Lucia joined Shell in 2009 when the major law firm she worked for sent her on secondment. When she got the opportunity to join Shell full-time, she jumped at the chance. “I’ve always really enjoyed it here and found the projects interesting – there are a lot of moving pieces that have to fit and work together and I like the challenge,” she says.
“I’m a curious problem-solver. I’m very interested in what’s going on around me and I find my work very interesting. The lawyer in me loves seeing how things fit together and how matters can be resolved constructively.”
Shell’s egalitarian culture also made an impression on her. “Society will probably think this is a male-dominated industry but within the company, we’re all just trying to do our work to the best of our ability. Shell is very supportive of all its employees,” she says.
“I have the opportunity to work on high-profile projects and still have time for my young family,” she adds. “I work four days a week, allowing me to spend some extra time with my daughter Sienna (7) and son Christian (4). But flexibility goes both ways – if I get to work late or have to leave early, I know that I’ll work a little later or start a bit earlier the next day. It’s a juggling act but I realise that you can’t have it all and you should just try your best.”
That’s also the advice she’d give to working women. “Forget about absolute perfection in your life – you can’t do everything. I have good childcare options and family support. If you set yourself up with good help, it will make it easier for you to achieve your goals at work while ensuring the wellbeing of your family,” she says.