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This broadcast featured Ayo Sokale, a Civil Engineer at the Environment Agency as a Project Manager and BIM lead, who held a live read of the book Alba the 100 year old fish.
Alba the fish has spent her entire life collecting precious objects that drift down to the ocean floor. From delicate shells to brightly coloured coral, each year on her birthday she gathers one more precious item. But over the years, Alba notices her collection is losing its sparkle and that the world is changing. What are these bits of plastic and metal? As the coral reef fades, Alba decides to leave her home behind. Can an old fish teach the world how to bring colour back to the ocean?
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Ayo is a Project Manager and the BIM lead for the Environment Agency’s Collaborative Delivery Framework Eastern Hub (Thames Valley, East Anglia and Herts and North London).
Previously, she was a Graduate Civil Engineer on the Environment Agency’s training scheme where she undertook internal and external placements to support her development. During this, she project managed the Abingdon Flood alleviation scheme which delivered a flood wall that protected 5 properties from flooding and was assistant project manager on Oxford flood alleviation scheme where she led on assurance and approvals.
She gained invaluable site experience in the role of ECC site supervisor for the Tull Way flood alleviation scheme. She has also managed and designed project such as a by-pass channel to improve fish migration and flood embankments. She worked on the UK Government’s top 40 national infrastructure projects and one of world’s largest flood risk management programmes, The Thames Estuary Asset Management 2100. This all enabled her to sign off her ICE training agreement in 2.5 years and she is working toward achieving Chartered Engineer status.
Ayo was selected as one of Professor Lord Robert Mair’s Future Leaders for his year as President of the ICE. She was nominated for the Top 50 Women in Engineering under 35 (WE50) initiative run by The Telegraph in partnership with The Women’s Engineering Society (WES) (June 2017).
She is a STEM ambassador and mentor encouraging other to take up careers in Civil Engineering. She believes Civil Engineer should actively take part in civil life and she is an elected Councillor at Reading Borough Council.
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