AN engineer who has dedicated her life to promoting civil engineering in Yorkshire has received a prestigious medal for her work.

Penny Marshall, who worked as the regional director for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in Yorkshire and Humber for 10 years, and has been an ICE member for more than 45 years, was presented with the Garth Watson Medal for her service to civil engineering, at the 2021 ICE Awards.

Recently retired, Penny has worked tirelessly across Yorkshire and Humber and the North East to inspire the next generation of civil engineers.

Penny has been an enthusiastic and inspiring mentor for promoting civil engineering as a career to women and girls. From 1974-1978 she was the only female undergraduate on her Civil Engineering course at Newcastle University, and has dedicated herself to raise the profile of civil engineering and to improve access for females in civil engineering.

Commenting on receiving the award, Penny said: “I am grateful and deeply honoured to have my contribution recognised in this way.

"It is important to note that the achievements of the last 10 years were very much a team effort, and as far as I’m concerned the medal belongs to all past and present members of the regional support team, committees and my colleagues in the hugely supportive regions network.”