Calling all future female engineers

Strong female engineering role models can be found throughout recent history. While historically engineering has been a male dominated profession, there have always been and will continue to be role models for young women to look up to.

Among them, Dame Caroline Haslett was a specialist electrical engineer throughout both World Wars. Born in 1895, she was the first director of the Electrical Association for Women and the first woman appointed as a companion member of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE). She was a pioneering advocate for women in engineering and is renowned for her strong drive to educate others, particularly women.

Verena Holmes is another female engineer who stood out among her largely male peers. A mechanical engineer and inventor, Verena’s specialties included marine, locomotive, diesel and internal combustion engines. She developed many inventions during her career at Research Engineers Ltd, holding 12 patents for medical devices and engine components. Among them, the Holmes and Wingfield pneumo-thorax apparatus for treating tuberculosis, a poppet valve for steam locomotives and rotary valves for internal combustion engines. Verena, born 1889, was the first woman elected to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.


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Some have called me a leader, and a entrepreneur, they say I have integrity, presence and skills to ensure continuous improvement and success in whatever challenges I face. They also tell me that I am positive, resilient and motivating. I say, I'm just a normaI guy from Gateshead in the North of England, who started as an apprentice engineer. I have been in the right place at the right time and in the wrong place at the wrong time! I have successfully initiated and led complex organizations and situations to completion and success, and I have been in some jobs where success seemed untouchable. Mainly though, I have tried to learn everyday, help people to progress and learn the skills they need to be successful. I have had the privilege of working with some great people locally across the UK and more recently internationally in Asia, Europe and now USA, where I am lucky enough to work for where I am head of 3aaa USA. This website is just me having an outlet to talk about all those thoughts, ideas and things I learn that pass through my head every day when I face the challenge of doing business. I will also rant on about how great apprenticeships are, and how you can help change peoples lives through them. After all thats how I got to do the great things that I have done, and also I am still an apprentice everyday! All I ask is that if you find it interesting then leave a comment and share what you read. THANK YOU.

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