Alexandra Mather

My career to date; I have worked at WSP as a Graduate Civil Engineer for 1.5 years – working in Highways before moving into Bridges in Feb 2020.

Within this time, I have completed 2 internal secondments (one on site on the A19 Coast Road Junction Improvement Scheme, and one delivering maintenance schemes for North Yorkshire County Council in which I managed my package of work throughout). I was selected to be put on such secondments at short notice and showed flexibility; travelling to Northallerton from Newcastle daily to complete. I also showed management skills as I managed my maintenance schemes from start to finish. I also gained excellent feedback from a technical director for one of the secondments. In addition to working on other projects, I was a Professional Growth Network rep for Newcastle for 1 year before moving onto the lead rep role; hosting and organising a number of events. (This is a WSP initiative).

I graduated from the University of Leeds in 2018 with a degree in Civil Engineering with Project Management. Whilst in my final year there I was the President of the Leeds Civil Engineering Society.

Outside of work, I am a local committee member for the Women’s Engineering Society (Tyne and Tees) local cluster and National Association for Women in Construction (North East) Committee Member/Secretary Support – in which I complete and circulate minutes after each meeting, along with one other lady. I am also a mentor for the Uni of Leeds e-Mentoring Scheme and am an aspiring STEM Ambassador -currently undergoing the process of getting DBS checked before I am an official ambassador! The role will fit well with the 2 previous events I have volunteered at – Careers Speed Dating and CV Building workshop at local schools. I am also awaiting training to become part of the NAWIC mentoring scheme – a half day of training is required before I will be paired with a local Civil Engineering Student.