Stephanie Tudgey, QinetiQ – from marshalling an Alpha Jet to reintroducing the Sand Lizard

Joined: September 2015 as a Graduate Environmental Consultant at QinetiQ’s Head Office in Farnborough.

Studied: Integrated Masters in Environmental Sciences, MEnvSci (Hons) between 2011 – 2015 at the University of Southampton.

Role: My role as an Environmental Advisor (England) involves supporting QinetiQ’s Environmental Management System and ISO14001:2015 certification. Every day is different and varies between delivering training, conducting environmental audits and inspections, undertaking site surveys or assessments, controlling and minimising the environmental impact of trials and activities. Operating on MOD ranges that are of National and European environmental importance makes my role challenging but extremely rewarding, as I get the opportunity to travel and work to some beautiful locations.

Highlights: One of my Graduate Scheme highlights was during my Hangar Placement at MOD Boscombe Down where I gained experience on the flight line and even marshalled out an Alpha Jet! This was completely different to my background, but actually helped me identify potential environmental impacts associated with aircraft maintenance and hangar management that I would not otherwise have been aware of. More recently, I was lucky enough to watch the reintroduction of the Sand Lizard, the UK’s rarest lizard into Eelmoor Marsh Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) located at our Head Office in Farnborough. As an A-Level student, I completed a Nuffield Research Placement on Eelmoor Marsh SSSI. Completing this project really confirmed my choice to study Environmental Sciences at University, so it was a real privilege to be back on the SSSI supporting some pioneering conservation research, but this time as a QinetiQ employee!