News & Events-Alexandra Knight wins 2011 First Women Award

A chartered engineer from Frazer Nash has won a prestigious First Women Award, which recognises dynamic women who are breaking new ground across a range of industries.

Alexandra Knight, who joined the engineering consultancy in 2007, has won the award in the Manufacturing and Engineering category, for developing and managing a medical engineering business stream for the consultancy, proactively contributing to the development of young engineers and promoting women in engineering.

Speaking at the awards, Alexandra Knight said, 'I am very happy and honoured to have been recognised by the First Woman awards. I was delighted to have been nominated in the Manufacturing and Engineering Category and to win is fantastic. It has been very fulfilling to develop the medical engineering sector of the business and work on projects that really make a difference to people's lives.  I am fortunate to work in teams of such talented engineers that help turn these projects from good ideas into real successes.  I'm looking forward to continuing the progression of this new area for the company and to getting more young engineers involved in these exciting projects in the future.'

Since joining Frazer-Nash, Alexandra has demonstrated her drive and passion for engineering. She began work on projects in the rail, nuclear and submarine sectors and within a year she became Programme Manager for a high profile submarine inspection programme where she was not only the only woman, but also the youngest member of the team.

Being involved in a range of engineering sectors, she recognised an opportunity to develop the medical engineering sector that combined existing expertise from across Frazer-Nash's core engineering disciplines to benefit the health and wellbeing of the public, and was given responsibility for managing the campaign.

Alexandra has developed a wealth of new client relationships and has created opportunities for new business as a result of the campaign over the last four years, and has consistently exceeded all targets set. Projects have included an exercise bike designed to aid the rehabilitation of injured service personnel, to a 'Powerwheel' wheel chair for an NHS research programme.

The First Women Awards is now in its seventh year and is held in association with Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets, and supported by the Confederation of Business Industry (CBI) and, Real Business.

Diana Brightmore-Armour, CEO of Corporate Banking at Lloyds Bank Corporate Markets, said, 'This year's winners demonstrate the breadth of talent that women bring to all areas of our economy - they are truly outstanding. The recognition these awards offer is vital in providing inspiration to future generations of women and we are proud to support such an important programme once again.'