Kate West has forged a successful career as an engineer and is currently one of three principals who hold joint leadership of consulting group Arup’s operations in Western Australia. She was the first female principal and group leader with Arup in WA across the company’s 50-year history. Having worked internationally as the project director or lead consultant on significant projects such as Dublin Airport Terminal 2 and Perth Airport, Ms West currently leads a team of 25 engineers, planners, management consultants and digital specialists. She has also been recognised for her work, winning the Consult Australia National Future Leaders Award in 2005 and the NAWIC Crystal Vision Award in 2017, along with Arup and Clough scholarships in 1999. Ms West has taken a proactive role in her local community, and over the past four years has been involved in her local community kindergarten.