The Chief Executive of Rochester Bridge Trust has been shortlisted for a national award for her work with young people.
Sue Threader has been picked from hundreds of nominees in the annual WISE Awards, which celebrate the work of individuals and organisations who are leading the way for women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
She has been shortlisted in the Inspiring Young People category for her efforts to encourage engineering education. The award recognises the efforts of an individual to inspire girls to choose STEM subjects, jobs or careers where women are under-represented.
“I believe in an inclusive approach when it comes to young people,” explained Mrs Threader. “Civil engineering is a viable career option for both men and women, and by introducing young children to the profession before they are tainted by ‘girl’ or ‘boy’ subjects I hope to open their eyes to the possibilities before them.”
“To be shortlisted for this award is a great honour.”
As part of her efforts, Mrs Threader has written a book in her spare time, Learning about Bridges, which was published by the Rochester Bridge Trust and is available on this website.
Extra to this, Mrs Threader organises a range of hands-on activities aimed at inspiring children of all ages to consider a career in civil engineering. She also mentors several young people through the Arkwright Bridge Wardens’ Scholar Scheme.
WISE Director Helen Wollaston said: “I was blown away by the passion, energy, commitment and sheer dogged determination of the girls and women who were shortlisted. They are shining examples of talent which is changing the face of the UK’s science, technology and engineering industries, to keep us at the forefront of global innovation and make the world a better place.”
Mrs Threader is shortlisted alongside Kris Harrison, Head of Lean Engineering at Selex, an international leader in electronic and information technologies; and Sheila Thomas, Scientist in Residence at Bowling Park Primary School in Bradford.
The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in London on 12th November.
A Chartered Civil Engineer, Mrs Threader is Bridge Clerk (Chief Executive) of Rochester Bridge Trust, which provides passage over, under or across the River Medway.
Visit Wisecampaign.org.uk for further information about the awards.