The Women's Engineering Society is delighted to announce the winner of the Karen Burt Award 2017 as the Institute of Chemical Engineering’s candidate Madeleine Archer (nee Jones) of Sellafield Ltd. This prestigious annual award for a newly chartered woman engineer, now in its 19th year, recognises the candidate's excellence and potential in the practice of engineering, highlights the importance of Chartered status, as well as offering recognition to contributions made by the candidate to the promotion of the engineering profession.
Madeleine Archer is currently Deputy Operations Manager, Legacy Ponds & Silos for Sellafield Ltd.
“The judges were particularly impressed with the work that Madeleine Archer has undertaken in implementing improvements to the Magnox facility at Sellafield. Her passion for her work came across very clearly. Her role as a student ambassador in promoting engineering to primary and secondary school children is impressive, as is her mentoring of engineering graduates at Sellafield. Madeleine’s support of her professional body, the Institution of Chemical Engineers, is impressive as was her involvement in a BBC documentary about Sellafield to help promote engineering and the nuclear industry. The panel was also impressed with Madeleine’s work on the industry advisory board for the engineering and applied science department at Aston University where she takes an active role.”
Madeleine Archer said in her acceptance speech “I am delighted to receive the Karen Burt Award and hope that I can continue working with WES and IChemE to support and inspire more women to choose interesting and fulfilling careers in engineering.”
Kirsten Bodley, CEO of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) said “WES supports women to reach their potential in engineering and succeed at all stages of their careers. Through the Karen Burt award we recognise the achievements of an exceptional early-stage career woman engineer and highlight the need to continue to promote engineering as an inspiring career open to all. My congratulations to Madeleine – her contributions to the profession are outstanding.”
Madeleine Archer was nominated for the Karen Burt Award by the Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE). Jacob Ohrvik-Stott, Policy Officer (Diversity and Inclusion) said " As an organisation committed to championing the role of women in engineering IChemE is delighted that Madeleine's achievements have been recognised with the Karen Burt Award. Her outstanding work with the IChemE North West Member group and beyond shows the invaluable contributions our members make to IChemE and the engineering sector. On behalf of IChemE I congratulate her on this well-deserved award."
The Karen Burt Award 2017 was presented to Madeleine Archer on 5 October at the WES Caroline Haslett Lecture at the Institute of Mechanical Engineering in London