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The Hatfield Lecture 2019

(13 February 2019)

Hatfield College is delighted to welcome Rachel Skinner, Hatfield alumna, as the guest speaker for the 2019 annual college lecture on Thursday, 28 February at 6pm in ER201, Elvet Riverside. The lecture is entitled 'Transport 2050: driverless cars? Shared mobility? Better places? Smarter routes? A collision of geography/transport/engineering'. The lecture is open to everyone, and is free but booking is required. 

Rachel is UK Head of Transport and an Executive Director at WSP, and a Vice President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). She is a chartered engineer, an ICE Fellow and Trustee. She is also a Patron of Women in Transport, having been one of its founding board members. A Hatfield graduate, Rachel left Durham with a first class Geography degree in 1998 and dived, somewhat by accident, straight into the world of transport and civil engineering.

In 2016, Rachel was named as one of The Telegraph’s inaugural Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering and in 2017 she was named as the Most Distinguished Winner and Best Woman Civil Engineer at the Women in Civil Engineering Awards.

She has authored and co-authored various publications on topics including autonomous vehicles and future place-making, and before that about digital technology and its potential for infrastructure, industry innovation and collaboration. She is involved with major projects for clients across the public and private sectors, including leadership of a growing portfolio of future mobility projects in the UK and overseas.

As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the admission of women to Hatfield this year, and the achievements of our Hatfield alumnae, it is especially fitting to welcome Rachel back to College as our distinguished speaker.

Rachel graduated from Durham in Geography in 1998. She has been elected the next President of the Institute of Civil Engineers in 2020, the youngest person - and second woman - ever to hold this role in its 200 year history!

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