What is your current Job Title or Role?
Project Co-Ordinator
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Get as much work experience as you can. What you imagine a job role to be like could be completely different than your expectations. If you are struggling to find the time for work experience organise to have a chat with people with different jobs to find out what their day at work is like and how they got to where they are. In the work place, don't be shy sharing your ideas. Just because its never been done before does not mean it cannot be done. Always try and be innovative. Have fun! We are at work for a long time make sure you enjoy what you do.
How did you get to where you are today?
I relocated to Plymouth from Essex for University. I graduated with bachelor in science. I went onto get a job as a trainee asbestos surveyor, unfortunately the company went into liquidation which took my career in a different direction. I then worked for a letting agent as a property inspector, property manager and lettings manager. Once I had took my career as far as it was going to go I applied for the job I am in now working for Plymouth City council on a major capital construction project- Oceansgate.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
My Job is extremely varied and I dip in and out of two key sectors: Construction and Marine. I am part of a project team building the UK's first marine enterprise zone. the build of Phase 1 is complete, Phase 2 is due to start in March 19, and Phase 3 will be complete in 2022. Aspects of my job include: Monitoring the Oceansgate revenue and capital budgets worth £30m to ensure the project remains on expenditure track and that there are sufficient funds to maintain progress. Managing the Oceansgate Facilities Management contract to ensure that buildings and their surroundings are maintained to a high standard.Organise and attend national and international marine trade and investment shows to raise profile of Oceansgate. Encourage marine businesses to me more innovative and work on collaboration projects. Working closely with the architects and design team to building Oceansgate so it fits with the demand.First point of contact with building contractors to ensure seamless communication between contractors, the council, businesses and other key stakeholders First point of contact for funders such as ERDF, Enterprise Zone, Growth Deal etc.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
My Dad always worked on large capital projects in London, and hearing is stories when he would come home from work with inspired me to work on similar projects.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I like the diversity of my role and working with different consultants, architect, contractors, stakeholders that include Babcock and Princess yachts.
What do you like to do outside work?
I enjoy socialising with friends, walking the dogs and trying to fit in as many holidays in a year as I can.