The nuclear specialist is determined to play her part tackling climate change and to attract more people to the energy sector. She plays semi-professional sport and particularly appreciates a home-made gift

Hinkley Point C- September 2020

Ruby is working to deliver the Hinckley Point C project

Why did you choose construction as a career?

I have always wanted to work in the low carbon energy sector so I can play my part in tackling climate change and I always thought that would be by working in renewables. It wasn’t until a twist of fate introduced me to the nuclear sector that I realised that this is something I can be part of too. The fact the nuclear sector is on such a mega scale makes it even more interesting.

What have you worked on that you’re most proud of?

I am currently working on the Hinkley Point C project. It is such a huge site and it is mind-blowing seeing it being built. It is really exciting being a part of it.

Ruby Lowe, Senior Consultant,Nuclear Management Consultancy, Hydrock

Ruby Lowe is a senior consultant in Hydrock’s nuclear management consultancy

What has been your biggest career challenge to date?

Learning to write a nuclear safety case. This document demonstrates the high standards of nuclear safety in a new project or in an operating plant or building.

I started a new piece of work to help develop just one aspect of a safety case a couple of years ago and I am still learning new things about it now. There are so many different aspects to consider and make sure are correct – it’s a big responsibility. 

If you could change one thing about the industry, what would it be?

I would like to make career options in the nuclear industry more widely recognised by young people. It was more by luck than judgment that I joined this sector as I never really realised it was an option.

So many people with various skill sets can work in nuclear, but you don’t hear about it at school or university, which is a real shame considering the sector plays such a big role in how we get our electricity. It can take a little while for the projects you work on to be delivered but, when they do, it is very satisfying and rewarding!

Most helpful advice you were given?

Don’t always try to fill the silence! It’s OK to ask a question once and wait for someone to reply. 

What is your favourite building in the world?

I’m not sure this counts, but the Clifton Suspension Bridge is pretty hard to beat. 

What single piece of advice would you give to someone just starting out in your profession?

Get involved in as many different projects as you can early in your career. You learn so much more that way. 

Who do you most admire in the construction industry?

The people I work alongside. I am on a UK Green Building Council course at the moment and the other people on the course are fabulous. They are working to make a real difference in terms of sustainability and the built environment. I am really proud to be working alongside them.

Clifton Suspension Bridge

Clifton Suspension Bridge: designer Isambard Kingdom Brunel was 24 when he was appointed to the project which took 33 years to complete

What famous building do you wish you’d worked on?

Bosco Verticale in Milan. I love the concept of a vertical forest that is a sustainable residential building.

Which famous building do you most dislike?

In general, I dislike quick and unoriginal box buildings – famous or not!

What is it like being you?

A bit non-stop! But, when I do stop, I love a sit down with a cup of tea.

What do you think your best quality is?

I take a lot of pride in my work and want to make sure our team is a happy place in which to work. 

What trait do you most dislike in yourself? And in other people?

In myself, being late! Although rarely late to work-related things, I am nearly always late to everything else and I hate it… but I realise I only have myself to blame! In other people it is not putting their cups in the dirty dishwasher at work!

Do you have a life philosophy?

I think it is all about having a nice time.



Bosco Verticale in Milan

Name three things that you like

Going for a good trail run, reading and a cup of tea.

What’s a secret skill we don’t know you have?

I play semi-professional football.

What’s your most prized possession?

I wouldn’t say I have any especially fancy possessions, but I really love anything that someone has made me. I think it’s amazing when someone spends a long time making you something as a present.

Early bird or night owl?

Night owl. I long to be an early bird but I don’t think that’s how I’m wired!

What’s your favourite food?

A marmite bagel.

What would your superpower be?

Teleportation – so I can see my friends and family who live further away more often.

Ruby Lowe, Senior Consultant,Nuclear Management Consultancy, Hydrock

Ruby Lowe is a senior consultant in Hydrock’s nuclear management consultancy