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Lucy works at one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies, with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare.

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FACTFILE

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I have a house in Bristol that I am doing up myself.

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I once starred as an extra in a Harry Potter film.

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I was picked as one of the top 50 women in engineering 2017.

WHAT DO YOU DO?

I am currently on secondment to Renishaw Inc, Chicago. I am setting up partnerships with educational establishments across the US to help us grow our business and help fill the manufacturing skills gap.

How did you get into that?

I went on an engineering experience weekend age 14 and fell in love with it. I enjoyed the projects, the team working and the problem solving.

I started an apprenticeship aged 16 at Renishaw plc, completed 4 years and then continued my studies further and gained a 1st class honours degree in Mechanical and Manufacturing engineering. I have been with Renishaw the whole time.

How long have you been doing it?

13 years, since 2004

Do you have a mentor or anyone who supports you?

No.

WHO INSPIRES YOU?

The amazing STEM women on twitter.

They are always pushing themselves and are so supportive of each other.

What do you wish you'd known 10 years ago? What difference would knowing that have made?

I feel lucky for the fact that I think I made the right decisions for me at the right times. I am glad that i found out about engineering early enough and that I had the strength to go for an apprenticeship. I would recommend it to many people.

What are the best things about being a woman in an industry dominated by men?

People I meet for the first time will often assume that I am not technical. I therefore feel the need to prove myself before progressing into technical discussions. I look forward to working in a workplace with a greater balance of men and women.

What advice do you have for girls or women considering a tech role?

Consider an apprenticeship, it was a great way for me to get into the industry.

What is your favourite quote?

“Don’t let anyone rob you of your imagination, your creativity, or your curiosity.” — Mae Jemison, physicist and astronaut.