An important holiday has been celebrated in the global engineering calendar since 2014 is International Women Engineers Day (INWED) - an annual celebration of the outstanding achievements of women engineers around the world. In honor of this year International Women's Engineers Day on June 23, one of Frazer-Nash's young female engineers, Sally Hall, asked her female colleagues at the company to share their career stories.
Sally, who has worked at Frazer-Nash for over two years, commented: When I first started writing this article, I wanted to feature amazing female engineers for International Women's Engineers Day 2022, as women rarely seem to be in the spotlight.
There may be a new wave of incredible female engineers who have not yet become famous and may well be on these lists in the future. People like Dr. Ciara McGrath, an astrodynamics and space mission engineering researcher who won the Institute of Engineering Young Female Engineer of the Year award last year; Nipuni Karunaratne, Digital Model Factory Manager at Rolls Royce; or Anna Will of Frazer-Nash herself, who was a finalist for the 2021 IET Young Women Engineer of the Year Award and has worked on many important projects in her engineering career.
So I asked myself why on Women Engineers Day I only wanted to honor those who have already achieved success? Why not celebrate over 200 inspiring people in our company? Below are just a few examples of the incredible female talent at Frazer-Nash. Liz Collier is a mechanical engineer working on the design engineering team in Bristol. In her nearly three years at Frazer-Nash, Liz has been involved in many different projects, including designing mechanical equipment for the nuclear plants finish line, and also worked for six months in HVAC for the Type 31e Frigate. Liz is also an industrial tutor for a group of mechanical engineering students at the University of Bristol.
Laura McGuigan decided 14 years ago to try to achieve her life goal of becoming an engineer while remaining a single mother. She received the highest national certificate in night school before her son was one year old and became a full-time student two years later. By the time her son started his second elementary school, Laura had an honors degree in engineering management. Her career at Frazer-Nash began as a technical clerk and she has continued to rise through the ranks, currently serving as a consultant.
During her time at Frazer-Nash, Laura visited every power plant (Advanced Gas Cooled Reactor), chemical plant, and two naval bases. With the support of her colleagues, she has developed and improved her skills in electromagnetic interference (EMI) and electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), as well as in the production of protective enclosures. A few years ago, she organized a trip to the Hunterston B power plant for the children of the Frazer-Nash office in Glasgow, after which her son said he wanted to follow in her footsteps. Rose Gambon leads Frazer-Nash's digital provisioning group. As with any new service development, inspiring values, leadership, common purpose and a coherent strategy are essential. Rose did an excellent job with these tasks. She is a fantastic role model for everyone and her team does an important job every day in helping us stay safe in a changing world. Rose has grown the team to twelve people who are acting in accordance with her strategy, delivering fantastic operational performance and adding value to defense and the business as a whole through innovation and creativity. Ruth Salomon holds a BSc in Metallurgy and a PhD from the University of Birmingham and an MBA from The Open University and is registered with IoM3. Her previous positions have taken her from the Cavendish Laboratory, Johnson Matthey Technology Center, to self-employment, GKN Technology Center, Magnox and finally Frazer-Nash as a Senior Consultant this year. Ruth was also the first female engineer at the Wylfa facility, the first emergency dispatcher at Magnox, and the first female shift engineer at Magnox. Jan Tangate is an Engineer in the Requirements and Acceptance team. With a degree in English and History, Jen joined Frazer-Nash as an administrator. Jen liked to support the company in all technical matters; from creating datasheets and cross-referencing technical drawings to project support. It was not until Jen was on maternity leave with her second daughter that she had the opportunity to apply for a technical clerk position in the Requirements and Acceptance group. Since joining the team in October 2019, she has supported several projects such as the Sellafield Axiom Projects, the Dreadnought Training System Requirements Project, the Future Platforms T27 Project, and the Navigation Street Works Project. Anna Will, who was originally on the verge of starting a career in engineering, has just taken on the role of pregnancy program manager after 5.5 years at Frazer-Nash. Anna has worked on projects including nuclear power plants, tested aircraft kitchens on the shop floor, visited transport for the London depots and was seconded as a civil servant to Westminster to run programs in the Foreign Office and the Cabinet Office. The Wheel of Change project for Whizz-Kidz has been the highlight of her career so far and has helped her crystallize her mindset in the area of engineering she wants to focus on, product development. Anna is also a finalist in the Institute of Engineering and Technology Young Female Engineer of the Year 2021.