Sutcliffe welcomes experienced executive associate to its team, as company continues to grow throughout the North West

by Ian Hughes
23rd January 2023

Civil and structural engineering firm, Sutcliffe, has grown its headcount further throughout the first month of 2023, welcoming one of the region’s few female Chartered Structural Engineers Kate Watson, as executive associate to the company.

L - R: Sean Keyes (managing director), Kate Watson (executive associate), Anoop Jayakkar (technical director)

L – R: Sean Keyes (managing director), Kate Watson (executive associate), Anoop Jayakkar (technical director)

With over 15 years of experience as a structural engineer, Kate has previously worked for a number of high-profile firms in London, including Patrick Parsons and AKT, specialising in the residential sector and leading large structural and civil project teams along the way.

Bringing a wealth of knowledge to Sutcliffe’s HQ, Kate will be working with senior managers, on a number of multi-million pound projects including Countess of Chester Hospital, Haywood Civic Centre and Touchstones Grade II refurbishment as well as helping to oversee the development of the apprentices and younger members of the team.

Sean Keyes, managing director of Sutcliffe, said:

“Huge advocates of equality and diversity in the workplace, Sutcliffe has a long and proud history of working with and unearthing the best female talent in the sector. With Kate bringing years of experience and on-site skill to the team, I have no doubt that she will help take us to the next level, as well as act as a role model for the females and males within the office and the industry.

“With approximately just 14% of the construction sector made up of females in 2022, we need to continue to push female inclusion in the sector and that must begin in early years education.

“From a commercial and a social perspective, having more strong women in the sector can only be a good thing, especially as we want our industry to truly reflect the environment that we live in.”

Kate Watson, executive associate, Sutcliffe, added: 

“We are at a very important time right now, with the technological leaps that have been made in recent years, as well as the increasing threat of the climate crisis. As engineers we have the power to alter the impact on our world and environment, to drive forward new sustainable technology and methods of construction.

“Sutcliffe is an incredibly well respected company in the North West, and I am now looking forward to being a part of their journey as they head towards their 40th anniversary in a few years time, continuing to work on plenty more projects which are re-modelling the face of the Liverpool City Region, Manchester and beyond.”

Having completed over 32,000 jobs since 1985, Sutcliffe can now also boast a plethora of new high-profile project wins throughout the last 12 months, with these projects representing over £500 million worth of construction work in the North of England.

These projects include work on 155 new homes in Wigan for Torus Developments and 177 new homes in Salford for Salford Council with Seddon Group Ltd, the appointment on the RISE and Yorkshire Housing framework and projects on the new Mossley Hill mental health hospital in Liverpool and the new Stepping Hill general hospital in Manchester.

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Ian Hughes
Ian Hughes
Marketing Manager
23rd January 2023