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Morgan Sindall engineer recognised in Management Today's top list

Tunnel design engineer Kate Cooksey from Morgan Sindall is celebrating after being awarded a place on Management Today’s prestigious ‘35 Women Under 35’ list.

Kate, who works in the Tunnelling team at UK construction, infrastructure and design business Morgan Sindall, was nominated for the award for her enthusiasm and passion for civil engineering.

Kate joined Morgan Sindall in 2002 as an undergraduate civil engineer and is currently working on the designs for Crossrail projects with responsibility for £45 million of instrumentation and monitoring requirements.

In addition to her project work, Kate is a dedicated ambassador for civil engineering. In 2008 she established the British Tunnelling Society Young Members Committee, providing a voice for younger industry members. Kate has also been instrumental in the development and successful launch of the UK’s first MSc Tunnelling and Underground Space at Warwick University as well as promoting careers in the engineering industry to school pupils.

Kate says: “I was both shocked and delighted to hear that I had made the list as the past calibre of nominees was so strong. I am honoured to receive this award and delighted that the engineering profession has been recognised.

“Morgan Sindall has been a great support to me in my development and has been key in encouraging new recruits into the industry to ensure a continued resource of skilled employees for the future.”

Kate will celebrate her place on the list with the other nominees at an awards event in central London on Tuesday 10 July.

The accolade comes just days after Kate was notified by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) that she had passed her Chartered Professional Review and had qualified as a chartered civil engineer.

As part of the review, the ICE also nominated Kate for three awards: the James Rennie Medal (which will be awarded to the best Chartered Professional Review candidate of the year), the Renee Redfern Hunt Memorial Prize (awarded for the best written assignment), and the Karen Burt Award (awarded to a high calibre newly-chartered female engineer).

The results of these nominations will be announced over the coming months.

Chris Hughes, managing director Tunnelling for Morgan Sindall, says: “I am immensely proud of Kate’s achievements. Her commitment to her work and dedication to promoting career opportunities in the engineering sector is very commendable and will help address the under-representation of women in this area. I strongly believe that Kate’s contribution will inspire a future generation of engineers into the industry.”


Image: Kate Cooksey, tunnel design engineer, Morgan Sindall

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