Lauren Neal

“I champion Diversity, it’s who I am”.

With an English father, Trinidadian mother, growing up in Scotland and studying engineering, Lauren knew she stood out from her peers. From a young age Lauren recognised herself as a ‘disrupter’. On her 6th birthday, her father helped her build a Lego Technic JCB for ages 9-11 and called her his “little engineer”. Proudly sharing this at school, she was met with the first of many such responses throughout her life and career – “You can’t be an engineer, that’s a man’s job.”

Experienced project manager with a skillset tuned to innovative ways of working in a diverse, global environment, Lauren to date has had a very impressive career in the energy industry. Over the last 17 years, she has had increasingly demanding roles on several notably valuable projects across the UK (North Sea and Net Zero Teesside (the UK’s first decarbonised cluster)), Trinidad, Azerbaijan and Indonesia.

Currently, Lauren works on a major project in a remote part of Indonesia. Her role is responsible for integrating offshore, onshore and subsurface scopes. Estimated to reduce bp’s Aim 1 emissions (net zero operations) by a significant amount, the project also intends to provide additional energy for the region.

Prior to her current role, Lauren spent five years in Azerbaijan establishing a subsea services organisation that became a model for other regions around the globe. She also transformed bp’s regional women’s international network as co-chair with the mission: to support technical women to be seen, heard, and included. Network turnout grew from 12 to over 200 within two years under Lauren’s leadership with males and females in equal attendance.

Lauren has a passion for supporting and developing others outside of her day-to-day responsibilities; channelling this drive and enthusiasm has led her to take on additional roles such as: establishing a graduate development programme, chairing the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)’s Scotland North Younger Members committee, and tutoring students in mathematics as a STEM ambassador.

Graduating with a masters degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from The Robert Gordon University, Lauren is a chartered engineer through the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and is a member of the Association of Project Management.