Lots of different places from a small office in Gosport to the back deck of a large Seismic ship in the middle of the Indian Ocean
I am currently on maternity leave!
My baby son!
I’m a marine engineer so I work at sea and on the docks to keep ships sailing.
My Typical Day
No day is typical because it depends what needs fixing!
I might be at sea doing routine maintenance (in the engine room working on the generators or the ships engine, up the mast changing lightbulbs, fixing the oven in the galley or anything!). We could be sailing any where in the world too!
Or, I might be in the docks managing a team of people to do a complete re-fit of a ship ready for the next season (structural repair, new components, speed testing, bearing changes…..)
Or, I might be at home studying my second masters degree in Marine Engineering (for fun).
Although, at this very moment I’m mostly changing smelling nappies because I have just had a baby!
What I'd do with the money
Send two pupils for a day sail on a tall ship to experience marine engineering in action!
To do this I would use the money to sponsor two day voyages with one of my old employers (a charity) called the Jubilee Sailing Trust. The pupils would ideally be from different schools and the only catch is that they must be over 12 years old. (JST is able to take pupils in wheelchairs or with any other physical disability onboard to sail….In fact it is what they do best!) By doing this I would hope that the pupils would learn the value of team work (because you can’t put the sail up by yourself!) and increase in confidence through pushing there own limits. I would hope that they would present their experience back to their school to share it with their class mates.
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Wet and oily!
Who is your favourite singer or band?
I like loads of different bands: Mumford and Sons, Coldplay, Me first and the Gimme Gimmes….
What's your favourite food?
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Too many to choose from: 3 marathons in the Sahara desert, landing the ship in Antarctica, saving lives with the RNLI, climbing to Everest Base Camp…..
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Not much. I really liked school!
What's the best thing you've done as an engineer?
I completed major repairs in a ship’s engine room whilst being thrown around by the waves on the Southern Ocean.
If you weren't an engineer, what would you be?
Tell us a joke.
What does duct tape have in common with “the force”? …They both have a light and a dark side and hold the world together!
STS Lord Nelson (in Antarctica)- one of my favourite office views!
Here is a photo of me maintaining the tiller mechanism of STS Lord Nelson (lovingly known as Nelly). One of the hydraulic pumps needed replacing so I had to crawl into the compartment and over the tiller mechanism to get to it. To do this I had to be in constant communication with the Captain (who was up on the Bridge) to make sure that no one turned the wheel whilst I was climbing over the tiller mechanism!
STS Tenacious – Nelly’s sister ship
Another office. This time on a Seismic ship (SV CGG Amadeus) in the Indian Ocean. I had to join the ship by helicopter, which required specialist training.
Doing some work on the mast of Amadeus:
Working on the navigation equipment of one of the tail buoys (whilst it is being towed behind Amadeus):