Women in Tanks.
To secure the future success of the tank storage sector, the industry needs to attract the right people and to retain a diversity of talent, skills, experience and thought. For this reason, Tank Storage Magazine & StocExpo brings you a new initiative called WOMEN IN TANKS to promote diversity in this industry as well as to celebrate what a great place the sector is for both men and women to work.
1 in 8 engineers in the UK are women, & hugely successful in their roles. Find out more about why these inspiring women believe the tank storage sector is a great industry to be in.
“I joined the tank storage industry from a background writing about renewable energy and have now been in the sector for nearly 14 years. The role has allowed me to travel all around the globe covering issues from safety to sustainability.”
“I studied science and received a Master’s degree in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in applied physics. When I left the scientific bench to work in Washington D.C., I saw first-hand how important it is to have that data-driven perspective when making policy that affects industry. “
“I am responsible for business development for GEOSEL, one of the largest underground storage company in Europe, for crude oil and refine products. My educational background is probably a “classic” in that industry.”
Cristina Garcia Martinez
“First of all, I’m an electronic engineer. I never thought to get into this field back when I was studying at university, but during that time my Dad started the company, doing some small maintenance projects on tanks. Though I always steered away from the family business I got curious on one of my summer vacations… “
“I don’t even remember when I started to be attracted by the industry, factories and engineering. I was raised in Tarragona, the largest chemical hub in the Mediterranean, which has an important industrial port. I do remember being on the beach with my father, looking at the ships waiting to enter the port. As a child, I loved the night-time view of the refinery.”
“I grew up at Malvern Childrens Home in Queensburgh, Durban. After I matriculated from Werda High School I left the home and rented an outside room. I started working and studying part-time for a B. Com Accounting through Unisa. I got an opportunity to work in the Mining Industry selling chemicals into the Mining and Water Purixcation Plant.”
“The inspiration to work in the tank storage sector came through a flurry of global climate issues and challenges that have been around in the energy storage industry for decades. Environmental damage has propagated exponentially within the last few decades… has fuelled growth of our company.”
“My name is Whitney Helbers, let me introduce myself. I am currently working as a Sales Manager for Wiko Isolatietechniek & Steigerbouw, a Dutch family company. My career in the industry started 16 years ago with insulation and added scaffolding a few years ago.”
Xiling “Tess” Zhou
“I “discovered” the tank storage industry by chance. After living and working in the United States for 16 years, UK for 2 years, I moved to Belgium around 10 years ago. Before Belgium, I spent my professional career mainly in international technology companies, where I enjoyed immensely working with cross functional teams of all genders.”
“My career in the oil and gas industry began with a downstream oil producer in the asphalt terminals division. With this position I was exposed to a variety of roles in operations, quality control, technical research, engineering, and projects. Through my experiences in the oil and gas industry, I found the storage tank aspect was important.”
Sandra De Mey
“Tank storage sector has become one of my favourite work related subjects. Unfortunately ten years ago there was no one to initiate me about these big monuments in my port. Thus I went and explored this fascinating landscape of (mostly) white tanks. Tanks in different materials, sizes, colours, and contains different products as oil etc.
Sanneke van der Kley
“During my studies at the Technical University in Delft, I had never imagined myself working in the Oil & gas industry, nor did I know of the existence of Independent tank storage providers. In 2006, while looking for a final thesis for my Master’s degree on Systems Engineering, I had picked-up news regarding an LNG project on the Maasvlakte, Rotterdam.”
“As an environmental geoscientist, my focus coming out of University was on sustainability and finding a position that would allow me to see the impact of managing risk and ensuring environmental compliance. I never thought I would be applying these concepts within an industrial engineering environment.”
“When I was asked to write a piece about Woman in Tanks and provide a photograph, my first thought was that I did not want to be ”Pidgeon Holed“ in the Tank Business since I felt that my career was more diverse than just tanks. I was worried that it may limit the customer base of my company ESGenuine.”
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