Cathy Sinclair

Group Manager Field Engineering, FM Global

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You will have fun, make friends and work with interesting people on things that will make a difference.

What do you do?

 I manage a team of engineers who visit client's sites that FM Global provides the property and business insurance for, to identify the risks at those sites (fire, flood, equipment breakdown, cyber) and work with the clients to help improve their risks and make their businesses more resilient.

Why did you choose this field?

I studied Mechanical Engineering at university as I liked maths and physics at school but wanted to do something that I could apply in real life at university. I sort of fell into the insurance and consulting sector. My first job after university was in an office designing stuff and it quickly became clear that I wasn't using enjoying this, as it didn't let me get out and about and wasn't using my skills of talking to others and helping them solve quite varied problems. Being a field engineer for FM Global let me do all of that, and then I moved into a management role where I am focused on coaching, developing and mentoring my team of engineers.

What do you look at and think, "I wish younger me would have known this was possible"?

I had hoped that it was possible to "have it all" i.e. family, great job, travel etc. I think I was lucky but I also took some risks which paid off. Not least moving overseas for a 3 year posting whilst my kids were quite young. I'm typically quite risk averse so this was a big decision for me but actually I made it much more spontaneously than I thought possible. It worked out really well and I would have regretted it if I hadn't done it.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I love the variety of working in STEM. No two days are the same, as no two problems are the same. I get to work with clever, interesting and creative people on projects that can make a difference. And that's really all I want to do, in my own small way.

Best advice for next generation?

Honestly please don't worry about being a girl in STEM. With each generational change the world is becoming more accepting of the need for a diverse workforce and your voice will be listened to. You will have fun, make friends and work with interesting people on things that will make a difference.

Inspo quote / fun fact / role model

“I never lose. I either win or learn.” - Nelson Mandela

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