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International women in engineering day 2023

Event organised by ICE

Date
23 June 2023
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Overview

Hear from Christina Harrhy, Chief Executive of Caerphilly County Borough Council - one of the largest councils in Wales. Find out about Christina’s journey to the top how she did it her way.

Christina will offer her personal reflections from her progressive career journey. Through sharing challenges overcome, opportunities seized, and lessons learnt, the audience will capture the ingredients needed for women to enjoy varied senior executive leadership roles.

Join us to hear from Christina herself and the key issues she will highlight.

Organisers

The Institution of Structural Engineers

The Institution of Structural Engineers

The Institution is the world's largest membership organisation dedicated to structural engineering.

Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

The natural home for all people working in highways & transportation infrastructure.

The Chartered Institute of Building

The Chartered Institute of Building

CIOB are the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.

CIWEM

CIWEM

Membership organisation to thousands of members and organisations in over 89 countries with a dedication to improving water and environmental management.

Speaker

Christina Harrhy

Christina Harrhy

Caerphilly County Borough Council

Chief Executive

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Christina Harrhy

Drawing upon her 30 years of local government experience, Christina is Chief Executive of Caerphilly County Borough Council. The 5th largest council in Wales, with over 8,000 staff, delivering approximately 700 services every day, accountable to 180,000 residents and 69 elected members.
 
Through nurturing and empowering staff and communities, Christina has visibly led the transformation of the Council, whilst shining a beacon of light of civic leadership internally and externally throughout the Covid pandemic. These achievements were recently nationally recognised with the Council shortlisted in prestigious awards, including Council of the Year 2021 (LGC awards), Council of the Year 2022 (MJ awards) and Most Improved Council 2022 (LGC awards).   Christina was a highly commended finalist, MJ Chief Executive of the Year 2021 and is also listed within the top 100 influential women in Wales. 
 
Christina is Vice Chair of SOLACE Wales and lead SOLACE Education Chief Executive; through these roles she works closely with Government to develop national policy and practices across the public sector. She is also the Gwent Electoral Regional Returning Officer.
 
Christina has a master’s degree in public administration (MPA) and a first-class honours degree in Civil Engineering. She is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
 
Following completion of her MPA and her Leadership bursary at the highly esteemed Harvard University in Boston. Christina developed an award winning, innovative, value-based Leadership in Public Services Master’s degree programme.  In recognition of the success of the programme, coupled with her overall contribution to public services leadership, Christina was awarded the Leading in Wales, Leader of the Future Award. Christina has since led the development of a collaborative leadership programme “MeUs” between the Council and Gwent Police.
 
Christina lives in Monmouthshire with her husband and daughter and in her spare time enjoys walking her dog and travelling.

For more information please contact:

Jessica McQuade