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Durham engineer named among most influential

Fritha Bevin-McCrimmon

Fritha Bevin-McCrimmon, project engineer at Stantec in Newcastle, has been announced as one of the top 100 most influential women in the engineering sector.

Fritha studied civil engineering at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand where, after graduation, she worked for the Earthquake Rebuild Team, after the disaster which struck Christchurch in 2011. She helped to manage large wastewater, storm water, fresh water, road construction and structural projects. In 2015 she moved to Durham where she now designs wastewater infrastructure on the Northumbrian Water AMP 6 Framework.

In addition to her day job, Fritha also sits on the Institution of Civil Engineers North East Education Panel, is the Newcastle Community Leader Representative for Stantec, organising school and community engagement, and newsletter editor for Engineers New Zealand.

The list of influential female engineers, which is produced by Inclusive Boards, in partnership with the Financial Times, will be officially released at the Inclusive Boards: Women in Engineering Leadership conference on 22 October.

On the announcement, Fritha said: “I was delighted to learn that I had been included in the Top 100 and to have had an impact on the industry. I hope I can help to inspire young women to consider engineering as a career.”

Stantec’s UK head of engineering, Craig Gerry said; “It is fantastic to see Fritha recognised for her outstanding contribution to Stantec and the engineering profession and her passion for supporting STEM related events across the community. Inspiring young women to consider a career in engineering and the opportunities that exist for them is important for us and our industry. She should feel very proud of this recognition, and we are delighted for her.”

Penny Marshall, the ICE’s regional director for the North East, said: “Fritha is a remarkable engineer whose work, even so early in her career, has already proved the value of the discipline. It is incumbent upon all of us women in the profession to do everything we can to inspire and support the next, and growing generation of influential female engineers.”