International Women's Day 2017
Meet Gemma Singleton - marine scientist and
currently training towards competing at the 2017 World Rowing
Masters Regatta at Lake Bled, Slovenia in
Q) What is your role at JNCC?
I am a Marine Assessment Scientist working within the Marine
Ecosystem Assessment team at JNCC. This a great role in which I
work on a wide range of projects contributing to the ongoing
development of marine indicator assessments for the Marine Strategy
Framework Directive. This role allows me to meet and work with lots
of interesting and inspiring people including specialist groups
such as the Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group
benthic sub-group (HBDSEG BSG) for which I am secretariat.
Q) Your dreams and ambitions - complete the sentence "One day,
…discover a new marine species…save the world…fly to the moon…go
in a submarine.
Q) What advice would you give to your younger self?
Always follow your dreams, remain focussed and be ready to
succeed no matter what challenges are put in your way!
Q) What challenges do you encounter maintaining a work/life
I find the biggest challenge in maintaining a work/life balance
is actually defining the split. I am in a very fortunate position
where the job I do is also a passion which means sometimes it
doesn’t quite feel like work. This means that in my spare time most
of my hobbies consist of water based activities, with Peterborough
City Rowing Club and the River Nene often feeling like my second
Q) What’s your greatest achievement?
Surviving 6 weeks working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. The
offshore working world is a mostly male dominated field so it is
great to be one of the few women to be out there working equally
and encouraging others to do the same.