What is your current Job Title or Role?
Public and Community Engagement Coordiantor
What advice would you have for young women who are interested in a STEM career or job?
Work hard and love what you do! If you can make your passion your job then it doesn’t really feel like work!
How did you get to where you are today?
I became fascinated by the Ocean when I was around 10, after a visit to the National Marine Aquarium with my Dad. I loved watching all of the animals go about their business and seeing the different personalities and behaviour of the animals. After to speaking to a host at the NMA, I decided from that age I would become a marine biologist! I did my work experience week at Whale and Dolphin Conservation, and continued to volunteer there whilst studying for my GCSEs and A levels. I then went on to do a degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography, giving me an opportunity to work alongside researchers who are the forefront of marine research. During my degree, I volunteered as a host at the NMA, communicating with people the wonders of the Ocean, and how they can help to conserve and protect it. In my placement year, I was a marine awareness intern at Wembury Marine Centre for a glorious summer, spending everyday at the beach, in amongst the rockpools helping people to connect with the Ocean by observing creatures in the wild! Post graduation, I was able to get a job as a host at the NMA, working up from there!
What do you do on a daily basis in your work?
My main role is to help run the public engagement programme at the NMA. This varies from supervising our amazing public engagement team, helping to develop shows and holiday activities and coordinating our Ocean Sasquatch programme for teens.
Who or what inspired you to get into STEM?
David Attenborough! After watching the first series of Blue Planet, all I wanted to do was help save our Ocean and protect it for the future.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
No two days are the same! One day I could be planning a trail for visitors to do when visiting the NMA, then the next working with community groups! However, one of my favourite activities at work has to be working with a wide variety of people, from teenagers who are just discovering the wonders of STEM, to helping the elderly visit the Ocean through our Virtual Reality outreach programme!
What do you like to do outside work?
Mostly unwinding by crocheting and crafting, watching films and looking after my growing collection of houseplants!