Wendy Owen


Wendy attended a comprehensive school and technical college prior to graduating with a honours degree in Theoretical Physics. In 2016 she was elected a Fellow of the Safety & Reliability Society (SaRS) after over 25 years in the field - at that time, she was only the 4th woman in 40 years to become a FSaRS. She is also a long-standing Member of the International Council of SystemsImage removed. Engineers (INCOSE) and the Institute of Asset Management (IAM, where she is currently a member of their International Resilience Steering Group).

Wendy’s career began in the nuclear energy sector; she has also worked in defence, rail and process, and briefly in aviation and autonomous vehicles. She has worked on projects in the UK, Ireland, France, Lithuania, Australia, North America and the Middle East. For over 30 years, she has contributed to improving safety in high-regulated engineering sectors, with extensive experience of safety and dependability cases. She has also long been actively involved in supporting development of technical safety legislation, guidance and standards.

Her career has largely been in engineering consultancy, with previous employers including UKAEA, Frazer Nash Consultancy, Aecom, Alstom, Arcadis, Jacobs and Costain, working her way up from graduate analyst to team leader and director level. In 2021, she had a career change and moved into academia; she is currently a Research Associate in the Regulation & Policy Group at the Nuclear Futures Institute (NFI) at Bangor University, where she is developing guidelines for future commercial fusion plant.

Wendy was involved in the WISE “People Like Me” programme, and in 2020 she was a panel judge for WES’s Amy Johnson Award. She is keen to show students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, that choosing a life in engineering is a great option.