Who inspired you to pursue a career in engineering?
My engineering hero is James Watt, the brilliant British engineer who invented the Watt steam engine in 1776 which helped spur on the Industrial Revolution. He was also one of the first pioneers to discover electricity, which is still the basis of many technological advances today. The electric power unit – the Watt – is named after him in recognition of his many important contributions to engineering.
What advice would you share with women considering becoming an engineer?
Do it! A career in engineering is an exciting adventure - you’ll never have a dull day.
It’s a very diverse field; it provides lots of optional routes for a career, but they all have ‘curiosity and adventure’ at their core. You’ll spend your time discovering the world’s challenges, how far your skills can develop, and how you can help improve the world.
As more and more women have ventured into engineering, many have become recognised experts and highly respected project leaders – inspiring and paving the way for the next generation.
What makes an engineer a ‘Pioneer of Progress’?
Engineers help our world to improve in so many ways – inventing, developing and refining tools as well as processes to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of all sorts of things. But a true ‘Pioneer of Progress’ does this whilst also taking responsibility for improving colleagues’ health, safety and the wider environment. They look at the big picture, and to the horizon; they work out what would really make a difference to the planet and the people living on it – and then take on the responsibility of making it happen.
The commitment to being a Pioneer of Progress is embedded into the Smiths culture. It’s what makes us different; it’s what makes us successful; it’s what makes an engineering career at Smiths so rewarding.
- Degree in chemistry
- Began at Smiths Flex-Tek (Tutco) as a quality auditor, to support ISO 9001 certification
- Responsibilities today include:
- Supervising receipt of raw material
- Auditing the finished product for each production line
- Engaging suppliers about non-conforming material
- Coordinating internal audits against three standards: ISO 9001 (Quality), ISO 14001 (Environmental), ISO 45001 (Health and Safety)
- Management of any changes required.
- Qualifications whilst at Smiths: Masters in integrated management systems – supported by the company