I was awarded the Institution of Civil Engineers QUEST Scholarship to study at Nottingham and, after graduating, I went to work with my company sponsor Taylor Woodrow. I had found the degree a challenge and was skeptical about my future in civil engineering, however as soon as I started my job in contracting, everything fell into place. I could finally apply the knowledge I had gained from my degree and enjoyed the fast paced environment where every day was different. There was a good mixture of working out on site and within the office and I found contracting much more suited to my practical personality.
From 2011 to 2014 I worked towards an MSc in civil engineering and construction management at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. I undertook this degree entirely in my own time through the distance learning route. It took hard work and discipline to gain a degree as well as working a full time job, however I found that working alongside studying helped me to apply what I was learning, and so I gained a more comprehensive understanding of the subject matters.
As I have developed throughout my career, my interest has only grown. I am aware however, of the plethora of advice I wish I could have given my 18 year old self, when I was deciding which career choices to make. I speak to so many contracting civil engineers who feel lucky to have 'fallen into civil engineering by mistake' and like me, when they were younger, didn't understand anything about the role of a civil engineer.
I'm passionate now about raising the profile of this prestigious career and helping the younger generation make informed choices. As the global population rises, the world faces a huge challenge, now, more than ever, to build the future, to create more from less, and to do it sustainably. It's an exciting time to be a civil engineer and I want to engage with young people and inspire the next generation of civil engineers.
I grew up in Cheshire, and attended Altrincham Girls Grammar School where I diligently took my GCSEs and A-Levels. I had no idea which direction I wanted to go in life, but I knew I was a practical person who liked science and maths. I attended the Insight engineering taster course at Salford University and finally decided to undertake a BEng degree in civil engineering (although I still had no idea what a civil engineer actually did) which I studied at the University of Nottingham from 2004 until 2007.