Graduate Civil Engineer, Environment Agency
Gabi is a Graduate Civil Engineer on the Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management (FCERM) training scheme at the Environment Agency (EA), working towards professional Chartership with the Institution of Civil Engineering (ICE).
She studied A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Business Studies before going on to complete a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering at the University of Nottingham. In her third year of university, Gabi studied abroad at the University of Queensland in Australia.
Since joining the EA, Gabi has been project manager for a number of flood risk maintenance schemes, getting involved in design work, budgeting, public consultations and the construction on site. She strives to incorporate innovative and sustainable solutions within the projects she works on and is a firm believer of working with water, not fighting against it.
Alongside her day job, Gabi has an incident response role. This involves being on call to respond to flood warning alarms and work closely with the field operations teams to operate and maintain assets during a flooding incident. She also co-chairs the EA graduates’ International Opportunities Working Group, who develop and maintain professional relationships with international engineering & FCERM colleagues. As part of this group, Gabi was able to attend the annual test closure of the Maeslant Storm Surge barrier in Rotterdam and form working relationships with Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch equivalent of the EA).
She is also Treasurer of her regional branch of the ICE Graduate and Students Committee, organising and attending events such as site visits, workshops and lectures.
Gabi is passionate about raising the profile of engineering as a career for all children by regularly attending STEM events as an ambassador, and she is active in trying to change the perceptions of engineering by showcasing the industry’s breadth, variety and diversity.