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Joanna Kennedy
civil engineer

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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Joanna Kennedy is one of the few women to be elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. As a Director of Ove Arup and Partners she works for one of the world’s most innovative engineering companies. Throughout her career she has actively promoted engineering as a profession.

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