Farnell Celebrates Women in Engineering

Farnell hosts Women in Electronics event in honour of International Women in Engineering Day


Farnell, the Development Distributor, celebrated the countless women engineers who drive innovation by hosting a ‘Women in Engineering’ event at its offices in Leeds, on Thursday 20 June. 55 students, suppliers and Farnell staff attended this inaugural event to hear guest speakers, network and take part in interactive workshops.

A student from the University of Leeds said of the event “It was such an amazing event. It was very inspirational and encouraging to hear other women in technology within the Leeds community. I am very glad that I came.”

Louise Perry, Global HR Director, Farnell added “We’re proud to work with talented female engineers across our organisation and partners supporting this event, each bringing her own unique skills, interests and backgrounds. These women show strong leadership; they help keep their respective companies at the forefront of engineering, innovation and technology and inspire others to grow in their careers.”

Two of Farnell’s inspiring women in engineering who spoke at the event are:

Andreea Teodorescu, Global Senior Commercial Marketing Manager Andreea has engineering in her DNA. Both parents and grandparents were engineers, including a pioneering grandmother who was one of the first women in Romania to graduate from her University. Inspired by her family, Andreea pursued a degree in Material Sciences, including a postgraduate scholarship in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Patras, Greece. After relocating to the UK, Andreea took a job as a Marketing Assistant at Premier Farnell. Ten years later, she is now a Global Senior Commercial Marketing Manager. When recently asked about her career, Andreea described it succinctly:  "I love it. I get to meet people from all over the industry, many of whom I've been working with for many, many years. I meet people in semiconductors, in passives, in measurement; every day it's someone different and I get to learn something new and stay ahead of trends."

Courtney Kennedy, Technology Solutions Marketing Manager – Courtney manages marketing programs for new product launches including development kits, single board computers and software, as well as carrying out company-wide technical training. She enjoys sharing her technical knowledge and inspiring passion in others, while helping to introduce them to the world of electronics and technical environments. Courtney holds an electronics and computer engineering degree and has significant experience in working in product design and development. Courtney has worked with firmware and software development as well as cutting edge technology in motor design and control, linking robotics and mechatronics with human anatomy. “Engineering has opened doors in regards to my career. Being technically minded and having a background in electronics has allowed me to venture into a number of different fields and continually add to a skill set that is becoming increasingly well-rounded.”

To learn more about Farnell’s Women in Engineering day, and download interviews with inspirational women in engineering, please click here.


Farnell Global is a fast and reliable distributor of products and technology for electronic and industrial system design, maintenance and repair.  From research and design through prototype to production, Farnell helps its customers access the products and services they need 24/7.  With more than 80 years of experience, 47 localised websites, and a dedicated team of over 3,500 employees, Farnell provides every component its customers need to build the technology of tomorrow.

Farnell Global trades as Farnell in Europe, Newark in North America, and element14 in Asia Pacific.  It also sells direct to consumers through its CPC business in the UK.

Farnell Global has been part of the established global technology distributor, Avnet (Nasdaq: AVT), since 2016. Today, this relationship allows the company to support its customers at every stage of the product life cycle, offering a truly unique distribution model, as well as expertise in end-to-end delivery and product design.

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