Productivity Lead, GlaxoSmithKline
2018 – Present.
How I came to STEM
I became interested in science in at secondary school and I remember being totally fascinated by this complex and exciting world. I was not exposed to external STEM events during my time at school, and if I had been, I could have taken a very different path to what I am doing now. I went on to take Biology at A Level and then studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Kent. At University, I was exposed to a lot of academic opportunities but my knowledge of the industry was still limited.
Why I love what I do
Leading improvement projects across a manufacturing site. Focusing on setting people up to succeed in their roles by using systems/processes in a different way and changing culture.
I talk to different people everyday and get variety in my work by working on both short term and long term projects.
The thing I enjoy most is seeing the improvements that the team can make. I also enjoy challenging mine and others’ thinking to push the boundaries on new ways to do things.
What I’m proud of, & what I’m hoping to achieve through the WYPB
As a continuing WYPB member, the thing I am most proud of so far has been that I’ve been able to bring some behaviors and thoughts back to people at work.
Through conversations with senior stakeholders about the work of WISE and the WYPB, I have been able to help them recognise incidences of unconscious bias, and a handful of senior people at the site have expressed thanks for helping them recognise this bias language.
One project I’m looking forward to completing in my time on the WYPB is to drive through a project with a children’s book publisher, aimed at encouraging young girls to consider STEM subjects, because I believe the best chance of getting more girls into STEM is by engaging them early.
Posts, Projects & Events
- Project (WYPB): WISE Essay Competition 2018
- Project (WYPB): Tara Binns series accompaniments for Harper Collins
- Project (WYPB): Negotiation Skills session at WISE Conference 2019
- Project (WYPB): Male-Allies for International Women’s Day