When did you join Atkins?
I joined Atkins in February 2015
Why did you join Atkins?
Atkins has an excellent reputation in the industry. An exciting and interesting opportunity arose to take on a key role and be part of a bigger Manchester transport planning team.
What did you do before you joined Atkins?
I worked for WSP for seventeen years, having joined them as a graduate following completion of a MSc in Transport Engineering and Planning at the University of Salford.
How would you describe your role and responsibilities?
I am the team leader for the Sustainable Transport and Strategy team in Atkins’ Manchester office. In addition to my team management role, my main responsibilities include managing, directing and supporting transport planning, policy and strategy projects.
How do you describe what you do to friends and family?
My family and friends, jokingly, say I sit at my desk deciding where roundabout and speed bumps go! I tell them I work with clients to advise them in developing their transport strategies and planning future transport improvements, whether it is a cycle route, an improved bus interchange or a new road. I also explain I like talking (consulting) with groups and people (stakeholders) to help develop transport schemes and plans.
Do you have professional accreditations?
I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation (CILT) and I am part of the Greater Manchester committee of the organisation.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working with Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) on the development of the Greater Manchester 2040 Transport Strategy. On this commission I am leading tasks with colleagues and working collaboratively with TfGM officers on spatial and modal strategy inputs to the wider transport strategy.
What achievement are you most proud of?
I am proud of all of my projects but in particular working with TfGM in the development of the transport component of the Greater Manchester (GM) Growth and Reform Plan (Strategic Economic Plan) that helped secure significant funding for transport projects in GM and carrying out a successful and robust consultation on the A6 to Manchester Airport Relief Road project, which is now on site.
How have you been supported during your career development?
I have had some great mentors and line managers throughout my career. I believe it is important to talk, listen and learn from colleagues and people who are happy and willing to share their experiences.
How do engineers and Atkins make a difference?
At Atkins we work with our clients and other stakeholder partners to identify and solve problems, to create a better future.
How would you describe the culture at Atkins?
I believe there is a strong supportive and collaborative culture that makes Atkins a great place to work. I have been very impressed with this culture since joining Atkins in early 2015.