The International Women in Engineering Series: Meet Janine

23rd June is International Women in Engineering Day and to celebrate, we’re hearing from the great women in our business, as they talk about their careers in this sector. 

We’re kicking off the series with Janine Kayode. A London-based principal fire engineer, Janine was a 2021 winner of the Women in Fire Safety Awards, and here she talks about her love for the industry, and the challenges she’s faced on her journey… 

Hi Janine! Tell us more about your role at OFR?

I am principal fire engineer and am responsible for leading, managing and delivering a wide range of projects, in a client facing role.  

I provide training and support for other engineers on projects and I’m responsible for financial performance on the projects I lead on.

What do you love about the work you do?

Variety, ability to work on multiple projects, collaborative nature of the work as I work within an internal team but also part of external project teams; it’s nice to meet a lot of people

What made you pursue a career in engineering?

I love how challenging designing something can be. Every project is really unique and I love that the end result is a physical structure that can be enjoyed or meet a need in society.

Who’s your inspiration? Either in engineering or in another sector?

This is a tough one, I don’t have a particular person in mind. I am encouraged by the fact that every day more and more women take up the calling to be engineers, which encourages me to continue going on the journey and be a point of reference for others in the future. 

Have you faced any challenges as a woman in this sector?

My biggest challenge is making sure I always be my authentic self and not let any negative experience change the way I view the world or interact with it. If you can do the same that will help you each day! 

Find out more about Janine and the great work she does at OFR here.

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Janine Kayode

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