Star Women in Engineering


Meet our female engineers who work in a variety of areas across the company and read about their own personal journey with Star Refrigeration.

“I have undertaken three summer internships and will start a design engineer position after my graduation this summer.”

Brooke McKenna, Chemical Engineer Graduate

Brooke is a student at Strathclyde University, she is close to finishing her Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. After graduating she will start her career as a design engineer with Star.

“I have always been a very hands-on and creative person. I am fascinated by how things work and how engineering feats have changed the world.”
Sophie Hoggan
"I feel grateful to be given the opportunity to really challenge myself and be part of a great team which give support and guidance with my endless questions.”

Sophie Hoggan, Design Engineer

Sophie studied Product Design with Mechanical Engineering and then went on to gain Chartership with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in 2018. She has been a design engineer with Star since 2019 at our Thornliebank branch.

“It’s a bit surreal having my code out there in the real world after 3 years at uni but I’m proud of what I was able to achieve in my first few months here.”

Holly Helton, Software Developer

Holly gained an honours degree in Applied Computing from Dundee Univerity. She joined Star Data Analytics in 2019 as a software developer where she utilises her skills and knowledge to have a positive impact.

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“I work with a really good team of people at Star who are passionate, knowledgeable and ambitious in what they do…There are opportunities to enhance your career, help gain chartership and attend industry training courses and events. It is rewarding being part of company that provides top quality products and services to secure a better future for staff, customers and environment.”

Claire Syme, Design Engineer

After completing her Masters in Chemical Engineering and trialling a few industrial placements and a graduate programme, Claire came across the refrigeration industry. After some research, she applied for a position within Star and joined the Design team in 2016. Read more about her career highlights.

"I have benefited from spending time in contracting, consultancy and design. It helps to understand everyone’s different roles in a project and appreciate their individual challenges and objectives. A view of the whole picture is especially helpful in a sales environment."

Anne Flanagan, Business Development Manager

Anne works in Business Development and has a Mechanical Engineering background. She enjoys the balance of sales and engineering within her role. After a career break she returned to Star working on Energy Management System, Ethos.