I enjoy speaking to others about civil engineering and construction and hope to inspire the next generation. Below are events I have attended and spoken at . If you are interested in similar presentations or mentorship for budding construction professionals and would like further information, please don't hesitate to get in touch via the contact page.
Careers Presentation for Altrincham Grammar School for Girls
In 2021 I carried out an online careers presentation for my old secondary school, Altrincham Grammar school for Girls. In this presentation I focused on explaining to the girls how important it was to always focus on progressing both technical skills and transferable skills. I gave examples of where I have obtained both sets of skills and how it has helped me in my career.
I had some positive feedback from the girls and as promised to the girls, the presentation can be downloaded from the link on the left.
Mentoring for Alton Convent Students
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During 2015 I made a connection with the inspirational Alton Convent School who are engaging with the Womens Engineering Society in the SPARKS initiative, a mechanism which provides encouragement for women in STEM subjects.
The students worked hard on entries for the Teen Tech awards, an element of which is engaging with industry. I acted as a mentor for those students on the design and construction team who are working on transport projects, and have chosen to design a piece of equipment which will transport medical equipment for the army.
I was extremely impressed with the work the young ladies created. The girls chose an innovative piece of equipment and thought deeply about the design and application of the product. Well done to all involved. The 'mShuttle' was a truely unique design.
The budding engineers hard work paid off when in June 2015, they won the national peoples choice award for their mShuttle design. Thoroughly deserved. WELL DONE LADIES.
Nottingham University engineering panel
I was delighted to be asked to return to the University of Nottingham to take part in their Women in Engineering evening on February 3rd 2015.
I ran one of the discussion groups at the event where we discussed the topic 'Engineering is an Excellent Career for Women to Thrive in'.
It was great to speak to such enthusiastic young women and I hope to have provided some food for thought for the University students as they embark upon their careers within the industry.
Nottingham University career presentation
On 2nd October 2014 I attended the University of Nottingham to give a short presentation on working towards professional membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers.
I spoke about the difference in requirements for Incorporated and Chartered status and also talked about how my career in contracting has helped me to develop the attributes required to be a professional civil engineer.
As promised to the students on the day, I have uploaded a modified version of the presentation. To view it , please click on the Nottingham University logo above.
Durham University student careers fare
In 2013 I attended the Durham University careers fair, representing Taylor Woodrow, to speak to students about the contracting side of civil engineering. This involved speaking about the projects that Taylor Woodrow are currently constructing and outlining the typical tasks that a graduate engineer, working on a building site, could be expected to be involved with.
Taylor Woodrow Inspiration Lecture at the Institution of Civil Engineers
In 2013, Taylor Woodrow ran the first of a series of Inspiration Lectures at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London. The aim of the lecture was to inspire the next generation of engineers. Pupils from Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School in Aylesbury attended and many were excited by their introduction to civil engineering.
After meeting two inspired young ladies at the event, I organised a site visit for them to Tottenham Court Road Station redevelopment, a joint venture between Taylor Woodrow and Bam Nuttall. This included a presentation on the project and Q+A session on life as a civil engineer.
Feedback after the event was encouraging, included the following from one of the school pupils;
"Wow, what an evening. [I was given] many tips on how to get a scholarship and what universities look for in a student when you apply. I was treated very professionally tonight, in an adult conference, surrounded by many inspirational people with incredible backgrounds.
"It made me wish I could be of working age, working alongside these people right now; although I won’t wish away my teenage years away that easily!"
Budding Brunels at University of East London
Budding Brunels is a schools engagement programme aimed at informing and inspiring students about higher education and career options within the construction industry.
In 2012 I presented to students at the University of East London about life as a civil engineer at the project I was working on, Connaught Tunnel