Holmfirth High School, Greenhead College, University of Edinburgh
12 GCSEs, AS-Levels (Biology & Further Maths), A-Levels (Chemistry, Maths, Physics & General Studies),MEng in Mechanical Engineering
Music teacher, Factory Labourer, Engineering Intern
Babcock International Group
Project Engineer in Marine Engineering
I live in Edinburgh, having moved here to do my degree in Mechanical Engineering 8 years ago and never left. With one parent having flown in the RAF I had an exposure to exciting engineering from a young age.
Since graduating I’ve had chance to work on some incredible projects, working on the Royal Navy’s new aircraft carriers being a definite highlight. Since then I have moved to work on the Submarine Dismantling Project, working toward a longer term sustainable solution to the final decommissioning and dismantling of the Royal Navy’s Submarine Fleet.
I help manage a project examining how the Royal Navy can dismantle their old nuclear submarines
As a Project Engineer, my work is a mixture of project management and technical engineering. This means that in the course of my work I have worked on a variety of areas; from project controls (managing risk) to technical assessments of dockyards to writing strategy papers for the company board.
My Typical Day: I'm happy to say I rarely have a typical day. One day I may be helping the client to cost a design, and the next I will be supporting senior managers on project development. The best part about my day though is spending a day in the dockyard, and seeing the variety of vessels we have in, and the progress on each project change from day to day.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Adventurous, Passionate, Inquisitive
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Worked on the first docking of HMS Queen Elizabeth
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My manager on my first engineering internship - her passion was incredible!
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Occasionally for talking too much
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
Fish & Chips
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Holiday to Lebanon - the most incredible country I've ever been to
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Better focused (if I don't have a lot of work I easily get distracted), Work abroad, Be able to work on a project I can show people in 50 years time.
Tell us a joke.
Whats the difference between a Weasel and a Stoat? Well a Weasel is weasily recognised, but a stoat is something stoatally different.