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Rachael Fisher, Managing Consultant Transport Planning, Atkins

Rachael

Managing Consultant Transport Planning

My Bio

When did you join Atkins?

October 2007.

Why did you join Atkins?

I chose Atkins because of its range of opportunities and its reputation. The graduate programme and training & support on offer were also very attractive.

What did you do before you joined Atkins?

I had just completed a BSc in Physics and Astrophysics from the University of York, so quite different!

How would you describe your role and responsibilities?

I’m mainly responsible for the management and delivery of projects, specialising in Development Planning related projects including Transport Assessments, Masterplanning, Environmental Impact Assessment and Feasibility Studies. My role can vary quite a lot; I can be working on a small school expansion project one month and a City-wide Masterplan the next.

I do a lot of technical work, mainly focused on development planning. I’ve had the opportunity to go to the Middle East, and work on projects all over the World where projects tend to be on a larger scale. I’ve also had the chance to work on multi-disciplinary projects, including leading some of them, which is an amazing opportunity and allows you to build a network across all of the different Atkins disciplines.

How do you describe what you do to friends and family?

We enable our Clients to create feasible developments; aiding the development of designs, assessing their transport impact to ensure deliverability, and overcoming any challenges. We provide a range of support, from producing supporting documents for planning applications, to developing transport strategies for new major developments and Cities and identifying supporting infrastructure requirements.

Do you have professional accreditations?

I’m currently working towards the Transport Planning Professional qualification.

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on a Masterplan for a new major mixed development in South Africa. I’m also working with Surrey County Council and Sutton Borough Council to deliver their School expansion programmes, acting as a Technical Lead in terms of transport, and leading the production of a Transport Impact Assessment for a new link road in Oxfordshire.

What achievement are you most proud of?

I’m proud of all of our successful projects, however I must say that a highlight has been working on the development of a 27,000 hectare Industrial City in Saudi Arabia. We were involved from the beginning, supporting the Masterplanning team developing the design, assessed the transport-requirements and the likely impact (including developing a bespoke spreadsheet model which assessed both passenger and freight movements by all modes, including conveyors and pipelines!), and developed a Transport Strategy and a System Design Report.

How have you been supported during your career development?

I’ve had a huge amount of support from day one, and I’ve had some fantastic managers. Everyone who works at Atkins is here to help, and always happy to answer questions and lend a hand. I’ve always been given the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects, and encouraged to strive to continuously develop.

How do engineers and Atkins make a difference?

We are here to provide Clients with support, and to identify solutions to their challenges rather than approach issues with a “can’t do” attitude. Although I’m not an Engineer, as a Transport Consultant I still help to bring ideas into reality, making a difference to both our Clients and to the general public.

How would you describe the culture at Atkins?

Like a big family! There’s a great support system, and everyone is genuinely happy to spend time giving advice if someone needs help. Whilst we sometimes come head-to-head with significant challenges, we all work together to achieve a great outcome for our Clients.

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