What is your current Job Title or Role?
Public Engagement with Research Consultant
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
This is a fantastic time to have a STEM career with more support and encouragement for women than ever before.
How did you get to where you are today?
After completing a physics degree I went on to do a PhD in astrophysics as the Mullard Space Science Laboratories, UCL. Following that, I worked for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council where I became passionate about public engagement. I became Head of Public Engagement with Research at Research Councils UK (now Research and Innovation UK) and led on the public engagement agenda for over ten years. After moving to the South West, I set up my own consultancy and I support many organisations across the UK.
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
I work with universities and research institutes to increase the quality and impact of their public engagement activity. This is often through mentoring and advice. I either work from home or travel across the UK visiting the research centres I am supporting.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
My dad's PhD involved studying meteor showers so from a very early age we would spend many nights wrapped in blankets on sun beds spotting shooting stars. That triggered my fascination with space but I love all areas of science.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
The best aspect of my current role is that it involves supporting academics working in all areas of research from genetics to engineering. This means I get to find out about cutting edge, world leading research which will change our future lives!
What do you like to do outside work?
I love everything about the sea - swimming, snorkelling, boogey boarding and coastal walks. I also love dancing and attend Zumba classes.