Following the ongoing work of CIHT in relation to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace and especially within the Transportation industry sector, CIHT are very proud to be able to announce this 2-part webinar taking place on 19th May.
The webinar will start at 13:00 with an interview between Karen McShane and Sue Percy where Karen will discuss transitioning whilst living and working in Belfast.
There will be a 5-minute break before we continue at 14:00 where an all-female panel will present and discuss ground-breaking research on the perception and experiences of women in transport.
The webinar is open to both CIHT members and non-members. We welcome and encourage everyone from all backgrounds and of all genders to join us.
This webinar is certainly one you won't want to miss!
Part One - This month, we are fortunate enough to be joined by the inspiring Karen McShane who transitioned to a woman whilst living in Belfast and working within the highways and transportation sector. Following starring in the Channel 4 documentary "The Making of Me" Karen joins us to discuss her journey to find herself along with struggles and barriers she came up against along the way.
Sue Percy, CEO of CIHT will be interviewing Karen in an open setting so that you get involved in the conversation and put your questions to Karen.
Part Two - The second half of the webinar will present ground-breaking research on the perceptions and experiences of women in transport.
The report was commissioned by Women in Transport whose mission has always been to empower women to maximise their potential and the research has provided a real insight into the issues women are currently facing that may prevent them from doing so. It fills a gap in our knowledge and provides concrete recommendations for how we can create imminent change.
The webinar will hear the main findings and recommendations from the research; and this will be followed by a panel discussion and live audience Q&A.
The discussion will explore what challenges the transport sector needs to address to become a fully inclusive and diverse sector.
Karen McShane is a past chair of the Northern Ireland branch of CIHT. She is a Trans woman living and working in Belfast. She starred in the 2019 Channel 4 documentary “The Making of Me” following her journey to find herself.
Professionally, Karen runs a Civil Engineering Consultancy, works for the Northern Ireland Government body the Strategic Investment Board as an Associate Adviser and up until 2020 held a lecture position in civil engineering at Queens University Belfast as well as a visiting lecture post in Ulster University.
For her pastimes she is a board member of The Rainbow Project Belfast and Ulster Touring Opera, despite the fact that she cannot sing! Karen is enthusiastic about educating the UK community on Diversity, Inclusion and Trans issues.
She cant wait to get out of lockdown and start meeting friends again.
Sue Percy is the Chief Executive Officer of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation. CIHT is a charity, learned society and membership body with 14,000 members, who are mainly engineers and transport planners, operating in the UK and internationally. Sue’s interests include improving the way transport infrastructure - including roads - is planned, funded, designed, built, managed and operated to meet societal needs, environmental imperatives and supporting a strong economy. She has a deep interest in changing the image of the transport infrastructure industry and making it a more diverse and inclusive career for all.
Sue holds several voluntary Trustee and non-executive Director roles and is a member of the roads expert panel of the Office of Rail and Road. She has worked in the built environment sector for over 30 years in allied professions, Higher Education and in local government. Sue was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in June 2019 for services to transport.
Kate Carpenter is discipline lead for operational safety, supporting many strategic and local authority clients deliver an evidence-based approach to intervention design and network management.
Kate has lead safety governance work on smart motorway projects, Queensferry Crossing, and other projects for Transport Scotland, Welsh Government and TfL, as well as local authority Clients.
She is passionate about design and network management that support active travel for more sustainable and equal access to travel and healthy outcomes.
Jo founded JFG Communications in 2016. Before this, Jo was Head of Campaigns, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement at Transport for London (TfL), where she built the company’s award-winning stakeholder engagement team. Jo transformed TfL’s external relationships and built stakeholder support and advocacy for London’s transport infrastructure and the funding to deliver it.
Jo is a social scientist and a chartered public relations practitioner who is an expert in creating innovative ways to connect people and policymakers. She believes in early engagement to enable better policy. Jo helps companies engage their stakeholders, build advocacy about what they do, and inform and inﬂuence public policy.
Dana is a leader in the field of transport infrastructure.
She is a Director with over thirty enthusiastic and creative years in the construction industry. She is best known for her many achievements at Transport for London directing asset investment, delivery in transport infrastructure and pioneering the collaborative London highways alliances.
She is a champion of equality and inclusion in the industry and enabled many women to achieve their potential through coaching and mentoring.
She is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Brunel Museum and is seconded to the DfT Hammersmith Bridge rehabilitation team as Project Director.