Eleanor, a valuable member of our client-facing team, joined NB in 2022. She holds a Master's degree in Chemistry from the University of Edinburgh and previously worked as a chemist in the industry. However, Eleanor later returned to her roots in Shetland, where she embarked on a career change. Engaging in diverse creative projects, she also took on a role in a rural GP surgery. Notably, Eleanor created and sold a digital sewing pattern online, showcasing her entrepreneurial spirit.
This experience, combined with her background, has granted her unique insights into various sectors. Moreover, it has honed her exceptional communication and organisational skills, enabling her to thrive as one of NB's Project Managers.
Tell us a surprising fact about yourself…
I make some of my own clothes. I also love making art, sewing, knitting, embroidering. Basically, any slow making process and I’m happy.
What are your top three life highlights…
My son being born, travelling around the South of India, travelling to Australia.
Have you ever been told you look like a celebrity?
No, I don’t think so, but I am often told I look like family members by Shetlanders who grew up with my older relatives.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
A fashion designer, but then I really loved science at school and changed track completely to study chemistry. I used to think that the two sides of myself, the creative and the technical,were an odd combination but this job requires both, which is probably why it appeals to me so much.
What are your most overused words or phrases?
‘I was listening to this podcast…’ and then I go on to bore family and friends with the details.
What is the favourite aspect of your job?
I have always loved problem-solving and learning new things. There’s always something new to learn in this industry.
What is the most important personal attribute that you bring to your job?
I think I’m quite a calm, logical person with good clarity of thought.
What tech innovation has made the most impact on your life?
I’m sure there are far more important ones than this, but my new coffee machine is the first to spring to mind. Priorities ????
What would you name your boat if you had one, and why?
I’m a terrible sailor as I always get seasick, so I’d be unlikely to become a boat owner, but If I did, I would name it Finn after my son, he loves boats.
How would you convince someone to visit the place you love the most?
I’d tell them about my experiences there and why I think they’d enjoy it.
If a friend came to visit Shetland, what would you take them to see?
There are so many incredible sights to see in Shetland, but some of my favourites are: Noss, Culswick broch, and Eshaness.