Civil engineer on shortlist to win prestigious award

Kate Cairns during the Kielder Marathon on Sunday.
Kate Cairns during the Kielder Marathon on Sunday.

A leading North East civil engineer is in the running to win a prestigious award for her work in the UK’s science, technology, engineering and maths sector.

Kate Cairns, the Institution of Civil Engineers North East’s Sustainability Panel chairman, has been shortlisted for the Women in Science and Engineering Awards in the Health and Safety category, sponsored by Amec Foster Wheeler.

Kate, from Newton-by-the-Sea, said: “I am delighted to have been shortlisted from such a large number of entrants with so much expertise. I have been working to tackle the incongruous industry complacency of deaths involving construction vehicles off-site. This recognition of my work signifies a paradigm shift in awareness and a new willingness to acknowledge and address the issue.”

Northumberland county councillor Kate is an independent consultant on sustainability and construction logistics. She is also a director of CEEQUAL Ltd, the sustainability assessment, rating and awards scheme for civil engineering.

She founded the See Me Save Me campaign in 2009 following the death of her sister, Eilidh, who was run over from behind by a tipper lorry while cycling to work in London. She has been a strong and tireless advocate for the elimination of death by HGVs ever since. On Sunday, she ran the Kielder Marathon to raise funds for the campaign. To sponsor her, visit