Strathclyde University. Lourdes Secondary School. Our Lady of the Rosery and Saint Bride’s Primary Schools.
BSci (hons) in Analytical Chemistry
Favourite thing to do in my job: Chromatography – the science of splitting things down into all the different bits that make them up, and trying to figure out what they are, and how much of them there is.
I’m a complete geek, and get way too enthusiastic about my hobbies.
I live in Glasgow, with two of my best friends. My hobbies include reading, playing video games (mostly on my 3DS as my flatmates hog the Xbox), sewing, baking, and playing role play games. I play in a weekly game of dungeons & dragons with my friends, and play in a couple live action games too. These are games were you dress up as your character and act out what is going on – rather than just sitting round a table talking about it. Yes, I know that sounds really lame, but its lots of fun! There’s lots of sword fighting and action and adventure, as well as politicking and making deals.
I design and make costumes for my friends and I to wear while at live action games. I’m not an expert but I’ve gotten pretty good.
I love Japanese food, but I don’t like fish.
I work for a large food and drinks company, analysing suspect counterfeit samples and suporting production sites improve their quality.
I get samples from all over the world and test them to see if they are genuine.
My Typical Day
Paperwork, analysing samples, working out what the results mean, explaining to other people what the results mean, and helping others to do the same
What I'd do with the prize money
I’d send a group of kids to the Glasgow Science Centre
My plan if I win is to donate the money to a local school so that the kids can go to the Glasgow Science Centre. The Science Centre is a wonderful interactive place, that gives people a chance to get hands on and see science in action. It got me really excited about science when I was at school, and I’d like to give others the chance to experience that.
You can see more about it here: http://www.glasgowsciencecentre.org/
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
Adorkable, geeky, worrier
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
Suporting other people becoming scientists. We have a modern apprentise scheme at work, and I work closely with the kids we take on.
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
My geography teacher. She told me to follow the subject I liked even though I hated my teacher at school, as I obviously really loved it.
Were you ever in trouble at school?
Only with teachers I didn’t like, they said I was too cheeky
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I have no clue. A really bad geography teacher maybe?
Who is your favourite singer or band?
Halestorm… Or maybe Lonely Island
What's your favourite food?
Roast chicken with all the trimmings
What is the most fun thing you've done?
Going LARPing with friends – a long weekend camping with friends, in fancy dress
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
to be happy, healthy, and to have more confidence
Tell us a joke.
What is brown and sticky? A stick.