Joanna Kennedy is a Director of Ove Arup
and Partners, one of the UK's largest firms of consulting
engineers with seventy-six offices in thirty-one countries.
They have a reputation across the globe for dramatic and
adventurous engineering projects such as the Sydney Opera
House, the Channel Tunnel and Anthony Gormley's Angel of
the North. As a leader of Arup Project Management, Joanna
is responsible at any one time for a range of construction
projects, often worth hundreds of millions of pounds.
After gaining a first-class honours degree at Oxford University,
Joanna specialised in the design of structures such as bridges.
She subsequently developed her skills in the leadership
and management of large multi-disciplinary projects.
Joanna has combined her career with raising a family. Working
for a company which recognises the needs of parents by offering
a flexible working environment, allowed her to take career
breaks when her two children were born. She was later able
to work part-time in order to spend time with her sons.
Throughout her career, Joanna has been active in promoting
her profession, and describes her own experience of engineering
as 'exciting, creative and practical'. She has held a wide
range of public appointments including membership of the
Engineering Council. In 1993 she was appointed a Trustee
of the Science Museum and is a Board member of the Port
of London Authority. Joanna was awarded an OBE in 1995 for
'services to consulting engineering'. She is one of the
few women to be elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
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