23 June 2020

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Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day

Today’s (23 June) International Women in Engineering Day is a cause for celebration to highlight the remarkable women we employ across our group companies in various industries.  

Now in its seventh year, INWED is a campaign which aims to raise awareness of women in engineering roles, while highlighting the broad spectrum of career opportunities the engineering industry has to offer aspiring girls and women.  

The theme of INWED20 is ‘Shape the World’ and to provide some insight into what an engineering career entails, we spoke to a number of our inspirational female engineers across the James Fisher group to find out more about their roles, with the hope to inspire future generations of young women to pursue a career in engineering.  

Karen Adams, engineering and operational excellence authority at JFD: 

I feel extremely fortunate to work in my field because engineering is not only my job and my career, but rather it is my passion.   

“I will be forever grateful for the many opportunities engineering has given me - it has allowed me to travel the world, developing technologies, teams and organisations on a global scale and it has allowed me to flourish. Everyone can succeed in an engineering career, all they have to do is apply themselves, work hard and take the opportunities that are presented.  

Stephanie Bryan, mechanical design engineer at JFN: 

As a mechanical design engineer, I work with key customers to design, manufacture, test and commission bespoke equipment for use at nuclear sites. 

Stephanie Bryan, Women in Engineering Day

My latest project is working with EDF to create an upgraded design for their graphite trepanning tools. These are long cylindrical tools which are deployed using a specialist hoist and containment system into their Advanced Gas Reactors (AGRs) to take samples of the graphite core. The project covers the full design life of these tools, from analysing existing design, modelling and incorporating upgrades, through to manufacture, test and commissioning.” 

Lauren Crawford, graduate project manager at JFD, said,  

Im a project manager at JFD working across the Deep Search and Rescue Vessel (DSRV) projects for Korea and China. 

Growing up I always considered going into engineering and to this date part of me still wishes I was an engineer. However, by being a project manager within the James Fisher and Sons plc I have managed to enjoy working in an engineering environment ... where I get to see DSRVs materialise from design concept to manufactured delivery.” 

Lee-Ann Layne, project assistant at JFN: 

“I’m a project assistant at James Fisher Nuclear specialising in supporting engineers and senior project managers in the delivery of projects.  

I’ve had the opportunity to work on some amazing projects such as the Steam Generating Heavy Water Reactor (SGHWR), where the objective is to decommission SGHWR as part of a wider decommissioning programme to restore the entire Winfrith site to green field status. It’s great to know that my efforts in aiding the delivery of these projects is helping in the fight to reduce our overall carbon footprint.”   

Hannah Rae, project manager – services at JFD:  

As a project manager in defence services, I am responsible for managing projects within our current service contracts. 

We are currently updating one of our rescue communications systems. For this job we have a dedicated team of engineers from electrical, mechanical and quality backgrounds to work with our suppliers and the authority to design, develop, implement and test this upgraded system. I am looking forward to seeing this new upgrade installed and in action.” 

Gillian Love, India DSRV project coordinator at JFD: 

“My role as DSRV project coordinator brings a variety of responsibilities, both in terms of the engineers meeting their dates and the timely completion of the project. 

A highlight of my role was being part of the crew involved in diving the India DSRV and completing a live mate and transfer from the submarine to the DSRV, at depth. I will continue to support the India project as it moves into the 25-year maintenance contract by working closely with the Project Management (PM) and Engineering Support Cell (ESC) functions. 

To learn more about INWED and take part in the #ShapeTheWorld campaign, visit the website here.