Murphy Engineer up for 'Best Young Woman Engineer' accolade

This week we caught up with WICE Award finalist, Imogen Graves, assistant design manager working on a high profile HS2 project. Here's what she told us about being nominated and her time with Murphy.

The WICE awards recognise women from all across Europe that are “breaking down barriers and building new highs”.

Women represent only 11% of the construction workforce in the UK. Most of these jobs are office based with only 2% working in manual jobs. In engineering the figure is even lower than construction with women representing only 9% of the work-force.

The aim of the awards is to make the industry more enticing to women. To create role models for women considering a career in engineering or construction, while encouraging companies to employ and train more women.

Imogen is a finalist for the 'Best Young Engineer’ award.

Tell us a little bit about your role?

I’m an assistant design manager working on demolition, ground remediation and ‘noise & vibration mitigation’ packages. My role is to liaise with our design joint venture, make sure designs and technical deliverables are completed on time and on budget and to support the project managers with any design queries throughout the lifecycle of a work package.

How long have you been with Murphy?

I joined Murphy in August 2015, straight from university, as a graduate. As part of the graduate scheme I moved around several different areas of the business; starting in Utility Connections, moving to CAMs, Natural Resources & Marine, Rail and now working for Laing O’Rourke Murphy Joint Venture (LMJV) on the Northern Enabling Works Contract for HS2.

What's been your proudest achievement at Murphy so far?

Joining LMJV and being given the opportunity to be a part of the biggest infrastructure project in the UK. Working here has opened so many doors and given me the chance to work on a variety of different elements of the project, such as Undertakings & Assurances, Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, Skills, Employment & Education and being chair of the social committee. All of this has been alongside learning more about the technical side of the project and expanding my engineering knowledge.

Are there any particular challenges you faced and overcome?

It’s been a steep learning curve since joining the joint venture, but one that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed. There is always something new to learn and a new challenge to face and I hope to continue developing on this project.

How do you feel about being a WICE awards finalist?

I’m absolutely delighted but also in a mild state of shock, the interview day is going to be a completely new experience and, of course, I’m looking forward to celebrating all the wonderful women in construction and engineering at the awards dinner in May!

What would you say to other women considering career in the construction industry?

Go for it, don’t be put off by headlines and statistics, engineering is an exciting and rewarding profession that you can thrive in and being part of the construction industry is an experience like no other!

Good Luck Imogen!

The finalists will be going forward to the judging panel in April with the award ceremony taking place on 24th May 2018 in London.

Find out more about the WICE Awards at

Posted Monday, April 16, 2018 by Emma Best

Awards, Rail

About Emma Best

Communications officer based in London. Project experience from rail and power sectors. I like visiting projects and writing first-hand about the great things we are doing, get in touch if you have a story to tell! / 0203 757 1273 / LinkedIn here


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