Meet the Team - Corrine Barry
What did you do before joining EDS?
Before EDS I was the UK Business Development Manager for James Fisher Marine Services. I rejoined JFMS back in 2015 to help grow its portfolio within offshore wind, utilising my expansive knowledge within the upstream oil & gas, marine and renewable energy sectors which spans over 10 years. Previous to joining JFMS in 2015 I had recently graduated with a Degree in Graphic & Typographic Design with BA (Hons), and as such I took the first job opportunity that crossed my path and began a career with Fendercare, a subsidiary of the JF Group. My career path took me into the world of sales and soon on to the company Survitec where I quickly found my niche within the Business Development team. I continued to climb the career ladder when I was headhunted to work for one of the world’s largest shipping companies, Inchcape Shipping as UK Commercial Manager. I achieved record sales during my time with the company before coming full circle and returning to the James Fisher Family in 2015.
What is your role within EDS and what does it involve?
I am the Business Development Manager for the HVM part of the company. Currently I’m focused on improving the BD process and implementing appropriate procedures to support us in expanding our market share whilst growing our presence within renewables. EDS already has a fantastic reputation as the go to company for HV services within the offshore wind sector, however it will be my role to take us to the next level and become known as the complete turnkey HV provider.
I’ve worked across many sectors but I wasn’t getting the full job satisfaction I craved. I then realised that it wasn’t due to the roles within the companies, but the values of the industries I found myself in and the mindset of those around me. I didn’t feel comfortable working in companies that were doing more damage to the planet than good. I believe in creating a sustainable future for generations to come, and for me offshore wind is the number 1 energy source to help achieve that goal. So I thought it’s time to practice what I preach!
What advice would you give to young people looking at careers in Renewables?
Alongside my role at JFMS I also volunteer as the enterprise advisor for North East Lincolnshire Council. I work with schools and colleges and encourage young people, especially women, to consider career opportunities in the engineering industry and in particular the renewables sector. I try to advise the students I interact with to be open minded about the renewables sector and what it can offer them in terms of a fulfilling career, to push themselves to try new things in order to find something they are passionate about. On the surface it can be difficult to envisage what renewables can offer or how they could even begin to find out what opportunities there are, but I try to encourage them to reach out to people in the industry and ask first hand.
What do you like to do in your free time?
In my free time I really enjoy getting outdoors in the fresh country air or by the seaside. I play field hockey, do a bit of photography and like to throw heavy weights around in the gym. I am also a bit of a movie geek and a keen baker! You can often find me baking brownies or cakes for the office as a form of relaxation.