The Grange School, Sir John Deane’s College, Lancaster University with a year at University of British Columbia in Canada
BSc in Environmental Science, MRes in Science of the Environment, Chartered Environmentalist
Euro Scientific 2006, Arcadis (formerly Hyder) (2006 to present)
Principal Air Quality Consultant
Outside of work, I love being outdoors and going for walks in the countryside. I also enjoy cycling and playing netball.
I undertake air quality modelling, air quality monitoring and I assess the impact that developments, such as new houses or roads, may have on air quality. I also get involved in research projects, such as seeing if a barrier by a road can help to improve air quality, and write plans which outline measures to improve air quality.
My Typical Day
A typical day would involve speaking with clients, collecting data from various sources to determine current air quality conditions, using GIS, writing a report, running an air quality model and looking at the results and drinking a few cups of tea!
What I'd do with the prize money
I would undertake an air quality survey around a local school to see what the air quality concentations are in the area, and let students know the results once it has been completed.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Conscientious, loyal and a worrier!
What's the best thing you've ever done in your career?
I’ve been involved in several exciting projects. I particularly enjoyed helping with the dust monitoring for the construction of the sporting venues for the Olympic Games in London 2012
What was your favourite subject at school?
What did you want to be after you left school?
I didn’t know, I fancied being an astronaut for a short time, but I had no real idea of what I wanted to do when I left school!
Were you ever in trouble at school?
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
Perhaps something to do with animals.
Who is your favourite singer or band?
No favourite as such – it depends on my mood! At the moment, I like Massive Attack, Air and London Grammar.
What's your favourite food?
Curry and chocolate (not together!)
What is the most fun thing you've done?
After university, I travelled around the world for 8 months which was amazing fun.
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
To be healthy, wealthy and happy!
Tell us a joke.
A weasel walks into a bar and the bartender says "Wow, I’ve never served a weasel before, what can I get you?" “Pop” goes the weasel!