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.

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.

Katherine Critchley

PhD, MSc, BEng (Hons), FWES
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.

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.

Jay Surti


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. 

Alexandra Knight


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.

Ordinary Council Members

Chrisma Jain

Ordinary Council Members

Chrisma is a Chartered Engineer, Council Member for the Women Engineering Society as well as member of Council for the Institute of Mechanical Engineering and is working towards her Fellowship with the IMechE. She is also the chair of FiTE (Females in Transport Engineering), a support network group within Transport for London that supports over 300 women in their career progression in Engineering.

Ifeyinwa Rita Kanu

Ordinary Council Members

Rita Kanu is the director of IntelliDIgest Limited and PhD researcher (Civil Engineering) at Heriot Watt University with solid and progressive experience in most aspects of Civil Engineering, specialty in water, wastewater and waste to energy systems. She is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Water and Environmental Management (MCIWEM). 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 which has evolved to become Heriot Watt WES Affiliated Student Group.

Carolina Escudero

Ordinary Council Members

Carolina is an Electrical Engineer with a Master’s in Sustainable Energy Technology. With over 10 years of experience in the transmission and distribution of electricity, she now works as a Business Development Manager for Vattenfall Networks and is working towards her Chartership status. She is particularly passionate about diversity and inclusion and has led numerous initiatives including the London Cluster in 2019.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.