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WSP women leaders address infrastructure conference

WSP women leaders address infrastructure conference

 May 02, 2023

WSP women colleagues leverage each other’s strengths and expertise as they contribute to some of the world’s most unique and challenging projects.

WSP has stepped forward as an Interchange Launch Partner to provide valuable thought leadership and vision, for which Interchange is grateful and proud to have WSP at its top table.

Interchange is an accelerator for essential change - a hub for integrated, intelligent, low-carbon transport infrastructure. As such, Interchange launched an inaugural event convening a community of operators, designers, builders, place makers and technologists to integrate transport infrastructure, improve places, and deliver net zero accomplishments.

As a founding partner of Interchange, WSP took part in the inaugural Interchange UK conference with Executive Director, Rachel Skinner [pictured above], opening the conference. Also discussing climate action, security, transport and infrastructure was WSP Transport Planning Director, Kerry Bangle, and WSP Cyber Security Capability Lead, Betty Helienek.

A hub for integrated transport infrastructure

WSP founding partner Interchange UK

Drawing on over 130 years of technical excellence, WSP offers a holistic approach to the transport and infrastructure planning, design and management. WSP brings the latest technologies and a culture of innovation to its work to meet community needs for mobility, connectivity, sustainability and resiliency.

Opening the Interchange conference

Rachel Skinner CBE is WSP's Executive Director, Responsible Business (ESG) and Government Relations, and has worked with WSP for over 24 years. She opened the Interchange conference and set the stage the discussions that followed, covering climate action, security, transport and infrastructure.

Rachel began her career with WSP as a Graduate to Associate in 1998, and since then has had roles including Director, Sustainable Development and Planning, Director, Development, and WSP Executive Director, Head of Transport, before moving in to her current position.

Rachel graduated with a Bachelors' Degree in Geography from Durham University in 1998 and received a Master's Degree in Transportation Planning and Engineering from University of Leeds in 2001. She is in progress to receive a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Open University Business School. Rachel has also held positions as Patron for Women in Transport and was President for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Talented women working with WSP

Kerry Bangle [pictured above] is an engaging leader in the transport field with an infectious sense of enthusiasm, persuasion and tenacity to get the job done. She is WSP's Transport Planning Director, London and South East, having previously worked for 12 years as Principal Consultant for The Nichols Group. Kerry has also had roles as Department for Transport's (DfT) Secretary of State for Transport's Acceleration Unit, Technical Advisor, as well as Transport for London's Head of Air Quality, Environment and Technology. Kerry graduated with a BA (hons) in Geography from Durham University in 1996, and an MSc(eng) in Transport Planning and Engineering from University of Leeds in 1998. She has also received a Challenge of Major Projects from Said Business School, University of Oxford in 2013.

WSP Betty Helienek

Betty Helienek [pictured above]  is a Cyber Security specialist with extensive experience in the Transport sector and certified in Application of ISA-62443. She provides delivery, advice and thought leadership to clients and as an Advisory Board member of UK’s Cyber Security Council formation project, in the Cyber Security technical committee of ISA’s Smart Manufacturing and IIoT as well as in many publications, papers and webinars. Betty is WSP's Cyber Security Capability Lead, Technical Director, seeing her lead the Cyber Security capabilities to provide key customers in this area with expert advice and thought leadership. She previously worked as Cognosec's Director of Product Management and Business Development in the UK. Betty graduated with a Degree in Physics from University of Vienna in 2003, and a Bachelor's Degree in Security Management from University of Zilina in 2010.

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