Natasha Turner

I was born in 1977 in Chatham Kent, the eldest of 3 children.

I grew up in a small Village in North Kent and attended the local primary school, middle school, and upper school. The village lays between two Power Station’s, both of which I visited with the school, I was inspired, and I knew then I wanted to be part of the Energy Sector.

I left school in 1993 to work as commercial Trainee at one of the Power Stations, I studied Business and Finance at college. My careers advisor at school had laughed when I told her I wanted to become and Engineer, she said that girls couldn’t be Engineers, so I had settled for a desk job.

I met my husband in 1995, he also worked at the Station so I guess you could say the Electricity flowed between us. We were married in 1997 and our first son was born in 2001, followed by a second son in 2003 and a daughter in 2004.

I moved to National Grid in 1998 as an Overhead lines section assistant and after a restructure became Overhead Lines Business support. In 2010 I moved to the operational Role of Substation attendant for filling my desire to get out from behind the desk and beginning my road to Engineering. Being a substation Attendant gave me opportunity to get up close and in amongst the Substation equipment. I was hooked. I needed to know more.

In 2012 at the age of 35, with my three children in tow I enrolled in Mechanical Engineering open learning, and in 2016 I was promoted to Substation Field Technician a role that was retitled Substation Engineer in 2018.

In November 2019 I joined National Grid’s Capital Delivery department as a Construction Project Supervisor. My first project being a complex asset replacement project in heart of London.

I am proud of my achievements and the journey I have been on, I may have started late, but it is never too late to step up and fore fill your dreams.