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Claire Cooper One of One Million Women in STEM

H&Askham Business Manager Claire Cooper has been profiled in 1 million women in STEM – the biggest global campaign of its kind, showcasing outstanding women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths – read about her incredible journey….

What does your job involve?

In simple terms, helping to build wind farms and power stations. Our company motto and hashtag is #KeepingYouPowered. We work on a range of High Voltage Electrical Installation Projects. As an SME company, I am involved in all areas from tendering for work, project planning to engineering and execution. In addition, I am responsible for the financial control of the organisation. It is a diverse and varied role, I get the opportunity to go out on site, even climbing wind turbines, but also have to work hard on documentation, paperwork, reports and spreadsheets.

Why did you choose engineering as a career?

My Father and Grandfather were both engineers, I have grown up with Engineering all around me. At school, my Design Technology teacher at Townley Grammar, Mr Mees – gave me the confidence to realise my abilities as an Engineer and I applied to study Mechanical Engineering at the University of Surrey, I have never looked back – it has been a fantastic and truly fulfilling career path.

What do you look at and think, “I wish younger me would have known this was possible”?

When my company was awarded a contract in 2011, for what at the time, was the Worlds largest wind farm – we were a small company in Kent. I was part of the leadership team and we were making a real difference in the UK’s journey towards producing greener energy! This was an exciting time, and a major milestone for H&Askham, and the UK, that I am proud to have played a key role in.

Why do you love working in STEM?

I have always had a passion for maths and for understanding how things work. I love my job because of the variety it brings, every day there are new challenges to overcome and problems to solve. This is engineering at its greatest!

Best advice for the next generation?

Have the confidence in your own abilities, speak up and be heard in class at school or Uni, on project teams or in the workplace. Most of all make sure everything you do is to the highest possible quality, as this will speak for you more than anything else.

H&Askham On & Offshore Services – Why Choose Us?

At H&Askham we believe in quickly and efficiently responding to changes in work scopes and challenging environmental conditions. Our expert in-house teams work with major organisations in the power and energy sectors, delivering onshore and offshore high voltage solutions all over the world. We are renowned for our dynamic ‘can do’ approach to all our projects – this is the key to our success. We also understand that flexibility is essential. Our adaptable approach means we provide unrivalled cost and time efficiencies to our clients and we have an exemplary track record that speaks for itself.

Our core services include; jointing up to 400KV, terminations and testing, high voltage and fibre optic testing, substation construction and civils, cable pull-in and installation, operations and maintenance, and the supply of manpower.

We have delivered many innovative solutions to the challenges facing the energy and power sectors over the last two decades – some of our notable projects include – Hinkley Point C Connection Project, London Array, Wikinger, Capenhurst Nuclear Site, Borkum Riffgrund 2, Race Bank, Northwester 2 and Connahs Quay.

For more case studies or an informal conversation about your organisation’s High Voltage requirements, please contact Claire Cooper on info@handaskham.co.uk.