I came into engineering as a Technician Apprentice (Electrical/Electronic) working for Froude Consine Ltd (supplier of engine test beds to the aero and automotive industries). During my apprenticeship, I got involved in promoting Women in Science & Engineering through a scheme organized by the (now defunct) EITB and SATRO, the scheme was called Girls and Technician Engineering (GATE).
On completion of my apprenticeship, I joined Froude’s System Test dept. and from there went into commissioning; a job which took me to the Far East and Europe, overseeing the installation of Test Beds and putting them into commission.
It was whilst with Froude, I won the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award – 1992. I returned to my studies in Electrical/Electronic Engineering and Management, whilst employed by AVL UK Ltd as a Project Manager, with the responsibility for Managing teams of engineers to ensure that AVL’s products (engine test beds) were installed and commissioned on time within budget and satisfied the customer spec.
My responsibilities for WES have been numerous over the years, from attending the Engineering Development Trust National Advisory Committee meetings (Engineering Education Scheme, Headstart and Year In Industry); attending the National Coordinating Committee meetings for the WISE Campaign; Careers Officer for WES and generally supporting WES when needed.
Outside of engineering and WES, I am a school governor. I also find time to run, swim and support an active husband and children in their chosen sports (anything and everything they can possibly cram in).