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WSP hosts Women in ITS forum for Women in Engineering Day

WSP hosts Women in ITS forum for Women in Engineering Day

 June 23, 2023

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To celebrate International Women in Engineering Day (INWED), WSP hosted a Women in ITS Forum meeting, with speakers including WSP Head of Business - Operations & Safety, Simon Sheldon-Wilson; National Highways Head of ITS & Mobility, Vivi Michalaki,;4Way Consulting Smart Cities Sector Lead, Shane Collins; Arcadis Technical Director, Georgette Foster-Bell.

Effective safety and wellbeing leadership 

The agenda saw Simon detail his experience of effective safety and wellbeing leadership. From leading roadside assistance operational teams and major change programmes at the RAC, to overseeing that day-to-day operation of the strategic road network with the Highways Agency (and National Highways) Simon has put visible leadership at the heart of his approach by spending time with front-line operational teams in their working environment.

Sustainable transport solutions 

Shane followed, sharing information about the Edgbaston Terminus. The Edgbaston Terminus is a traffic signal site with LRT facilities. This project provided a sustainable transport solution and there were a number of safety issues that needed to be resolved during the design process.

How impostor syndrome affects women 

Vivi raised the topic of imposter syndrome, how it may affect us all and especially women, in the working environment. Vivi provided an opportunity to openly discuss and share personal challenges in this area, where employees might experience how their daily work life is affected by feelings of self-doubt, and identify ways to overcome it. 

An overview of decarbonisation 

Meanwhile Georgette concluded the event byproviding an overview of decarbonisation at National Highways and how Arcadis has assisted on a Birmingham Highways contract to make its supply chain partners feel safer at work.

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