Professional Development

My 21 lessons of 2021

This year was suppose to be different. Not the sequel to 2020. But despite the challenges, there were so many lessons learned.

Professional Development

When doing nothing was the most important ‘something’ I could do.

Time off between jobs has been so important for my physical and mental health.

Motherhood, Professional Development, Womanhood

Me, Myself and I(mposter)

In the last 12 months, I have given birth (following a difficult pregnancy and labour), secured a Non Exec Director position (a role typically filled by 55+ year old, experienced, white men) and have accepted a new job (a more senior role with a broader responsibility than my previous). Was I scared to enter into… Continue reading Me, Myself and I(mposter)

Professional Development, WeWork

Celebrating my one year anni‘we’rsary

What a difference a year makes...

Professional Development

Honoured to be Honoured: Celebrating my 4 year MBE anniversary

  Four years on  Four years ago today, my family and I drove through the gates of Buckingham Palace to attend my MBE investiture ceremony. I was being honoured as a Member of the Order of the British Empire for my services to sustainability in the energy management sector and for promoting diversity in science,… Continue reading Honoured to be Honoured: Celebrating my 4 year MBE anniversary

Energy, Professional Development, Starbucks

Hanging up my green apron

Almost 5 years after joining the biggest coffee brand in the world, today I will be hanging up my Starbucks apron with utmost love and respect for the company where I was able to learn so much. At such a pivotal point in my career, Starbucks gave me a platform to grow, shine and make… Continue reading Hanging up my green apron

Energy, Professional Development, STEM

How to prioritise your personal and professional development

My career in energy and sustainability has so far spanned a decade and in that time I’ve grown from being a graduate energy analyst with no practical experience to a senior energy manager with chartered energy manager status. Through thoughtful career development, I’ve managed to climb the corporate ladder, learn valuable life skills and grow… Continue reading How to prioritise your personal and professional development

Energy, Professional Development, STEM

Shining a light on STEM careers on International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day 2018, I reflect on why it’s more important than ever to encourage more young people, particularly women, into STEM careers. As a mechanical engineering graduate and the only female on my course, I left university with a passion to encourage more women to consider careers in STEM. Often students assume careers… Continue reading Shining a light on STEM careers on International Women’s Day

Motherhood, Professional Development

From being a ‘Partner’ to being a ‘Parent’

This month, I’m celebrating my 3 year anniversary of being a Starbucks Partner. A place where employees are called partners, because we are all partners in shared success. Three years in, I’ve reached the professional crossroads that I have both been looking forward to and dreading these past few years. Reaching the peak of my… Continue reading From being a ‘Partner’ to being a ‘Parent’

Energy, Professional Development

A decade dedicated to Energy

In September 2007, as a fresh university graduate, I embarked on a brave new journey into the working world. 10 years on I look back on a decade of working in the energy industry and reflect on 10 key lessons that I will be taking into the next decade of my career. When I graduated… Continue reading A decade dedicated to Energy