#Journeys

With #journeys, we’re sharing stories about how CIHT helps highways and transport professionals go further and faster in their careers.

The value of CIHT membership
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Sharing stories

From Canadian cricket to construction career

  • Daniel Jackson

    Daniel Jackson

    I had returned to the UK after a summer of playing cricket in Canada; still without a career plan

    I had returned to the UK after a summer of playing cricket in Canada; still without a career plan. The majority of my friends had left and gone to University, which at the time I knew wouldn’t have been the right thing for me!

    A local land surveyor, working on the Costain Skanska A43 Silverstone Bypass, had a requirement for a chain person. After three days of bashing pegs, walking through a muddy muckshift and watching cranes lifting in false work, I was hooked.

    I began to study a HNC, then a HND finally completing a BSc. (Hons) all in Construction Management, part-time, over a period of six years.

    Shortly after joining CIHT in 2010 I joined the East Midland branch committee. I was nominated to CIHT Council where I served a three year term. This role enabled me to contribute to the institution and interact with many varied people including clients, consultants, designers, Government officials and contractors.

    Having worked for Lafarge, latterly Lafarge Tarmac in a variety of commercial roles mainly around building relationships and work winning I have now taken on a new challenge at Skanska.

    Being a member of CIHT will be a great benefit in my new position as Business Development Manager at Skanska. Thirteen years since the Silverstone Bypass, I am now responsible for identifying future work opportunities which lead to others having employment and gaining experience. I hope that others fall in love with the construction industry just like I did.
     

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From designing buildings to shaping cities

  • David Ubaka

    David Ubaka

    How I found the way to running my own consultancy.

    Training as an architect and urban designer was an unusual starting point for a transport consultant, but it made sense to me – streets, roads, pavements, and every other space between buildings define the buildings themselves.

    As an urban designer within Transport for London, I learned how rail, bus services and highways work. Understanding a really broad spectrum of issues with transport was a great foundation for me. These are the insights that opened the door to running my own consultancy.

    Right through my career I’ve never stopped learning about the relationship between “placemaking” and different modes of transport. CIHT membership – and my involvement with the Urban Design panel in particular – has been hugely important in helping me learn and develop throughout my career.

    I’ve shared knowledge and ideas with CIHT peers whose backgrounds are more engineering-focused than mine, and that’s been vital in shaping my input into documents like Boris Johnson’s “Mayor’s Transport Strategy”.

    Today, the insights and state of the art thinking I pick up through CIHT membership are vital to the rounded advice my consultancy offers its clients.

     

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From work experience to experienced professional

  • Emily White

    Emily White

    How membership led to promotion.

    I studied Geography at university and had no real plans to work in transport, but my work experience with Peter Brett Associates LLP in their sustainable transport team changed that. I saw the possibilities of a career in this sector and went after them. I also realised that qualifications can make a big difference to the progress you make. So during my first job I studied part time for a Masters in Transport Planning & Engineering.

    I’m now with Jacobs and have been for five years. My CIHT membership is proving very valuable. I’m closely involved with Thames & Chilterns branch of the organisation, becoming chair of the Technical Events team – and through it I’ve met so many interesting and important industry people.

    My major promotion to Senior Transport Planner was due, in part at least, to my involvement with CIHT. And my role with the Thames & Chilterns branch led to winning the Emerging Transportation Professional Award for 2014.

    The next landmark in my career development will be gaining the TPP qualification through CIHT. It should take my career to the next level.

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From winning awards to winning business

  • Andrew Moseley

    Andrew Moseley

    How building a network has built my business.

    My undergraduate degree was in Town Planning, but every semester at university I jumped at the chance to take transport related modules.

    In fact “jumping at chances” has been really important right through my career. When I was working in private consultancy under a Local Authority Framework I put myself forward for any opportunity that would broaden my knowledge.

    CIHT membership has played a central role in my career. Winning in the CIHT young professional of the year Award in 2013 gave me confidence, credibility and raised my profile in the industry; sitting and passing the new TPP transport planning qualification means I’m recognised as a Transport Planner by my peers; CIHT membership has helped me to build a strong network.

    And now, networking at CIHT seminars creates opportunities for my business – in fact we’ve just won a new client who I first met at a CIHT event.
     

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From accidents to academia

  • Deborah Sims

    Deborah Sims

    How Chartered status opened the doors of academia.

    I did a Civil Engineering degree at Kingston University – it was a sandwich course with an industry placement at Surrey Council. My first job was as an assistant engineer at the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, where I gained an insight into the proposal process for highways, as well as into their design and construction.

    I developed a strong interest in accident investigation and road safety engineering, and knew that a professional qualification could really move my career forward. Chartered status is the high water mark in our industry, so that’s what I pursued.

    Becoming a Chartered Engineer has been hugely helpful for me, opening the way for a management role with a leading engineering firm, and ultimately enabling my entry into academia.

    Being a member of CIHT has been important in other ways. It’s the other members that make the experience so valuable. Membership has allowed me to build an effective and diverse professional network.

     

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From construction to building a niche consultancy

  • Luke Meechan

    Luke Meechan

    How I networked my way to cutting edge consultancy.

    I started out by doing a vocational HND in Civil Engineering, then progressed to a Civil Engineering degree. Going to university was a great confidence booster for me.

    My first job was with a construction company. It gave me a solid grounding in the essentials of programme and project management, and in the skill of sharing information with sub-contractors.

    But the big leap for me was moving to Hong Kong. It was a fascinating place and the work was equally inspiring. I was an Assistant Resident Engineer on a slope stabilisation project. I had huge responsibilities which came with fabulous opportunities – managing designs, building teams and client relationships.

    I’ve been involved with CIHT since 2004 and it’s made a big difference to my career, contributing to my organisations credibility as well as providing the opportunity to develop myself and give something back to the industry.

    Today I co-run run a niche consultancy, advising public sector authorities on issues around flood risk and infrastructure asset management. CIHT Fellowship lets potential clients know that we are a serious proposition.

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