Charchita Misra

As a child, I was inspired by my grandfather’s journey from a rural village in India to becoming the first Electrical Chief Engineer for the state government in Odisha.

After completing my A-Levels, I wanted to pursue an engineering degree from UK as it provided me with an opportunity to gain experience as a placement student whilst studying. Despite facing apprehension from the extended family, my parents supported me to pursue an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Leicester, After successfully completing a placement year with Siemens UK, I was selected in GSK’s Future leaders’ program. This program enabled me to get accelerated exposure within GSK through rotations across three different sites in three years to learn about the engineering complexity in different types of manufacturing plants.

On completion of the program, I became an Electrical team Leader in a primary manufacturing site and supported the engineering team to improve their compliance with the firm’s electrical standards. I was promoted thereafter to become the Site Electrical Engineering at Ware, Hertfordshire and was accountable for the electrical assets on site and developed their maintenance and project investment strategy. Whilst working, I also completed a Master’s degree in Power Distribution Engineering and gained Chartership by the Engineering Council UK. I then joined the Real Estate team as a Technical Operations Manager and supported compliance remediation programs for the business unit so as to increase governance and ensure efficient risk management. I am currently employed in EY as a Capital Equipment Manager after completing my MBA from Cass Business School. In my current role, I support valuation of plant and machinery assets across several industries for various accounting regulatory requirements.