Lauren Gracey

Design Manager, John Sisk and Son
2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

How I came to STEM

As a teenager and a student in an all-female Grammar School, I had few misconceptions on which subjects were more appropriate for women – I simply knew which subjects I enjoyed. When travelling with my family along the Dundalk Western By-Pass in 2006, I was mesmerised by the newly constructed Boyne Bridge and asked ’What job could I do to build something like that?’ I chose STEM subjects in order to keep my options open and luckily stumbled across course information on Civil Engineering – my mind was made up!

I studied Civil Engineering at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown and graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in Civil Engineering. I undertook a placement year whilst studying and gained employment with Graham Construction on graduation in 2012.

I began working with John Sisk and Son in February 2018 as a Design Manager and currently work on a broad variety of schemes across the UK. Working for a Main Contractor, I have worked on roads and highways, bridges, clean water, nuclear and rail and tramway projects. I have, through my career as a Civil Engineer, helped to shape the world in which we live.

Why I love what I do

I have gained professional accreditation with the Institution of Civil Engineers as an Incorporated Engineer and have enjoyed taking part in projects with school children and young adults through activities as a registered STEM Ambassador. I believe it is of utmost importance to inform those who are researching and deciding on how to move forward with future careers, how wonderful and diverse STEM careers can be.

What I’m proud of, & what I’m hoping to achieve through the WYPB

How amazing to wake each morning and be part of a movement which changes the face of how and where we all live! To help identify, challenge and improve the key issues which affect us all.

The WISE objective is to ‘enable and energise people in business to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics’. By promoting STEM careers and making our STEM industries more transparent and accessible, it is my hope that a whole wave of young people will be inspired to get involved in STEM careers which they feel passionate about and which will ultimately lead to more diverse, inclusive and successful industry.

Posts, Projects & Events

  • Blog: One Size Does Not Always Fit All
  • Blog: WISE Conference 2018
  • Project (WYPB): Male-Allies for International Women’s Day
  • Project (WYPB): Negotiation Skills session at WISE Conference 2019
  • Project (WYPB): Tara Binns series accompaniments for Harper Collins
  • Blog: One Size Does Not Always Fit All
  • July 2019: Appointment as Institution of Civil Engineers Manchester Branch Chair for 2019/2020
  • Event: March 2019: Panellist at Thales International Women’s Day Celebration Event
  • Event: May 2019: Workshop Leader at MakeFest at Science Industry Museum, Manchester
  • June 2019: Founding member of John Sisk Building Gender Balance Network
  • Event: October 2019: Speaker at John Sisk Internal Diversity event
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