Could there be an award at the end of the tunnel for senior engineer, Junley Chan?

This week we caught up with our fifth and final finalist, Junley Chan. Last but by no means least, the senior engineer has been nominated for the 'Best Woman in Tunnelling & Underground Construction' accolade. 

The WICE awards recognise women from all across Europe that are "breaking down barriers and building new highs". Women represent only 11% of the construction workforce in the UK. Most of these jobs are office based with only 2% working in manual jobs. In engineering, the figure is even lower than construction with women representing only 9% of the work-force.

The aim of the awards is to make the industry more enticing to women. To create role models for women considering a career in engineering or construction, while encouraging companies to employ and train more women.

The WICE awards have provided us with a fantastic opportunity to focus on the achievements of our amazing staff and further promote women in construction, we're wishing them all good luck on the night.

Here's what our final finalist told us about being nominated and her time with Murphy.

How long have you been with Murphy and tell us a bit about what you do?

I've been with Murphy now for six years. I joined as a graduate engineer and have progressed to senior engineer. I have enjoyed working on a variety of tunnelling projects – both on site and during the pre-construction stage. I am currently on a design secondment at AECOM working on Thames Tideway Central. Before that, I worked on tenders including HS2 and the York Potash Mineral Transport System. I was part of the engineering team, managing work packages and submission requirements.

What is your proudest achievement at Murphy?

Being part of the teams achieving and surpassing goals and milestones, for example, being preferred bidders for the York Potash project after a year of hard work.

Are there any particular challenges you faced and overcome?

Completing my three year part-time masters whilst working long hours – but the support of the tunnelling team helped tremendously.

How do you feel about being a WICE awards finalist?

It is a great opportunity and experience to be part of an event that highlights the contribution, support and achievements of women in the construction industry.

Is there anything you would say to other women considering a career in the construction industry?

I would encourage it as there are numerous career options available for everyone.

Good luck Junley!

The award ceremony takes place on 24th May 2017 in London.

Find out more about the WICE Awards at

Posted Tuesday, May 16, 2017 by Emma Best

Engineering, Tunnelling, Awards, People, Rail

About Emma Best

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