EPC-UK, a specialist in the field of commercial explosives and drilling & blasting, has welcomed trained chemist and PhD graduate Michelle Miller to the Bramble Island team as she takes the role of General Manager.

Adopting overall responsibility for the Bramble Island facility and its 40 team members, as well as the site’s logistical, commercial and general operations, Michelle brings extensive experience to the role from working within the construction industry before entering the chemicals sector in both technical and operational positions.

Her academic training from studying chemistry both at BSc and PhD levels has given her a core foundation and understanding of what happens on the “ground floor”, whilst her professional development has equipped her with over ten years’ experience operating chemical facilities, including Upper Tier COMAH sites.

Strengthening the sound foundations already in place at Bramble Island, the new position will see her take an analytical approach to the site’s future development and create both business and strategic opportunities that will ensure the facility continues to thrive in progressing times.

A passionate chemist and keen advocate of future talent development, Michelle will apply a mentoring approach to her leadership to nurture interest, cultivate industry talent and encourage the next generation of managers. She comments:

“I’m delighted to be joining EPC-UK at Bramble Island and am excited by the prospect of applying my expertise and sharing my knowledge to manage the unique operations at this site.

“I’m passionate about chemistry, it’s rewarding training process and the subsequent career opportunities the field can present. I have personally found it to be a fascinating industry to work within and one that offers huge potential to experience a gratifying career. I’d like to encourage more people – particularly women – to consider not only the industry, but the options to progress within the sector in higher operational positions.

“It’s great to be at EPC-UK. I’ve been impressed with company’s forward-thinking approach; and its ‘work life balance’ ethos and nurturing approach to employee development are both evident. Taking this position presents an exciting prospect and I look forward to delivering results and creating opportunities as I further progress the role,” concludes Michelle.