Pamela Liversidge OBE DL FREng is a former Senior Independent Director of Source BioScience plc
“A woman engineer needs to be the norm not the exception.”
How would you describe your current role to someone who knows nothing about engineering?
I work with the managers of various companies to help them find solutions to their business challenges.
Why did you choose to go into engineering?
I really enjoyed Maths and Physics at school and decided that engineering gave me the best opportunities for jobs which used these subjects, and a rewarding career.
What do you like most about being an engineer?
Working with a wide variety of people and finding solutions to problems as a team.
Tell us about an achievement which you are most proud of.
Being elected as the first female President of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and having a Sheffield University building named after me.
How do you think gender parity in engineering can be achieved?
We need to have a significant number of competent women in engineering so that it is custom and practice for women to hold jobs at all levels in the engineering industry. A woman engineer needs to be the norm not the exception.
How has being a woman in engineering changed since you started working in the engineering sector?
I used to hide the fact that I could touch type in case I was classed as a secretary! We are no longer expected to make the coffee and there is more than one woman in the room in most situations. Also we are no longer expected to take the minutes. But remember she who controls the agenda controls the situation!
What would you say to someone considering a career in engineering?
Just do it and be spoilt for choice and opportunity.