What is your current Job Title or Role?
Associate Director - Civil Engineer
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
For any young women interested in a STEM Career I would advise them to ask questions and to keep asking questions about how to get the career they really want ask for help and keep challenging people - and don't take no for an answer! Careers in STEM can be really exciting, rewarding and life changing. There are no limits to the careers in STEM for women - so don't be put off and look for role models and mentors to help you along the way.
How did you get to where you are today?
I come from a family of scientists and engineers. Growing up I was good at STEM subjects, but realised I did not want to be a Doctor, Dentist or Scientist, so at A Levels I studied Chemistry, Biology and Maths with a view to studying Chemical Engineering. My first challenge at school was persuading the school to support my Maths module selection - the school were prepared to offer Statistical and Pure Maths modules but not the Mechanical Maths modules I required. After some negotiations, extra maths lessons were provided in lunch times and after school! During my A Levels, I changed my mind and decided to study Civil Engineering. As I didn't have Physics A Level, I was limited by my university choices, but I got a place to study Civil Engineering at Nottingham University. I struggled a little bit in my degree with the mathematical side of the degree due to not having Physics A Levels and as Maths has always been my weakest subjects, but I finally graduated with a 1st Class degree. I started my Civil Engineering Career as a Site Engineer working on a construction site in Suffolk. After 18 months on site, I wanted a new challenge and went to work as a Research Associate at the University of Exeter and South West Water - completing an Mphil in Engineering before finally taking a role as an Engineering Consultant at Pell Frischmann.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
On a daily basis, my role can be very varied. I can be responsible for the project management of multiple projects at any time as well as for looking after teams of engineers. My day to day role can involve attending meetings for project designs - updating the Client and Contractor on progress of projects, attending resourcing meetings, preparing bids and tender documentation as well as reviewing designs and preparing project reports.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
My inspiration to get into STEM was my family. Being surrounded by Engineers and Scientists led to a natural interest in how things worked as well as a desire to be able to help and make a difference in the world.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The most rewarding part of my role is being able to promote engineering and in supporting other engineers' development. It is a really great feeling to be able to see the excitement in children's eyes when they realise what you can do with science and engineering.
What do you like to do outside work?
Outside of work, I am keen on sports - running, rugby as well as just spending time with my family.