Taverham High School for GCSEs, then Taverham Sixth Form for A-levels, then onto Heriot-Watt University for a Masters degree.
10 GCSE's grades A*A*AAABBBCC, A Levels A, B, B in Maths, Chemistry, and Graphics, AS level grade C in Physics, and then a 2.1 Masters degree in Chemical Engineering with Diploma in industrial training.
When I was at sixth form, I worked at the local Pet Shop. Then I started working at Perenco in 2012 as a student placement whilst at University. Then i got a graduate job at Perenco, where i got to work in lots of different teams including Projects, Integrity, Process Safety, and Operations.
Favourite thing to do in my job: My favourite thing to do in my job is to design a new processing plant and see it through building to operating.
I'm a fun confident person who loves her job and her family and friends.
I live in Norwich, with my fiance, Ollie, and my dog, Jasper, and 4 chickens, Hattie, Boots, Red, and Hen Solo. I love to spend time out in nature in the Norfolk Broads or on the beaches of North Norfolk. In my free time I watch Netflix and see friends. I’ve recently bought a house and have loved designing the garden and filling it with wildflowers and bee friendly plants.
I design systems to process gas from offshore platforms so it can be used in your homes for cooking and heating.
I’m a Process (Chemical) Engineer. This means I design the systems that clean, separate, heat, or cool the gas taken out of the underground reservoirs offshore, so that it meets the requirements to be used in your homes in your heating or gas cooker.
The gas is extracted from the ground via an offshore oil and gas platform. It is then sent onshore via big pipelines. I work at Bacton Gas Terminal, which is where all the gas is processed before it’s sent to the National Grid, where it’s then piped to your homes.
At the terminal, we have to separate the gas from the liquids, then cool the gas to condense any remaining liquids. All this requires chemical processing equipment including separators, heat exchangers, pumps, and compressors. All of this equipment has to be designed and specified to do the correct job by a Process Engineer.
I work with several other types of engineers to design this equipment, including Mechanical Engineers, Instrument Engineers, Electrical Engineers, and Automations Engineers.
The gas processing plant is run by a team of operators, and sometimes bits of equipment can break or not work very well. When this happens, it can sometimes be my job to investigate why that equipment isn’t working, and to recommend a solution to fix the problem.
My Typical Day: I get to work about 8am, where I work from my desk to design equipment and complete calculations on a computer. Sometimes the projects mean I get to go out on plant and see the equipment working to process gas.
I get to work about 8am, where I mostly spend the day in the office with the other Engineers. Most of my work is completed from a desk via a computer although sometimes the projects i’m working on mean i’m able to go out on site and see the equipment actually working and processing the gas. We often have team meetings to discuss projects, as every project requires teamwork from all the engineer’s working together, and these can be drawings on whiteboards or presentations.
What I'd do with the money
I'd work with the local IChemE chapter to organise more 'whynotchemeng' events in schools.
IChemE run a ‘whynotchemeng’ program, and i’d use the money to help promote the chemical engineering profession within schools in the Norfolk area. There is a lot of oil & gas (and other energies) industry in this area so it’d be great to promote that to local schools and colleges.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Friendly tea-drinking Engineer
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I got to go in a helicopter to visit an offshore platform.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My dad works in the local Oil & Gas industry as operations manager, so I had exposure to the industry from a very early age.
What was your favourite subject at school?
My favourite subject was graphics, I loved designing and making things!
What did you want to be after you left school?
I always knew I wanted to work in oil & gas, however originally wanted to be a mechanical engineer. I’m super happy I moved towards chemical and process engineering!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
No, I was always the one with their head stuck in a book in the library!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I think i'd be a wedding planner!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Royal Blood or Biffy Clyro
What's your favourite food?
My favourite food is Chinese takeaway!
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Campervan camping down the coast of Australia!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I'd wish for my family to be happy, my dog to have lots of dog friends, and for the bees to no longer be disappearing!
Tell us a joke.
What does an evil hen lay? Deviled eggs