Nicola and Jenny honoured at European awards ceremony
TWO EDF Energy employees have been honoured at the prestigious European Women in Construction and Engineering Awards, with Hinkley Point C’s Nicola Fauvel being named as the 2016 Best Woman Electrical and Mechanical Engineer.
Nicola, who is one of the project’s nuclear island delivery managers, beat four other finalists in her category to win the title.
Jenny Costley, EDF Energy’s construction delivery lead, was a finalist in the Best Woman Civil Engineer section.
Both women had to undergo a vigorous judging process at the finalists’ ceremony held at London’s Waldorf Hilton.
They had to give a presentation, answer questions and convince the 48 judges to give them top marks.
The women with the most points in each section were named as the winners, with each being presented with a trophy as well as a double-page feature in the awards’ dedicated magazine.
Nicola, who has a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering, said: “To be selected as a winner among people I look up to is one of the highest accolades I could aspire to achieving.
“I still wonder how it is possible to get a prize for getting on with a job that I love and have wanted to do since I was 12!”
Married with two children, Nicola, 40, who lives in Bridgwater also promotes STEM (science, technology and maths) subjects by giving talks to schoolchildren and young women.
“There is such a myth about construction and engineering not being for women. I am determined that by going into schools I can show that it really is a myth and that projects like HPC offer women really interesting, rewarding and well paid careers,” she said.
Nicola began her role with EDF Energy at Torness nuclear power station as a systems engineer before moving across the Channel ten years later to work in EDF’s engineering design centre in Paris.
From there she headed to the new-build power station at Flamanville before returning to the UK to work on the Hinkley Point C project.
David Speight, Head of Civil Construction who nominated Nicola for the award, said: “Nicola really deserves this award. She has a huge infectious energy and brings out the best from any team she works with.
“She also has an immense capacity for knowledge of complex systems across the whole power plant.”
Although Jenny was pipped at the post for an award, she still beat scores of other nominees to secure a place in the final.
“I am lucky to have found a career I love and hope to inspire others to join this industry,” Jenny said.
For more information contact:Annelise Cowie
External Communications Manager, Hinkley Point
Notes to editors
EDF Energy in the South West
In the South West EDF Energy employs around 4,000 people across three key sites; at Hinkley Point in Somerset, at Barnwood, near Gloucester, and at Exeter. We operate Hinkley Point B power station, which employs around 550 staff and 220 contract partners. A new nuclear power station, capable of supplying around 5 million homes, is planned at Hinkley Point, subject to a final investment decision. We have an operational support centre at Barnwood, while Exeter is home to one of EDF Energy’s three UK-based call centres. As well as currently generating enough power for some 1.5 million homes in this region, EDF Energy also provides gas and electricity to 610,000 customers with over 20% of those opting for one of the company’s Blue+ products backed by low-carbon generation. We make sure we buy enough electricity generated from a low-carbon nuclear source to match every unit of electricity we estimate our Blue customers use. EDF Energy is proud to power some of the largest companies in the UK, including sites for the Ministry of Defence, Tesco Stores Limited, Morrisons and Everything Everywhere, right here in the South West.