Sheffield Environmentalist shortlisted for National Award

01 July 2015
Female Amey employee, wearing PPE, holding an insect.

Following the recent National Women in Engineering Day, Amey is celebrating the success of one of their female engineers at the recent Women in Construction & Engineering Awards.

Twenty-six year old Charlotte Carroll, an Environmentalist at Amey in Sheffield, was shortlisted for the Best Young Woman Award after being nominated by her manager.

The awards aim to make the construction and engineering industries more enticing to women, create role models for women considering a career in these sectors and to encourage companies to employ and train more women in these industries.

As part of the judging process, Charlotte travelled to London to present her achievements to a 21 strong judging panel and take part in a variety of interactive workshops, all focussed around women in engineering.

Charlotte said: “I was excited to hear that I had been shortlisted for the Best Young Woman award and really enjoyed the judging process, where I had to present to judges on my experience, as well as deliver a mini sales pitch. I was then invited to the awards ceremony. Unfortunately, I didn’t win the overall award, but I am still proud to be shortlisted and see it as a positive step, highlighting the work that women in engineering do and encouraging more young women to follow a similar career path.”

Charlotte graduated in 2012 with a degree in Environmental Conservation and began working with Amey straight away, helping to protect the environment.

“I love my job,” said Charlotte. “I am very passionate about the natural environment. The work I do makes a real impact and I like that I get to dive into a variety of different projects, from rail and utilities to working on the highways.”

Mike Comerford, Technical Director for the Environment and Sustainability Team at Amey in Sheffield, added: “I was absolutely delighted to nominate Charlotte for these prestigious awards. It has been great to support and help to develop, with our Sheffield colleagues, one of our rising stars as she progresses with her career in Amey.  Charlotte is a key member of our recently established and rapidly growing environmental practice and is committed to helping Amey to become a more sustainable organisation, not only in the way we deliver services but also in the technical solutions her and her team deliver.”

Tony Driscoll, Account Manager in Amey’s Sheffield Design Hub, where Charlotte is based, fully supported her nomination. He said: “Whilst Engineering and Construction are traditionally male dominated professions, initiatives of this type help to highlight and promote the key role women now play within these professions and are in part responsible for attracting more women into the industry.  This in turn has resulted in us recently achieving a figure of 30 female design staff within the 100-strong Sheffield Design Hub.  This would have been unheard of a few years ago, and results in a far more dynamic work environment.”

Charlotte wasn’t the only woman engineer to be recognised at the awards, with Christina Jackson and Monica Steele, both from Amey’s Consulting and Strategic Infrastructure division, respective winning the Life Time Achievement in Engineering Award and shortlisted for Best Young Woman Engineer.