Caroline’s coastal career

June 23 is International Women in Engineering Day. Here, we profile our coastal project engineer Caroline Barford.

Caroline Barford was always making things as a child and knew a desk job wasn’t for her. A chance conversation with an engineer saw her map out her future from an early age, eventually leading to a degree in civil engineering.

Now a coastal project engineer with the Southsea Coastal Scheme, Caroline enjoys a mostly outdoors role where no two days are the same. She enjoys sharing her experience with new team members to help them build their own careers.

Caroline said: “For me, working on the Southsea Coastal Scheme means working on a constantly evolving project that will protect and enhance the lives of residents and visitors into the future.

“I’m really proud of the work we do and, at the end of the project, it will be great to know I’ve had a hand in completing the Scheme. After all, we all aim to make the bits of the world we touch better than we found them.

“I strongly encourage girls to consider engineering because it’s such a varied and interesting industry with numerous options to explore to find an area that fits you best.”

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