YEN South West Committee
Sophia is Chair of the YEN South West Centre and after graduating in Architecture and Environmental Engineering from the University of the West of England in 2013 joined WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff as a Graduate Mechanical Engineer. Since then Sophia has worked on a variety of projects, taken on greater responsibility and progressed in her career to Mechanical Engineer after achieving her IEng status at the end of 2014.
Over the last two years Sophia has retained a strong link with UWE where she has worked as an Associate Lecturer. Sophia is enthusiastic that this link will be a great opportunity to encourage more young engineers to get involved and bring a fresh perspective in providing knowledge share amongst the Centre.
Sophia is excited about the innovative and creative technical, social and networking events that CIBSE YEN SW Centre offers to young engineers and aspires to ensure this only continues to strengthen within the Region.
Hayley Williams is Vice Chair of the YEN South West Centre, following a year as Secretary. She is employed by the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, and works in the Estates & Facilities Team specifically looking after compliance and sustainability for the hospital.
With previous experience in the construction industry as a Sustainability Consultant, she is now applying her knowledge in an operating building which is an exciting task.
Through undertaking a CIBSE approved MSc in Climate Change & Sustainable Development, she became involved in the YEN SW Centre. As a sustainability professional she brings a different perspective to the centre, and to the events organised. She is keen on developing integration of different disciplines in order to share knowledge and build comprehensive networks.
Anna is Secretary of the YEN South West Centre and after graduating in Architecture and Environmental Engineering from the University of the West of England in 2015, she joined AECOM as a Graduate Sustainability Consultant. In the first few months of working at AECOM, Anna has worked on a variety of projects including the Government’s Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), conducting energy audits and working on renewable feasibility studies.
Anna hopes to further progress her career by pursuing professional engineering accreditation. The joint accreditation in her degree, and the multidisciplinary nature that comes with working in sustainability, means that she is interested in providing events which will include people working in all types of professions.
Carla is Immediate Past Chair of the YEN South West Centre and is employed as a senior mechanical engineer at Arup in Bristol. Prior to joining Arup, Carla gained 5 years industry experience within a medium sized consultancy whilst completing a part-time Building Services Engineering degree at the University of the West of England. Following which she then joined global engineering firm AECOM where she spent a further 2 years progressing her project experience to become a senior engineer.
Carla’s aim for the network is to harness the ingenuity and enthusiasm of young engineers in order to raise awareness of the building services industry amongst fellow engineers and the wider community.
Furthermore, through her roles as a STEM Ambassador, and a committee member of Constructing Excellence G4C South West, Carla aims to use her support network to help deliver the key objectives of the YEN mission.
Gwyn is a general member of the YEN South West Centre. Graduating in Architecture and Environmental Engineering from the University of the West of England in 2014 he joined BuroHappold Engineering as a Graduate Engineer in Sustainability and Physics. In the first 8 months of working at BuroHappold, Gwyn has worked on a variety of projects and has led a development project for a small off grid island community.
Gwyn hopes to continue his passion for low energy design and engineering through pursuing both his architectural education and progressing with professional engineering accreditation. He hopes to bring new ideas to the table for CIBSE YEN SW developing and widening the scope of talks and events offered for professionals within the region.
John is new addition to the team and is currently heading up the development of the groups online presence.
John has been working as a mechanical engineering for Hydrock since July 2015. Previous to this John, worked in the building services industry for many years. He started out as a tradesman installing a wide range of mechanical services. He quickly moved up to project and contract management. In 2012 John decided he wanted to move into the design side of the industry. He enrolled at London South Bank University and obtain a masters in Building Services Engineering, which he graduated in January 2015.
John would like to see a more collaborative industry. One that produces good user friendly, easily maintained and sustainable buildings. And see's that CIBSE Young Engineers Network is the platform to achieve this in the southwest.
Alec works for Arup as part of the Facades team in their London office, as well as working within the Facilities management team in the Bristol office.
Alec completed a BEng in Architecture and Environmental Engineering at Bristol UWE and has a continuing interest in both Architecture and the building envelope and post occupancy sustainability and analysis.
He is currently working on projects in the Middle East with alongside Grimshaw Architects, as well as undertaking more localised projects in the London area.
Alec has a continuing interest in post occupancy BIM use and how this information is used to reduce operating costs.
Outside of work Alec has recently been involved with the energy analysis at Glastonbury Festival.
Shahadat has been a member of CIBSE YEN SW since November 2013. He graduated in Electrical & Electronics Engineering from South Bank University in 2011 and worked for a medium sized consultancy in Central London for a year prior to joining AECOM (Bristol) as a Graduate Electrical Engineer in 2013.
As a member of the AECOM Graduate Network of around 200 graduates, Shahadat is keen to bring forth new and innovative ideas for Technical, Social and Networking Events to CIBSE YEN SW. He is passionate and enthusiastic about enhancing the industry experience of young engineers and promote the exciting aspects of engineering to future generations.
Nick is a general member of the CIBSE YEN SW committee and currently works at BuroHappold in Bath as a graduate, with a focus on mechanical engineering. Nick graduated with a degree in Architecture and Environmental Engineering from the University of the West of England in 2014. He has a keen interest in sustainability and aims to work with architects to reduce the need to mechanically condition buildings from a fabric first approach.
John has recently joined the CIBSE YEN SW as a general member in March 2015 but has been actively involved with CIBSE since September 2010.
John graduated from the University of the West of England, Bristol with an Architecture and Environmental Engineering degree. He is currently working in Buro Happold as an MEP Graduate Engineer and has been involved with a variety of projects mainly focused in the Middle East.
John is keen to involve and encourage students to actively participate in CIBSE events so that the organisation can grow and develop into a hub for knowledge and expertise.
Gareth is a recent addition to the YEN South West team having previously been involved in the peninsular group. He graduated from the University of Leeds with a Masters in International Construction Management & Engineering.
Gareth joined Babcock International Group in 2010 as a graduate Building Services Engineer focused on Facilities Management engineering and energy conservation, covering MoD estate to Educational establishments. In his current role Gareth has helped to drive the development of the Major Projects Team running a number of multidisciplinary projects across various establishments with close stakeholder management.
Gareth hopes to raises awareness of CIBSE within the FM environment and bridging the gap between the FM team and the designers. With a passions for driving controls technology and energy conservation Gareth hopes to building on this knowledge and share this throughout the group.
Josh is a general member of CIBSE YEN SW.
Josh has graduated from London South Bank University with a BEng (Hons) in Building Services Engineering, alongside which, he has been working in the industry for 6 years. Josh works for Buro Happold, in Bath, as a Mechanical Engineer but his involvement with YEN SW started over a year ago whilst working for Ridge & Partners in Bristol. Josh is a STEMNet Ambassador and actively helps out in community events and local after-school clubs.
He is a young enthusiastic member of the YEN SW team who has helped to grow this centre to the strong position it holds today.
Jon is a general member committee member for CIBSE YEN SW.
Jon graduated from Nottingham Trent University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 2007. As part of his degree Jon undertook a 14 month industrial placement with a building services consultancy. Upon completing university Jon joined The Brodie Partnership as a building services engineer and has worked on a wide range of projects gaining experience in all aspects of design and project management.
Jon joined YEN aiming to increase awareness of CIBSE and the building services industry. Jon is also a STEMNet Ambassador.
Rebecca is a peninsular member of CIBSE YEN SW, this role covers the Devon and Cornwall regions.
Rebecca received her Masters in Architectural Engineering in 2010 and before joining Hulley & Kirkwood in 2013 she spent two years working for FTSE 100 company as a Graduate Building Services Engineer.
She has a genuine interest and enthusiasm of Building Services and joined the committee for a better platform in which to positively engage with others and promote the industry within the Peninsula area while benefitting from the support and insight of other like-minded individuals.
Jon is a general committee member and the Society of Light and Lighting representative of the CIBSE YEN South West.
Jon started in the building services industry in 2001 as an apprentice electrician and spent a number of years working in an installation role. He began his current role as a Senior Electrical Engineer at Hoare Lea in 2013 after having worked at AECOM for 6 years since moving into a consultancy role.
During his progression from apprentice electrician to senior engineer Jon gained his electrician qualifications as well as an ONC and HNC in electrical engineering from City of Bristol College and then a degree in Building Services Engineering from UWE.