"Once people start to realise that todays issues require a more global movement, then solutions will really start to be found."
What is your story? What doesn't your resume tell us about you?
I've been on a path that has taken me in various directions. From applying to be in the Air Force, to studying an engineering degree and becoming more involved with sustainability. The underlying trend... creating a better place for myself and the people around me. I'm passionate in helping others by being the best version of me that I can. Although I can appreciate that I'm not their yet, I'm proactive enough to what I can with the resource I have. I'm extremely interested in the built environment that we live in and how we could better plan and design urban environments to have less of a negative impact, but still providing an amazing place to live and work. I've big ambitions to travel with my future job to see places across the world and experience different cultures. This influenced by my desire to help solve problems across the world and not just locally. Once people start to realise that todays issues require a more global movement, then solutions will really start to be found.
How do you want to leave your impact on the world?
It's all about getting young people to realise that we've been living in a world that doesn't appreciate the natural resource it uses and destroys. We make more and more advances in technology everyday, yet this has slowly started to disconnect us from our roots. My goal is to incorporate sustainability into not only my life and career, but to inspire others to do the same. A world with young leaders taking a more holistic approach, will be a better place to be.
Tell us about your leadership experiences.
I've always thrown myself into leadership positions wherever possible. Not because I want things to be done my way, but because I feel I have the qualities to get the best out of a group of people or a team. I find leadership both challenging and refreshing, as it's a different experience every time you step up to the role. I'm currently part of the Sheffield Engineering Leadership Academy (SELA) at my University. This programme aims to find engineering students across all disciplines who show the leadership potential and promise and bring them together to help develop their skills. My involvement in this has seen me run workshops in various areas such as, lateral thinking, networking and dealing with confrontation to name a few. I really enjoy communication and understanding more about how people react in different situations and body language. It's sometimes unappreciated nowadays how much good communication and interpersonal skills can benefit you in both your personal and professional life.
Describe a personal experience that has directly or indirectly influenced your career path.
I always have to go back to the same one. When I applied for a Defence Sixth Form College at 15 with the hope to joining the RAF as an Engineering Officer, my path in life changed. I spent a year of my life committed to applications and assessments to be able to obtain one of the 30 places available annually at this prestigious school. I was the only one out of 12 people in my local area to be sent to selection where I underwent 4 days of tests, assessment and group exercises to determine if I had both the academic and leadership qualities to be an Officer. I'm proud to say I made it to the last 60 applicants from 4000 who initially applied, narrowly missing out because they didn't think I'd achieve academically.
I could've let this get me down but I've used it to drive me ever since. Not only have my leadership qualities developed massively since I was 15, I'm now studying Civil Engineering at a university ranked in the worlds top 100 on track to smash the low expectations the assessors had of me 6 years ago. I see every failure as an experience to learn from, to develop yourself and prove those who doubted you wrong.
What is the biggest take-away and/or favorite part of your GREEN Program experience?
If I'm being honest it's the GREEN family, everyone's so like-minded and its refreshing to be around. You can bounce around ideas and share passions and have some really interesting conversations. Of course the places you go to are awesome, but it's definitely the people that make it.
Where and When would you go in a time machine? Why?
I'd like to go back to between 1250 and 1500 to Easter Island in eastern Polynesia and confirm why the Moai (monolithic human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people) were carved.