Meet our Members

Meet some of our Council Members, you can always contact us ( if you wish to get involved.

Paula McMahon

As well as being our Founding Chair Paula works for Sir Robert McAlpine as a key worker on the A19 DBFO Project which maintains part of the strategic road network. Paula also undertakes a wider role in SRM mentoring and coaching candidates who are working towards professional qualifications.

Paula has for many years volunteered with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and is currently a Trustee and Head of UK Regions. Paula also undertakes international roles by chairing the Editorial Panel of the ICE Proceedings: Civil Engineering and is an ICE Reviewer.

Paula also has other voluntary roles helping encourage a workforce and workplace fit for the future. This includes being a STEM and Apprentice Ambassador, an active member of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) Tyne and Tees Cluster, attending as a guest lecturer at Teesside University and sitting on the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) Transport Forum.

Dr Jo Douglas-Harris

Dr Jo Douglas-Harris is a Product and Applications Scientist at Venator, specialising in the development of titanium dioxide pigments for coatings. Prior to this, she worked for British Sugar as a Process Scientist. Jo completed a master’s degree in Chemistry in 2013 at the University of Edinburgh and a PhD in Chemical Engineering in 2017 at the University of Bath. Her PhD was sponsored by Unilever researching fabric cleaning and laundry detergents.

Jo has previously been a Vice President of the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) and sits on their Board of Directors. She is also the cluster coordinator for the Tyne and Tees Region. Jo initially got involved with WES during her PhD, when she was one of the founding members and subsequently the chair of WESBath, the University of Bath Student Women’s Engineering Society. Upon joining WES council in October 2015, Jo took on the role of Student Groups and Universities Liaison, managing the growing number of WES affiliated student groups. In June 2016,

Jo formed the WES Early Careers Board (formerly called the Young Members Board), a group of 12 early career female engineers, and chaired this board for two years. During her time as chair the ECB redesigned the WES poster for secondary school age students, ran an essay competition, and supported the Centenary Manager in a successful Heritage Lottery Funding bid. Jo has organised #LottieTour for three years, growing this project from 10 WES volunteers in its first year to over 150 engineers in 2018.

Andy Stevenson

Andy is a chartered mechanical engineer and a fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineering (IMechE), entrepreneur and Chair for the North East Region of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers as well as its Teesside Committee and NE Regional Undergraduate Design Challenge. A STEM Ambassador and steering committee member for the “Bring it On” event, Andy is passionate about the North East of England and encouraging future generations who live here to pursue a career in engineering.

Andy runs a number of engineering design and consultancy company’s based in Darlington developing new products and solving real world problems in the offshore oil & gas, decommissioning and renewable energy sectors. See more about Andy’s company at

Nicola Hill

Nicola is a Chartered Transport Planning Professional (CTPP) working at Arup, in Stockton. Nicola graduated from the University of Leeds with a Masters in Geography in 2003 and started her career at JMP Consultants as a Transport Planner where she specialised in accessibility planning. In 2007 Nicola joined Arup where she completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Geographical Information Systems and Science. Nicola’s current work focusses on development planning and master planning projects.

Nicola is a former Chair of the CIHT in North East and Cumbria and was also previously a Board Director and Secretary for the Transport Planning Society. Nicola represents CIHT on the Engineering Together committee.

Alex Bottomley

Alex is an Electrical Engineer with experience in a number of sectors including, Petrochemical, Mining and Minerals, gas storage and Nuclear.

An active member of the IET Teesside committee he promotes technical events and lectures within the region as well fulfilling a role as a STEM Ambassador.

Alex started as an apprentice working through his BTEC before moving on to a HNC and subsequent BEng in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from Teesside University.

He is currently studying for a distance learning postgraduate MSc in Electrical Power Systems Engineering through Manchester University alongside his work in industry.