“I have always loved geology, and from the age of eight, when my grandfather gave me his fossil collection, I knew I wanted to be a geologist,” says Vivien. “I don’t think there is such thing a typical day [in my role], which is partly why I love my job. I generally work three days in the office and one day at home. One day I could be in the office managing staff, tendering and writing reports, and another day I could be delivering training at another RSK office.”
When not in the office, Vivien leads the AGS Contaminated Land Working Group and is responsible for making sure the projects they are working on are progressed. “Members do a lot of work in their own time,” Vivien explains. “I’m always impressed with the effort that people put in.”
Vivien admits that balancing work and family life can be challenging, but that she would like to see more women in the geotechnical industry.
“The most challenging aspect of my role is juggling work life with having a family. RSK is very flexible, allowing me to work part time, and I work from both the office and from home. There are more women in the industry now than there were 20 years ago, and a lot more is done now in schools to show girls what career opportunities there are, but there is still a long way to go.”