“Having fun today keeping our production areas cool in this warm weather. The chiller units are a little bit unhappy!
Massey University, Auckland, New Zealand
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechatronics)
While I was at university I worked as a Production Engineer in NZ’s Largest Brewery. When I left university I moved to the UK and worked as a Business Analyst for a large IT Company before joining the Royal Navy as a Weapon Engineer Officer. After that I spent 2 years as a Design Manager for a Construction company before joining GSK as an Engineering Manager for Ellipta Inhaler Manufacturing.
I am part of a team of Engineering Managers, making sure the Engineering Operations of our factory are safe and run smoothly so that patients get their medicine.
I work for GlaxoSmithKline, we are a science-led global healthcare company with a special purpose: to help people do more, feel better, live longer.
I work in the Pharmaceutical Supply Chain, manufacturing Respiratory and HIV medicines for the whole world.
Engineering Leader with experience in Manufacturing, Life Sciences and the Armed Forces
I live in Hertfordshire with my two Maine Coon Cats, and in my spare time I like to sew my own clothes and I am studying part time on a Level 7 Senior Leaders Apprenticeship.
I have worked as an Engineer for over 15 years and I was recently elected as a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
I work for a large pharmaceutical company (GlaxoSmithKline) in support of medicine manufacturing for patients with primarily Respiratory and HIV diseases.
I'm an Engineering Manager in a Medicine Factory. I lead a team of engineers, to make sure maintenance is carried out so that we keep our staff safe and high quality medicine going to our patients
What I'd do with the money
They say every engineer was inspired by another engineer….
…..so to inspire tomorrow’s engineers, you have to make it interesting!
My job is really interesting and sometimes exciting! I would like to try and convert some of the best parts of my job into something everyone can understand – A gun firing a bullet is just a really fast projectile…. Sonars are devices for transmitting and receiving sound waves.
I would work with a local school to make science more interactive and fun and help the students relate that to everyday life. There are some great teaching kits which show basic engineering principles in action, like Forces, Electricity, Waves and Mechanics.
I would use the money to invest in resources (like Lego Mindstorms) for the school and work with the teachers to relate the most important engineering principles to the real world.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Hardworking, Energetic, Direct
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
I have done lots of great things, one of the best was spending the day on a submarine. I got to watch through the periscope as we dived under the water!
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My Dad - he is an Aeronautical Engineer
What was your favourite subject at school?
Physics and Geography
What did you want to be after you left school?
I didn’t know exactly when I was at school, but I was always interested in how things worked.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not very often, usually only for talking too much!
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I can't think of anything I would rather be doing
Who is your favourite singer or band?
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Going on safari in Africa (the ship stopped in Tanzania for a few days) and learning to skydive and ski (with work!)
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
I wish for more travel and sewing adventures, I wish I could visit my friends and family in NZ more often, I wish for the opportunity to Ski every season
Tell us a joke.
Arguing with an Engineer is a lot like wrestling in the mud with a pig: After a while, you will realise they like it!