What is your current Job Title or Role?
Regional Director Project Management
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
A STEM career is so rewarding, and has given me a really varied life so far. Find yourself a mentor who can help you navigate and create your own career ladder. Don't be afraid to try out something new. There are many opportunities out there, especially in the Built Environment - so go on - Design Your Future.
How did you get to where you are today?
I was always fascinated with building things. My Dad is a Civil Engineer, so I thought I would give that a go. I studied Civil Engineering at Bristol University and then worked as a graduate for the MoD. I experienced a variety of roles including Blast Engineering, Structural Engineering, Construction Management and then Project Management. I obtained Chartered status and moved to Germany for 5 years. I returned to the UK and moved from a Client role to a Consultant role with AECOM in Plymouth. Earlier this year I was awarded the Best Woman Consultant at the 2018 European Women in Construction and Engineering awards, which was a humbling achievement.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
I manage a team of Project managers, Cost managers and Building surveyors in Plymouth, as well as co-ordinating AECOM's Defence sector in the UK. I am passionate about flexible working and ensuring that everyone is supported to be able to achieve their maximum potential. I myself work part time, which enables me to balance self, home and work.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
My father inspired me. When I was at school, he would write to me and draw pictures of the projects he was working on at the time. I loved the way that you could impact people's lives by creating the built environment around them, by designing a new road or refurbishing a hospital.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy meeting clients who have a requirement and I can help them turn that requirement into a cost effective solution. I find that my Engineering background allows me to quickly understand complex issues and to be able identify the right team to deliver that solution.
What do you like to do outside work?
I am a Construction Ambassador and member of the South West Women in Construction (SWWIC) in Plymouth. Through these connections, I became a founding governor of a new school which is specially for students who have a passion for the Built Environment. The Atrium school in Ashburton takes students from all over Devon, including Plymouth, and it teaches them using project based learning about the amazing career paths available in the STEM sector. In addition to working with this award winning school, I have 2 children, 2 dogs and a supportive husband (who is also a STEM ambassador). Together we love exploring Dartmoor and cycling across the UK.