Natalie was part of the Shore Team for Land Rover BAR on its challenge for the 35th America's Cup. Born in London, this was Natalie's first America’s Cup. She started sailing at the age of 11 in Seaview on the Isle of Wight. She graduated from the University of Exeter with a degree in Sports Science. She was responsible for purchasing, scheduling and other admin. Natalie was also an occasional chase boat driver and helped out in the boat shed!
Briefly describe a typical day for you at the Land Rover BAR base.
Everyday is different and that's what I like. On any given day I can be purchasing, scheduling, looking at logistics, carrying out admin tasks…Some days I'm a tug driver and occasionally I'm a chase boat driver! I also help out in the boat shed wherever I can.
Why do you think studying STEM subjects at school is important?
It teaches you important and useful skills for in later life and in employment.
If you could do another job in STEM, what would it be?
I love working at Land Rover BAR but if I had to choose another job, it would probably be within the sailing industry.
Briefly describe what you thought of STEM subjects in school, and whether your opinion has changed now?
At school you don't always realise the importance of these subjects and how they can be useful going forward.
What has been the highlight of your role so far?
Meeting and working with some incredibly talented people, travelling and being involved in a part of British history - the America's Cup is such an exciting thing to be a part of!
What would be your advice for young people interested in pursuing a career in STEM?
I would say you should thoroughly research career options and think outside the box - there are lots of jobs out there you just don't know about.
Name a STEM topic or skill which you learnt at school that you still use in your current role, and how you apply it.
The maths and computer skills that I learnt at school are used everyday.