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Young chartered engineer wins women’s award

Helen Randell, a chartered ICE member who graduated only five years ago, has scooped one of the most prestigious prizes in engineering – the Karen Burt Award. 

Karen Burt was a member of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Council and a campaigner for the recruitment and retention of women in engineering. 

Randell started acting as an ambassador for the engineering profession while still a student at Cambridge. 

Since then she has worked on major projects with Interserve Construction including work for Severn Trent Water, Glasgow Energy from Waste Scheme, motorway and A-road new junctions and widening work; and Hereford and the Worcestershire energy from waste scheme. 

Helen Randell

Randell: Mentor and engineer

During her career, Burt has mentored other young engineers; presented at science fairs; given talks to schools and even developed her own school learning packs. 

She currently works at Buckingham Group Contracting and mentors engineering apprentices. 

Burt’s engineering achievements, coupled with her significant contribution to the promotion of engineering to young people – women in particular – earned her the 2015 award, which will be presented by WES at an event next week. 

“I feel extremely fortunate that my love of problem solving has formed the basis of my career,” she said. “It is so rewarding to have the opportunity to share my experiences with other young women and to know that some have been inspired to join the exciting and ever changing world of engineering where we really can make a difference.” 

ICE head of education and inspiration John Laverty added: “We are delighted to see Helen presented with this highly valued award – she is an articulate, engaging engineer who exudes passion and conviction. Helen greatly impressed her professional review panel with her knowledge, aptitude and leadership potential, and she has impressed many others through her enthusiasm for ICE initiatives and her drive to inspire the next generation of female engineers. 

“She is an outstanding example of a chartered civil engineer in every respect and will be an excellent role model for others on their path towards professional qualification.” 

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