Women in Rail: Picture Imperfect 2019

Taking place annually on 23 June, International Women in Engineering Day is celebrated throughout the world. 

This year, Women in Rail held an event in Birmingham which was run in conjunction with SLC Rail and Ford & Stanley.

The aptly named ‘Picture Imperfect’ event displayed photos of women doing their regular, day-to-day work in engineering. 

Engineering is a career that so many people love and thrive in, irrespective of gender. With the Picture Imperfect photo competition and event, the aim was to share that message widely, with photos of women doing their regular, day-to-day work.

Managed Services Consultant Jessica Jones is a member of the Women in Rail committee (West Midlands) and coordinated and displayed all submitted pictures at SLC Rail’s office in the heart of Birmingham, for all to see during a networking buffet.

Jennifer Hayton was selected by a panel of engineering professionals and announced as the winner. With Kate Wilson and Chloe Cook both being named Runner-ups.

Jessica, who works in conjunction with SLC Rail in Birmingham, headed up the event. She commented “this event was all about celebrating the outstanding achievements of women engineers. It was great to see such a wonderful turn out and celebrate their individual successes. The photos were an amazing talking point throughout the evening. Thank you to everyone that took part.”

Colleague and Senior Consultant, Catherine Huynh was also in attendance and added: “this event could not have been a success without the great work that Jess has put in. She organised this event in conjunction with her day job; coming in early and staying in late when necessary. Jess is fast approaching her one-year anniversary here at Ford & Stanley and I couldn’t be happier to work day in day out with such a strong and empowering woman.”