Tuesday 20th April 2021 - 18:30

Join us for this session to hear the speakers talk about their career journey together with tips for entering the world of engineering and sustainability.


Charles Harris Cooke
Global Aviation Sustainability Lead Shell

Charles is a commercially minded, customer focussed downstream energy and mobility specialist, with broad experiences across different roles and businesses in the industry. His delivery track record has been built on his ability to develop strong personal relationships at all levels and excellent communication skills.

David Pepper
Business Development Manager at Strebel UK

David’s first role upon leaving school was that of Trainee Quantity Surveyor for a small building company close to where he lived. After a few years, he developed an interest in a sales role and applied for a few positions, related to the construction industry and was fortunate to secure a role with a specialist commercial heating company.

After working for this company (Prometheus Appliances Ltd) he was head-hunted by one of its main competitors (Andrews Water Heaters, who are now part of the Baxi Group).

In 1998 after 14 years at Andrews, he successfully applied for the General Manager role at Lochinvar Ltd, and progressed to Managing Director within 4 years. He held the MD role until May 2018, when he took the decision to semi-retire. Since then, he has been employed in part-time roles working 3 days per week: initially with Lochinvar Ltd, and then very recently with Strebel Ltd.

David was not academically strong and would put much of his success down to hard work, being well organised and a strong emphasis upon self-analysis.

Taliya Ambalo
Engineer at Arup

From a young age, Taliya was interested in design and fascinated how architects and engineers can determine and impact the environments we live in, and how these designs transform to adapt to challenges such as climate change and water scarcity. She decided to study Civil and Energy Engineering and did an undergraduate degree at the University of Birmingham and followed on to UCL for her master’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering. She is now a Public Health Engineer at Arup, a global multi-professional firm providing many services including engineering, consulting and architectural design to the built environment. Her role focuses on water design and strategy in a range of projects.