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Day in the Life of Kate Hillman, senior structural engineer and RedR champion

Kate Hillman is a senior structural engineer in the civil engineering & advanced technology practice. As well as working on the Hinkley Point C project, she is also a RedR Champion, which allows her to develop her interest in engineering for sustainable development and disaster relief while building closer ties between the company and RedR.

27/02/2018

My alarm goes off….
And then I hit snooze at least twice. I live quite close to Epsom so it’s a short journey to my desk.

I’m responsible for….
 In my day job, I’m assistant technical lead for the classified buildings on Hinkley Point C (HPC), as well as building lead for the HPC pumping station, so I manage the day-to-day running of our team and the deliverables we’re producing.

As a RedR champion, I’m a link between Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin group, and the disaster relief charity RedR. I try to promote RedR across the company and educate our staff about the fantastic work RedR does. I also help RedR with fundraising events and other external events when I can.

I became a RedR Champion by…
 I’ve always had an interest in international development and disaster relief so have been helping with RedR activities for a few years. When the previous Infrastructure RedR Champion went on sabbatical last September to work with Engineers Without Borders in Kenya, I took over the role.

My typical day…
Typically, my RedR duties are on an ad-hoc basis. Earlier in the month I organised a CPD (Continuing Personal Development) event. This is RedR’s main fundraising event for the year and there’s always a lot of involvement from companies across the industry, which means it can be quite a competitive event! RedR give awards for the best Red outfit, the most inventive fundraising ideas and there is a leader board of company fundraising.