Introduction, background studies and experience
Hi, I’m Reece. I started working as a Process and Energy Consultant at Carbon Architecture at the end of June and am now coming to the end of my second week. I grew up on the Isle of Wight before heading to the University of Birmingham to study for an MEng in Chemical Engineering.
During the course of my studies I undertook several optional sustainability/energy engineering modules which I found particularly engaging. In my 3rd year I completed a design project which involved a feasibility study and process design of a 33% production capacity expansion to a large brewing site in the UK. During my Masters year, I investigated the economic feasibility of utilising solar thermal technology in conjunction with phase change materials (PCMs) for domestic cooling in India.
My professional experience is based in the food industry where I worked as a manufacturing team manager for a year and then as project engineer at a flagship FMCG manufacturing site for two years. Whilst in the operations role I gained experience in LEAN principles, people management and crisis management (when the factory I was working in was knocked offline for several months after severe flooding). As a project engineer I was responsible for the delivery of a variety of capital projects including the replacement of main site gas boilers, the demolition and re-installation of flue gas stacks, the refurbishment of a production office and the installation of a new chocolate bulk handling system.
What do you believe Carbon Architecture will offer?
I believe that working for Carbon Architecture will allow me to gain experience across a range of industries and thus develop my competence as a process engineer, as I face and overcome a variety of new challenges. In addition to this, I relish the opportunity to further explore and develop my skills in the energy/sustainability field, for which I always had an affinity for whilst at university but have not had as significant exposure to as a professional. My experience with the business so far has been enjoyable and interesting and I look forward to working with and learning from my new colleagues.
What do you hope you will be able to achieve in the next 3 years?
Over the course of the next 3 years I hope to contribute significantly to the success of this growing business by consistently delivering value to our clients in each and every project I work on. In doing so, I hope to personally develop my skills and knowledge sufficiently to achieve Chartership through the IChemE.
What are your hobbies?
My interests are pretty typical; I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, travelling, and watching/playing sport. I play hockey for a local club in South West London and enjoy distance running (albeit very slowly). I recently completed my first Ultra marathon – a 111km run from Carlisle to Newcastle along Hadrian’s Wall – and am now on the lookout for my next event!