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Lucy Ackland

‘I love my job because it is challenging, creative and diverse. I’m helping to develop the technologies of the future.’

Lucy Ackland ignored all the advice given to her about her future and left school at 16 to do an apprenticeship. She went on to rack up several qualifications before achieving a first class engineering honours degree in 2012.

Aged just 28, Lucy is Project Manager of the special projects team at engineering company Renishaw, won the Women’s Engineering Society Prize in 2014 and last year bought a three-bed house in Bristol.

Lucy is a great advocate for ‘learning by doing’. She says engineering is her passion and she loves being a role model and sharing her passion with young people, particularly girls as women are so poorly represented in engineering.