Olympics sustainability champ wins women’s engineering gong

A sustainability advisor for two Olympics games took home one of the top gongs at the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) awards yesterday night. Held at the Science Museum […]

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By Vicky Ellis

A sustainability advisor for two Olympics games took home one of the top gongs at the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) awards yesterday night.

Held at the Science Museum in London, the awards recognise the best women in the business for leadership skills and excellence, from schoolroom to the boardroom including engineers and academics.

The WISE Excellence Award went to Jo Carris of Useful Simple Projects (pictured, far right) for her personal contribution to the sustainability work on both the London and Rio Olympics.

Energy had a notable presence in the shortlist: just missing out on the Excellence gong was Rachael Brennan of Cavendish Nuclear while National Grid apprentice Kirsty Rossington was nominated for Apprentice of the Year.

There were screams of triumph from the PepsiCo table when they won WISE Corporate Leadership Award after increasing the proportion of women in senior roles from 0% to 33% in three years.

The female-dominated team behind BBC radio comedy show ‘It Isn’t Rocket Science’ won the WISE Media Award which recognises the role media plays in shaping attitudes.

The WISE Girl Award was deservedly handed to 13-year-old Saheefa Ishaq (pictured, third from left) who has already flown out to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Arizona to give a talk about her science project.