19 episodes

Engineering Success is a podcast that explores the world of engineering and construction.
Hearing from influential leaders with the engineering and construction industries we will hear their inspirational journeys that have shaped their paths to success.
We will find out what challenges they face, how they continually develop themselves and the attributes need to succeed.

Engineering Success Jaemie Hutton

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Engineering Success is a podcast that explores the world of engineering and construction.
Hearing from influential leaders with the engineering and construction industries we will hear their inspirational journeys that have shaped their paths to success.
We will find out what challenges they face, how they continually develop themselves and the attributes need to succeed.

    Episode 020 - Sophie Harker

    Episode 020 - Sophie Harker

    Engineering Success interviews Sophie Harker a Senior Aerodynamicist for BAE Systems.

    Sophie is one of the youngest engineers to have achieved Chartered Engineer status at just 25 years old.

    She works at the forefront of aerospace technology, developing advanced designs and concepts for new generation fast jets and aircraft that operate in space as well as inside the atmosphere.

    Sophie has contributed directly to BAE Systems hypersonic capabilities including applying technologies from first hybrid air-breathing rocket engine system (SABRE) being developed by Reaction Ltd, which could revolutionise travel from the atmosphere into space. One day she hopes to go into space herself as an Astronaut.

    Sophie is an exceptionally talented engineer with her creative and innovative approach. Her work on hypersonic air vehicles includes building the necessary business cases and defining the product philosophy at each stage of development. She has also led a process transformation programme within the avionics department at BAE Systems, which involved engaging with 400 other engineers to streamline the avionics design process.

    In 2018 Sophie was awarded the Bee Beamont award which recognises newly qualified engineers who have made an outstanding contribution to the business in the early stages of their career. She also won the IET Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award and again in 2018 Sophie was awarded the Sir Henry Royce Medal which recognised her research in developing future technologies for the aviation industry.

    In 2019 Sophie won the RAEng Young Engineer of the Year and the RAES Young Person's Achievement award.

    Sophie is an active STEM Ambassador and features in the Royal Academy of Engineers flagship 'This Is Engineering' campaign promoting careers in engineering.

    • 29 min
    Episode 019 - Michelle Richardson

    Episode 019 - Michelle Richardson

    Engineering Success interviews Michelle Richardson a Senior Project Manager at Property Alliance Group.

    Having always known that she wanted to work in construction Michelle started out life wanting to be an Architect. Whilst studying for her BA(Hons) in Architecture she soon realised that she was much better placed for a career in Project Management having realised her organisational and communication skills were stronger than her creative design skills. Having completed her degree in Architecture she embarked on studying part-time for a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Management after securing her first role as an Assistant Project Manager with a consultancy firm in Leeds.

    Over the past 18 years Michelle has worked for a number of large international consultancies firms including Arcadis, Mace and Deloitte in the Project Management teams. In addition to this Michelle has worked as an Operations Director for a small construction company and is now a Senior Project Manager with a large property developer in Manchester and is responsible for over £150m of construction works in and around Manchester.

    Having worked for client, contractor and consultancy, Michelle has an excellent understanding of the design and construction process throughout the lifecycle of a project and an acute understanding of how to interpret the client's needs. Michelle's leadership style is to work together in partnership, in open and honest relationships with a focus on developing the team. Her aim is to ensure that she delivers all projects on time, on or below budget with zero health and safety accidents or incidents in order to build successful trusted client relationships.

    • 21 min
    Episode 018 - Mamta Singhal

    Episode 018 - Mamta Singhal

    Engineering Success interviews Mamta Singhal

    Mamta is an Engineer, a Public Speaker and a New Product Design Expert.

    She is a Chartered Engineer, a Council Member at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), on a UK Manufacturing Policy Panel and was Women of the Year ToyNews 2015 finalist and Women of the Future Ambassador 2015 and 2016 as well as an Associate Member of the Women's Engineering Society (WES). In 2007 she won the WES IET Young Women Engineer of the Year Award. She is also a Committee Member for Strathclyde University down South Alumni network.

    Mamta holds over 16 years' experience working for global firms such as Mattel, Hasbro, Dyson, Mars Chocolate and Polaroid.

    She is experienced in continuous improvement, engineering, project management and New Product Design in commercial, creative and technical environments. Holding a passion for sustainability, engineering, public speaking and inspiring others.

    Mamta is professionally media trained by MediaWomen Limited in 2015. Recently interviewed by The BBC, ITV, ITN Productions, Management Today, The Scotsman and The Telegraph. She has been a keynote speaker for Dyslexia Scotland and in March will be speaking at the Equate Scotland conference.

    She was a speaker and mentor at the Management Today's 'Inspiring Women in Business' conference 2016 and 2019 in Scotland, Birmingham and London.

    Mamta is also a keen blogger, presenter and columnist for national and international forums.

    • 30 min
    Episode 017 - Gemma Darroch

    Episode 017 - Gemma Darroch

    Engineering Success interviews Gemma Darroch the Head of New Projects at Ideal Modular Homes.

    Gemma has several years experience providing expert advice across the interior design and modular housing sector. As Head of New Projects at Ideal Modular Homes, Gemma has a proven track record of developing successful business relationships with existing and prospective clients.

    With her exceptional understanding of the growing housing market, Gemma helps clients achieve their aspirations in creating "beautiful homes in which people want to live".

    With a creative eye for precision, Gemma advocated 'simplicity in design' through sustainable construction methods without compromising on quality and deliverability. This is reflected within the design ethos of Ideal Modular Homes.

    Her commitment to achieving Net Zero Carbon initiatives set out by the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) and creating socially viable homes for all, is at the forefront of her sustainability mission.

    • 12 min
    Episode 016 - Jo Foster

    Episode 016 - Jo Foster

    Engineering Success interviews Jo Foster the Diversity & Inclusion Manager at The Institute of Engineering and Technology.

    Jo is an accomplished Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) specialist with more than 9 years experience in the profession.

    She currently works as the EDI Lead for the Institution of Engineering and Technology - one of the largest professional engineering societies in the world.

    Jo leads on all EDI activity for the institution and in 2018 she set the IET's first multi-year EDI Strategy. This strategy has full senior leadership support and approval from the IET's Board of Trustees. It has an internal and external focus and is an excellent example of embedding EDI practises across a complex organisational structure.

    She imparts expert knowledge across multiple diversity strands such as; gender, LGBTQ+, social mobility, BAME groups, disability, mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. She is Chair of the IET Diversity & Inclusion Committee, sits on the Royal Academy of Engineering Diversity & Inclusion Steering Group and is a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Diversity and Inclusion in STEM.

    From 2015 to date Jo has successfully project-managed the prominent and prestigious IET Young Woman Engineer (YWE) of the Year Awards, turning it into a multi-award-winning event and ceremony. She acts as an unconscious bias observer for the YWE Awards to ensure equal opportunity for all.

    Jo has been the driving force behind the IET's most successful social media diversity campaigns, two of which are multi-award-winning - to alter the perception around engineering and who the profession is for. 

    • 21 min
    Episode 015 - Josie Rothera

    Episode 015 - Josie Rothera

    Engineering Success interviews Josie Rothera the Course Director for MSc Civil Engineering at Leeds Beckett University.

    Josie is a Chartered Engineer, an Associate of the Association of Project Management, a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and an Early Career Researcher. Josie has also recently been appointed as a Panel Member for the Institution of Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

    Josie has over 10 years experience of project site management on contracts over £10M, often the sole female representation on the delivery team.

    She is a active promoter of the Institution of Civil Engineers in the Yorkshire and Humberside region and is a board representative on several steering groups in both academia and industry. Josie is a Company Director of STEER Support and Mentoring CIC, which supports under-graduates in transitioning into Built Environment careers.

    Josie is a supporter for under-represented groups in civil engineering and the built environment industry and is a member of the Women's Engineering Society (WES) and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

Horton2463 ,

Great podcast

Enjoyed listening to this. Interesting interviews about engineering and construction - well worth a listen.

JDK1412 ,

5 Stars!

Great podcast - nice to hear insights into the career paths of these leaders!
Engineering is a great industry, and Engineering Success is a great podcast!

plant38 ,

Very interesting

Great podcast giving some good insights into different aspects of engineering.

Great to hear how people became involved and how much passion people have for their industry

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