Dervilla joined the Dublin office of Ove Arup & Partners after graduation. After four years in Dublin she moved to the US where she spent two years with Weidlinger Associates in Boston. When she moved to London she re-joined Arup where she has worked on projects ranging from the domestic to large scale.
She enjoys working with architects and particularly enjoys end user clients and public buildings. She has been involved in projects including the Action Stations Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portcullis House Westminster, and Goodwood Paddock redevelopment. She is perhaps best known for leading the Arup team at Terminal 5 Heathrow and being the Head of Design Management for this £4bn project. Subsequently she worked on Terminal 2 Dublin and then was involved in the London 2012 Athletes Village before returning to work on Aviation projects in London and Abu Dhabi.
A civil engineer by training she has worked as a structural engineer for most of her career, and her roles have developed from engineer to design manager to project leader over the years. Dervilla has been a Trustee of Arup and a member of the UK Middle East and Africa Board and currently leads the Aviation business in the region, as well as coordinating activities across their Transport businesses including Aviation, Highways, Maritime and Rail. She is an occasional guest lecturer at Imperial College London, University of Cambridge and Letterkenny Institute of Technology. She has participated in Womens Day, Speakers for Schools, Big Bang and Arkwright Awards events. She is also involved in her neighbourhood and has been a Trustee and School Governor.
Dervilla is involved in the Royal Academy of Engineers where she is a Vice President and chairs their Awards Committee. She was invited to be a member of the inaugural Queen Elizabeth Prize search group (£1 million prize celebrating ground breaking innovation in engineering that has been of global benefit to humanity).
Her interests outside work mostly revolve around her family. She has 3 children, none of whom have chosen to follow her into engineering. She enjoys cycling and tries to use the bike to commute most days.