Aylsham High School
1 A*, 7 A's and 5B's
Geography A-level: A
Maths A-level: B
Physics A-level: C
University of East Anglia
2:1 Environmental Science (With Year at University of Miami on Exchange)
MSc Energy Engineering with Environmental Management (Distinction)
Who do you work for, and what projects have you been involved in?
Hethel Innovation (Based at Hethel Engineering Centre)
I provide business support activities through an EU funded support program which accompanied the phase 3 expansion of Hethel Engineering Centre. Through this I organise collaborations between businesses and Universities in order to use world class research to boost the local economy. Recently I have been connecting UK businesses with European trade opportunities in Northern France and promoting Norfolk Businesses in particular at conferences in Normandy. I also complete business and technology mapping of the energy and clean technology sectors in order to provide an overview of what capabilities the region has and what the gaps are.
What is a ‘typical day at work like?
A typical day usually involves one or more meetings with business, universities/research organisations or support agencies along with desk based research work and small tasks assisting in the day to day running and operation of Hethel Engineering Centre itself. The team that I work in organise regular conferences and other events so this normally play a part on most days.
What did you study at Paston? How did that course help you progress upon your career path?
I studied Maths, Physics and Geography which has led almost directly to the environmental science and engineering route that I took. All three are now required in my job, especially when dealing with the energy sector of both oil & gas and renewables where both engineering and the environment dictate many projects.
What are the important skills you have had to develop and hone to be successful in your job?
I have to have good research skills, along with the ability to multitask and prioritise important activities out of an extensive list of things to do. Communication skills are key, especially when presenting at conferences or communicating with businesses through meetings and networking at events. The communication extends into the need for report writing skills to convey my research and investigation to interested parties.
Did you ever envisage doing this while you were at Paston?
I did not intend to go into engineering until I finished my degree in environmental science and saw the number of engineering jobs on offer; I then changed direction by taking an engineering masters.
What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
I finished university with 3 months working for Shell at Bacton Gas Terminal (summer 2013) to complete my dissertation for the masters and then almost immediately joined Hethel Innovation in September 2013.
"I did not intend to go into engineering until I finished my degree in environmental science and saw the number of engineering jobs on offer; I then changed direction by taking an engineering masters.