#Journeys

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

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Sharing stories

From Canadian cricket to construction career

  • Daniel Jackson

    Daniel Jackson

    How collaboration can drive the industry forward

    At school I didn’t apply myself and was categorised as an under achiever, upon reflection this was due to not having a clear vision of my career options.

    After leaving school I worked in a local leisure centre before heading to Canada where I played cricket for a summer and, without a career plan, I was considering a profession as a sports coach.

    It was not until I returned to the UK and secured a job as a trainee land surveyor on site at Costain Skanska’s A43 Silverstone Bypass project that I realised a career in construction was for me. I absolutely fell in love with the industry from the first day of being on site.

    While employed in roles ranging from engineer to estimator, I studied a HNC, a HND and finally a BSc (Hons) in Construction Management over a period of six years. In 2010 I moved in to business development – the same year I joined CIHT – and have been a business development manager at Skanska since last year.

    I joined the Institution because I felt like I had something to offer the industry. CIHT can bring the sector together to help to understand and address challenges in a collaborative, open platform.

    Having joined the East Midland Branch committee in 2010, I was asked to be a nominated member of Council in 2011 where I served for three years. I am currently the East of England Region’s communications officer and I sit on CIHT’s Procurement and Delivery Panel.

    I would encourage members to take an active role within the institution whether at a regional level, participating in training or just networking at events, because you really do get out what you put in. The industry needs to be brave, we face many challenges so use the learned society to share ideas and knowledge and make a real difference!
     

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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 am now with Jacobs and have been for five years. My CIHT membership is proving very valuable. I was closely involved with former Thames & Chilterns Branch of the Institution, becoming chair of the Technical Events team – and through it I’ve met so many interesting and important industry people. Now, in the new CIHT South East Region, I have been elected as the Web/Communications Officer, a role which I am already enjoying.

    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.

    In June 2015 I reached another landmark in my career development when I gained the Transport Planning Professional qualification through CIHT. This qualification is the equivalent of a Chartered Engineer for transport planners and I am very proud to have achieved this status early in my career. I found that the professional network I have built-up through CIHT helped to support me with the challenge of gaining the qualification.
     
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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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