People still think of engineering as a profession reserved only for white heterosexual men. But the industry is changing, with more women and people from ethnic minority backgrounds and the LGBT community all making a valuable contribution to the profession.
2017 marks 50 years since the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales. To celebrate this, InterEngineering has partnered with Mott MacDonald and the Royal Academy of Engineering to produce a series of videos profiling LGBT engineers talking openly about their experiences of the profession and sharing their personal stories. The aim is to show those thinking of becoming engineers that being LGBT is not a barrier to a happy and successful career.
Find out what it’s like being LGBT in Engineering:
- Mark McBride-Wright, chair and co-founder of InterEngineering and a gay man
- Kimberly Bartlett, a lighting engineer and a married lesbian woman
- Timothy Crump, an engineering doctoral student and a gay man
- Thomas Sheridan, a geotechnical engineer and a gay man
- Amanda McKay, a nuclear quality director and a bisexual trans woman
- Simon Clennell-Jones, an environmental consultant and a gay man
- Ryan Hallett, a Welsh mechanical engineer and a gay man
- Roger Juer, a civil engineer and a gay man
- Rob Ridley, a lead design engineer in the British Army and a gay man
- Richard Chapman-Harris, equality, diversity and inclusion manager and a gay man
- Peter Gracey, a rail safety engineer, Secretary of InterEngineering and a gay man
- Paul Robins, chairman of the Railway Assurance Board at Crossrail and a gay man
- Paul Laughlin-Hyde, a senior risk engineer and a gay man
- Gyandeep Saikia, a senior systems engineer and a gay man
- Emma Baldry, an LGBT charity worker and a lesbian cis-gender woman
- Charlotte Robinson, co-chair InterEng Midlands and a straight, trans woman engineer
- Emma and Ann, who got engaged at Liverpool Pride 2016!
- Diego Padilla Philipps, a structural engineer and a gay man
- David Turner, a transport modeller and a gay man
- Christina Riley, a senior planning engineer and a trans female role model