“We need to be able to change the way we work and live, to be able to manage and also to reduce our impact on the environment. So I absolutely think it’s key. We can’t solve the problems that we face as a society without including half the population.”
Emma Nicholson speaks to Helen Ramsay whose enthusiasm and drive is bound to inspire you.
Helen, who seems to have boundless energy, has worked in steel, water consultancy and medical device manufacturing, during her engineering career.
“I believe that engineers are great problem solvers, are very genuine people, and they’re fun to work with. It’s a fantastic career and I’d recommend it to anyone.”
Helen is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow member of Institution of Chemical Engineers and Fellow member of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) with over 20 years’ experience of working in Industry. She is currently Non-Executive Director of World Transport Agency Group, a family run international logistics company, and during her engineering career, she has worked in steel, water consultancy and medical device manufacturing.
At the start of her career, Helen was an environmental engineer at British Steel putting in environmental management systems to the international standard of ISO 14001; Helen believes engineers are key in addressing the global challenges of the Climate and Biodiversity crisis.
In her previous role as Engineering Manager at Abbott Diabetes Care, Helen has run a department of over a hundred multi-discipline engineers designing, developing, testing and maintaining hardware and software for blood glucose sensor manufacturing.
She has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Cranfield University and is currently Lead Governor for the South Central Ambulance Service. She is a Trustee for The Engineers Trust (Charitable Trust Fund of the Worshipful Company of Engineers) where she is focused on building on the diversity and inclusion reach of the organisation.
Helen is passionate about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. She currently sits on the Women’s Engineering Society Equality, Diversity and Inclusion specialist sub-group. She founded the Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) chapter at her workplace in 2017.
In her previous role, she partnered with StemReturners and the Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers and tripled gender diversity in project engineering.
She is a WES judge for UK Karen Burt Award celebrating the achievements of recently chartered female engineers. She mentors many individuals including a Chief Executive of a Charity and multiple women in STEM specialising in supporting those overcoming the challenges common to minority groups in early stages of their professional careers.
For over 20 years, Helen has attended schools to encourage STEM careers and her highlight was delivering a motivational speech to 30 Oxfordshire Engineering Apprentices to celebrate 100 years of UK Women in Engineering.
Emma is an award-winning Chartered Construction Manager and Chartered Environmentalist and has been a previous Board Trustee with the Women’s Engineering Society.
She is a Principal Sustainability Project Manager with a multi-disciplinary national UK consultancy with 25 years built environment industry experience.
She is also Chair of the EDI Specialist Interest Group for the Women’s Engineering Society and is an EDI Advisory Group member of the Chartered Institute of Building.
Emma founded the international LinkedIn Group, Women in Sustainable Construction and Property and has been Chair of the UNA-UK Harrogate Group since 2022.
Written by: Jackie De Burca
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