Emily's role is to ensure that all platforms are operating in an environmentally sound manner (as far as reasonably practicable), and horizon scanning for improvements.
Describe your academic/training history and how you got to where you are today.
- BSc (Hons) Ocean Science - 1st Class Honours
- MRes Applied Marine Science - Merit
- Newly graduated and straight into the role, learning a lot on the job and internal training.
- I have a passion for the marine environment and the desire to protect it from further harm and help it heal. I also have an interest in the Royal Navy and Defence and how the activities intertwine.
Describe a typical workday
My typical work day involves a lot of documentation- report writing and liaising with other team members (engineers, etc) to ensure all activities are environmentally sound. Conducting reviews and working with statutory and defence regulators to ensure all work is above board. Sharing environmental knowledge through our internal network of environmental professionals.
What skills are required in your position on a day-to-day basis?
- An eye for detail, picking up on anything which could have an environmental impact and managing these appropriately.
- Report writing- there's a lot of them to be produced, reviewed and read!
- Strong will and attitude- a lot of people have a 'who cares' attitude which can knock you down but you have to keep going and put it into terms they will understand.
- Friendly and approachable- I deal with a huge amount of people on a daily basis in person, over email and on the phone and so you have to build a rapport with these people. It's amazing how much smoother things go when you're nice to them rather than pushing it on them.
- Patience- at the end of the day in my role our operations take precedence over saving the environment, but we have a duty of care to the environment, our crews and the general public to take into consideration too.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I love my role being able to make a difference in the marine domain, making sure our activities aren't degrading the environment more than absolutely necessary. There's a lot of satisfaction that comes from knowing that we're doing the best we can whilst still undertaking the vital role in Defence.
What challenges have you had to overcome?
Being a young, female, environmentalist in a predominantly older, male, engineer domain certainly has its challenges in order to be taken seriously and get my point across. It adds to the sense of satisfaction when I make a difference, and being able to put the consequences into terms that they understand that isn't just 'save the poor whales!'.
Give us an interesting fact about you!
I originally wanted to join the Royal Navy and have a successful career at sea, but got declined on medical reasons and had to go for my back up option, which I hadn't put a lot of effort into. But, I've come full circle working with the RN still but from the other side, and I couldn't be happier.
Why did you become a member of the IMarEST?
It was suggested to me whilst doing my undergraduate degree, and whilst I never really took advantage of it at first, it has been more and more useful as I enter into work. I'm now working with other IMarEST members in our professionals network for my chartership.