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Head of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Judith Hackitt CBE, has been awarded an honorary doctorate in Engineering by our University. Judith, the first ever female Chair of the public body, battled against stereotypes to become a chemical engineer, after studying at Imperial College, London, as one of only four female students in her cohort. On completion of her degree, she joined Exxon Chemical in 1975 as a graduate engineer. Judith rapidly rose through a series of promotions, including taking on responsibility for process safety at Fawley, the largest refinery in the UK. Judith moved to roles with European, and worldwide, before being appointed the Director General of the Chemical Industries Association, representing the interests of a key sector in the UK economy with a turnover exceeding £57 billion and more than 180000 employees. Judith left the Chemical Industries Association in 2006 to become the Implementation Director for the Chemistry for Europe project at the European Chemical Industry Council, and took a leading role in developing the REACH regulations, the European Union standards for the registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of chemicals. Having served on the Health and Safety Commission 2002 to 2005, in 2008 she became a council member of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and was made a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers in 2010. An initiative with the Institution of Chemical Engineers saw Judith become a hit on YouTube ...