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Kate Hall

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Kate Hall, FICE; FCIHT

Awards: 35 Under 35, 2007; Woman of the Year - Women in Construction 2010; Lloyds First Women Awards Winner 2011

Biography

Kate's background in civil engineering includes 17 years experience of both large Infrastructure and international projects. She recently led Arup’s Olympic Park Infrastructure Design Team for London 2012 and is currently leading Arup’s involvement in the new High Speed Rail (HS2) engineering study, two of the largest key infrastructure projects for the UK. Kate is the Infrastructure Practice Leader for the Midlands, responsible for over 300 engineers based in Solihull and Nottingham offices.

She also holds key roles on the UK, Middle East & Africa Infrastructure Executive, the Global Design and Technical Executive and the Arup Global Infrastructure Board where she looks after the skills and research needs for Infrastructure.
Kate has worked with the UKRC being a mentor for younger women, taking part in video productions for careers advisors training and manager training, mentoring, supporting UKRC events. She links with schools and universities speaking at Imperial College women’s engineering society and at Westcliff High School for Girls attending events each year, acting as a key role model for others.

Within Arup she has also pioneered work on leadership development for staff, driving a coaching pilot and writing a successful business case for investment to launch the programme. In addition Kate has written a number of papers including a business case for diversity at Arup and has set up a diversity advisory group to the regional board. She has driven the set up of the first Women’s network at Arup for women to meet, mentor each other and business network with other external clients and industry partners. She is a key driver of positive change.

Kate’s extensive international experience includes working on key Infrastructure projects in Hong Kong, Australia, New York, Ireland and the UK.

Kate has an Honours degree in Civil and Structural Engineering and is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and also the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation.

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