Kim Dennis, IT Specialist Skill Group Manager with Marconi Communications,
Stoke, Coventry, today won the prestigious title of 1998 Young Woman Engineer of the Year.
During a celebratory 21st anniversary ceremony held in London at the RSA
(Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts Manufacturers and Commerce) 26 year old Kim
was presented with a cheque for £1,000, a silver rose bowl and a certificate by Her Royal
Highness The Princess Royal. Runner-up and winner of the Women into Science and
engineering (WISE) prize was Catherine Day, a Senior Test Engineer with Millbrook Proving
Ground Limited, Millbrook, Bedfordshire. Catherine, 30, received a cheque for £600
donated by WISE and a certificate. A third prize of £200 and a certificate was also
awarded to Senior Software Engineer, Amanda Box, 28, who works for Thomson Marconi Solar
Limited in Rochester, Kent.
In addition to the main Award, a Mary George Memorial Prize is also offered to younger
entrants who, whilst academically eligible have yet to gain experience and responsibility
required for the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award.
Winner of the 1998 Mary George Memorial Prize was 23 year old Angela McConville, a
Production and Logistics Controller with Bradley Doublelock Limited, Bingley. West
Yorkshire, Angela received a cheque for £300, a silver slaver and a certificate. The
runner-up was Jacintha (Jassy) Pyke, 24, an Experimental Engineer with CompAir BroomWade,
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. Jassy received a cheque for £150 and a certificate.
Jointly sponsored by The Institution of Incorporated engineers (IIE) and The Caroline
Haslett Memorial Trust, this years Award attracted a substantial number of high
calibre contenders with a wide range of knowledge and experience in electronic, electrical
and mechanical engineering.
Several of the previous years winners, alongside representatives of the companies
who sponsored the ten finalists, were introduced to HRH The Princess Royal who, having
made the presentations, attended a special reception to celebrate the Awards 21st
Kim Dennis, 26, from Binley, Coventry
Skill Group Manager for IT Specialists Marconi Communications, Stoke, Coventry
In 1998, having completed her secondary education at Wolston High School, Coventry, Kim
began an OND in Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering at Coventry Technical
College under a Technical Apprenticeship with GPT Limited, Stoke, Coventry. Upon
completion of the course in 1990, Kim remained at Coventry College as a sponsored student
for a further two years to pursue a HND in Electrical and Telecommunications Engineering,
qualifying in June 1992.
Having successfully completed her studies, GPT Limited rewarded Kim with her first role
as System Support Specialist. In 1995 she moved on to the position of Team Leader for IT
Specialists and later progressed to her current as Skill Group Manager for IT Specialists
under GPT Limiteds new title Marconi Communications. As Skill Group Manager,
Kim is responsible for the career development, pastoral care and discipline, resource
management and workload scheduling of her team of 20 technical specialists. She is also
heavily involved in project management which involves preparing project briefs and plans,
and monitoring and communicating each projects progress.
Despite such a hectic work schedule, Kim finds time to lead an Air Training Corps
Squadron of 40 cadets taking them on outward bound weekends up and down the country. To
relax (and enable her to keep up with her teenage cadets!) Kim regularly visits the local
gym for a workout and a swim.