"I studied Civil Engineering at University, and I’ll be honest – I didn’t love it, but during my course I became interested in project management. I went on to do a Masters in Engineering Project Management, and I knew I had found exactly what I wanted to do.
"I joined HS2 in 2017 as a Graduate Project Manager, I briefly worked in the Delivery Directorate, before moving into the Infrastructure Directorate. It was here where I joined the Commercial Operations team, working on developing the Operational Cost Baseline and the model we now use to estimate the operational cost of the railway.
"I have recently been promoted to Commercial Operations Project Manager, myself and my team focus on the end state structure of the railway, and what businesses will be required to ensure we deliver the benefits of HS2.
"My role as a STEM Ambassador has given me opportunities to mentor students who are interested in a career in STEM, attend and facilitate national events across the country, and take part in speaking events to encourage more women and people from BAME backgrounds to join the industry. I have genuinely felt like I have had a positive impact on the students and young people that I have engaged with.
"One of the highlights of my time at HS2 so far has been delivering the values moment in front of the Senior Leadership Team (SLT). I spoke about my own career aspirations and how I believe that the SLT should use their position as leaders within the company and the industry to ensure that those from less represented backgrounds are given a wealth of opportunities within HS2 itself and in the construction and railway sectors.
"HS2 has already given me opportunities, experiences and challenges that I will never forget. I hope to build upon these throughout my career, and look forward to the project building momentum. I hope to be able to see the first train leave a brand new HS2 station, and I will be proud to say that I have been a part of it!"
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