Rosie - Civil & Environmental Engineer
Q: Tell us what your role entails?
A: I work in the infrastructure team to deliver and maintain assets at the port such as wharves, heavy duty pavements and buildings. On an average week my role is made up of civil engineering, project management, working with stakeholders and planning for resource consents or building consents. I also undertake the environmental management at the port. This is a developing sector for us and we have some exciting work underway.
Q: What challenges do you enjoy in your job?
A: I love working with people from all over the port and working their requirements into projects I manage. It's great to learn about the variety of roles right across our business - it never ceases to amaze me the skill that we have throughout the port that I don't get exposed to until I work closely with a new team on a project.
Q: Have you always worked as an engineer?
A: Yes I have, although I have found different ways to enjoy and apply my engineering. I worked for a consultancy in airfields in Australia, did some highway design work in Central America and worked in the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan.
Q: Ports of Auckland recently won an award for 'Gender Diversity in Leadership'? What do you think of the port's performance in this area?
A: In joining as a civil engineer at the port three years ago, I think I was probably the first female to take up that role in the history of the company. This showed me that the port is willing to view women on a level playing field with men, particularly in a historically male dominated area. I like the focus the port has on diversity, not just focusing on a minority, and finds ways to provide equal opportunities. I am really fortunate that currently, the port is supporting me on the Global Women Breakthrough Leaders Programme.
Q: What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A: I grew up on a farm so always wanted to be a vet!