I started off back in 1979 as a 16 year old school-leaver going into an apprenticeship with, what at the time was called, Post Office, which later became British Telecoms. I was working in their test department and that meant, as a young person, I was not only going to college to learn about electronics and telecommunications, but I was also getting hands on experience in laboratories.
Over the years I had several jobs at various laboratories across the country until I joined NPL in 2017. I started working in business development and moved to work in NPL’s Huddersfield site as the laboratory manager.
Throughout my career there have been a couple of challenges. We used to have a school's career service, which was terrible back in the day. I remember my careers advisor saying to me, what do you want to do? I said, “I want be a scientist”. They said “No, that's not for you. You should go into banking.”
Interact with as many people as you can. Think positively of everybody.
Be open and honest about your feelings about things. Share your thoughts. Interact with as many people as you can. Think positively of everybody.