A CHARTERED ICE Member has been named Northern Ireland's Young Career Woman of the Year.
The first female site manager on a civil engineering project in Northern Ireland, 28 year old Shauna Herron has been recognised for overseeing the construction of a 1.8M elevated bridge at Douglas Harbour on the Isle of Man.
Herron, who beat six other finalists to the prize, is now managing the Isle of Man's 3M Ronaldsway Airport extension for Charles Brand.
'I feel honoured,' she said. 'Some of the other finalists are running their own businesses, including Miss Northern Ireland who set up her own modelling agency.'
At 16, Herron went to Queens University Belfast to study civil engineering and became chartered at the minimum age of 25. 'I always really enjoyed maths and was attracted to the people aspect of civil engineering.'
Her civils success started at Queens when she was awarded the Servoll award for civil engineering design. But in her career, Herron has veered towards contracting, preferring the physical side which has included working as an inspection diver for Charles Brand, filming concrete harbour walls with a video camera.
During time off from managing a team of 60, Herron coxes Northern Ireland's national rowing team. She was the first women to be awarded a rowing blue by the men's rowing club at Queen's, for coxing the eights.
She has found professional satisfaction in civil engineering and 'would love to encourage other women to do this as a career' - an ambition she has started to realise by featuring in special reports on Radio Four, BBC Ulster, North West, Manchester and the Belfast Telegraph..