Heather is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. An engineer for over 26 years, Heather was inspired to become an engineer following her childhood holidays spent in the engineering factory of a neighbour.
Her career path started as a technician trainee with British Railways, where she completed an Ordinary and Higher National Certificate before completing her engineering degree through Sheffield Hallam University.
Her experience includes twenty years in the rail industry, where she held a variety of technical management roles across the UK in client and consultant roles focusing on mainline and metro this included the introduction of Eurostar, modernisation of London Underground and multi discipline line upgrades.
Since 2012 Heather has been working in the energy sector. She and her family relocated to Houston, Texas for two years , where she managed the HSE&R team for Atkins Oil & Gas America’s business. Her work also involved business and strategic development in the oil and gas conventional and unconventional markets. Heather is currently delivering business improvement around Health & Safety in the UK & Europe for a 1200 person division.
Heather is passionate about encouraging individuals to consider engineering as a career option. Her membership of the Board of Trustees upholds her aspiration for making the institution relevant for today's engineers, future engineers and those who have not yet considered an engineering profession.
Eleven years of active volunteering within the Institution has seen Heather hold the roles of Presidents Apprentice, eight years as a Council member, Trustee Board Awards Committee, Strategic Advisory Board, Qualifications and Membership Board, Audit and Risk Board and Professional Review Interviewer. Heather joined the Trustee Board in May 2017
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