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Top accolade for woman engineer

UK Power Networks’ Lynne McDonald has been named Engineer of the Year - Mechanical / Electrical in the prestigious Women in Construction Awards 2016.

From Press releases - 24 March 2016 12:00 AM

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UK Power Networks’ Lynne McDonald has been named Engineer of the Year - Mechanical / Electrical in the prestigious Women in Construction Awards 2016.

The awards, in their tenth year, are a showcase for the brightest and best female achievers in the construction and built environment industries.

Innovation manager Lynne completed UK Power Networks’ engineering graduate scheme in 2011 after being sponsored (by the company’s predecessor) through her MEng degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde.

Last year her achievements included leading seven projects to ensure electricity networks are kept in good condition while saving money for the industry and customers. She also designed and implemented ‘energywise’, a pioneering £5million venture to advise and help Tower Hamlets residents struggling to pay their energy bills - to which more than 350 householders signed up.

She recently began representing UK Power Networks on the International Utility Working Group as the company’s technical lead, identifying developments which can be swiftly applied to network operators, and sharing company knowledge with global partners. Experts who supported her award nomination, praised her enthusiasm and creativity in an industry which is often characterised as conservative.

She said: “There’s still a shortage of women working in my sector so I take any responsibility as a role model very seriously and support careers and school events. I enjoy debunking myths and stereotypes about engineering, by highlighting the variety and impact of the roles available.

“I like to give women an insight into the highlights of my career journey, and offer guidance on how to climb the career ladder. My aim is to share my passion and enthusiasm for engineering and the industry, with the hope it inspires others to pursue careers in this area.”

Lynne lives in Maida Vale, comes from Glasgow and now works in Southwark, London. She received her trophy at the Palace Hotel in Manchester last night (March 23), attending with colleague Angela Beard, a senior project designer in the Connections department of UK Power Networks who was also a finalist in the same category. Angela plans complex new power supplies for major sites, and was instrumental in providing new connections for the Allianz Park rugby stadium in north London, and the redevelopment of Harlow Enterprise Zone.

UK Power Networks delivers electricity to more than 8million customers across London, the East and South East. For more info on careers available see www.ukpowernetworkscareers.co.uk