Ayo Sokale has forged a successful career as a Building Information Modelling Lead and a Chartered Civil Engineer, currently working for the Environment Agency. Named as one of the Top 50 Women in Engineering Under 35 by The Independent, Ayo has also been an Institute of Civil Engineering Future Leader in 2018 and is now booked as a diversity and inclusion speaker for events, sharing her experiences of increasing representation and bringing diversity to male-dominated professions.
First joining the Environment Agency in 2016, Ayo is currently a Project Manager at the Environment Agency– working on projects such as the replacement of the Weir gate and reducing flood risk for communities in Surrey. Outside of flood and coastal risk management, Ayo has also worked in politics, acting as the Councillor for Caversham on a variety of panels from Housing, Neighbourhoods and Leisure to Adult Social Care, Children’s Services and Education. She was also selected to become an ICE Water Superhero, named Eco-Warrior, and worked as a presenter for BBC Reel.
Now a Delegated Engineer for the Institution of Civil Engineers, Ayo is a passionate advocate for STEM careers and is frequently seen promoting jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths, encouraging future generations to pursue careers in civil engineering. Having pioneered the sector of engineering as a woman, Ayo is passionate about increasing diversity in STEM and encourages the inclusion of women in male-dominated sectors.
Having also been a Site Supervisor for West Berkshire Council and a Seconded Graduate Civil Engineer for Jacobs, Ayo is now booked as a speaker for a range of corporate events. Having pioneered male-dominated sectors, Ayo is booked as a diversity and inclusion speaker to encourage diversity in engineering. Covering topics such as women in STEM, women in engineering, diversity and inclusion, Ayo Sokale is the perfect choice as a speaker when looking for an insightful and informed speech on such subjects. In recent years, after a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome, Ayo feels comfortable sharing her perspective on autism – an inspirational and empathetic speaker on neurodiversity and mental health challenges.
We recently sat down with Ayo to discuss workplace diversity and inclusion – watch our exclusive interview with Ayo Sokale!
“The most inspirational Civil Engineer I’ve met and I’m sure the pupils felt the same!”
“Thank you so much for coming to our certificate presentation evening. It was an absolute pleasure to meet you and your words to our departing students hit exactly the right note in terms of inspiration and motivation.”
“Thank you so much for coming in to speak to my year group. I have had so much positive feedback from students and teachers alike. You are so inspiring and a fantastic role model.”
“I want to express my thanks for your support in arranging Ayo to speak for us yesterday. The event was hugely successful and Ayo was truly inspirational! Could you please convey our thanks and appreciation to Ayo for a very engaging talk- feedback has been very positive”
“Ayo’s presentation was definitely another success. Our audience totally loved her. Very inspiring and memorable. Thank you so much for such notable speakers”
“Please can you pass on my thanks to Ayo. She led a fantastic session and had 100 people super engaged the entire time. Excellent content, excellent presentation and facilitation too”
“You were TREMENDOUS! We have had so many people saying how inspired they were by you and what you said. Also how much they appreciated you sharing your personal experience and wisdom. The feedback has been overwhelming and all positive. We had 350 people on the call at different points, which is a great turnout for Arup. Thank you very, very much for taking the time to participate in the panel discussion. I am thrilled to have met you virtually. You made a hugely important and valuable contribution to making the event a success. We really appreciate it. Thanks on behalf of everyone at Arup who attended”
“Thank you so much for your support in getting our speaker session booked and organised. Ayo was fantastic and the session went down really well. Please extend my thanks to her for such a well-presented and well-rounded session, not only touching on race but also neurodiversity – a topic we presented earlier this year.”