In The Spotlight

What career advice would you give your younger self?

Choose a career mentor much earlier and …don’t be afraid to speak up and be heard.

What do you think are the benefits of being a member of SPE?

Your SPE membership is what you make of it.

Volunteering with the programme committee gave me the opportunity to meet many engineers at different levels of their career most of which are lifelong friends and connections now.

Through attending technical events and talks I improved on my technical knowledge of other disciplines in the Energy industry.

Being able to give something back through the Schools Career Guidance committee and get involved in inspiring the younger generations of engineers is something I am very passionate about.

Best Achievement so far?

Launching Women in Energy Aberdeen in September 2019, with my fellow WIN committee members, has got to be one of the proudest moments of my volunteering life

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I wanted to be a pilot but I was discouraged because that career path was “for boys”

What is the best way to motivate others?

Get to know them! We may not want to be personal friends with colleagues but that doesn’t mean we can’t get to know them as people and finding out what makes them tick.

Your favourite stress-buster?

Sport and exercise. For me playing a sport going to the gym is a powerful medicine that is great for the mind as well as physical health.

What’s your dream job?

“Detective” – which requires key skills we learn to master as engineers “critical thinking, attention to detail and problem solving”

What are you reading, listening to or glued to on TV?

I have been watching “Mindhunter”, a series based on real-life events and characters that delves into the formation of the FBI’s behavioural sciences unit. Based on two former FBI agents who, in 70s America, interviewed some of the country’s most disturbed and violent incarcerated psychopaths. I found the show fascinating in the way they studied the mind of the criminals to better understand their behaviour and apply what they learned to ongoing investigations. This psychological odyssey is among the very best in my opinion.

What’s on your bucket list – the things you still want to accomplish?

Make time to travel the world and visit some of the must-see destinations like: The three Gorges Dam in China, The Mose Project in Italy and The Panama Canal.

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