In the Spotlight: Ellie Curry
How long have you worked at Roberts Environmental?
I started doing work experience for Roberts in September 2016 and then started as a full-time employee in the October, so almost one year and 9 months. Time flies!
Describe your role within the firm.
I’m a geo-environmental consultant so I deal with Due Diligence Reports, Phase I Desktop Studies, Phase II Site Investigations, Coal Mining Risk Assessments and Ground Gas Risk Assessments. I try to bring across both an environmental and geotechnical view to every project so that I can give effective and high-quality advice to clients. Currently I’m working on a large environmental site investigation and risk assessment report for a site in Glasgow, which is focused on contaminated land aspects of our service. I am also working on a Coal Mining Risk Assessment for a residential extension in Denton Burn, Newcastle, and a Due Diligence Report for a Drive-Thru site in Northwich, Cheshire. It’s always interesting to have jobs spread around the country.
What attracted you to a career in the geo environmental sector?
As an undergraduate studying geology and physical geography at Hull, field trips were my absolute favourite things. I loved working outside and I find it incredible that I can do this in my job. One day you may be in the office, the next you’re overseeing and working on a site anywhere in the country. It certainly keeps you on your toes.
What has been your favourite project at Roberts Environmental?
One of my first ever site investigations was at Stannington First School in Northumberland, where we undertook not only windowless sampling boreholes, but also rotary boreholes for possible underground coal workings. The school wanted to develop a detached extension for teaching purposes on a small area of the playground. During lunchtime we were still working, and the children came over to see what we were doing. A couple of the girls were fascinated and insisted on asking questions and watching the work (at a safe distance!). I loved the idea that we could ignite this interest they had in construction and soil logging.
Any favourite line from a movie?
“A girl can’t read that sort of thing without her lipstick” – Breakfast at Tiffany’s
What book did you read last?
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. It didn’t even last me two days, I completely inhaled the book. I also think more lead characters should be called Eleanor.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself that people may not know
I am a massive whisky fan! Some people think whisky is a bit of an old man’s drink or that it tastes awful, but I find it fascinating that no two whiskies are the same. I spent my 21st birthday touring the distilleries on Islay and Jura and have been known to collect a few unique and special bottles. I can even identify a whisky from smell!
When you’re not at work what do you like to do?
As a typical Millennial I spend my weekends and evenings eating, watching Netflix and YouTube, sleeping and repeating. However, I enjoy gardening too but only when its sunny!
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