ICE success for Claire despite COVID restrictions

Topic People

Date 23 Jun 2020

As part of International Women in Engineering Day, Galliford Try is celebrating the achievement of one of its valued female engineers.

Claire Deakin, who works within Galliford Try’s Central Engineering Services team in Matlock, Derbyshire, has successfully achieved Membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and become a Chartered Civil Engineer.

Claire, who graduated from Nottingham University in 2015, applied for her professional review in January as per the usual procedure but the face-to-face meetings were subsequently scrapped in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Despite these difficulties, Claire was able to complete her reviews in May through Microsoft Teams, joining the ranks of fully qualified engineers within the business.

Claire commented: “The pandemic has changed lives for lots of different people in different ways and this was just another one of those things that you have to get through. I have a real passion for what I do and was determined to give it my best though and I’m delighted that I’ve been able to achieve my goals.”

Jon Hodgins, Technical Director at Galliford Try, said: “Claire has shown great dedication and application to get through what is an already rigorous process in exceptional circumstances. Women are still woefully underrepresented in the construction workforce and the achievements of engineers like Claire can only help point a pathway to those who want to make a career in our industry.”