Claire Gowdy

Claire Gowdy 

Q: What is your background and what brought you into the trenchless industry?

I studied Environmental Science at University and fell into the Water Industry when I was asked to take over from a friend on a temporary contract with Thames Water in 1995.  I then went on to work for Thames Water on their Epoxy Resin Lining programme which was my first taste of trenchless technology.  I have worked in the water distribution network arena within a Water Company ever since, mainly in the research area.

Q: How/why did you get involved in UKSTT?

I was nominated to join the Council by Mike Shepherd as Thames Water’s representative when I worked on the Epoxy Resin programme.  I maintained the role when I moved departments in Thames Water and when I moved to Northumbrian Water.

I initially joined as a way to improve my knowledge in this area as a relatively new graduate, with no engineering experience or knowledge, and still use it to keep up to date with advances in this area by our members.

I have had the pleasure of working in several roles within UKSTT from Council Member, Membership Sub-Committee Chair & now as Honorary Secretary.

Q: What goals do you want to achieve as a UKSTT Council Member?

To increase the knowledge of the capabilities of trenchless technologies to young people and university students coming into the industry to allow assist in their more widespread use.

Q: What do you currently see as the industry’s most urgent challenges?

A lack of understanding of the technologies, especially those who are involved in approving work.

Balancing the need to carry out work to maintain assets with ever increasing expectation to reduce customer bills.

Q: Where would you like to see UKSTT in 5 years?

To be more involved in the education of the next generation into the industry, be the go-to place for up to date technical information in this area & ensuring any standards / best practice documentation are fit for purpose.

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