“At Wood I have received tremendous support and encouragement from leaders within the organization to reach all my goals. I believe if you always work hard and stay true to yourself and your beliefs, you can accomplish anything.”
Identifying and coordinating developing technologies and innovations across Asset Integrity Solutions (AIS)
Spending time with her 5-year-old son, playing soccer and travelling the world.
Tell us about your career journey.
My first job was at Petrobras, an oil company in Brazil. I worked in the inspection and maintenance department where I was responsible for the structural integrity of risers and pipelines. I went offshore to conduct visual inspections and played an integral role in developing risk-based inspection programs. I also interfaced with Petrobras’ research centre to develop new technologies to address operational challenges.
In 2006, I moved to Perth, Australia and joined MCS, which was acquired by Wood in 2008. I worked as the subsea integrity management team lead, which taught me how to effectively manage teams. In 2012, I moved to Brazil to set up our Wood Group Kenny Integrity Management offering in Rio de Janeiro. In Brazil, I learned a lot about business development and actively contributed to developing the local business plan, including estimation of revenue target and defining the strategies to meet our goals.
Four years later I moved back to Perth, Australia, where I am currently based. I am responsible for leading two joint industry projects (JIP) on behalf of Wood, the SURF Integrity Management (SURFIM) Network JIP and the Subsea Equipment Australia Reliability (SEAR JIP).
Tell us about your current role.
Recently, I was appointed as the Global Innovation Lead for Asset Integrity Solutions (AIS). My role is to identify, nurture and coordinate developing technologies and innovations across AIS and support the AIS business in actively pursuing innovation leads. If we do not continue to innovate, our products will stagnate and will not be as successful in the future as they are currently. My role ensures that AIS is innovating in a globally coordinated fashion to make best use of our innovation efforts.
What is a particular highlight from your career?
I am a non-executive director of the Subsea Innovation Cluster Australia and I have published and presented numerous papers at leading offshore conferences, including OTC.
What advice would you like to share for women considering a career in STEM?
As the world becomes more dependent upon technological solutions, technical fields will become more essential to our life. STEM allows you to work on real-life problems, while also helping people and impacting our community in a positive way. Women bring a diversity of thought to the industry that is critical to creating greater innovations. If you have a desire to pursue a career in STEM, be perseverant and work hard! If you have a passion for what you want to do, you can overcome any barrier.