Atkins’ Elspeth Finch awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal

Written by Elena Collins on 25 June 2013

We are delighted to announce that World Cities Network Advisor and Atkins Director Elspeth Finch has been awarded the Academy’s coveted Silver Medal for business and technical leadership in over 100 transport planning projects in the UK and internationally. 

Elspeth is currently Director of the Futures team in Atkins, which explores innovative infrastructure solutions to the risks and opportunities facing cities and countries in the near and long term future.

She is the only woman this year to have been awarded the Medal and only the fourth woman to have ever received the Silver Medal since the awards began in 1994.

Elspeth Finch said: “I was surprised and thrilled to receive the Silver Medal. Knowing the depth of talent of my colleagues, who I work with each day, makes this award mean a huge amount to me. But, I wouldn’t have achieved success in the industry without the support of the incredibly bright colleagues at Atkins who have put their faith in me.

“By receiving this prestigious medal, I hope to show both the breadth and value of engineering and help inspire the next generation to pursue a career in this industry. Through collaboration across the industry, I feel confident we can address the complex global challenges such as rapid urbanisation and climate change. Engineers are central to developing and implementing the innovative solutions required to meet the needs of future generations.

“Finally, I would like to congratulate my fellow Silver Medal winners –  it is rather humbling to be in their company.”

David Tonkin, Atkins’ Chief Executive Officer for UK and Europe said: “Anyone who has worked with Elspeth will immediately feel an infectious passion for her work and a huge sense of pride in her profession. This is backed up with solid technical knowledge, a high degree of creative thinking and a talent for networking and forming collaborative teams which are all gifts we can learn from. This is a well-deserved honour, and in a business where people define our culture, Elspeth is a tremendous asset to our team and role model for colleagues and those seeking a career in engineering.”

The Silver Medal winners must have achieved significant commercial success in their fields and be recognised for advancing the cause of British engineering.

The medals will be presented at the Royal Academy of Engineering annual awards dinner at London's Battersea Power Station on 17 July 2013. 

For further background on Elspeth, please see below. Please view the RAE website for more information about all the Silver Medalists. 

Categories: Engineering