Rowena Gee

Toxicologist

"I enjoy the friendly working environment and knowing that what I do makes a difference to both the company and our clients"

1. What have been your key achievements since joining WRc?

I joined WRc in 2012 after completing my PhD in molecular toxicology. Since then, I have had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects for different clients. I am part of a team of on-call toxicologists, providing advice to UK water companies and the Environment Agency, in the event of chemical spills and pollution incidents. I have been called upon during a number of incidents that have been reported on in the UK media. Over the past few years, I have also been developing my project management skills.

2. What attracted you to WRc?

When I finished my PhD I was looking for a role where I could use my toxicology and critical analysis skills, outside of a laboratory environment. For me, one of the key things I was looking for was somewhere that I would feel part of a team and I found that within WRc. My team work closely together in order to solve challenging problems for our clients, sometimes within short timeframes. I was also attracted to the types of work that WRc is involved with, as I am interested in working in environmental toxicology. I enjoy the friendly working environment and knowing that what I do makes a difference to both the company and our clients.

3. What other activities have you been involved with at WRc, such as charity sports or social? 

I have been a guest lecturer in environmental toxicology at the University of Surrey. WRc has also given me the opportunity to attend several toxicology conferences, as well as workshops run by the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research.

I have also joined in with a number of activities organised by WRc’s social club, including cinema trips, pub quizzes, concerts, and Christmas parties. WRc encourages colleagues to attend events run by the Swindon Young Professionals group. This has given me some good opportunities to network with young professionals from other businesses across Swindon.

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