“I am currently working on the Richborough Connection project, a nationally significant infrastructure project connecting the Nemo Link (an electricity cable between Bruges, Belgium, and Kent, UK) to National Grid’s electricity network by constructing a new 400-kV overhead line between Richborough and Canterbury,” Alice explains. “My role includes ensuring compliance with the development consent order, environmental management plans and other relevant environmental documents; ensuring all required consents and environmental permits are secured; assessing and mitigating the environmental impacts of any changes; identifying and resolving environmental problems that arise; and carrying out environmental audits of design and construction activities.”
Alice is part of RSK’s environmental impact assessment, planning and design team in Hemel Hempstead, UK, and joined RSK in early 2018 after gaining several years’ experience in the environmental sector. After studying biological sciences at the University of Oxford and gaining a master’s degree in ecology, evolution and conservation at Imperial College London, Alice studied for an Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) certificate in environmental management, which she recommends to others about to embark on a career in the field.
“I would advise obtaining IEMA membership, as this gives you access to courses, training, conferences and other events,” says Alice. “I also recommend taking advantage of networking events, which enable you make contacts and get involved in relevant discussions in the industry. It could also help you to gain work experience at the start of your career.”
Since starting her career, Alice has seen the representation of women in the construction industry and the industry’s attitude towards women in general change, but she admits that there is still progress to be made.
“Since joining RSK, I have felt encouraged by its positive attitude to women in the workplace, from welcoming women into directorial positions to helping many female employees progress their careers while balancing other aspects of their lives. Although I feel encouraged by the changes that have been made in my time working in the industry, there is progress still to be made to ensure that the UK matches other countries in employing women in science, technology and engineering roles. I hope this is something that will improve as my own career progresses.”
Subscribers can read the article in full on The ENDS Report website. The article will also be published in print edition of The ENDS Report magazine soon.