Business area: Consultancy, Transportation Job title: Senior Managing Consultant Years at Atkins: 14
How is your work taking transportation / infrastructure into tomorrow?
I play a leading role in developing and delivering exciting sustainable transport solutions for clients that influence peoples’ travel behaviour. I support developers in maximising the accessibility of their development sites through effective travel planning. I deliver local sustainable transport projects for Local Authorities which impact on the travel behaviour of businesses and local communities – personalised travel planning, cycling and walking initiatives, station travel plans, cycle hubs, car share – it’s all about giving people travel choices which work for their personal journeys! Sustainable transport is massive in the health and air quality – there’s never been a better time to be a sustainable transport professional!
What inspired you to become a transport planner?
The trigger point to my hugely rewarding career in transport planning was a practical and everyday scenario one! My mixed user experiences of the public transport network and pedestrian way finding whilst travelling to University made me realise how pivotal transport is to everyday quality of life and wellbeing. Transport Planners can and do make a real difference to transforming lives and connecting people and places!
What social, society or CSR activities have you been involved with at Atkins?
I have a reputation as the resident fitness ambassador! In the spirit of Corporate Wellbeing, I champion a range of Being Active initiatives – fitness classes, lunchtime running and walking. I hold the unofficial record for holding a headstand for 14 minutes!