McVittie named in top engineers’ list
UK: Linda McVittie of J & E Hall has been named in this year’s list of the top 50 women in engineering.
The annual Top 50 Women in Engineering award was established by the UK’s Women’s Engineering Society (WES), its publication coinciding with today’s celebrations of International Women in Engineering Day (INWED).
Currently sales manager in Scotland for J & E Hall, Linda McVittie has spent more than 30 years in the refrigeration industry. Joining Star Refrigeration in 1990 as a sales office administrator, she combined work with studies, achieving a BSc in Building Services Engineering to become a technical sales engineer. After spells with Johnson Controls and Trane, McVittie joined J & E Hall in 2013.
A Fellow of the Institute of Refrigeration and a chartered engineer, Linda McVittie was also the first woman to chair the Scottish Branch of the IoR.
The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) is the oldest professional UK body for women in engineering. The Top 50 Women in Engineering awards were founded by WES in 2014. Previous winners from the industry have included Jane Gartshore of Cool Concerns, Laura Bishop of Infinitas Design, Jacinta Caden of USystems and Lisa-Jayne Cook, herself an employee of J & E Hall at the time of her award in 2019, and now with GEA.
Now in its eighth year, International Women in Engineering Day, on 23 June, has gone from strength to strength in its celebration of women in engineering and allied professions.
Latest figures show that just under 13% of the engineering workforce is female. INWED is intended to give women engineers around the world a profile when they are still hugely under-represented in their professions. As the only platform of its kind, it plays a vital role in encouraging more girls and young women to take up engineering careers.