What is your role at Thomson?
I am a Principal Ecologist managing one of the Guildford terrestrial ecology teams working on a diverse range of projects across many sectors including: infrastructure, rail, residential and school developments. In addition, I am responsible for the ‘people’ aspect of the wider ecology team working together with the Head of HR and HR team I help to provide the structure and support processes to allow the Ecology team to develop their careers and maximise their potential within the business.
Why do you like working at Thomson?
Something you will continuously hear at Thomson is that the people you work with are the best thing about working here (along with the great projects!), and this really is the case – we truly have the best team here across all departments – from the technical teams in all disciplines to the support teams, the camaraderie and support between everyone really is unique to Thomson – I couldn’t ask for a better team to work with! (The parties aren’t bad either!)
How long have you worked for Thomson?
What does a typical day at work look like?
My days are really varied due to the different aspects of my role and could include site work/surveys anywhere in the country, or desk based tasks such as writing or approving reports and helping clients with the ecological aspects of their projects. In addition, I will also regularly be meeting with colleagues across the business in particular the recruitment, training and hr teams reviewing policies and procedures.
Where did you study?
I studied Biological Sciences at Exeter University for my undergraduate degree and then completed a part time Masters over 2 years in Environmental Management at Birkbeck College, University of London.
What made you choose this career path?
I’ve always loved nature and wildlife so having a career where carrying out surveys and being outside is part of the job was a big attraction of it. It is also great working with clients to deliver development projects in such a way that they provide a long term benefit for biodiversity.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
My main hobby is to spend hours out riding my new forest pony Gold exploring the beautiful countryside of the Surrey Hills.