We sat down with our Senior Water Engineer & Development Workstream Lead, Claudia Sequeira, to find out a bit more about her background in the water industry, the best thing about working at the EIC, and who she'd invite to a dinner party.
Please can you tell us about your role at the EIC?
I joined the EIC 15 months ago as a Senior Water Engineer, to support the company's growth into the water sector. Since September, I have also been part of the Operational leadership team and specifically responsible for the Development Workstream which includes oversight and responsibility for progressing projects through the DIA stage, project delivery support and operational PR and Communications.
Can you tell us a bit about your background?
I am an environmental engineer, specialised in process treatment and hydraulics, with 15 years of experience in the water sector. I am also Project Management Qualified (PMQ) and I have an MBA. I am very lucky to have enjoyed a diverse career so far. Having initially worked as a consultant for 9 years, I have designed treatment plants and wastewater networks; had experience in operations and site supervision; and also taken on project management and commercial roles. Before I joined the EIC, I worked for 5 years at Severn Trent Water as a Programme Manager in capital delivery infrastructure (i.e new pipes and pumping stations), responsible for a £25m budget.
What is your biggest achievement?
My biggest achievement was completing a part-time MBA programme whilst on a full time job, which was challenging, but it was also one of the best experiences of my life and allowed me to see the world though different lenses.
What is your favourite thing about working at the EIC?
I hope I can get away with having 2 favourite things (as I have 2 roles, I think it's only fair)! Firstly, my colleagues. It's fantastic to work with people that have got such high levels of energy and are keen to get things done. As an environmental engineer, I also love the fact that almost every day I see solutions that will make our world a better place and our jobs so much easier.
If you could invite any 3 people (living or deceased) to a dinner party, who would you invite and why?
It would be Melinda Gates because I follow closely the work Bill and Melinda Gates foundation are doing in tackling challenges from education and poverty to contraception and sanitation, and having worked on development projects before, I would love to discuss their approach to these challenges. Serena Williams, she is obviously a champion and business women, but mostly because our daughters have similar age and seem to have the same temperament! And on a similar note, Chrissy Teigen, as she loves food, like me, and she is bound to be good fun!
What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve ever received?
The best professional advice I have ever been given (so far) is to always bear in mind that nobody wakes up in the morning and comes to work to do a bad job. With this in mind, I always try to understand what is behind a perceived “bad job” and, in most cases, I have found there is a perfectly good explanation for it and an opportunity for lessons learned.