Rachel Pether one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering!

We are thrilled to share the announcement that Rachel Pether, Water Utilities Director (Consultancy) of Binnies, has been selected as one of the Women’s Engineering Society’s Top 50 Women in Engineering (WE50) 2022: Inventors and Innovators.

Founded by the Women’s Engineering Society in 2016, the WE50 awards are a UK event linked to International Women in Engineering Day (INWED) – the celebration of women in engineering that takes place on 23 June each year. In association with The Guardian newspaper, the 2022 Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards celebrate the inventors and innovators who can imagine the future. The judges stated that the standard of the nominations was extremely high and is testament to the difference that female engineers are making in creating or improving products and processes to make our lives easier.

Rachel is a Chartered Civil Engineer, who in 2018 became the first female All Reservoirs (AR) Panel Engineer, the highest level of technical expert in UK reservoir safety. A valued member of the British Dam Society, Rachel coordinated the society’s media response following the Toddbrook Reservoir incident in 2019.

Rachel Pether and Katie Shackle
Rachel Pether and Katie Shackle at the awards ceremony

Rachel has been working in the dams and reservoirs field for over twenty years and in 2021 led a team to create and launch Binnies’ Intelligent Dam Monitoring System (iDMS). This innovative product uses engineering expertise, artificial intelligence and satellite data to understand and manage dam behaviour in a more sustainable way. Rachel has a passion for sustainability that underpins her work and led to her steering a round table discussion on nature-based solutions for the water industry at COP26.

Since becoming Water Utilities Director in 2020, Rachel has been committed to providing leadership and guidance to her team, which includes championing diversity, and has increased the percentage of women in her team from 28% to 38%. Rachel drives her team to recruit based on potential rather than experience, which is key to improving diversity.

“When I first set foot on a construction site in 1997, female role models in our industry were few and far between,” Rachel comments. “So I am thrilled to be a part of this initiative highlighting the achievements of women in engineering. I am also extremely proud to have been named amongst such worthy winners, all of whom are making an important contribution to society through their work in engineering.”

About Binnies

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