Rob Walker

Facility manager, Caterpillar
Walker is a rare diversity beacon in the traditionally male and pale arena of manufacturing engineering, espousing the virtues of diversity both at the Peterborough engine plant where he is based and across Caterpillar’s wider European business. A vocal exponent of gender balance, he hosts regular workshops for men and women on gender dialogue and unconscious bias, and his campaigning strategy is bearing fruit. There are now more women on Caterpillar’s factory floor than ever before, and he has just hired the firm’s first female group production manager.

She Says: "I attended one of Rob’s Men as Allies courses and it changed my life. I feel so lucky that our paths crossed that day – I have now changed roles and am looking forward to an incredibly exciting next chapter in my career." Vicki Lovell, engineer, Caterpillar