

I am pleased to see more and more women joining this industry and the push to ‘Better the Balance, Better the world’ is continuing. Everyone can play a part and transform the future of our industry – diversity within the workplace is certainly a key to our business success. We celebrate 100 years of the women in engineering society in 2019, this is an important milestone, let’s see where we can be in another 100 years for the women of our future.

Angela ANGELA BLAKESLEY, HSQE ADVISOR

My role is so diverse both from a job function perspective and an environmental perspective and that's what I love about it .I visit such a variety of sites as I work for all our Divisions, one day I can be on track and the next day site maybe on a golf course, waterway or shopping centre.My role is full of diversity from HSQE Audits and CITB Training to Health & Wellbeing including fatigue , mental health, diet and exercise. I am proud to work in this industry and feel passionately about encouraging and supporting the next generation into it.

Jade JADE LEWIS, GEOTECHNICAL ENGINEER

I am a geotechnical engineer for Strata Geotechnics, Van Elle’s ground investigation division. My role involves both office and site based work, on site I will be the engineer logging and sampling the soil/rock that the drillers recover for environmental and geotechnical purposes, I may also be site manager for larger projects. When in the office I work on reports for the site work previously completed, some of these reports will give recommendations for foundations or an explanation to any contamination that may be present. The role appealed to me as I have a degree in geology and I still enjoy working outdoors so it’s nice to have a job where it’s roughly 50/50 office/site based work.

Frances FRANCES MCWILLIAMS, GRADUATE DESIGN ENGINEER

I am predominantly responsible for producing detailed Smartfoot groundbeam designs and drawings. Liaising with clients, contracts, and site teams at preconstruction and operation stages to ensure smooth development and installation of our bespoke system. I cover the Scotland region of our Housing Division.I am predominantly responsible for producing detailed Smartfoot groundbeam designs and drawings. Liaising with clients, contracts, and site teams at preconstruction and operation stages to ensure smooth development and installation of our bespoke system. I cover the Scotland region of our Housing Division.

Emma EMMA HADDOW, DESIGN & ESTIMATING MANAGER, SCOTLAND

I have worked for Van Elle for 2 years, but have worked in the Piling industry for 17 years. I knew I wanted to go to University and the idea of construction attracted me as it was slightly different to the ‘norm’ at the time. After University I secured a role as Contracts Engineer for a piling contractor and have stayed within the piling industry ever since. Van Elle treats women as equals and no differently from our male counterparts, just as it should be.

Eugenia EUGENIA POLO-PASCUAL, GRADUATE ENGINEER, HOUSING DIVISION

I work for the Housing Division within Van Elle and my role is to produce detailed Smartfoot groundbeam designs and quotations. I have worked for Van Elle since October 2016 and from day to day, I am involved for the whole life of each project, from the initial tender to design and any issues that may come from site. This is my first job in the construction industry since I finished my degree at University. I am really happy because it is a job where I am always learning as no two projects are the same. My family are very construction orientated, greatly valuing degrees within engineering. I am driven by seeing how a simple drawing can become something tangible like a building . The construction process is so complex that we must always be constantly training and Van Elle always keeps the doors open to continue expanding our knowledge.

It is also massively important to stress that they’re many more amazing women who work at Van Elle and help the business deliver on service, quality and safety across all areas of the business. Some of them have been with the company since it was formed almost 35 years ago.