Women in FCERM Mentoring Pilot - Becoming a good leader group

Women in FCERM Mentoring Pilot - Becoming a good leader group
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Tue 12 November 2019
Tuesday 12 November 2019
11:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Thank you registering to be part of the Women in FCERM Mentoring Pilot - Becoming a good leader group

This pilot will provide mentoring support over a period of 6 months and focus on understanding and learning from others about what makes a good leader. (N.B – this is different from becoming a good manager).

It has been designed to connect members who have a particular skill set (mentor) with a small group of individuals (mentees) who would like to learn from each other and acquire similar skills.

This will allow you to learn about and try new approaches to help you develop and make progress toward your personal and professional goals.

This pilot will be led by Hannah Howe from AECOM. Hannah is currently working as a Senior Flood Risk Consultant in AECOM's Water Environment Team. 

This mentoring pilot will run over the following sessions:

  • 12 November 2019 face-to-face in Nottingham
  • 14 January 2020 via teleconference
  • 25 February 2020 via teleconference
  • 1 April 2020 face-to-face in Nottingham

Please make sure you are able to attend all of these dates before signing up to join this mentoring group.


 Are there restrictions to being part of this event?

  • Please note you must be a female working in FCERM sector to be part of this pilot programme
  • Please note you must be able to attend all of these dates before signing up to join this mentoring group
  • Please only sign up to only one of the mentoring groups

Further information from Hannah

I am a hydraulic modeller and catchment planner, with experience of collaborative working and stakeholder engagement. I have 10 years’ experience in the environmental and wastewater sectors and am a chartered member of CIWEM and currently the Vice Chair of the East Midlands branch committee.

Since joining AECOM, I have taken on a variety of projects, utilising my technical modelling knowledge as well as project management and interpersonal skills. These projects have included strategic surface water plans for international clients, flood risk assessment for Highways England DCO road schemes and Outline Business Cases for blue-green infrastructure projects for Local Authorities.

I am currently the Water Resources lead contact for the Chesterfield AECOM office, acting as a communication conduit for sharing best practice, training, strategic work winning and quality delivery.

Previously I was a project manager and catchment planner for multiple Sustainable Drainage Plans for Welsh Water. These catchment plans assist clients to achieve key business objectives and strategic targets such as reduction in properties affected by flooding, preventing pollution incidents and the implementation of SuDS.

I was seconded to Severn Trent’s SMP Level 1 Team for four years. In this role I was responsible for providing GIS inputs to Sewerage Management Plans (SMPs) and collating outputs. She worked on a wide variety of projects for Planning and Performance, Service Delivery and Asset Creation teams.  This work on Pollution Risk analysis aided Severn Trent’s PR14 submission, helping to prioritise investment in critical assets.

During my time at Nottingham Trent University as the Geography faculty technician, I specialised in laboratory and field based research, assisting on several post graduate research projects funded by various institutions. Alongside this, I taught laboratory skills, GIS and survey techniques to undergraduate students.

Why I wanted to get involved in the Women in FCERM pilot

I was inspired to get involved as I would have really appreciated a similar programme, earlier on in my career. My earlier roles were in offices which were very male dominated – at one point I was working on a floor of 120 engineers, and I was one of only 3 women. I didn’t particularly experience discrimination, however it was not an easy environment to succeed in and I felt at a disadvantage. The work sector has been changing along with attitudes, but I would be very keen to support any woman in a similar situation particularly with regards to leadership, confidence and empowerment.

I don’t have any children or caring responsibilities. Despite this I do feel maintaining a good work life balance is important to all round happiness – outside of work I sing with a Jazz band and help with a Music workshop for dementia sufferers.

I think my experience would be better suited to supporting those early on in their careers – graduates or with a few years experience.

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