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Rachel Skinner to become the second woman in presidency at ICE

16 February - In 2020, WSP’s Rachel Skinner will become not only one of the youngest Presidents of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in its 200 year history, but the second woman ever to take on the role.


Since November 2017, Rachel has been succeeding Vice President at ICE with a view to becoming President in November 2020, subject to annual election by ICE Council.

As a chartered engineer, Rachel paves the way for women in STEM as Head of Development at WSP, a 7,640 strong UK engineering consultancy which offers planning and advisory services on major infrastructure and property projects including The Shard, 22 Bishopsgate and Chelsea Football Stadium.

In 2016, Rachel was named as one of The Telegraph’s inaugural Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering and in 2017 she was named as “Most Distinguished Winner” and “Best Woman in Civil Engineering” at the European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards. Rachel is also a founding Board member of Women in Transportation and was its elected President from 2009-2013.

Rachel Skinner said: “The world of engineering has something for everyone. It shapes the world around us, every day; our cities, our transport, water and energy, our homes, our communities. Civil engineering is everywhere – we rely on it to move, to live and to thrive – but all too often in the UK we take it for granted.

“As a profession, we know that engineering is relevant, interesting, creative and worthwhile. For hundreds of years we have been shaping the world, and it is time to make our incredible contribution much more visible and widely valued. This will be one of my priorities from now to 2020 and beyond, and I am hopeful that taking up the role of ICE President will send a powerful and exciting message, in particular to young people who might not otherwise have considered careers in engineering.”

ICE Director General Nick Baveystock said: “Rachel is a great role-model for young people, particularly young girls, considering a career in civil engineering. We are very much looking forward to her presidential year in 2020, due to her track record across a range of iconic projects, and her ability to look ahead and offer vision and practical insight around future change.”

Women currently make up just 11% of the engineering workforce and although a positive change from 9% in 2015, the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe.*

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For further information please contact Katie Brown on katie.brown@wsp.com, 07899776923 

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WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.

With 7,640 talented people in the UK and more than 42,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high-profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.




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