Diane Bourne, proud winner of Women in Civil Engineering at the CECA NW Awards 2017, started her career in Civil Engineering at the University of Bradford and secured a position initially as the first female chain-lad with Kilroe. This first opportunity created the springboard for a career that now spans 30 years and throughout this period Diane’s skills and talents have blossomed, firstly as a manager, but then as a mentor and respected business leader.
Diane is now the managing director at Eric Wright Civil Engineering, based in Preston and is responsible for a £60m infrastructure and water business that employs more than 250 employees.
She has a strong desire to encourage other young people into the industry and has been instrumental in the development of the Eric Wright Learning Foundation working in partnership with Preston’s College providing opportunities to young adults from 14+ to support and guide them in choosing a career within the wider construction and civil engineering industry.
Diane is a Charity Trustee of ‘Water Park Lakeland Adventure Centre’, an outward bound residential centre based on Coniston Water (run by the Eric Wright Trust). The centre focusses on young disadvantaged people providing them with genuine life changing experiences not otherwise afforded to them.
In recognition of the diversity of the female business community, Diane has twice been recognised by Business Insider Magazine as one of the North West’s ‘Women of Influence’ and ‘Woman 100’.
Diane’s passion for the profession of civil engineering; her desire to support and nurture the talented young individuals of the future; her commitment to learning and development and to leadership and business excellence over a 30 year career is difficult to argue with and makes her a worthy winner of the ‘Women in Civil Engineering’ award.