“When I went to university, we were three girls out of 120 students studying mechanical engineering,” says Dr Astrid Fontaine.
“Who do you have in a company that’s engineering driven? It’s people who have studied science, technology, maths, engineering – and these were subjects in the past that mainly boys tended to study.”
Dr Fontaine is a board member at Bentley, the Volkswagen-owned British luxury carmaker. She is trying to explain to me why senior female executives like her are still a relative rarity in the car industry, even though women make up an increasingly large proportion of the market – and in the UK alone own some 35% of the cars on the road.
She is also setting out why she thinks the crisis in the industry sparked by the Covid-19 pandemic may
Venice will activate its Mose flood barrier system today for the first time, as bad weather and particularly high tides are set to hit the canal city. This will be the first real test of the mobile gates, whose construction has been wildly over budget, years late, and riddled with corruption.
Venice, in the northern Italian region of the Veneto, is braced for storms over the weekend and is expected to see