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As a Plant Health Inspector at Heathrow, my job is to ensure plant material entering the UK is free from potentially harmful pests and diseases.

I love the variety of the role, the different challenges each day brings and the chance to build upon my interest in plant pathology. It’s a great mixture of outdoor and office work and I am surrounded by a fantastic team, all working to protect UK food and farming.

The job requires a keen eye for detail, like spotting the 0.1mm egg of an insect pest! Having a genuine interest in horticulture, global trade or food production helps, but key to the role is an eagerness to learn, deal with conflict and adapt to changing situations.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Reigate College, and felt the staff went above and beyond to set me up for life afterwards. I would 100% not be where I am today if not for the brilliant, supportive teachers I had at Reigate.

Ruth D’urban-Jackson

Reigate College: 2009-2011

Higher Education: Masters in Food Sustainability, University of Exeter. Degree in Biology, University of Bath

Currently: Plant Health Inspector, Heathrow Airport

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