Arup most-represented company in top 100 Most Influential Women in Engineering list

Ria Patel Ria Patel Global Press Office,London
15 October 2019

Arup dominated representation in the 100 Most Influential Women in the Engineering Sector with five women included in this year’s listing, spanning UKIMEA and European Regional Chairs, two global leaders and a UK-based lighting expert.

Arup’s broad representation underpins its continued commitment to attract, develop and retain the best talent, ensuring the firm is an organisation where all can thrive.

I am delighted about Dervilla, Eva, Isabel, Jenni and Pavlina’s nomination, reflecting Arup’s long-established commitment to diversity, equality and inclusion. I strongly believe that diverse teams produce better outcomes. As a firm, we will continue our quest to ensure that everyone in Arup – and indeed in our industry and profession – has an equal opportunity to succeed. ” Alan Belfield Alan Belfield Chairman

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Dervilla Mitchell, Pavlina Akritas, Isabel Dedring, Jenni Emery & Eva-Maria Hinkers

The full list includes:

Dervilla Mitchell CBE, UKIMEA Chair

Dervilla was Arup’s first female Chair and is one of the most senior female engineers in the UK. She has led and delivered technically challenging projects, including Heathrow’s Terminal 5, Terminal 2 and the Athlete’s Village for the London 2012 Olympics. Dervilla has been a member of the the Council for Science and Technology since 2014 having been appointed by then Prime Minister, David Cameron.

Eva-Maria Hinkers, Europe Chair

Eva is the Chair of Arup in Europe, having previously led the business in Germany for seven years, managing three offices in Berlin, Frankfurt and Dusseldorf. During her 20-year career at the firm, Eva has led a range of complex work across sectors, including infrastructure and commercial property.

Isabel Dedring, Global Transport Leader

Isabel is the driving force behind Arup’s global transport strategy and the former Deputy Mayor for Transport and Deputy Chair of the Transport for London Board. Well known as an industry leader Isabel was also recently listed in the Evening Standard as one of the most influential people in infrastructure.

Jenni Emery, Global People Leader

Jenni leads Arup’s world-class approach to its people to preserve and evolve its culture so that its business, people, clients and the communities it serves all flourish. Jenni is the author of Leading for Organisational Change: Building Purpose, Motivation and Belonging, a trustee of Spurgeons Children’s Charity and a non-exec advisor to start-ups in the legal sector.

Pavlina Akritas, Lighting Associate

Pavlina brings over twelve years’ experience as a lighting designer having worked on several international projects such as the London Aquatics Centre and the Broad Museum in Los Angeles. In 2017 Pavlina was recognised in the Telegraph’s Top 50 Women in Engineering Under 35.

The list, produced by board appointments firm Inclusive Boards in partnership with the Financial Times, will be officially released at the Inclusive Boards: Women in Engineering Leadership Conference on October 22nd.


I am personally inspired but not at all surprised by the tremendous talent on the Women in Engineering list. Sadly there are still plenty of people who will be surprised due to a mind-set which say Engineering equals males not females. I took part as a judge because I wanted to be inspired. ” Patrick Clarke Director of Network Operations, UK Power Networks and judge for the list