EducationPrimary school then local Grammar school (Caistor, Lincolnshire) Birmingham University - BSc. Chemistry Helsinki University (Finland) - ERASMUS Exchange Student Cranfield University - MSc
QualificationsO-level - Maths GCSE - English Literature, English Language, French, German, Geography, Chemistry, Physics AO - Level Maths A-level - Maths, Chemistry, Physics, General Studies
Work HistoryStarted work with Courtaulds - as a lab assistant trying to find new uses for Tencel (a fabric made from wood pulp) (2yrs) Field Service Engineer - working with water purification equipment (5yrs) Water Treatment Chemist - designing and testing water purification equipment. (15yrs) Rocket Scientist - Making rocket fuel, and managing 12 other chemists (5yrs) Project Manager at Rolls-Royce (2yrs)
Current JobLifecycle Engineer at Rolls-Royce (1yr so far)
Favourite thing to do in my job: Solve problems and keep aeroplanes flying safely
About Me: I love running, swimming and climb mountains. My favourite science experiments go bang!
I am married with two children, one at primary the other in Yr. 8, we live near the Peak District in a town called Ashbourne. I like to cook, but I am terrible at following the recipe, and if I need cheering up, make a cake or flapjack.
We have a black cat who has a very quiet miaow but very sharp claws.
My Work: My job is to make sure that aeroplane engines will keep flying safely.
I work as a Life-cycle Engineer, using information from Aeroplane engines to check they are working safely, efficiently and quietly. Aeroplane engines have to be very safe and reliable, you cannot stop mid-flight and make repairs!
An aircraft engine has to operate for many years, you may fly on a plane with the same engines today and when you have your own families.
Rolls-Royce is developing more fuel efficient engines, and also electric propulsion to help tackle pollution and climate change. This is a very exciting change and needs lots of scientists to help make better batteries, lighter materials and AI control systems.
My Typical Day: I work in an office with lots of other engineers and scientists. Most of the day I am asking some very clever engineers and scientists how to do things better.
I am usually working on 2 or 3 big problems that need a few months or years to solve, and some small job that can be finished in a few days.
I start the day by checking if information or requests have come in from the USA, China, Singapore or japan (aircraft engine work all over the world). I then have to decide what is the most important task – safety comes first !
Most problems need lots of input from more specialist scientists or engineers – there are lots of mechanical engineers, aeronautical engineers and physicists in the company but not may chemists. I have to ask them for help – it can be difficult to ask the right questions, then under-stand the answers so we make the right decisions. Often the decision needs to be presented to Senior engineers and non-technical people – this is sometimes fun, sometimes very difficult.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Ginger, sporty, cheerful
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
Professor Harry Kroto
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
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What's your favourite food?
Anything hot & spicy
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Surfing with my family
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
Have good coffee at work, Make better pizza ! learn to fly.
Tell us a joke.
How many cats does it take to change a lightbulb ? People change light bulbs. So, the real question is: How long will it be before I can expect some light, some dinner, and a massage?