Gemma has recently relocated to Christchurch from Scotland. Gemma has experience in both public and private sectors, most recently she was responsible for the management and maintenance of the south strategic highway network in Scotland. Gemma has a proven track record in leading and managing complex and often contentious projects towards a successful outcome. Gemma completed a Masters of Engineering degree in Product Design Engineering at the University of Strathclyde before gaining professional membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers as a Chartered Engineer in 2013.
What made you decide to become a Transportation Engineer?
I wouldn’t say I ever ‘decided’ to be a Transportation Engineer, or even a Civil Engineer actually! I’ve always been interested in Transport and how people move around. Engineering combines all of the elements that I enjoy at work: a challenge, design, strategy and management. It keeps me interested and that keeps me motivated.
What did you do before joining Abley?
I was a Network Manager for Transport Scotland. I was responsible for managing and maintaining the south part of Scotland’s strategic road network. This role involved a lot of engagement with external stakeholders as well as managing the contract with our sub-contractors.
What does a typical day in the office include?
At the moment I’m in the midst of picking up several new projects; analysing information, interpreting data and aligning this to make recommendations and inform strategies for a range of different clients.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
Learning new things and improving what I do.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
I was seconded to the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and I was responsible for the Transport elements of the road race events; Marathon, Time Trial and Road Race. It was such a different environment to what I usually do and a great opportunity to work with a diverse range of people on something completely different. I learned so much from that experience in such a short space of time. It was a very fast paced environment and involved managing numerous stakeholders with vastly different objectives.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
My main passion is aerial silks. I love the circus arts and also practice trapeze, rope and straps disciplines whenever I get the opportunity. I also enjoy climbing. I also spend time exploring New Zealand and getting through our wish list of nice places to eat in Christchurch with my partner. New Zealand is such a beautiful country and there are still so many places I haven’t been!