Senior Engineer, WSP
Kirsty graduated from the University of Reading with a First Class (Hons) degree in Geography (Human and Physical). She joined Mouchel as a Graduate Engineer in 2011 and has been seconded into Thames Water working on several projects including Victorian Mains Replacement (VMR) and Bulk Metering. Now a Senior Engineer at WSP, Kirsty works within Thames Water’s Strategy Planning and Assurance (SPA) team focusing on maximising the value from Thames Water’s infrastructure investment programme.
Kirsty is an active member of the Institute of Water, having chaired the “Water Company Perspective” section of the Annual Conference in May 2017 and the South East Young Person’s Forum in November 2017. She also represented IWater at the Professional Engineering Institutes Event where young members from 35 engineering institutes discussed how their institutes could better serve their needs.
Kirsty’s message to the water industry:
Wellbeing is often the forgotten cousin of health and safety. Although deadlines are a matter of course in business, stress and overwork should not be. People are more likely to be productive if their tasks are achievable and they enjoy what they do. The water industry has made enormous strides in health and safety and while conversations on wellbeing are improving, there is a long way to go.
The industry also faces significant risk of a skills shortage with so many experienced people nearing retirement. This could overburden those left behind. Therefore water companies and the supply chain must work together now to share the valuable knowledge of their experienced staff with the younger generation to bridge that gap and ensure the industry has enough people with the relevant skills to keep pace and prevent further losses through stress related illness. We must never forget that people are our most valuable asset in the water industry.