Katy is top UK engineer

A woman who is helping a local authority make greater use of renewable energy won a prestigious engineering award today.

Katy Deacon, 27, from Cleckheaton, was named the UK’s Young Woman Engineer of the Year.

She works for Kirklees Council and has promoted wind turbines and solar power in schools and colleges.

She has also created a renewable energy kit to help architects, engineers and developers make best use of energy.

Rob McGill, chief executive of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, which gave the award, said: “Katy has made some admirable achievements throughout her career and is a worthy winner.”

Hundreds of women entered the competition – but only 5 per cent of UK engineers are women.