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Voices of Experience 2017
Wed, April 26, 2017, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM BST
This interactive panel has been designed with our students in mind. Panellists will be discussing the challenges they faced entering into employment and sharing with you lessons they have learnt. Past graduates are invited to return to the University and give talks to our current students about their career path since leaving. It's an excellent opportunity for them to pass on their experience and expertise of the world of work.
There will be 4 panellists briefly presenting their career path, which is followed by time to interact and ask questions, as well as light refreshments. This year panellists reflect well the wide range of careers that Chemists can aspire to. They are:
Professor Jackie Akhavan. She joined Cranfield University in 1987 after graduating from Southampton University with a PhD in polymer chemistry. She is Director of Education, member of EPSRC College of Peers, member of the European Reference Network for Critical Infrastructure Protection, member of the National Industry Advisory Group for NATO on demilitarisation, Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry, Fellow of the Institute of Explosives Engineers, Chairperson of the Wessex Branch of the Association for Women in Science and Engineering and has been a Chartered Chemist for over 30 years. She is Head of the Centre for Defence Chemistry and leads the Synthesis and Formulations Group. Within the Centre for Defence Chemistry she is responsible for the delivery of education and research in propellants, pyrotechnics and high explosives together with chemical defence, fuel technology, detection, and environment impact.
Dr Nathan Bartlett. He studied at Southampton on the MChem programme, with a placement at Ferring pharmaceuticals and extra summer studentships. He obtained his PhD at Southampton in 2012. After graduating, he worked as a chemist at Key Organics in Cornwall, then at Dextra laboratories in Surrey as a senior chemist. In these roles he experienced organic chemistries of many types and from many sectors including petrochemicals, agrochemicals and pharmaceuticals. Missing the rural lifestyle, he moved to the peak district in 2015 and now works for Lubrizol ltd as a research chemist. Lubrizol is a global provider of speciality chemicals and the Hazelwood site is dedicated to the needs of the transport industry.
Ms Sarah True. She graduated from Southampton University in 2014 with a first class degree on the MChem programme. She started a 3 year graduate programme at Grant Thornton, a firm of Chartered Accountants, at the Gatwick office. She is based in the corporation tax department, studying towards an Association of Chartered Accountants qualification. She assists a number of companies with their corporation tax compliance and advise them on specific projects, including patent box tax relief, R&D tax relief, trade and asset transfers. She works with exciting, fast growing businesses. The transition from Chemistry to Finance was challenging but exciting. She has been involved in a number of science based, pharmaceutical R&D claims, using her science background in her new role.
Dr. Christianne Wicking. She graduated from Plymouth University with a BSc (Hons) in Analytical Chemistry. She worked at the Environment Agency, which peaked her interest in mass spectrometry. She was awarded a trainee position at the National Mass Spectrometry Service Centre to study mass spectrometry. She expanded these skills whilst completing a Castrol/EPSRC case award PhD at University of Southampton investigating Chromatography and MS techniques for oxidised biodiesel analysis. She joined BP in 2013 and her current focus is in analytical chemistry with specific interest in continued development of HRMS.
Come along to meet them and to know more about their career journey.