Dr Katherine Critchley

PhD MSc BEng (Hons) FWES

I graduated from Coventry University in 2002 with a PhD in Process Analysis Software for the draw bending of small diameter thin walled tubes.  Prior to this I gained an MSc in Computer Aided Engineering (1992) and an Honours Degree in Engineering (1991), from Coventry University.

I started my career in Engineering through an course aimed at getting more women into engineering and joined this course based at Jaguar Cars on the technician apprentice training program.  This led to other technician training mainly within the automotive sector in Coventry, gaining a BTEC in Engineering which allowed me to successful join a degree course in the same.

I have had a varied career, within Automotive and Aerospace Engineering, which included some career breaks.  Mainly in the area of Computer Aided Engineering.  I have spent time lecturing, but more recently I am industry based.  I am currently the BPM of Configuration Management in an international Aerospace interiors business.  Where we are currently changing the business processes to enable a part centric approach to the engineering design process.  Taking a approach that has been developed in one location and ensuring continuity during a global roll out.

I am currently a member of The Institution of Engineering and Technology.  I am enthusiastic about promoting Engineering as a career path for all, as well as promoting ways to help and support women who have had significant career breaks to find a pathway back into a career in engineering.  I am an active member of the WES Wales cluster and helped organise their WES Centenary conference in Senedd. 

Dr Katherine Critchley