An Interview with Amy-Leigh Cook, Design Engineer at Nuvia

Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day

In celebration of International Women in Engineering Day on June 23rd, Birchwood Park is proud to spotlight the journeys of exceptional female engineers.

Today, we are excited to share the story of Amy-Leigh Cook, a Design Engineer at Nuvia, who offers her insights into the industry and her experiences of working in the industry.

Q: Can you tell us about your background and what initially sparked your interest in nuclear or engineering?

Amy: From a young age, I was always fascinated by puzzles and science. My interest in engineering developed when I realised it involved applying scientific principles to solve real-world problems. Initially, I pursued a business apprenticeship as I was unsure how to enter the engineering field. However, when I saw an advertisement for an engineering apprenticeship at Nuvia Ltd, I decided to take the leap into a field I was most passionate about.

Q: What led you to specialize in your industry, and what has your career path looked like since you started at Nuvia Ltd on Birchwood Park?

Amy-Leigh Cook: I have been with Nuvia Ltd for almost eight years, starting as an Electrical Design Apprentice. I continued my education through to degree level, ultimately reaching my current role as an EC&I Design Engineer. Throughout my career, I’ve had numerous opportunities to expand my skill set and grow as an engineer.

Q: Can you tell us about a project you’re particularly proud of, and its impact on the wider industry?

Amy: I’m proud to have been involved in a design project for the European Spallation Source. This facility will be based on the world’s most powerful neutron source and will enable scientific breakthroughs in materials, energy, health, and the environment. It’s gratifying to contribute to a project with such wide-reaching impact.

Q: What challenges do women face in this industry?

Amy: There’s still a lack of female representation in the industry, but I believe organsiations like Nuvia can pave the way for a more diverse field.

Q: How can the industry overcome these challenges?

Amy-Leigh Cook: The industry is making great strides in providing education and support for women to become established professionals. I believe continuing to welcome and understand the value of diverse perspectives and skills will be key to overcoming these challenges.

Q: What do you think are the most critical skills or attributes for success in this industry?

Amy: The industry is constantly evolving with technological and process improvements. Therefore, adaptability and critical thinking are essential skills to ensure project solutions remain relevant and effective.

Q: What advice would you give to young women considering a career in the nuclear and engineering industry?

Amy: If you’re passionate about working on bespoke and rewarding projects, don’t hesitate to take the leap into this industry. It’s inclusive and offers a multitude of exciting opportunities.

Q: How do you see the nuclear industry evolving over the next decade, and what role do you envision women playing in this future, particularly here at Birchwood Park?

Amy: The nuclear industry is bustling with activity and is expected to continue this trend for the foreseeable future, partly due to the long duration of major projects. I foresee more women taking on leadership roles, positively impacting the next generation of female engineers based across Birchwood Park and serving as relatable role models.

Q: How does being on Birchwood Park support its occupiers and professionals joining the industry?

Amy: Birchwood Park supports industry occupiers by offering spaces for collaboration and relationship building. It encourages engineering showcases and provides excellent amenities for both work and leisure, making it an ideal environment for professionals.


Amy’s inspiring journey exemplifies the incredible opportunities and supportive environment at Birchwood Park. As we celebrate International Women in Engineering Day, we hope her story motivates more women to pursue and excel in the engineering and nuclear industries.


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