Summer BBQ at the National Marine Aquarium

We’re pleased to announce the third Plymouth Girl Geek Dinner is at the National Marine Aquarium at 19.00 on Wednesday 20th July (which is so nearly π day!).

As ever, we have a fantastic line-up of speakers covering a wide variety of disciplines:

Vikki Cheung has always had a passion for the outdoors and the natural environment. She was a research scientist in marine ecotoxicology for some years, gaining a PhD at Plymouth University whilst working full-time as a research assistant. She now is mum of two, and works with her husband, Conrad Humphreys, a professional yachtsman. In 2007, between them they launched “The Blue Climate and Oceans Project” through which they have created a community that cares for and protects the natural environment.

Trish Johnson is a chartered engineer with an established career in the South West. She first joined Parkman in 1988 as a graduate and after becoming chartered in 1992 she became Principal Engineer, running the bridges office in Bristol. After completing her Masters in Engineering Management she became Regional Manager (SW & Wales) for Rethinking Construction/Constructing Excellence in 2001.  In 2003, she returned to her former employer, now Mouchel, as Business Excellence Director for Highways and Transportation and became Commission Director in the Trowbridge office in 2008 after a period as Divisional Director in Bristol.  Although her background is generally bridges and highways, she has been very involved with innovation and performance monitoring and was Regional Champion for innovation within the South West during her time with Mouchel.

Trish sees her priorities as raising the profile of Civil Engineering in the region particularly with Under 19s, the engineers of the future; ensuring effective knowledge transfer occurs in the region within members and associated bodies through seminars and special interest groups and to ensure the regional voice of engineering is heard at national level.

Elinor Turnbull graduated from Plymouth University in 2005 with BSc(Hons) Marine Navigation.  Since then she has worked full time in the marine industry at the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, a Trading Fund of the Ministry of Defence, and as a result  has been fortunate enough to travel all over the world, including South Africa, Canada and Europe.   The marine industry offers a diverse and challenging career to anyone ready to take up the challenge – the opportunities are there for the taking.  Elinor will be talking about why she decided to study Marine Navigation at Plymouth, how she got there, and where her career has taken her since.

As if that wasn’t enough, there will be our normal fantastic crowd of girl geeks, a raffle with some fantastic prizes from local businesses, a tour of the aquarium and a delicious BBQ.

Tickets cost £11 in advance (or £12 on the door) – pay us through Paypal on or email us and we’ll send you a payment request.

Looking forward to seeing you there.


About girlgeeksplymouth

The Girl Geek Dinners were founded on the 16th August 2005 as a result of one girl geek who got annoyed and frustrated about being one of the only females attending technical events. She was tired of being assumed to be marketing, tired of constantly having to prove herself and decided that she just wanted a change and to be treated just the same as any other geek out there, gender and age aside. (Sarah Blow, View all posts by girlgeeksplymouth

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