EducationHinchingbrooke School, Huntingdon (1984-1989), Royal Holloway, University of London (1989-1992), University of Bristol (1992-1995)
QualificationsAlevels, Degree, Doctorate, Chartered Geologist
Work HistoryChiltern Hundreds Housing Association, Royal Holloway and MWH now Stantec
Current JobTechnical Lead (Hydrogeology) I lead projects looking at aquifers and rivers, I have a team of staff
Stantec is a environmental engineering company with offices worldwide. While we design and build projects to deliver water, roads, buildings and other infrastructure we also seek to create a sense of community in all we do, balancing the needs of people and the environment. We’re active members of the communities we serve; that’s why we always design with community in mind.
Favourite thing to do in my job: Site visits, meeting people, delivering good work. My job lets me see the world in a different way and that is what I love most
About Me: I have three daughters, a husband, two kittens, two degu, a hamster, three chickens and some fish. In my spare time, I run a brownie pack (or supervise chaos). I like quiet walks (without brownies), campfires and camping, and love the sea. My job lets me see the world in a different way and that is what I love most
My Work: I work on water supply and water in the environment with a team of engineers and scientists to look at how the natural world responds to human stresses and geographical stresses
I am currently working on projects to improve the resilience to climate change of rivers and water supply for people in the south of England. I am also supporting a team who are working in the Middle East, in Ethiopia and in other parts of the world. We all enjoy our technical jobs, and it is great to work with people who inspire you to be better and challenge your ideas.
My Typical Day: Get up, make pack lunches, travel to site or office. Once I am there it depends on where the project is - I might work on data, read or write reports, build a model, or have meetings. Next week I am in meetings for two days, and on site for one.
I love doing STEM work, and helping others to enjoy science the way I do. I would love to use the money to support smaller schools to access more of the great information online, or to access resources. I think every school should have a good rock collection and microscope to look at the world a little more closely (don’t you ?).
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Dynamic, interactive, enthusiastic
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Mr Bellamy (my geology teacher) and Dr Mather (my post doc supervsior) and all the other people I worked with
What was your favourite subject at school?
Geology (liked science really)
What did you want to be after you left school?
A geologist (who made geological maps)
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
? I'd just be another sort of scientist (but at a push I'd like own a tea shop or work outside in the woods)
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Snorkling in the Maldives, although swimming in a river in the rain is great too
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
More patience, more time and more laughing
Tell us a joke.
What is a volcano? A mountain with hiccups (I know its naff)