What is your current Job Title or Role?
Design Manager
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Go for it, women have so many great skills to offer! As well as technical ability, communication skills, team work and organisational skills are just as important. I would urge young women not to doubt themselves and have the confidence to pursue their chosen STEM career.
How did you get to where you are today?
I loved maths at school and fortunately was quite good at it! I also studied chemistry, physics and CDT for GCSE. I then went on to take maths, chemistry and physics at A-level. I decided that I wanted to be an engineer at quite a young age as I thought it would be cool to do a job that not many women did. I decided on Chemical Engineering due to my love of maths and chemistry. After graduating with a BEng degree from Birmingham University, I decided on a complete change of direction and studied for a PGCE so I could become a secondary school maths teacher. I subsequently stayed in education for 5 years as a maths teacher and lecturer before applying for graduate engineer roles. Once I started working in an engineering role, I never looked back! I have worked as a nuclear process engineer for 15 years, studying for an MSc in Nuclear Safety Engineering and becoming a Chartered Engineer in that time. In the last few years I have moved away from undertaking the actual technical and design work myself, and now manage the delivery of large engineering projects.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
I liaise with mechanical, electrical, structural and process engineers to deliver large, multi discipline design projects to time, cost and quality.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
Most of my maths and science teachers at school were women which I found inspiring and my two female A-level maths teachers were particularly amazing. I was also lucky enough to have some really great female friends on my degree course and I think we all inspired each other.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy working with other people to find solutions to problems. I also love seeing engineering design projects progress all the way from conception through to build and operation.
What do you like to do outside work?
I have three children who keep me very busy when I’m not at work! So, I love spending time with my family but I also enjoy travelling and languages. My ambition is to be fluent in Spanish by the time I retire!!