Personal pride in our public service

Emma Burns

Roads Manager

Emma’s driven herself hard and now she’s helping others.

Emma manages a £10m budget and a major road maintenance programme from Stirling to the Scottish Borders.

It’s only 12 years since she took her first job at Amey, as a front office supervisor. "I had no engineering qualifications at all, but I found it all interesting and asked if I could go to college and learn more."

Amey has supported Emma from her first day release course to her recent Engineering Chartership, and she’s taken several technical road-making courses along the way.

"They’ve appreciated that I’ve been self-motivated and that’s pushed me to keep learning."

She’s now inspiring others to become engineers. As one of our STEM ambassadors, she goes to schools and events to encourage young people to join the profession.

Emma also helps her colleagues at work as a Mental Health First Aider, there to listen, and guide them to find the right help when they need it.

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