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

Motherhood

A working mum or a mum working? Which am I?

Being an expert in the field of energy and sustainability, making a positive contribution to the world and climbing the career ladder is something I have worked really hard to achieve. But, being a mother and starting a family of my own is something I have had to work even harder at. My fertility struggle… Continue reading A working mum or a mum working? Which am I?

Motherhood

A year of losses

As baby loss awareness week comes to a close, I sit here reflecting one of my toughest years yet. The week marks an opportunity for people across the UK to commemorate the lives of babies lost in pregnancy or during or soon after birth.  The truth is, for those that have suffered baby loss, every… Continue reading A year of losses

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

Motherhood, STEM

Engineering Motherhood

As someone who studied engineering, I have always been very aware of how STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is at the heart of everything we do and rely on. The roads we travel, the food we eat and the buildings we live in to name a few. I never imagined that I would call… Continue reading Engineering Motherhood

Motherhood

5 lessons infertility has taught me

From an early age life’s path was laid out to be quite simple. Complete your education, get a well-paid job, marry a good partner and then start your own family. Luckily for me, three out of four of those were in fact quite simple, but it took us nearly three years of heartache to accomplish… Continue reading 5 lessons infertility has taught me

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

Motherhood

The honest truth about miscarriage

One in four women experience a miscarriage, the first thing we are told when it happens is 'it's very common'. So common to go through, yet so uncommon to share what it actually entails. So here it is, my raw, open and honest account. I hope it might help prepare the many couples who may… Continue reading The honest truth about miscarriage

Motherhood

8 transferable skills I mastered in my 8 months of maternity leave

My 8 months of maternity leave have absolutely flown by. Before embarking on motherhood, I was nervous that I’d be returning to work having forgotten everything. But, motherhood has given me a new set of transferable skills that I’ll be applying to the workplace as I begin to pursue my career once again. I feel… Continue reading 8 transferable skills I mastered in my 8 months of maternity leave

Motherhood

My journey to Motherhood, the highs, the lows and the super lows – Part 4 Parenthood

Here it is, my final write up in a 4 part series of blogs; Getting Pregnant, Being Pregnant, Giving Birth & Parenthood. This has been a journey of self discovery, where I learned that I had a reservoir of strength and patience I never knew existed. I hope those on their own journey to parenthood… Continue reading My journey to Motherhood, the highs, the lows and the super lows – Part 4 Parenthood