I studied Chemical Engineering with French at the University of Sheffield, with summer placements at Corus R&D, Teesside. After working for a year in a wind turbine consultancy, contributing to programming and testing the offshore component of their modelling software, I studied for a Masters in Renewable Energy at École des Mines de Paris.
On graduating, there was a lot of demand from developers and planning authorities for support with the implementation of policy to increase the proportion of energy generated from building-integrated low carbon technologies. I set up an energy and sustainability consultancy service within a not-for-profit organisation to respond to this need, later working for an M&E consultancy to enable the application of low energy technologies to be more integral to building design.
I went on to teach science in secondary schools for six years, four of which as head of Physics, but I missed the challenge of engineering problem solving. With a background in renewable energy and sustainability, I was drawn to the CP3 programme by its aim of developing more energy efficient and cost effective processes.
I am looking forward to the opportunity of developing my skill set through problem-led learning.