“I see working at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) as my second career; my first was as an Engineering Officer in the Army. I was responsible for the fleet of Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicles during the time when some were upgraded for Afghanistan. My dad, who was an aeronautical engineer in the Royal Air Force, inspired me to do an engineering degree. I joined the Army just to be different!
I now manage a team of engineers and technical people within an Engineering Workshop that supports Dstl trials, this includes everything from making a rig for explosives to being on hand during a trial to fix something. My engineering background helps massively to understand why the things that concern my team are important.
As well as my team leader role, I mentor six women at Dstl who are progressing through the business – half of whom have careers directly related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects. I strongly believe that science, technology and engineering is for everyone. For me, there is nothing more fundamental in life than understanding how everything works according to the laws of physics – from astrophysics to electrons within atoms. There are so many satisfying and worthwhile jobs on offer for those who study these subjects.”