What value do you think you add to your team?
I bring a different perspective. I am lucky to sit at the table and share ideas with senior leaders in my service line. There is a real sense of cohesion and team spirit which promotes a great working rhythm, but my role, my experiences, age, background, education, and gender allow me to approach things differently and bring a fresh and alternative perspective to that table.
Petrofac is always on the lookout for different perspective, for enthusiastic, innovative, and genuine people. How do you think we, both as a Company and as an industry, can attract them?
We should be getting people at primary school age interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Historically, oil, gas, and energy companies didn’t have to put themselves out there and say ‘come and work for us’ because people were naturally flowing towards them. I think now there is more of a push to go out into universities, colleges, facilitate apprenticeships, and sell ourselves as an industry. By thinking outside of the box, we can get more younger people excited about joining our industry. Coming from a law background, the expected career path for me would have been a legal or contractual route, but Petrofac hasn’t limited me to doing what I should have done, but instead, has allowed me to find the right fit through internal development opportunities.
And finally, what motivates you in your free time?
I enjoy climbing Munros*. I’ve ‘bagged’ 24 so far and have plans to ascend many more. I enjoy the physical challenge and find that it’s a great ‘head clearer’ – there is something about the quietness and nature that is almost meditative.
* A Munro is defined as a mountain in Scotland with a height over 3,000 feet. To bag a Munro is to reach the top of the hill and to tick it off your list.