Eleanor Clarke

Eleanor Clarke | Rolls-Royce

Eleanor Clarke

Eleanor joined Rolls-Royce after finishing her DPhil in Materials Science at Oxford University where she investigated internal strains and dislocation densities in dual phase steels using X-ray diffraction and electron backscatter diffraction.

At Rolls-Royce she has developed a broad technical knowledge initially through the Marine Engineering Graduate training programme and then through various materials and manufacturing roles within Rolls-Royce including team leader roles. She is currently Manager of the Materials Engineering team at Rolls-Royce in Bristol which involves managing teams of Failure Investigators, Non-Destructive Evaluation engineers and Materials Applications engineers. She is passionate about supporting people to be at their best. Within work she is a Mental Health Champion, an active member of the wellbeing committee, STEM ambassador and former Leader of the Rolls-Royce Bristol Gender Diversity Network. Outside work she is a Guider.

Amanda Heslop

Amanda Heslop | Rolls-Royce

Amanda Heslop

The intriguing nature of flight and propulsion captured my 10-year-old imagination and, coupled with my curious and inquisitive nature, inspired hobbies, experiences and studies that led me to read Aeronautical Engineering at Loughborough University.

This was a not a traditional academic path for a woman, but demonstrates that I had an interest in technology at an early age. By the time I had graduated with a First Class Master’s degree, I had accumulated experiences at major airline maintenance facilities, small composite aircraft design studios, marine fabrication businesses, and the gas turbine engine design and manufacturing firm - Rolls-Royce.

I was accepted onto a one year internship programme with Rolls-Royce after competing for a place amongst thousands of applicants. Surpassing expectations, I started on the graduate programme in 2009 and shortly after gained Engineering Chartership status. I gained a breadth and depth of technological knowledge and experiences navigating the different Defence and Civil gas turbine engine teams including Component Manufacturing, Engine Systems Design, Life-Cycle Management, and Product Support and Investigations. After 6 short years, I was promoted to a role on the Chief Engineer’s first line and became one of a few female engineering managers globally in the Company.

More recently, my career has focused on supporting Rolls-Royce customers with their operational ambitions and issues. On the Trent 1000 engine programme, I worked closely with airlines and I was responsible for the corporate responses to in-service reliability and safety findings. Today, I am the Chief Project Engineer across Rolls-Royce Defence Legacy programmes (eg: Pegasus engine [Harrier Jump Jet], Merlin engine [WW2 Spitfire]). This involves working with international senior stakeholders and military organisations on multi-million pound projects, managing product safety, and identifying the best technological solutions to issues.

In parallel to performing in my management role in the Company, I have recently completed a second Master’s degree (Distinction) in Service Design and Management at the University of Warwick. Moreover, I passionately believe in promoting and supporting women in engineering. I contribute practically in cross-industry mentoring programmes and through various Rolls-Royce forums, including leading employee resource groups, speaking at Diversity and Inclusion conferences, and was recently invited by the UK Ambassador in Italy to discuss opportunities and challenges for women in engineering.

Natalie Wong

Natalie Wong | Rolls Royce

I joined Rolls-Royce as a Graduate Trainee after gaining a degree in Aeronautical Engineering. Whilst on the scheme, I completed placements in a broad range of areas, gaining experience in the Product Marketing, Stress, Performance, Experimental & Component Design teams. On completion of the Graduate Training Scheme, my first substantive role was as a Component Design Engineer, where I was involved in a number of projects for a variety of in-service gas turbine engines, investigating and introducing improvement initiatives through component design and manufacture. I also worked on the design of components for concept demonstrators and new products, and also have been the Integrated Project Team Leader for multi-discipline teams for a variety of projects in order to deliver design solutions to resolve in-service and production issues.

After about 5 years as a Component Design Engineer, I moved into a Systems Design role, working on a variety of engine programmes and more recently have been working on future engine concept design. I've been responsible for the technical integration and development of preliminary design of two new engines: my responsibilities in these projects have been wide-ranging and spanned a number of disciplines, including: leading technical packages of work; design of Systems; requirements elicitation & Systems Engineering; design studies; failure analysis; design studies & architectural design.