Burns & McDonnell, which is based in Birmingham, is a specialist engineering-construction firm that delivers the overhead transmission, substation and underground transmission infrastructure that transports power to homes and businesses. Through campaigns and projects ranging from networking schemes to establishing the flagship annual International Women in Engineering Day, WES has been inspiring female engineers since 1919.
Last year, Burns & McDonnell UK committed to improving gender diversity in its own company, signing the West Midlands Combined Authority’s Inclusive Leadership Pledge. As part of its commitments, Burns & McDonnell will provide a pipeline for producing diverse talent in the West Midlands region, and work to have women make up one third of its senior leadership team by 2023.
On an international level, Burns & McDonnell operates a Diversity Advisory Committee, which encourages employees to understand, and value diversity. The company also proactively engages with students from a young age, with specialist STEM Ambassadors and programmes such as the Burns & McDonnell Battle of the Brains, to help promote diversity in the STEM leaders of the future.
Polly Osborne, Electrical Power Engineer and STEM Ambassador at Burns & McDonnell, said:
“I’m excited that Burns & McDonnell will be working with WES to support and celebrate inspirational female engineers. There’s still so much we need to do to challenge the traditional perceptions of a career in engineering and ensure we attract and retain the diverse workforce we desperately need. Engineering is for everyone, and there’s no more exciting time than now to work in the sector.”
Jonathan Chapman, UK Managing Director at Burns & McDonnell, said:
“Only 12% of UK engineers are female, despite women making up almost half of the workforce. If we are to solve the challenges we face at this pivotal time for the energy sector, such as cutting carbon emissions, we cannot afford to continue with a limited workforce. At Burns & McDonnell, we are not complacent about the need for change. I’m proud that we are leading the way through our new partnership with WES and the commitments we have set through the West Midlands Inclusive Leadership Pledge.”
About Burns & McDonnell
Burns & McDonnell is a private, employee-owned engineering, design and construction firm with 7,000 professionals located in offices throughout the world. We strive to create amazing success for our clients and amazing careers for our employees.
We develop solutions through creating passionate partnerships, placing client service front and centre, understanding clients’ needs and striving to make them successful. Our employee-ownership culture means that our success is closely aligned to our clients’ success. We are bold in how we develop solutions and challenge the norm, drawing from the whole company to find answers to some of the toughest questions. We work on some of the world’s most crucial infrastructure projects, delivering completely integrated service from concept to completion.
In 2017, Burns & McDonnell opened the U.K. office in Birmingham. With more than 120 years of experience designing and building infrastructure throughout the world, Burns & McDonnell is now taking forward a long-term investment plan in the U.K.
With the U.K energy market undergoing a transformation, our focus is on providing a differentiated service across technical consultancy, engineering services and project delivery as the U.K. adapts to a low carbon future underpinned by smart technologies.