Trustees and Council Members

Council Executive

Benita Mehra

Immediate Past President

Having attained an engineering degree over 25 years ago, Benita Mehra has operated in the aviation, housing and health sectors with roles including design and construction of major terminal buildings, used her masters in project management to formalise her on the job skills.

Jo Douglas-Harris

Vice President

Dr Jo Douglas-Harris is a Product and Applications Scientist at Venator, specialising in the development of titanium dioxide pigments for coatings. Prior to this, she worked for British Sugar as a Process Scientist. Jo completed a master’s degree in Chemistry in 2013 at the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2017 at the University of Bath. Her PhD was sponsored by Unilever researching fabric cleaning and laundry detergents.

Katherine Critchley

PhD, MSc, BEng (Hons)
Vice President

Katherine 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 Katherine had gained an MSc in Computer Aided Engineering (1992) and an Honours Degree in Engineering (1991), from Coventry University.

Adriana Vargas-Colwill

Vice President

Graduated from UCL with an MSc in Chemical Engineering in 2011, Adriana is currently working as a Technical Safety Engineer at ode Ltd. Adriana has acquired experience in design and development of lab scale education equipment such as bioreactors, and in process safety of offshore installations in the Oil & Gas Industry. She is currently working towards Chartered engineer status. As a STEM Ambassador, she is passionate about promoting engineering to young generations.

Sally Sudworth

Honorary Secretary

Sally is the lead judge for the eminent Karen Burt award and is also leading on plans for the exciting Centenary Conference in 2019.

Sally is a civil engineer currently working in flood risk management at the Environment Agency, accountable for the delivery of the asset management programme. She is also sustainability lead, driving carbon reduction targets for all construction, maintenance and operational activities.

Alexandra Knight

Trustee Position

Alex is a Chartered Engineer, Fellow of the IMechE and Member of the IAM with over 15 years’ experience in Asset Management, Systems Engineering and Project Management. She is a Technical Director at Amey Strategic Consulting with experience in numerous market sectors including defence, power, highways and health.

Jay Surti

Trustee Position

Jay Surti is a Business Presentation Consultant, Author and Keynote Speaker. Initially graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering, she later qualified as a lawyer and practised for 17 years before moving into speaking, coaching and consulting.

Her clients include business owners, corporate professionals and MBA graduates -  helping senior managers with their pitching/speaking as well as leadership and management skills. 

Ordinary Council Members

Milada Williams

MSc, Ing, BEd, IEng, MIED, FWES
Ordinary Council Members
My career spans diverse areas of industry, education and gender equity agenda. I started my engineering education in Czechoslovakia, as it was then, by attending my local Technical College from the age of 14 - 18, then Technical University before moving to UK following the Soviet military invasion of Czechoslovakia. I have faced many obstacles in my engineering career in the UK during the late 60s and early 70s and my career in engineering did not take off until later in Germany.

Jennifer Glover

MEng (Hons), AIMechE
Ordinary Council Members

Jennifer graduated from Loughborough University in 2018 with a Masters in Aeronautical Engineering and a Diploma in Industrial Studies. During her degree she completed a placement year at ITP Aero working in both jet engine design and certification. Currently Jennifer is a PhD student at Loughborough University researching jet engine noise cancellation through metamaterial acoustic liners.

Sarah Haslam

BEng, MSc, CEng, FIMechE
Ordinary Council Members

Sarah is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IMechE with nearly 25 years’ experience in Automotive Engineering. She currently holds the position of Chief Program Engineer, Engine Engineering at Ford Motor Company. Sarah is passionate about encouraging the next generation of engineers, and actively promoting STEM careers to girls.

Ursula Heng

Ordinary Council Members

Ursula is a Delivery Engineering Transformation Leader for initiatives in E-IMEA and North America at Procter & Gamble and joined in 2007. She has been responsible for the implementation of multi - million pound programmes across sites, standardisation of platforms and organisational change management.

Carmen Zaragoza

Ordinary Council Members

Carmen Zaragoza is an industrial engineer specialised in energy with a masters in renewable energy technologies. Passionate about the energy sector and its constant evolution, she works as a gas turbine global solutions engineer in an international company. She was initially drawn into Engineering by her curiosity and desire to learn how things work.

Dr Sarah Chen

Ordinary Council Members

Dr Sarah Chen is a Civil Engineer and a 2018 winner of the Top 50 Women in Engineering Awards (WE50) - Transferrers and Returners. Sarah transferred into engineering after a career in medicine and now enjoys a career working for EDF Energy. 

Katherine Kirk

Ordinary Council Members

My most recent position is Professor of Physics in the School of Engineering and Computing at University of the West of Scotland (UWS). I joined UWS in 2000 as a Lecturer and I was promoted to Professor in 2005. During 2009- 2011 I had a 2 year maternity leave/ career break and I subsequently returned part-time. My specialist scientific areas are thin film devices, ultrasonics, sensors and imaging, non-destructive testing.

Carol Morris

Ordinary Council Members

Carol spent 5 years as an industrial chemist before retraining as an electronics engineer following a career break. She has worked at the Open University for nearly 30 years and is currently Deputy Head of the School of Engineering and Innovation.

She has extensive experience of equality and diversity issues and chaired the School’s successful submission for an Athena SWAN Bronze award. She was recently awarded Principal Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Ifeyinwa Rita Kanu

Ordinary Council Members

Ifeyinwa Rita Kanu is a PhD candidate (Civil Engineering) at Heriot Watt University with solid and progressive experience in all aspects of Civil Engineering, specialty in water and wastewater option. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (SMCIWEM). A pioneer of Heriot Watt Female in Engineering and Science forum, a platform dedicated to encouraging young females to develop an interest in and excel in STEM related fields.