Geraldine Angus - Operations Manager - Sweco

Issued: Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 GMT

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I have completed 1k, 5k and 10k mud runs for Wateraid

Tell us about your careers journey so far

Started as a graduate designing structures to withstand earthquakes to prevent nuclear blasts. Moved on to site work and built a road bridge over the canal. Then concentrated on water and drainage design, including sewer surveys underground. Became Chartered. Moved to the UAE to design and build drainage. Moved to Dublin to design and supervise the building of large scale sewers (up to 1.4m high). Returned to Scotland as an Operations manager in a large multi-disciplinary consultancy. Now lead a team of Flooding and Water Management specialists to help solve river and surface water flooding for Clients. Became a Fellow of the ICE in 2019.

What was your favourite subject in school and why?

I had two!  

Maths because I liked numbers and the challenge of solving equations.   

Science because it is so interesting and I had really inspiring teachers

What subjects/qualifications are useful for your role?

An understanding of maths and geography is very useful. I have qualifications in Engineering, Project Management and Asset Management.  

What is your favourite thing about your job?

Making a difference to the world around us.

What is a normal day in your role like?

Starts with a hot drink and a team meeting - checking everyone has enough work and all the resources needed.  Then a variety of things - could be an internal project meetings to gauge progress. or working on some emails and costings. Often we have Client meetings to discuss project results and next stages. Sometimes we would be presenting our project at public meetings.  

Can you suggest an activity that could be done at home that illustrates an aspect of your work? Please share links to relevant resources.

Best activity to illustrate current work: What happens when rain falls on different surfaces - shows the effect of vegetation on surface water runoff and how it can be used to slow runoff and prevent flooding. 


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