The ceremony was conducted yesterday (Wednesday 17 December 2014) at the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills by science minister Greg Clark. As a foreign national – she is Irish – Mrs Mitchell is not entitled to receive the honour from the Queen at Buckingham Palace
Mrs Mitchell is a trustee and board member of the global engineering consultancy Arup. She was the Arup lead for construction of Heathrow Airport’s Terminal Five. She also led the Arup structural team for the complex Portcullis House project in Westminster and led the Arup team providing input on the concept for the Athletes’ Village in Stratford.
Mr Clark said: “She has made a tremendous contribution to engineering in the UK and is one of our foremost female engineers. In addition to her many achievements, she has shown a tireless commitment to promoting diversity in engineering.”
Mrs Mitchell herself said afterwards: “With the world looking to our industry to help find the solutions to the challenges of rapid urbanisation and global connectivity, it is such an exciting time to be an engineer. It is a great honour to have my career and contribution recognised in this way and it is my hope that this award inspires young people to join the profession, and have the exciting and rewarding career that I have enjoyed.”