Shortlisted for the WISE Hero Award 2015
12 November 2015
Laura Peach, Volunteer Placements Programme Coordinator, Engineers Without Borders, and Wind Turbine Engineer, Centrica Energy
Laura fits her voluntary commitment to the charity Engineers without Borders UK around her full time job as a mechanical engineer on wind turbines for Centrica Energy, where she is working towards achieving chartered engineer status. Involved with Engineers without Borders UK in some capacity since 2009, Laura has worked as the volunteer Placements Programme Coordinator since 2013, coordinating a programme which has seen over 50 young engineers work with partner organisations in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
Since working with Laura three volunteers have secured employment as engineers with humanitarian organisations such as Medicins Sans Frontiers. She led the placements team through a period of significant change, overseeing the recruitment process, helping to secure funding and reduce costs while extending training, leading Health and Safety sessions and making recommendations to improve monitoring and evaluation. Laura says: “Engineers Without Borders reminds me why I want to be an engineer: to improve the lives of those living in poverty.