Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day

Introducing Ruth Finlayson, our project's Environment and Carbon Manager

This International Women in Engineering Day, we’re celebrating Ruth Finlayson who is Environment and Carbon Manager for Skanska (our project’s main works contractor). She leads the project’s Environment team and epitomises Skanska’s theme of #transformthefuture.

Ruth has spent the last 12 years supporting project teams in environmental management, project environmental strategy, and sustainable objectives. She has spent her career steering strategic environmental solutions and change management both at a project and management level to drive performance and future best practice for the industry.

Ruth Finlayson, Environment and Carbon Manager for Skanska?

Ruth cares passionately about supporting women at all levels of their career path in the engineering sector. She advocates for equity and parity in gender roles through her work on the Skanska Women’s Network, and is committed to improving the civil engineering experience for all genders, and reducing the gender pay gap.

Ruth has recently been appointed to Environment and Carbon Manager for the Infrastructure Sector at Skanska. Skanska and National Grid are committed to reducing carbon in materials, construction and operations. Our project demonstrates this through reductions in carbon intensity due to design changes, including reducing concrete pile depth and quantity.

The project is home to some talented women in various specialisms, some of whom are below.

  • National Grid’s main engineer is Bryony Brown, who leads the client tunnelling engineers on the 5km tunnel underneath the River Humber, a highly protected aquifer that is sensitive to any impact to the quality of drinking water and habitat.
  • Natalie Davey is Skanska Senior Temporary Works Engineer. She was pivotal in designing alternative solution for the tunnel launch pit, and supported the application to the Environment Agency.
  • Lead Hydrogeologist, Jo Thorp of Atkins, worked to ensure that the modelling, testing and design was suitable to protect the aquifer and assured the Environment Agency of its efficacy.
  • Tunnelling engineer Dani Widmann is an essential member of HPTJV with Porr and works on the technical aspects of the civil engineering challenge.

In December 2018, Ruth visited South Axholme Academy in Doncaster to speak to the students about her role at National Grid and her career journey and answered their questions on what its like to work in the civil engineering sector. From this, we have formed a link with a sixth form student who has been working with us for experience before she goes to university to study Civil Engineering and be in the next generation of women leaders. She is also creating links to local schools and universities to change the faces of the construction industry.

On the 24th June, Ruth will be at the Institute of Engineering and Technology in London to promote female engineers and will be showcasing the work done at the Humber Project with National Grid. http://www.inwed.org.uk/events-2019.html

National Women in Engineering Day was launched in the UK on 23 June 2014 by the?Women’s Engineering Society (WES)?to celebrate its 95th anniversary. This year, the WES is celebrating its centenary – join the conversation and find out more about International Women in Engineering Day by visiting http://www.inwed.org.uk/about.html