What is your role?
I am the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS). I have been with the company since its inception. As COO I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company, and overall management of the team.
What do you enjoy most about your role?
I enjoy the variety of the role, from developing and overseeing the business strategy and delivery of the services we offer, no two days are the same. My role provides me with the opportunity to meet interesting people. At CFMS we work with innovative and inspiring UK high value organisations, helping them develop digital engineering capabilities.
What is your background?
My background is in finance and I have spent the majority of my career working in the professional services sector which I thoroughly enjoyed. High value design engineering is different but is very rewarding. With responsibility for ensuring that operations across business development, marketing and technical functions are efficient and effective, I get to meet, work with and manage some exceptional and interesting people.
What advice would you give with regard to pursuing a career in STEM?
I’m really passionate about providing the workforce of the future with the opportunity to learn about the opportunities STEM can offer, and particularly as women are under-represented in this area. This will enable individuals to experience all the different areas of STEM and to hopefully gain an interest in a specific area and a desire to develop a career. My advice to anyone is to not be afraid to explore all the different areas of STEM, talk to people, find out what they do, why they do it, and how they chose to work in their field of expertise
My advice in business is to trust your intuition, and don't be afraid to ask for help when it's needed. There is no substitute for hard work, but always make sure you enjoy what you do and manage to have some fun while you are doing it.
What are you most looking forward to? Any predictions for the future?
Digital technologies are revolutionising the way that companies design and manufacture their products. Upskilling engineers for digital transformation and preparing for the future is important if UK organisations are to continue to grow and capitalise upon opportunities. Decisions made by Artificial Intelligence (AI) will increasingly impact our lives both professionally and personally. At CFMS, we are actively involved in spreading awareness of the power and potential of AI but at the same time alerting and educating our customers about the ethics associated with AI to eliminate any unintended biases in AI driven automated decision making.