Dr Phebe Mann, Women in Housing Award Professional of the Year Finalist
Eur Ing Dr Phebe Mann, Bradford College Honorary Fellow, is an outstanding engineering surveyor in housing, an innovative teacher and a potent role model for women in STEM, a 2018 winner of Telegraph/WES-Top50 Woman in Engineering in recognition of her excellence in housing and the built environment, which goes above and beyond in a professional capacity across housing, engineering, legal and education.
Phebe is the first woman engineer of ethnic origin appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales. In recognition of her professional achievements in different areas in housing, she was awarded Woman of Outstanding Achievement Tomorrow’s Leader Award in 2011. Phebe is the first and only woman to hold eight professional qualifications concurrently in the UK: Chartered Civil Engineer, Chartered Surveyor, Chartered Construction Manager, European Engineer, member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Fellow of the Royal Society of Art, Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, the first female chair of the Chartered Institute of Building in Leicester, mentor of Cambridge University Land Economy Department, Phebe inspires others to provide leadership and innovation in housing and built environment. She is pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at De Montfort University and has attained a Distinction in Property Law and Practice.
Dr Phebe Mann is a true pioneer – the first and only woman to hold eight professional qualifications concurrently in the UK – Chartered Civil Engineer (CEng MICE), Chartered Surveyor (FRICS), Chartered Construction Manager (MCIOB), Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb), European Engineer (Eur Ing), Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and Member of the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIHM). In recognition of her contributions, she was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). Phebe became the first female chair of the Leicester Centre of the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), being the first woman to hold this office in the CIOB’s history. Phebe feels that these achievements have helped to remove the invisible barriers of precluding women to achieve in housing, surveying, and engineering. Phebe, being a female from an ethnic minority group, has overcome numerous barriers in Housing and Engineering. Phebe is indeed an inspiration for future generations of women in Housing and the Built Environment.
Phebe is a mentor of Cambridge University Department of Land Economy; is the first woman engineer of ethnic origin appointed by the Lord Chancellor to the Agricultural Land Tribunal for Wales. Phebe is a 2018 winner of Telegraph/WES Top50 Women in Engineering in recognition of her excellence in housing and the built environment. Her achievements go above and beyond in a professional capacity across housing, engineering, legal and education.
Phebe is a STEM Ambassador, taking every opportunity to encourage girls to consider housing and the built environment as their career; for example, as a Warranted Adult Leader of the Guide Association, she introduces activities such as “building the tallest structures with straws and paper”, “designing a bridge crossing a stream” at camps, “build the lightest beam to carry the maximum loading competitions”, “building a waterproof shelters” at camps etc., to promote housing and the built environment.
Phebe’s vision for her future is to inspire developments in housing through training future housing professional for the built environment and developing innovative interactive systems to support housing maintenance and management. She intends to build on her achievements and commits herself to contribute to better property design, innovation, developing and integrating computing new technologies in housing management.
In recognition of her extraordinary achievements and leadership qualities she had displayed in her career, the UKRC (now WISE) chose her as one of their Women of Outstanding Achievement in 2011, in a prestigious campaign to increase the visibility of the most influential women in science and engineering, so that they could be role models for young women considering their career options. Phebe was very proud to accept the award as she is passionate that women know that engineering offers them interesting and rewarding careers at the very highest level. Phebe’s WISE portrait is located permanently at The David Hockney Building, Bradford College, adjacent to the sculpture of Nobel Prize winner, Sir Edward Appleton. Her WISE Portrait was unveiled on 29 November 2016 at the WISE Event at Bradford College.
Although Phebe does so much to promote science, engineering and technology education at generally, she is also devoted to helping individuals attain their potential. Indeed, despite her own extraordinary academic performance, she takes the greatest pride in supporting others break through the barriers to achievement. Whilst working for the Open University she found that helping science, engineering and technology (SET) students, who struggled in the face of adverse circumstances, particularly rewarding. She was delighted that her intervention made a difference to many students, including a single mother who passed a crucial final year computing module, a severely dyslexic student who passed his Computing degree and a prisoner who received first class honours in his design degree.