Katharine Kelly

Manager for Graduate Development Transport Scotland

Katharine Kelly, CEng FIHE, began her career in the bridges department of JMP Consultants (now Systra) before moving to the Highways team of Halcrow Group Ltd in 2005. She spent 18 months in the UAE with Halcrow, where she lived in Abu Dhabi and worked on the infrastructure design of Yas Island, the purpose built island created to host a new Formula 1 racing circuit and other major developments. Back home in Glasgow, she was lead Highways Designer for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, with her team being responsible for getting the Games’ athletes and officials around Glasgow with minimum disruption to the public. In 2013 Katharine established an apprenticeship scheme within her office, subsequently recruiting over twenty apprentices into the business. 

After 15 years spent working in a design consultancy, Katharine moved to a client role at Transport Scotland in 2020, where she continues pursuing her passion for promoting, growing and nurturing talent within the Engineering industry.  She is a professional reviewer for the IHE and sits on the JBM (Joint Board of Moderators) for Engineering Council.

Born and raised in Durham, Katharine headed to The University of Edinburgh where she completed a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering with Construction Management in 2003. After her degree she took a year out, which she spent working in Sri Lanka; teaching English and Music at a school in Mount Lavinia.

My Speaker Sessions

Wednesday 15 June 2022


Panel Discussion: Promoting diversity, inclusion and skills in the workforce

11:40 - 12:20 Diversity and Skills Highways Theatre
  • Identifying the core workforce issues such as aging workforce, lack of diversity and impacts on delivery and budgets
  • Balancing the costs of contractors/consultants vs investment in internal resourcing and training
  • Retraining existing staff with the appropriate ICT skills across route planning, EVs, autonomous vehicles

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