Welcome to Meet Our Geoquip, our regular blog series featuring employee insights from across Geoquip Marine. This regular feature is an opportunity for the many diverse voices working in both on offshore and onshore teams to share their story, provide insights into their role in the company and offer advice to those looking to begin or continue their career in geotechnical engineering.
Today’s post features Claire Gold, Environmental Project Manager and ESG Secretary at Geoquip Marine. We would like to thank Claire for taking the time to share her story with us.
Can you tell us about your role at Geoquip Marine?
My role at Geoquip Marine entails managing the environmental team members who work to mitigate for protected marine species that are observed in the vicinity of the vessel.
I am also the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Secretary, where I work closely with fellow ESG Committee members on Geoquip Marine’s Annual Sustainability Report, as well as implementing ESG initiatives through the company. I also manage a recovery project, and really enjoy my ever-expanding role at Geoquip Marine.
What inspired you to follow a career path into the geotechnical engineering industry?
I enjoy working in the private sector, particularly in an industry that is contributing to the development of renewable energy in offshore wind farms. Geoquip Marine has prioritised its commitment to sustainability and helping to develop more sources of renewable energy, and it’s a real pleasure to be part of this movement. I also take a lot of pride in the fact that I work for a company that is actively taking climate action as part of its ESG goals.
What do you enjoy most about working as an Environmental Project Manager?
Working with talented and like-minded professionals, also working with colleagues who are passionate about conservation and the marine environment as much as I am. I really enjoy looking at different sustainability practices that can be implemented into our daily operations and finding new ways to make all our operations more environmentally responsible.
What are the key skills or attributes you need to be successful in an environmentally focused role?
It is important to have a good overview of the bigger picture, and understanding of local laws and regulations in the countries we are operating in. A good knowledge of marine biology is crucial, and a good grasp at managing data from offshore and compiling reports.
What advice would you give someone who is considering a career with Geoquip Marine?
Geoquip Marine is an inclusive company, and highly recommend a career as you can progress in your professional learning and development. As a constantly growing organisation with operations around the world, there are always new opportunities opening up across our onshore and offshore teams. I’d keep an eye on our Careers area for the latest vacancies.
Do you have any hobbies or passions outside of your work?
I enjoy scuba diving (outside of the UK!) and exploring the underwater world. I am always looking forwards to the next adventure or trip.