Roxy Fisher, Senior Mechanical Engineer
Joined NSG in 2021
Q. What was your impression of the nuclear industry before you started working in it?
A. I knew very little beyond what you see in mainstream media (think The Simpsons and an ominous green glow!) right up until my university years. Then, when I started looking into the UK’s energy mix and the path towards being less reliant on fossil fuels, I realised how important nuclear really is.
Q. Describe your career journey to this point.
A. Having spent a year working on steam cycle heat recovery generators sandwiched between university studies, I firmed up my choice to head into the energy industry after completing my degree, but with a focus on contributing to a more sustainable future. I was very excited to join the Atkins graduate scheme in the Nuclear and Power business, where I almost immediately started working on a legacy nuclear site on a decommissioning project. The joint client-contractor team there gave me an incredible start in the industry, challenging and supporting me in perfect balance as I developed and took on more responsibility. Fast forward to today where I’m acting as a technical lead on a very similar project; it’s safe to say that the people on my journey so far have had a huge impact on my growth but also my enjoyment at work.
Q. What do you enjoy most about your role?
A. Working with a brilliant team, having the freedom and trust to challenge myself and set ambitious goals. While it’s easy to get lost in the day to day, I am fully appreciative that through my role I’m able to contribute to the nuclear industry and I hope that even in a small way I’m helping change public perception on the future of nuclear within the UK.
Q. What three words would you use to describe working at NSG?
A. Collaborative, supportive and most definitely engaging!
Q. Where do you see your career heading in the future?
A. I’m looking forward to gaining more experience working with legacy sites and delivering engineering solutions to the challenges involved in decommissioning! In a non-technical way, a further goal of mine is to be more active in supporting new engineers joining the industry, both internally at NSG and externally too.
Q. What advice would you give someone looking to join the nuclear industry?
A. There are a huge range of opportunities to get involved in, at all levels and professions. Explore one or two and you’re bound to cross paths with some extraordinary people with incredible stories!
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