Arup is committed to creating an inclusive working environment based on merit, fairness and respect. One that encourages talented people of any background to produce their best work of the highest quality.

As a humanitarian organisation we embrace the skills, abilities and knowledge that only a diverse and inclusive workforce can harness. We are constantly striving for diversity across the firm. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s an important part of our values and aims and how we maintain our reputation for innovation and creativity.

As a firm working in more than 100 countries, we recognise and respect each other’s differences and strive to build a working environment where those different perspectives create the best results for our equally diverse clients.

Arup’s Dr. Barbara Lane FREng has been named a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAEng).

In her role as Global Fire Engineering Leader at Arup, Dr. Lane helped bring fire safety engineering from a niche specialist discipline into a well-accepted mainstream profession by immersing it in the field of building design and construction.

The Royal Academy of Engineering proudly recognised Dr. Lane’s achievements at the event held in London, alongside colleague Dr. Alan Belfield, Arup UKMEA’s Region Chair whose contribution to mechanical engineering was awarded, particularly in the practice of analysis-led design.

Alan plays a significant role in promoting the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace amongst the 5,000 employees in the UKMEA Region at ARUP and for many years has been the Diversity Champion for Arup helping the company be recognised as a Top 50 Employer for Women by The Times for six consecutive years.

Barbara has driven the development of methodologies that are now regarded as industry common practice, and her work has informed the construction of some of the world’s most iconic buildings, including The Shard in London and Beijing’s CCTV building.

As a visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh, Barbara has contributed to the development of what is now the largest fire safety engineering department in the world and her commitment to improving competency across the profession has ensured that fire engineering is a well-accepted and recognised profession.

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Jo da Silva is Arup’s Global International Development Leader

One of her most high profile pieces of work has been developing the strategy and co-ordinating the efforts of over 100 humanitarian agencies to provide transitional shelter in Sri Lanka following the Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2005 on behalf of UNHCR.

60,000 transitional shelters were built in 6 months, which enabled families to begin to re-build their lives whilst reconstruction got underway. This was a result of cross-sectoral collaboration combining engineering, programme management and humanitarian expertise.

Jo’s particular skills focus includes buildings, infrastructure, disaster risk reduction and programme management. “Using my skills to create solutions to complex problems that will help improve the lives of others truly inspires me,” says Jo.

Why Jo chooses to work at Arup?
“I set up Arup International Development as a not-for-profit business within the Arup Group, so that Arup is able to make a greater contribution to humanitarian and development work than we are able to do through our charitable giving and volunteering.” explains Jo. “Humanitarian and development agencies are facing new challenges working in urban environments or on complex programmes, which require technical expertise, analytical skills, innovative thinking, and new approaches to programme management. These are Arup’s strengths, and I believe that our professional expertise, deep technical knowledge and unique geographical spread, can bring great benefit to the sector.”

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