Penny has experience working for private and public sector clients across NZ and the UK. Recently Penny has been responsible for the transport network operations in the Papanui-Innes Ward. She has been involved in a wide range of transportation projects where she has gained experience in traffic engineering design, speed management interventions, consultation, cycleway design and project management of transport projects.
What made you decide to become a Transportation Engineer?
I changed professions while working in the UK. I started working as a site engineer on construction sites in the UK but found that the most exciting part of my day was planning my journey to my sites. My best friend was a transportation planner and suggested that using my surveying background I would enjoy transport engineering. Since then, I have never looked back.
What did you do before joining Abley?
I worked for the Christchurch City Council in the Traffic Operations team. I was the engineer for the Papanui-Innes community board area. I continually assessed the roading network in this area using CAS, Safer Journeys Risk Assessment Tool and traffic counts to identify and solve issues in the road network.
What does a typical day in the office include?
Typically, I will be at my desk managing my jobs and interacting with work colleagues and clients between cups of tea.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The constant changes to the transportation system and the new innovations that we can use to make peoples transport journey a pleasant and safe one.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
Keeping up-to-date with the latest research and trying to find the best designs for all road users.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
Using my Degree and experience to be able to travel the world and gain experience working for large multi-national companies and local governments.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Pre-family I would have said travel, music and sports. Now I like to spend quality time with my young family, going biking, walking and swimming. I play interclub squash for Christchurch Football Club and when time permits reading a good book, catching a play or going to the art gallery.