The IET’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year Awards 2016 - Inspire, Inform, Influence, Invited – Celebrate the women who will shape the future


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Interview Day judges



Mamta Singhal

Mamta is a Commercialisation Manager, Coca Cola European Partners. GB Supply Chain.

Mamta holds a BEng Product Design Engineering from Glasgow University, MSc in Engineering Management from Strathclyde University and an MBA. She has worked internationally as a design engineer for firms like Dyson and Hasbro where she was in involved in product development, prototyping and manufacturing of new products.

Over the years she has also been a spokesperson for the IET, Strathclyde University and this year she was a guest speaker at the Mr Men – Little Miss Inventors book launch. In 2016 she was a STEM mentor and spokesperson at the Management Todays Inspiring Women’s Conference.

Since winning the Women Engineering Society Prize in 2007 she has appeared on BBC Breakfast, national radio and involved in national/international press campaigns additionally she is an active volunteer for the IET.

She has been associated with the awards since 2007 and has been on the judging panel a number of times for both the IET Innovation Awards and the IET YWE Awards.


Dr Ozak Esu  

Dr Ozak Esu

Dr Esu was YWE Winner in 2017, Cundall

Ozak grew up in Nigeria and moved to the UK to study at Loughborough University, where she graduated with a BEng. and PhD. in Electronic and Electrical Engineering.
In 2014, she joined Cundall in the Building Services Engineering team where she leads the design and installation of electrical services on construction projects nationally and internationally.

Ozak is passionate about advancing society through engineering and has devoted the past nine years to STEM outreach and volunteering initiatives.

In 2017, she was named in The Telegraph Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35 lists and won the Generation for Change (G4C) Constructing Excellence Midlands “Young Professional of the Year,” and “The David Bucknall Rising Star” awards. In the same year, she received the IET Mike Sargeant Career Achievement Medal and won the Young Woman Engineer of the Year 2017 award.


Riad Mannan  

Riad Mannan

Riad is External Relations Officer, Association for Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers.

Riad graduated with a civil engineering degree from University of London before working for a major engineering consultancy on various projects in the UK. After 7 years, he switched careers to become an events professional organising conferences and training courses in the construction, power, and renewable energy sectors amongst others.

He has recently spent 10 years in Dubai working on various large scale events in the construction and oil and gas sectors. Returning to the UK in 2016, he now combines his passion for engineering and events, by working at the Institution of Engineering and Technology as the Events Portfolio Development Manager.

He is an ardent proponent of greater diversity in engineering with a keen interest in seeing more BME professionals in leadership positions.


Sqn Ldr Angelina Littlefield  

Sqn Ldr Angelina Littlefield

Squadron Leader Angelina Littlefield was born in Salford in 1980. After graduating from the University of Sheffield in 2001 with a 2.1 BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering and a PGCE Secondary Mathematics from Chester University in 2002 she undertook a short career as a Maths teacher before joining the Royal Air Force in February 2006.

She graduated from Initial Officer Training in September 2006 winning the Sword of Merit and undertook a brief hold at 90 Signals Unit, RAF Brize Norton before commencing Engineering Officer Fundamental Training. Her first tour was as Computer System Manager at The National Imagery Exploitation Centre, where she undertook a 4 month detachment to the UK Trade and Industry in London in support of Farnborough International Air Show 2008. During this tour Littlefield studied for a BSc (Hons) in Engineering Management earning a 2.1 from Lincoln University.

On posting to Head Quarters Air Command in May 2013 Littlefield was responsible for Information Risk across aircraft platforms and information systems. Promoted to Squadron Leader in November 2013, Littlefield worked at MOD Corsham as a Programme Manager deploying to Qatar in support of Operations.
Arriving at RAF Marham in September 2016, Littlefield is responsible for all Communication devices in support of Tornado and the new F-35 Lightning Aircraft.




Maddy is a Senior Software Engineer at GCHQ.

She has had a varied career in deep technical areas at GCHQ after completing her Master’s degree in Engineering.

A leader and a role model in inspiring the next generation of engineers and technologists, she participates with the GCHQ Apprenticeship scheme as a mentor and assessor. She is a champion for STEM outreach and is involved in a number of focus groups for improving STEM outreach.

She is currently the Chair of GCHQ’s Women in Technology group (WiTTY), part of a Highly Commended team for Diversity and Inclusion recognised across the Civil Service.


Online judges


Tamsin lishman

Spirit Energy

Captain Sharon Malkin

Royal Navy

Mike England

RS Components

Darren Borthwick

Royal Mail

Sean Swadling


Shalini Palmer


Barbara Shollock


Tristan Dale










Alison McGuinness


Mark Goudie


Jill Faure


Glynis Dean


Angelina Littlefield


Andrew Smith


Dr Ozak Esu


Mamta Singhal

Coca-Cola European Partners

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