Meet the team - Lisa Beesley
Meet the team - Lisa Beesley
Now, we know that International Women in Engineering Day was back in June, but the truth is, we celebrate women in engineering every day here at EDS.
In March 2022, Engineering UK reported that women made up 16.5% of all engineers in the UK, compared to 10.5% reported in 2010, and one of the ladies that contributed towards this statistic, is our very own Project Manager, Lisa Beesley.
Lisa joined our Asset Management division (OFTO team) in 2018, and since then has continually astounded us with her dedication to her role, which continues outside of work too, as she is about to complete her Level 2 City & Guilds technical certificate in Power Engineering, and she is also starting a HNC in Electrical Engineering next year.
Lisa, you are an inspiration and an outstanding role model for all girls and women who want to join our industry.
Read more about Lisa below –
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I currently work at EDS as a Project Manager in the Asset Management division (OFTO team) under Jonathan Ball. I’m originally from Germany but permanently moved to the UK in 2015 after originally only coming here to finish my master’s degree.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I wasn’t too focused on a particular career path when I was younger, I wanted to experiment to find something I`d genuinely enjoy. Not sure what this says about me, but my parents were convinced i`d make a good police officer!
One thing I decided early on though, just after school, was that I would eventually live abroad and that I would not want to live in Germany forever. I was very interested in emigrating to another country.
Does your job resemble that in any way?
To my parents’ disappointment, I have not joined the police, but if you have met my team, you’ll know I have a job maintaining law and order!
What do you do at EDS HV?
I work as a Project Manager looking after maintenance and repair campaigns for various offshore wind farms across the UK.
How did you get into it?
Having worked in offshore wind recruitment, the opportunity arose to join EDS in 2018. I didn’t really know what to expect but I was immediately given exposure to key projects and large offshore wind farms.
What do you love most about your job?
The learning curve was steep at first but I’m extremely proud of the progress I’ve made and for stepping out of my comfort zone. It feels great to work in an industry that is constantly growing and with so much still to come, whilst also doing good.
Name one attribute you need the most, to do your job?
Confidence. If I could go back in time, I’d try to have more confidence in myself and just go for it. Part of this relates to starting to go offshore, which I was hesitant about in the beginning. I do it all the time now, but it was something I was quite nervous about a few years ago.
What advice would you offer anyone entering the industry?
Offshore wind is still growing and evolving so take it all in. It’s important to be open minded, curious and not too set in your ways. It can be very fast paced, so try to be open to change, willing to step outside your comfort zone and trust in your own abilities.