2 November 2015
Katie Foster is a Geo-Environmental Consultant based in Manchester whose passions include “discovering what is going on beneath our feet”. She specialises in geology and ground investigation and here she tells us how the work she does makes a positive impact and highlights the projects she’s most proud of.
What did you study? A degree in Earth Sciences.
What attracted you to study this? Even from a young age I was interested in minerals and rocks and how they were created. Living in a rural area of the Yorkshire Dales had me growing up with curiosity about how my surroundings were formed.
What is your specialist area? Geology and Ground Investigation.
What attracted you to this field of expertise? When I graduated from university, I was lucky to get a job straight away in Ground Investigation and I’ve never looked back since.
What are you most passionate about in this field? Being a good project manager, discovering what is going on beneath our feet and working within a wider team.
Why is this important to you? I strive to do a good job that I can be proud of but ultimately that my company can be proud of and provide a good service for the client.
How does your work make a positive impact? Overall the work I do helps to provide our clients with a clear and concise interpretation as to what is going on within the ground. But ultimately whilst carrying out the work that it is undertaken, is a way that is safe both for WYG staff and subcontractors ensuring our clients are represented correctly.
What projects are you most proud of? Two projects stand out, firstly working on a challenging project out in the middle of the North Sea which involved drilling for cable routes to connect up numerous wind farms. The job demanded doing 12hr shifts over 5 weeks on somewhat rough seas, battling seasickness whilst on the survey ship and being the only female on board!
More recently and since joining WYG I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in Europe’s largest infrastructure project HS2, which has enabled me to work alongside colleagues from a number of offices across the UK but also allowed me to demonstrate my project management skills and abilities whilst co leading the project with another colleague.
Where would you like to see your specialism take you in the future? Ultimately I hope to gather knowledge and experience from my peers and immediate team within the Geo-environmental Group to develop my skills whilst working towards becoming a well rounded consultant.
How does WYG support you to develop your knowledge and interests? WYG is supporting me in becoming a Chartered Geologist, whilst offering the opportunity to be involved in some more complicated projects such as HS2.