Engineering a Brighter Tees Valley

Our Chair, Paula, was delighted to hear about the status and future of skills in the Tees Valley yesterday.

Paula was one of only three people who got to ask the prospective candidates at the North East Chamber of Commerce Husting a question.

She also got to speak to Zoe Lewis CBE at the event hosted by Middlesbrough College and found out how great this Tees Valley institution is doing as the biggest supplied of school leaver engineering courses in the country.

Greening the steel industry

As Chair I was delighted to host Chris McDonald’s talk on greening the steel industry in person at The Moline Cross in Norton.  As a Civil Engineer this certainly offered me a very different perspective on how we can transition towards Net Zero through local manufacturing.

Chris’s reputation as an expert in the steel industry was evident from his interesting talk which included technical details on how technology has and will evolve over time.   I found the interrelationships between jobs, infrastructure, training, productivity and the health and wellbeing of society fascinating.  Green steel manufacturing can bring multiple benefits, a just transition and lots of opportunities for young people with appropriate long term holistic thinking – and of course funding. 

The audience was made up of a variety of local people who were really engaged and asked lots of questions.  We also got to do some networking where the power of ‘in person’ helped us foster some ideas beyond steel.

Chris said ‘I thought it was an incredibly worthwhile event. Thank you for doing such good work in bringing engineers together and discussing climate action in Stockton’. 

As promised Chris has supplied his slides and contact details:



Facebook: @ChrisMcDonaldforStocktonNorth

X: @chris4SN

As Chair I am delighted we really are sustainably engineering together in the Tees Valley 😊

Engineering Together presented to InstMC

Our Chair Paula was delighted at the opportunity to spread the message that we need to Engineering Together more for a sustainable future workforce at the North East Institution of Measurement and Control annual dinner.

Many thanks to our EngTog member John Noon for the opportunity.

EngTog working together at the Tyne Bridge

Our Chair was engineering together with the ICE, Common Room and Tyne Bridge team at the opening of the Tyne Bridge Visitor Centre (Tyne Bridge – Restoring an Icon) and the unveiling of the Dorothy Buchanan Plaque (Plaque unveiled to honour female member of Tyne Bridge design team — Tyne Bridge – Restoring an Icon).

This collaborative approach to using history to highlight the diversity issues today, working together, community liaison, thinking of wildlife and of course technical engineering challenges all make us very happy at EngTog.

STEM really does make a difference

We are pleased to share some great feedback from a parent of a student at Green Gates School who knows we rarely get feedback from the talks these kids have when they go home that day.

‘I just wanted to share a sweet moment I had with my daughter this morning on the way to school. We were discussing World Book Day, and I mentioned that I work with a lady who has created these amazing stories about a character called Lottie. I explained that Lottie goes on adventures, meeting engineers.

She looked at me with surprise and said, “That’s Paula!” I was taken aback that she knew and asked her how she knows that. She then told me that you and Lottie had recently visited her school, Green Gates Primary, and she had met you.

It all adds up now because recently she came home from school and said she wants to be an engineer and build her own theme park!

Thanks for having such a positive impact on my daughter’

Get in touch if you want to get involved.

Not sure who had more fun

The children at Handale were incredibly interested to find out all about engineering. After an assembly with some great questions the younger students really got involved with reading of the Lottie Books and were excited to be left with copies for their classrooms.