Elspeth Finch

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Elspeth Finch

Alma materUniversity of York

Newcastle University

University College London
Known forCity design and planning

Elspeth Finch FREng is the founder and CEO of IAND (Indigo & Limited). She won the 2013 Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal and was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in 2018.


Finch studied chemistry at the University of York when she was only 17.[1][2] She completed a masters in transport and planning at the Newcastle University.[1] She started a career in research and lecturing at University College London.[1]


At the age of 24, Finch founded her first business Intelligent Space Partnership, a transport consultancy that integrated the needs of pedestrians and cyclists into town planning.[3] Here she developed software that uses technology to analyse how people move.[4] She worked on the Boston Downtown Crossing and Regent Street strategy.[3] She worked with the Metropolitan Police Service and Notting Hill Carnival.[2] She sold Intelligent Space to Atkins as a FTSE 250 global infrastructure company in 2007.[5]

After selling her company to Atkins she joined as a lead of the Futures team, identifying changes in populations' environments and societies and assessing their impact on infrastructure.[6] She was the youngest ever director of Highways and Transportation.[7] Finch was appointed UK Innovation Director of Atkins, where she was responsible for the 2009 redesign of London's Oxford Circus.[4][8] She was responsible for Future Proofing Cities, a report looking to identify challenges in global urbanisation using evidence from 129 cities.[8][9] In 2009 she was nominated as Management Today's 35 Women Under 35.[7] She is the cofounder and CEO of the start-up Indigo&, a digital supplier management platform.[10]

Finch is an advocate for more diversity in science and engineering.[11] In 2013 she was awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal for her contributions to UK engineering.[12][5] She was only the fourth woman ever to win the award.[1] That year she was named as one of the Royal Society of Chemistry's 175 Faces of Chemistry.[13] She is a member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Diversity and Inclusion panel.[14] She is a judge for the Royal Academy of Engineering Launchpad competition for budding entrepreneurs.[15] In January 2018 she was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire.[5][16] In 2021 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.[17]


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  9. ^ "The Urgent Need to 'Future Proof' the World's Cities: Implications for the Private Sector? » SustainAbility". SustainAbility. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  10. ^ "Elspeth Finch". Ecobuild 2018. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  11. ^ "The One Thing You Need To Know To Have A Successful Career..." Marie Claire. 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  12. ^ "Atkins' Elspeth Finch awarded the Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal". World Cities Network. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  13. ^ "Elspeth Finch | 175 Faces of Chemistry". www.rsc.org. Archived from the original on 3 October 2020.
  14. ^ "The digital age: the catalyst for diversity? - Create the Future". Create the Future. 2017-06-21. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  15. ^ "Machine learning engineer named UK's most promising young tech entrepreneur | Enterprise Hub". enterprisehub.raeng.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  16. ^ "Elspeth FINCH". www.thegazette.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-05-01.
  17. ^ "Academy celebrates first new Fellows elected under Fit for the Future diversity initiative". Royal Academy of Engineering. Retrieved 23 September 2021.