Quarry Southern Africa November 2017 - Page 33

PROFILE Then, in the middle of 2015, I started assisting my father, Alan Cluett, in his sole proprietorship. I really enjoyed working in the industry and learning about the further applications of environmental science. It was, and still is, a wonderful opportunity to work with and learn from my father, who has so much knowledge and experience in the industry that it can be difficult to comprehend! In February last year we formalised the arrangement and created a family business in which my brother Iain, a geographer and economist by training, and my mother Saskia, who works on the administrative side of the business, are also involved. Robyn Grimsley (RG): Could you tell me about yourself and your background? Colleen Cluett (CC): I have a Master’s degree in ecology from Wits University. Originally, my plan was to study microbiology and genetics as those were subjects that fascinated me in high school. However, in my first year, the life science course was divided between lectures from the School of Molecular and Cell Biology and the School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences. Thank goodness it was! I became fascinated with the interwoven nature of our en