Holli is a chartered mechanical and explosives engineer and has worked at Defence Equipment and Support, part of the Ministry of Defence, for 10 years since graduating from the University of Exeter as a Master of Mechanical Engineering. She is currently a Chief Engineer responsible for the development of a portfolio of Directed Energy Weapons for the UK MOD, having previously headed up Innovation for the organisation. She is passionate about diversity and inclusion and is a vocal supporter of the Neuroinclusivity and Race Networks. Holli was in the Army Reserves from 2006 – 2014 and commissioned from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2008.
Holli is also a humanitarian disaster responder, having deployed with RE:ACT disaster response to Mozambique in 2019 and in the UK to support the COVID-19 response in 2020. She is currently undertaking her drone pilot licence to support future humanitarian deployments. Holli loves to travel and learn languages, and has blogged about a 14-month world trip at www.nomadchapter.blog. Her latest endeavour has been undertaking a project called The Wandering Engineer as part of her Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship which she is using to inspire young people in the UK to become scientists and engineers in the future. This project involved a 7 week trip to Kenya and Tanzania, visiting humanitarian projects and shining a spotlight on the incredible people who drive the projects forward www.wanderingengineer.co.uk.