Congratulations to Kay Denham, Head of Design for nmcn’s Water team in the South, who has recently been elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) – the highest level of membership within the institution.
Becoming a Fellow is recognition that you’re a professional engineer working in a senior role with significant autonomy and responsibility. It is the Institution’s highest class of membership and requires an engineer to hold a position of senior responsibility in their chosen area of mechanical engineering. Candidates must also meet criteria that test their leadership, influencing and strategic qualities, demonstrating an individual’s wealth of experience, commitment and contribution to engineering.
Kay hopes her story will inspire the next generation of construction leaders – especially any young women thinking of joining the industry and wondering whether it’s for them. Kay is a firm believer that the construction sector holds many opportunities – both in gaining new skills as well as the potential to move into different roles.
Kay joined nmcn ten years ago as a Mechanical Engineer, before progressing on to become a Design Manager, and for the last two years, Head of Design. Kay now has over 18 years’ design experience and supports projects primarily in the South West, working closely with teams across Bristol, Plymouth and St. Austell.
Kay became a Chartered Member of IMechE in 2009, and has since supported many others in their journey to become Chartered. It was during a discussion with IMechE on nmcn’s graduate programme, that she was asked if she had considered applying to become a Fellow.
After learning more about how to apply and the benefits, Kay thought this would be a great next step in order to raise the profile of engineering and support and encourage young engineers.
Kay said: “Becoming a Fellow gives me a real sense of pride as I’ve been acknowledged by a panel of recognised engineers for my contribution to the industry. Being elected as Fellow has made me very aware that I need to continue to learn, lead and encourage others on their engineering journey to support the profession and the next generation of engineers.
“When I first became chartered with IMechE, I didn’t know many women that were, but I think it’s great that we are getting greater representation and recognition now. I take part in career fairs and activities with local schools to encourage the understanding that STEM roles are open to all – and I think that this Fellowship helps to show how far you can go in construction and that the perceived barriers are being broken down.”
Gavin Stonard, Technical Services Managing Director for nmcn’s Water business, said “We are extremely proud that Kay has become a Fellow, in achieving Fellowship from a highly respected institution, this shows the level of progression you can reach with hard work and determination. Kay is a fantastic role model, supporting the development of the next generation of engineers and helping them work towards professional recognition with the engineering bodies across the sector.”
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