Jane Smallman has been appointed as the 114th president of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).
David Loosley, IMarEST chief executive said Smallmanis the first female president of the IMarEST, and she will be an inspirational figure not just for women in, or embarking on, a marine profession, but also for men.
“I firmly believe that it is vital for both genders to see capable women in positions of leadership,” he said. “We need to highlight to the overall consciousness of our industry, an unquestionably male-dominated one, that gender has no bearing on aptitude or skill.”
In her new role, Smallman hopes to inspire future marine professionals about career possibilities in the industry; promote lifelong learning as a cornerstone of professionalism, increasing the diversity of the institute’s membership; and enhance the institute’s presence and influence internationally.
After a PhD in applied mathematics, specifically the computational modelling of water waves around structures, Smallman modelled chemical systems for British Gas before moving to HR Wallingford, a specialist consultant in the field of civil engineering and environmental hydraulics.
She was initially involved in maritime civil engineering and went on to develop business and manage and direct projects throughout the world. She retired as managing director of HR Wallingford in 2015, and in addition to her IMarEST activities, is also a part of the advisory board of the Centre for Ecology, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.
Smallman is particularly passionate about attracting new entrants to the industry and has highlighted the shortfall of staff and skills gap that the sector currently faces. She said, “If we, the marine professionals of today, are to assure a thriving and positive future for our industry for years to come, we must all work together to raise awareness and promote the genuine opportunities available to future generations of marine professionals.”
IMarEST is an international membership body and learned society for all marine and offshore professionals with a worldwide membership of over 17,000 based in over 128 countries. Singapore is home for IMarEST in the Asia-Pacific region.
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