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First female President welcomed at IMarEST

First female President welcomed at IMarEST

Published: 22/04/2016

Jane SmallmanJane Smallman CSci CMarSci FIMarEST was appointed 114th President of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) at its Annual General Meeting on 18 March 2016. She is the first woman to hold the position in the Institute’s 127-year history.

David Loosley, IMarEST Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted to welcome Jane as the first female President of the IMarEST. She will be an inspirational figure not just for women in or embarking on a marine profession, but also for men. I firmly believe that it is vital for both genders to see capable women in positions of leadership. We need to highlight to the overall consciousness of our industry, an unquestionably male-dominated one, that gender has no bearing on aptitude or skill.” 

After a PhD in applied mathematics, specifically the computational modelling of water waves around structures, Jane modelled chemical systems for British Gas before moving to HR Wallingford, a world leading specialist consultant in the field of civil engineering and environmental hydraulics. She was initially involved in maritime civil engineering before moving on to develop business and manage and direct projects throughout the world. She retired as Managing Director of HR Wallingford in 2015, and in addition to her IMarEST activities, is also a part of the advisory board of the Centre for Ecology, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas).

In her speech at the IMarEST’s Annual Dinner, held on the evening of the AGM, Jane stated four key themes she hoped to focus on in order to strengthen both the industry and the Institute, namely: “Inspiring future marine professionals about career possibilities in our industry, promoting lifelong learning as a cornerstone of professionalism, increasing the diversity of the Institute’s membership, and enhancing the Institute’s presence and influence internationally."

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